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09 December 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Dec 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- As Iraq moves closer to national elections next month, insurgents continue their efforts to intimidate Iraqis into staying away from the polls. Car bombs and mortars were used in attacks Thursday against civilians and military personnel in Baghdad and in the north.
  • RUMSFELD/IRAQ VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- Bush administration officials continue to react to a complaint from an American soldier headed for Iraq that U.S. forces deployed for battle there are not getting the vehicle armor they need to protect themselves from attacks.
  • Rumsfeld Not Surprised at Tough Questions From Soldiers AFPS 09 Dec 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he is not surprised that soldiers at a town-hall meeting in Kuwait Dec. 8 asked him tough questions. He is surprised, however, that the media has chosen to focus on the concerns of a few and ignore the overall positive tone of the event.
  • Blast Wounds One Soldier in Eastern Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 09 Dec 2004 -- An improvised explosive device detonated at approximately 2 p.m. today wounding one Task Force Baghdad Soldier.
  • Airmen add 'information armor' to Iraq convoys AFPN 09 Dec 2004 -- When a convoy heads out on the roads of Iraq, it can be a life or death mission. Faced with violent threats from insurgents, the troops are armed and ready. But in this hostile environment, a "protective posture" requires more than mere Kevlar.

  • 200 Pakistan soldiers killed in anti-militants operation: Army IRNA 09 Dec 2004 -- Pakistan`s army said on Thursday that some 200 security personnel have been killed in operations against foreign militants and their local supporters in the South Waziristan tribal region.
  • AFGHANISTAN DRUGS VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is calling for a "holy war" against his country's opium trade. But his administration has yet to unveil its plans for tackling the problem.
  • Afghanistan Will Not Return to Tyranny and Terror, Cheney Says Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- Vice President Dick Cheney praised the Afghan people for successfully holding the first free election in the country's 5,000-year history, as well as the U.S. and coalition military forces that made it possible.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing on Armored Vehicles 09 Dec 2004 -- Commander, Third Army and Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Lieutenant General R. Steven Whitcomb
  • Armor Effort 'Good News Story' for Troops AFPS 09 Dec 2004 -- None of us wants to send a young man or woman into harm's way without adequate protection," said the top general in Kuwait today.

  • PENTAGON/BOUT VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- A suspected arms trafficker, accused of supplying weapons to rebel groups across Africa, has also worked as a sub-contractor with the U.S. military in Iraq. The Pentagon says it has canceled agreements with air carriers run by the suspected arms trafficker.

  • Rumsfeld Discusses Defense Issues With Indian Officials AFPS 09 Dec 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met this morning with India's minister of defense, Pranab Mukherjee, to discuss defense issues, including military cooperation and the war on terrorism.
  • Policy Changes Help Wounded Troops Stay in Service AFPS 09 Dec 2004 -- Fundamental changes have taken place in the Defense Department's disability policy, a top Pentagon official told attendees at the 17th DoD Disability Forum here Dec. 7.
  • Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer 09 Dec 2004 -- The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, James E. Williams, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at the Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, S.C.
  • INDIA/RUMSFELD VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld has paid a visit to the Indian capital New Delhi for discussions on how to improve military relations between the two nations. Mr. Rumsfeld made no comment on India's warning to the U.S. not to sell fighter jets to neighboring Pakistan.
  • Over 100 Nations Benefit From U.S. Military Training, Education Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- The International Military Education and Training program is more important now than ever before, given the security challenges countries around the world face together. IMET training has helped defense establishments improve their national defense capabilities, plan and implement defense reforms, and develop capacities to better address national security threats.
  • Air Force merging information technology offices AFPN 09 Dec 2004 -- The secretary of the Air Force announced Dec. 7 plans to consolidate three headquarters-level organizations under one commander.
  • Ugandans get air power lesson AFPN 09 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander addressed the first class of Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College attendees here Dec. 2 during the course's air power week.
  • Hornets swarm Osan AFPN 09 Dec 2004 -- A nest of Hornets has invaded the sky here and local aircrews say they could not be more excited.
  • 42nd ID training to take over Tikrit area Army News 09 Dec 2004 -- In an effort to ensure that their upcoming transfer of authority occurs without a hitch, the 1st Infantry and 42nd Infantry divisions held a day-long Relief In Place rehearsal in Tikrit Dec. 5.
  • USS Essex ARG Changes Flagships, Demonstrates Interoperability Navy NewsStand 09 Dec 2004 -- Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 changed their flagship from USS Essex (LHD 2) to USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and back, Nov. 22 to Dec. 2, allowing Essex to conduct a 10-day port visit and transit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.
  • Six CVW-17 Squadrons Returning to Norfolk, Oceana Navy NewsStand 09 Dec 2004 -- Six aircraft squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 will return to their home bases at Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Va., Dec. 12, following a six-month deployment aboard the Mayport, Fla.-based aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).
  • Alexandria to Return Home Following Around the World Deployment Navy NewsStand 09 Dec 2004 -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) will return home to Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) Dec. 10, following a deployment that circumnavigated the globe.

  • NATO-Russia Council Issues Statements on Ukraine, Terrorism Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- The NATO-Russia Council appealed to all parties in Ukraine December 9 to avoid violence, refrain from intimidating voters, and work toward a free, fair electoral process in the repeated presidential runoff election set for December 26.
  • Ministerial Meeting of the North Atlantic Council held at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, on 9 December 2004 NATO 09 Dec 2004 -- Final Communiqué
  • Statement: Meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at the level of Foreign Ministers NATO Headquarters, Brussels NATO 09 Dec 2004
  • NATO-Russia Action Plan on Terrorism NATO 09 Dec 2004
  • Chairman's summary of the meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Foreign Ministers session NATO 09 Dec 2004

  • WEST AFRICA / MILITARY EXERCICES VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- Troops from 15 West African countries are finishing up French-led training in Benin on how to manage peacekeeping operations.

  • Powell Sees Bright Future for NATO Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- After attending his last North Atlantic Council meeting as Secretary of State December 9, Colin Powell told journalists he sees a bright future for NATO.
  • NATO MINISTERS UPDATE VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- The NATO alliance has announced that it will boost its training mission in Iraq after some European members responded to appeals to send instructors there to train Iraqi security forces. But, as VOA's Roger Wilkison reports from Brussels, U.S. and NATO officials say they are disappointed that some members of the 26-nation alliance are still refusing to take part in the mission.
  • NATO MINISTERS VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels are grappling with the thorny problem of how to get the alliance's European members to boost their commitment to NATO's training mission in Iraq and its peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan. But tensions with Russia over the situation in Ukraine have eased after both sides agreed to back free and fair elections.
  • NATO Chief Calls For Dedication In Iraq, Afghanistan RFE/RL 09 Dec 2004 -- NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer opened a meeting of the alliance's 26 foreign ministers in Brussels today with a call to boost their commitment in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 9 Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- Negroponte Meeting with UN Secretary General Annan about Iraq/UN Support of Elections in Iraq/Set January 30th Date by Iraqi Government and Election Commission/Election Observers/Security Concerns/U.S. Support for Elections, Banning of Al-Manar Television/Federal Communications Commission/U.S. View of Programs, Japan, Iraq, Venezuela, Tunisia, Libya
  • White House Daily Briefing, December 9 Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine, Social Security reform, Immigration reform, Afghanistan, Commandments
  • Congressional Report, December 9: Rice Confirmation Hearing Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to hold a confirmation hearing for Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice on January 18, 2005.

Defense Industry

  • Eurofighter ready to “fight” extremely cold temperatures EADS 09 Dec 2004 -- The Eurofighter Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 4, operated by EADS CASA at Getafe near Madrid, has been deployed to Vidsel in the very north of Sweden, near the Polar Circle, to start with the implementation of special “Extreme Cold Weather Trials”. There, the aircraft and the test team will face permanently temperatures between –25 and –31º Celsius in this time of the season.
  • General Dynamics/ATK Team to Supply 120 mm Tank Ammunition to the Australian Army General Dynamics 09 Dec 2004 -- A team composed of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), and ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK), has been awarded a $39 million contract by the Commonwealth of Australia to produce 120 mm tank ammunition. The contract, for an undisclosed quantity of tactical and training ammunition, represents the Commonwealth’s first procurement of ammunition to equip 59 M1A1 AIM tanks currently on order from the U.S. Government.
  • General Dynamics Selected by Portugal for $457 Million Armored Vehicle Program General Dynamics 09 Dec 2004 -- General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been selected by the Government of Portugal to enter negotiations for a contract for the production of 260 Pandur II eight-wheeled, all-wheel-drive (8x8) armored combat vehicles. The contract has a potential value of approximately $457 million (€344 million). The program will be managed by Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug AG & Co KG, a General Dynamics company, of Vienna, Austria.
  • Lockheed Martin Conducts Third Successful Test of Guided MLRS Unitary Rocket Lockheed Martin 09 Dec 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully conducted the third flight test of a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., today.
  • Raytheon Awarded $12.5 Million to Provide Spares for U.S. Navy Warfighters Raytheon 09 Dec 2004 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $12.5 million contract by the U.S. Navy to provide spares for the F/A-18 Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP). Naval Inventory Control Point is the contracting agency.
  • Success for Israel Aircraft Industries' Hunter UAV in Europe and the United States Israel Aerospace Industries 09 Dec 2004 -- Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Malat Division's Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) demonstrates its maturity and its broad use by militaries and security organizations around the world. Statements issued by the Belgian Ministry of Defense and the United States Department of Homeland Security provide operational scenarios of the Hunter's ability to function in a wide range of missions, under different geographical conditions.

Other Conflicts

  • SHARON/ POLITICS VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has won the approval of his party's Central Committee to allow talks to bring the opposition Labor Party into his government. The non-binding vote raises prospects the Israeli leader's controversial disengagement plan will go through and indicates he now be able to avoid having to call new elections.
  • CONGO/FIGHTING VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- Following the outbreak of renewed fighting in eastern Congo, a local government official says about seven-thousand civilians have had to flee their homes. In the eastern town of Goma, a protest against large-scale government troop deployments to eastern Congo turned violent when police fired guns to disperse the crowd.
  • CONGO/CONFLICT VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- More than one-thousand Congolese civilians are dying from war related disease and malnutrition every day, according to the International Rescue Committee. The international aid group released its report more than a year after the war officially ended.
  • Sudan: UN envoy warns that fresh fighting imperils Darfur peace talks UN News Centre 09 Dec 2004 -- On the eve of the a new phase of peace talks to resolve the conflict in war-torn Darfur, the senior United Nations envoy for Sudan warned today that they will fail unless Khartoum and rebel groups show restraint, voicing particular concern about a Government attack that has led to a fresh outbreak of fighting.

News Reports

  • US / ANNAN SUPPORT VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- The United States' top U.N. diplomat says the Bush administration has confidence in Secretary-General Kofi Annan and intends to continue working with him. Ambassador John Danforth's comments came in response to calls from some conservative congressmen for the U.N. leader's resignation in the wake of the U.N. oil-for-food scandal.
  • Amb. Danforth Affirms U.S. Confidence in United Nations' Annan Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- Ambassador John Danforth stepped forward to express U.S. support for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in the wake of criticism and calls by some U.S. legislators for the U.N. leader's resignation over the Iraqi Oil-for-Food Program investigations.

  • BUSH / UKRAINE VOA 09 Dec 2004 -- President Bush wants a strong presence by international election monitors at this month's second attempt at a presidential run-off vote in Ukraine. The first vote was scrapped after widespread reports of fraud drove thousands of opposition supporters to surround government buildings.
  • Analysis: Who Won Ukraine's 'Orange Revolution'? RFE/RL 09 Dec 2004 -- Two weeks of antigovernment protests in Kyiv by backers of opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko culminated in the passage on 8 December of legislation that appears to have ended Ukraine's political impasse and paved the way for a democratic vote on 26 December.
  • Fair Election Could Invigorate U.S.-Ukraine Ties, Says Armitage Washington File 09 Dec 2004 -- A free, fair election December 26 in Ukraine, no matter which candidate wins, could invigorate Ukraine's relations with the United States and NATO, says U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

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