08 December 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Dec 2004 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing 08 Dec 2004 -- Mr. Lawrence Di Rita, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
- Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Town Hall Meeting in Kuwait 08 Dec 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
- Armored Humvees, Tactics Address IED Threats AFPS 08 Dec 2004 -- American industry is cranking out armored Humvees as fast as it can, but other initiatives already have saved lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Department officials said here today.
- Rumsfeld Handles Tough Questions at Town Hall Meeting AFPS 08 Dec 2004 -- Some soldiers headed for duty in Iraq took the secretary of defense at his word in Kuwait today when he encouraged them to ask him tough questions at a town-hall meeting.
- Soldiers Rebuilding Sadr City, One Day at a Time AFPS 08 Dec 2004 -- Every day since Muqtada al-Sadr's militia turned in its weapons in October, hostile activity has decreased in Sadr City, allowing Task Force Lancer soldiers to help rebuild the city.
- Violence Continues Amid Foreign Dignitaries' Iraq Visits RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- Violent attacks on Iraqi and international targets continued in Iraq today as two senior foreign dignitaries made stops in the country.
- 11th MEU holds down Fallujah rear UMSC News 08 Dec 2004 -- While several 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit units joined the 15,000 servicemember sweep of Fallujah last month, Marines and sailors of the MEU were also committed to ensuring the security and stability of the assault's back door here.
- Seabees, Marines repair second runway at Al Asad UMSC News 08 Dec 2004 -- Looking as rugged and dusty as their heavy equipment, some "can do" Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 23 recently completed repairs to a second 13,000 foot runway here.
- TF Lancer rebuilding Sadr City Army News 08 Dec 2004 -- Every day since the Madhi Militia turned in their weapons in October, there have been dramatic decreases of hostile activity in Sadr City, allowing the Soldiers of Task Force Lancer to help re-build the neighborhood.
- U.S. Says Some Taliban Interested In Amnesty RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- The U.S.-led military in Afghanistan says some elements of the neo-Taliban have contacted it following an offer of amnesty if they surrender their weapons.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 43 08 Dec 2004 -- DIFFICULT CHOICES, CONSTITUTIONAL DILEMMAS CONFRONT AFGHAN PRESIDENT / KARZAI SWORN IN AS AFGHAN PRESIDENT / NEO-TALIBAN THREAT TO DISRUPT INAUGURATION PROVES IDLE / NEO-TALIBAN REJECTS RUMORS OF TALKS WITH KABUL AND LINKS WITH ARMY OF THE MUSLIMS / U.S. ENVOY CALLS FOR THE NEO-TALIBAN TO END AFGHAN FIGHTING... / ...BUT THE OFFER IS REJECTED / ARMY OF THE MUSLIMS REPORTEDLY IN TURMOIL... / RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS NO TO COMPROMISE WITH THE NEO-TALIBAN... / ...WHICH IS CONDEMNED BY AFGHAN ULEMA COUNCIL... / ...AND BY KARZAI'S SPOKESMAN / AFGHAN LEADER ORDERS ANTIDRUG SUMMIT... / ...WHILE U.K. PLANS TO MOVE 5,000 TO COMBAT AFGHANISTAN'S POPPY PROBLEM... / ...AS AFGHANISTAN SAYS NO TO HERBICIDAL SPRAYING OF POPPY FIELDS... / ...WHICH THE U.S. DENIES CARRYING OUT / ATTACK IN WESTERN AFGHANISTAN BLAMED ON AL-QAEDA / SIX DEAD IN CRASH OF U.S. PLANE IN CENTRAL AFGHANISTAN / NETHERLANDS ARRESTS FORMER AFGHAN COMMUNIST OFFICIAL / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
Defense Policy / Programs
- Hundreds of troops busy planning inauguration Army News 08 Dec 2004 -- Members of the Presidential Inaugural Committee reported for duty Dec.1 to finalize plans for the inauguration - plans that a task force of service members began working on more than a year ago.
- Chief of Navy Reserve: Be Ready Army News 08 Dec 2004 -- Vice Adm. John G. Cotton, Chief of Navy Reserve, talked to more than 400 Reservists about the changes taking place in the Navy's Reserve force when he held a town hall meeting in the base gym here Dec. 4.
- Task Force Uniform Announces E-1 through E-6 Service Uniform Concepts Army News 08 Dec 2004 -- Task Force Uniform (TFU) introduced a set of service uniform concepts for Sailors E-6 and below Dec. 8, in response to the fleet's feedback on current uniforms. The new uniforms, which will begin wear-testing this winter, were unveiled at Naval Medical Center San Diego at an All Hands call with CNO-directed Command Master Chief (SS) Robert B. Carroll, the director of Task Force Uniform.
- Helicopter support team hooks up with Warhorses during Exercise Desert Talon USMC News 08 Dec 2004 -- The Marines shielded their faces as they reached for the pennants with grounding rods to ensure 20,000 volts of static electricity didn't shock them.
- EU / CHINA VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The European Union says it is not yet ready to lift a 15-year-old ban on selling arms to China, but is working toward that goal. The arms embargo dominated a one-day EU-China summit in the Netherlands that both sides said strengthened their so-called strategic partnership.
- White House Daily Briefing, December 8 Washington File 08 Dec 2004 -- Intelligence bill, Iran/Iraq, Palestinian aid, social security/indexing, CIA leak, Savings Bonds, Jordan/missiles, DoD/Medal of Honors, Iraq prisoners/mistreatment
- State Department Noon Briefing, December 8 Washington File 08 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine, Israel/Palestinians, Iraq, Syria, Japan/North Korea, China, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Powell in Morocco for Forum for the Future
- West Not Competing with Russia in Georgia, Ukraine - Powell Washington File 08 Dec 2004 -- The countries of the former Soviet Union can have good relations with Russia as well as with the United States and its allies, and there is no reason why Russia should see the West's activities in the former Soviet union as "threatening," said Secretary of State Colin Powell December 8.
- Launch of the new HAD version of the Tiger for Spain and France with the signing of the first contracts EADS 08 Dec 2004 -- These contracts were signed on behalf of the countries by the Director of the contracting authority, OCCAR, with the industrial partners Eurocopter Tiger (the Eurocopter subsidiary), MTR/ITP, SAGEM, and INDRA.
- Team US101 to Deliver Enhanced Capabilities Four Years Ahead of Schedule for Presidential Helicopter Fleet Lockheed Martin 08 Dec 2004 -- Team US101 has demonstrated through its risk reduction activities over the past several months that it can deliver enhanced capabilities for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program four years ahead of schedule.
- Raytheon Awarded $32 Million to Upgrade Canada's Phalanx System Raytheon 08 Dec 2004 -- Canada's Department of National Defence has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) $32 million ($44.6 CDN) to provide repair, overhaul and upgrade services to an additional 16 Phalanx systems for the Canadian Navy.
- Airborne Laser Flight Begins Airworthiness Testing With Lockheed Martin Beam Control/Fire Control System Lockheed Martin 08 Dec 2004 -- The return to flight of the U.S. Air Force’s Airborne Laser (ABL) system late last week began the process of airworthiness certification of the beam control/fire control (BC/FC) system designed and developed by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).
- BAE SYSTEMS Awarded $62 Million Strategic Systems Programs Contract BAE Systems 08 Dec 2004 -- BAE Systems has been awarded a $62 million contract from the U.S. Navys Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) based in Washington, D.C. Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide system engineering and integration support for the Trident I (C4) and Trident II (D5) Fleet Ballistic Missile Strategic Weapon System (SWS) programs.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND SPOKESMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 08 Dec 2004
- Palestinian Authority To Receive $20 Million in U.S. Aid Washington File 08 Dec 2004 -- The Bush administration is providing $20 million in direct budgetary support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to help the Palestinian leadership address some of its financial issues as it seeks to hold presidential elections January 9, 2005, and put institutions in place, said White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.
- MIDEAST/ PEACE PROSPECTS VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- Israel's ambassador to the United States, Daniel Ayalon, says it is time for the international community, particularly Russia and the United Nations, to make a more coordinated effort to curb Iran's suspected support of terrorism and development of weapons of mass destruction.
- U.S.-Palestinian Aid VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- The Bush administration, citing an improving climate for Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts, is lifting a long-standing ban on direct U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority. The United States will provide the Palestinians with 20 million dollars in economic aid along with financial support for their upcoming elections.
- Northern Ireland Peace Proposal Balanced, Reasonable: U.S. Washington File 08 Dec 2004 -- The United States believes the settlement prepared by the United Kingdom and Irish governments and published December 8 "represents a balanced and reasonable solution" to revive a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland.
- UN finds proof of hostile armed group in DR Congo but doesn't know origin UN News Centre 08 Dec 2004 -- Following helicopter and foot patrols in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission in the country has found evidence of hostilities by "an armed, organized but unknown military presence," but has not been able to identify it, the head of the mission's peacekeeping troops said today.
- UN tells Sudan's government and southern rebels failure not option in peace talks UN News Centre 08 Dec 2004 -- The top United Nations envoy for Sudan has told the Government and rebel leaders that "failure is not an option" in their efforts to formalize by the end of the year the two decades of civil war that have torn apart the southern region of Africa's largest country.
- CONGO/ABUSES VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is investigating reports that Rwandan soldiers were responsible for violations of human rights in the east of the country last month. Witnesses say armed men, thought to be Rwandans, attacked civilians and burned houses.
- SUDAN / DARFUR REBELS VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The emergence of two new rebel groups in the troubled Darfur region of western Sudan could jeopardize fragile peace talks between the Sudanese government and Darfur's two main rebel groups taking place in Abuja, Nigeria. That is the assessment of A.U. mediators and regional analysts as the warring parties prepare to meet Friday for the next round of talks.
- SUDAN: Security Council concerned over Darfur IRIN 08 Dec 2004 -- The UN Security Council expressed deep concern on Tuesday over the recent escalation of violence in the western Sudanese region of Darfur and called on all parties to the conflict to stop renewed clashes.
- GREAT LAKES: African Union may help disarm militias IRIN 08 Dec 2004 -- With the threat of renewed regional conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the African Union's (AU's) Peace and Security Council announced on Tuesday that it would seek a greater role in helping to disarm Rwandan armed groups based in eastern DRC.
- GREAT LAKES: Ugandan army engages gunmen near Rwandan border IRIN 08 Dec 2004 -- A Ugandan army patrol exchanged fire on Saturday with unidentified gunmen for several hours on the slopes of Mt. Muhavura, near the border with Rwanda, a Ugandan army spokesman said.
- UN/ANNAN/REFORM VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The U.N. General Assembly has given Secretary-General Kofi Annan a symbolic show of support in the face of calls by some U.S. lawmakers for his resignation. Mr. Annan received a rare standing ovation after addressing the 191-member body.
- RED CROSS/FUNDING VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross is appealing for more than 800-million dollars to fund its humanitarian work in 80 countries in 2005. The biggest change from last year is the substantial increase in the organization's budget to help people affected by armed conflict and internal violence in Africa.
- UKRAINE REFORM VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- The Ukrainian parliament's move Wednesday to pass far-reaching political and electoral reforms is drawing a mixed reaction among politicians and analysts in the country. Meanwhile, both pro-government and opposition forces are claiming victory in the political stand-off that, at one point, raised fears of a possible breakup of Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Parliament Clears Path For Election RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's parliament today adopted a package of electoral and constitutional changes in a compromise intended to defuse the country's two-week-old political crisis.
- PUTIN AND UKRAINE: 'NEO-IMPERIALIST DREAMS' OF RENEWED EMPIRE? US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 09 Dec 2004
- UKRAINE ELECTORAL REFORM VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's parliament has overwhelmingly passed a broad package of constitutional and electoral reforms, clearing the way for a new presidential run-off election December 26th.
- U.S./Russia: Ukrainian Crisis Strains Relationship RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- According to experts in Moscow, Russian and U.S. differences over Ukraine threaten to unhinge their bilateral partnership. The view in Washington, however, appears less dramatic. U.S. President George W. Bush maintains his original view of Vladimir Putin as a "friend," an assessment he made in June 2001 after his first meeting with the Russian president. Meanwhile, Bush administration officials still offer only upbeat commentary on U.S.-Russian relations.
- OSCE: Blunt Russian Criticism Raises Specter Of Crisis RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- Russia has sharply criticized the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and has warned that it is considering withholding its budget contributions unless the OSCE overhauls its work methods. The Russian criticism came at a stormy foreign ministers' meeting in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia and follows previous complaints by a number of former Soviet states. Does this herald a crisis of confidence in the 55-nation east-west security body?
- UKRAINE / YUSHCHENKO VOA 08 Dec 2004 -- Doctors treating Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko say they are looking at a highly toxic chemical as the cause of his mysterious illness.
- Vote Clears Path To New Ukrainian Election RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's parliament today adopted a package of electoral and constitutional changes in a compromise intended to defuse the country's two-week-old political crisis.
- Interpol Lifts Warrant On Ukrainian Oppositionist RFE/RL 08 Dec 2004 -- Interpol has reportedly asked Russian prosecutors for additional information on the fraud case against senior Ukrainian opposition politician Yuliya Tymoshenko even as that international police organization has removed a warrant for her arrest from its official website, Russian and international media reported today.
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