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10 December 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Army Announces Patriot Missile System's Performance In Operation Iraqi Freedom Army News Release 10 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Army announced today its investigation into the Patriot Missile System's performance in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), which found the system was successful in performing its mission protecting troops and assets against enemy tactical ballistic missiles (TBM).

  • Nicholson Tapped to Be New Veterans Secretary AFPS 10 Dec 2004 -- President Bush has named Jim Nicholson as his nominee as the next secretary of veterans affairs.
  • Stars and Stripes Now Prints in Afghanistan AFPS 10 Dec 2004 -- Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper of the U.S. military, has announced that it started same-day printing and delivery in Afghanistan on Dec. 2.
  • Soldiers deploy to Lackland for quick-reaction exercise AFPN 10 Dec 2004 -- Best known for its one-of-a-kind role as the source of Air Force basic training, this base in the heart of Texas welcomed Soldiers for training of a more advanced sort -- defending high-value government facilities from terrorist attacks.
  • Test acceleration expedites fielding warning system AFPN 10 Dec 2004 -- Engineers here cut the test time for a crucial missile warning system from months to weeks, speeding the operational debut of the system on C-17 Globemaster IIIs.
  • 4ID Soldiers help secure air base for homeland defense Army News 10 Dec 2004 -- Last year the 4th Infantry Division focused on battling insurgents and maintaining stability in Iraq. This week they concentrated on preparing to stave off disaster on their own soil.
  • VP-9 Golden Eagles Return From Overseas Deployment Navy NewsStand 10 Dec 2004 -- Patrol Squadron 9 (VP) 9 returned from a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Dec. 10.
  • New Navy Invention: Laser Detector Protects Pilots' Eyes Navy NewsStand 10 Dec 2004 -- The Vision Laboratory in Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) Human Systems Division won an Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazine "Product Breakthrough" award in late November for its Laser Event Recorder (LER), a device that gives aviators instant warning about laser radiation potentially hazardous to their eyesight.

  • JAPAN/DEFENSE VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- Japan has taken another step towards freeing itself from military restrictions in place since the end of World War Two. As VOA's Steve Herman reports from Tokyo, the changes are a significant retreat from the pacifist policies that have kept the role of Japan's Self-Defense Forces limited in scope.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 10 Washington File 10 Dec 2004 -- Iraq, Palestinians, North Korea, Rice/State Department visit, Zimbabwe, Cambodia
  • White House Daily Briefing, December 10 Washington File 10 Dec 2004 -- President's visit to Operation USO, Guantanamo, White House Economic Conference, legislative agenda, supplemental, Kerik nomination, equipment for troops, UN/Kofi Annan, NATO, president's physical, Afghanistan, Ukraine, economic and energy security

Defense Industry

  • Major Order For Land Systems Hgglunds BAE Systems 10 Dec 2004 -- BAE Systems Land Systems Hgglunds has won a 749 million euro (approx 500m) order from the Netherlands for its CV90 armoured vehicle. This is the first major contract win for Land Systems, created in September this year.
  • Two Boeing X-45A Unmanned Jets Continue Coordinated Flights Boeing 10 Dec 2004 -- Two military jets flying together may seem routine, but when they are pilotless, tail-less aircraft, routine goes out the window and science fiction springs to mind. Boeing [NYSE: BA] continued to turn science fiction into reality when two X-45A technology demonstrator aircraft made their second and third coordinated flights at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Boeing Delivers 100,000th JDAM Tail Kit Boeing 10 Dec 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Company delivered the 100,000th tail kit on December 2 for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) weapon to the U.S. Military at its weapons facility near St. Louis.
  • Team US101 Announces 24 Suppliers in Five New England States to Support Next Marine One Helicopter Lockheed Martin 10 Dec 2004 -- Team US101 has announced that 24 companies in five New England states will supply components to the American-built US101 medium-lift helicopter. Team US101 is competing to provide the president of the United States with a fleet of next-generation helicopters better known by the call sign “Marine One.”
  • Northrop Grumman/Air Force Team Wins Defense Department's David Packard Award for Support of B-2 Stealth Bomber Northrop Grumman 10 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Defense has presented a David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award to a U.S. Air Force/Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) team for improving the B-2 stealth bomber's combat readiness while reducing program costs. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's B-2 prime contractor.
  • Boeing GMD Team Places First Interceptor in Silo at Vandenberg Site Boeing 10 Dec 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program team and the Missile Defense Agency emplaced the first GMD interceptor in its underground silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 10.

Other Conflicts

  • MIDDLE EAST CONFERENCE VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- Senior officials from the Group of Eight industrialized nations and about 20 Muslim countries are meeting in Morocco to discuss ways to promote social, economic and political reforms in the Middle East and beyond.
  • US/CONGO/RWANDA VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- A senior U.S. diplomat said Friday he is confident that Rwanda and Congo are committed to resolving their differences peacefully, despite two weeks of escalating tensions between the two neighbors. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Donald Yamamoto, who has just visited the two countries, said both are committed to peace in the region and are heading in the right direction.
  • US/MIDEAST PEACE VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- The death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat a month ago appears to have created a new atmosphere for possible renewal of peace efforts in the Middle East. Palestinians are scheduled to elect a new leader next month, and Israel has signaled it is willing to cooperate with a more moderate Palestinian president.
  • NIGERIA-SUDAN: More Darfur peace talks against backdrop of continuing violence IRIN 10 Dec 2004 -- Peace talks to end almost two years of conflict in Darfur are set to restart on Friday but a top UN official warned that the new round was headed for failure unless the Sudanese government and rebel groups stopped blasting holes in a ceasefire agreement.
  • Haiti: UN mission promises improved security as more troops arrive UN News Centre 10 Dec 2004 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti is set to have more than 8,000 troops and police on the ground by the end of this month and will be able to demonstrate to country's people its determination to disarm rogue groups and establish security, the senior UN envoy to the country has said.
  • U.S. Urges Restraint in Wake of Israeli Rocket Attack in Gaza Washington File 10 Dec 2004 -- In a statement released by the State Department December 9, the United States urged Israel to "consider the consequences of its actions" in the wake of its missile strike earlier in the day in Gaza, which wounded Jamal Abu Samhadana, head of the Popular Resistance Committee, in his car.
  • IVORY COAST VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has banned all public protests for several months, as he tries to move forward the divided country's stalled peace process.
  • UGANDA / LRA VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- The Ugandan army says it now doubts the authenticity of an apparent peace overture by northern rebels last month. An army spokesman says there is no evidence to confirm claims by rebel commanders that their leader wants to make peace.
  • AFRICA/REFUGEES VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- The U.N. refugee agency is launching an appeal for more than one-billion-dollars to assist about 17-million people next year. Nearly half of the budget is allocated for programs in Africa.
  • Chechnya: Ten Years After -- The Logic Behind The First Chechen War RFE/RL 10 Dec 2004 -- On 11 December 1994, Russian troops entered Chechnya. Officially, their mission was to restore Moscow's authority over the secessionist republic. The Russian defense minister at the time, Pavel Grachev, assured then President Boris Yeltsin that the Chechen capital Grozny could be seized in two hours by a regiment of paratroopers. Ten years and two military campaigns later, the war rages on, with no end in sight.
  • DRC: UN troops break up militia camp in Ituri IRIN 10 Dec 2004 -- UN troops shut down a militia camp on Thursday in the embattled northeastern district of Ituri in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN official said on Thursday.
  • GREAT LAKES: Kinshasa absent from tripartite meeting to ease regional tensions IRIN 10 Dec 2004 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) effectively cancelled a high-level inter-government meeting scheduled for Thursday with Rwanda and Uganda to develop mechanisms by which they could peacefully work out their differences and ensure the security of their respective borders.
  • ISRAEL POLITICS VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has invited the Labor Party to join the government a day after winning approval to do so from his Likud party's Central Committee. The Israeli leader also plans to invite two conservative religious parties to join him in a coalition.
  • SUDAN / PEACE TALKS VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- A new round of talks in Nigeria to end Sudan's Darfur conflict is getting off to a rocky start with the government accusing the rebels of breaking previous agreements and rebel delegates arriving late.

News Reports

  • RUSSIA/UKRAINE/EU VOA 10 Dec 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia would not object to Ukraine joining the European Union. He says it would help the Russian economy to closer integrate into the EU. The Russian leader's comments follow weeks of heated rhetoric between Russia and the European Union over Ukraine's disputed presidential election.
  • Kuchma Announces New Prosecutor-General RFE/RL 10 Dec 2004 -- Outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma announced today he has reappointed Svyatoslav Piskun as prosecutor-general.
  • Yushchenko Vows No Retaliation If Victorious RFE/RL 10 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko today promised not to retaliate with political persecution against his opponents if elected in the country's 26 December repeat presidential runoff.

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