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13 December 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Oriskany Starts Final Journey Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2004 -- A Navy contractor will commence towing ex-Oriskany from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Pensacola, Fla., in December, in preparation as the Navy's first aircraft carrier to be sunk as an artificial reef, in June 2005.
  • Communicators train to face enemies on digital battlefield AFPN 13 Dec 2004 -- In millions of real-world attacks each year, hackers from every corner of the Earth try to crack through computer network defenses.
  • Pearl Harbor Security Applies Technology to Force Protection Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2004 -- Naval Station Pearl Harbor security has acquired and implemented the military's first fixed commercial vehicle inspection station x-ray apparatus, designed to detect contraband and anomalies in vehicles entering the base.
  • 'Bengals' roar at Desert Talon USMC News 13 Dec 2004 -- More than 185 Marines and sailors from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-224 (All Weather) came to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma for Exercise Desert Talon, a two-week training regiment that prepares units and squadrons for deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Vandenberg activates interceptor missile AFPN 13 Dec 2004 -- Missile defense is likened to hitting a bullet with a bullet. Using that analogy, the Air Force now has a round in the chamber.
  • Airborne Laser conducts extended flight test AFPN 13 Dec 2004 -- YAL-1A, the Airborne Laser aircraft, flew for 2 hours and 31 minutes here Dec. 9. The flight was part of a continuing series to re-establish airworthiness, a requirement since the aircraft has been out of service for almost two years for modifications and installation of the laser's complex beam control system.

  • White House Daily Briefing, December 13 Washington File 13 Dec 2004 -- Bernard Kerik, Sean O'Keefe, ElBaradei, Spy satellites, Ukraine, Homeland Security Secretary, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Afghanistan, al Qaeda, White House Economic Conference, Immigration, Social Security, 527 groups
  • SCOWCROFT/FOREIGN POLICY VOA 13 Dec 2004 -- President Bush faces a number of key foreign policy challenges as he prepares to begin his second four-year term in office. Former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft discussed some of the major foreign policy priorities Mr. Bush will have to address in the years ahead.

Defense Industry

  • ATK Receives More Than $300 Million in Orders for Small-caliber Ammunition ATK 13 Dec 2004 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), the nation’s premier small-caliber ammunition provider, has received orders in excess of $300 million from the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command since the beginning of the government fiscal year on October 1. ATK will supply a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50 caliber ammunition. Deliveries from these orders are expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2006.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $20 Million Order from U.S. Marine Corps for Unit Operations Centers General Dynamics 13 Dec 2004 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $20 million contract option from the U.S. Marine Corps System Command (MARCORSYSCOM) to provide 21 additional Unit Operations Centers (UOCs).
  • Lockheed Martin Agrees To Acquire STASYS Limited Lockheed Martin 13 Dec 2004 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase STASYS Limited, a U.K.-based technology and consulting firm specializing in network communications and defense interoperability. This move will strengthen Lockheed Martin’s international leadership in net-centric technologies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
  • Northrop Grumman Receives $215.3 Million Vinson Planning Contract Northrop Grumman 13 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a planning contract valued at approximately $215.3 million for continued preparations for the overhaul and refueling of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
  • U.S. Navy Commissions Northrop Grumman-Built Aegis Destroyer; USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) Joins Atlantic Fleet Northrop Grumman 13 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Navy commissioned the Aegis guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) in a ceremony at Naval Weapons Station here on Saturday. The ship is the 21st Arleigh Burke class destroyer built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).

Other Conflicts

  • DRC: Clashes between army factions displace North Kivu residents IRIN 13 Dec 2004 -- Weekend fighting between rival factions of the armed forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has displaced an undisclosed number of people, official sources reported on Monday.
  • NIGERIA-SUDAN: Violence pushes peace talks off track IRIN 13 Dec 2004 -- Continuing violence in Darfur is derailing efforts to find a political roadmap out of a crisis that has pitted the Sudanese government against rebel groups for almost two years, delegates at AU-sponsored talks said on Monday.
  • U-S / MIDEAST PEACE VOA 13 Dec 2004 -- The death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat just over 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.
  • CONGO/FIGHTING VOA 13 Dec 2004 -- The United Nations has called on all factions involved in several days of fighting in eastern Congo to agree to a cease-fire. Clashes continued Monday as the United Nations ordered the government to clarify the confusion caused by troop deployments near the border with Rwanda and reports of arms distributions to civilians.
  • SUDAN / TALKS VOA 13 Dec 2004 -- African Union mediators at peace talks for Sudan's Darfur region say there has been an escalation of cease-fire violations during the past three months, and that these must stop before a comprehensive peace accord can be reached.

News Reports

  • CHILE/PINOCHET VOA 13 Dec 2004 -- Former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet has been placed under house arrest in connection with charges of human rights abuses during his 17-year rule.

  • ROMANIA/BALLOT VOA 13 Dec 2004 -- Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase has conceded defeat in Sunday's presidential run-off election. Official results show that a colorful former ship's captain-turned-politician won Romania's presidency.

  • U.S./UKRAINE POL VOA 13 Dec 2004 -- The United States Monday urged a complete and transparent investigation of the apparent poisoning of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko. At the same time, it denied charges by his opponent, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, of U.S. meddling in the campaign.
  • Ukraine: Yushchenko Convinced He Was Poisoned By 'Those In Power' RFE/RL 13 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko has said he is certain that authorities in Ukraine poisoned him. Yushchenko made the remarks in Kyiv late yesterday after returning from a Vienna clinic where doctors confirmed the cause of his mysterious illness as dioxin poisoning. The doctors said the toxic substance probably was put into Yushchenko's food. In his remarks, Yushchenko did not specify who he thinks poisoned him. But both Yushchenko and his American-born wife have spoken in recent weeks about a dinner he had with Ukrainian security officials just hours before he became ill. Ukrainian authorities have denied any involvement.
  • U.S., EU Concerned At Yushchenko Poisoning RFE/RL 13 Dec 2004 -- The United States and the European Union say they are disturbed by reports that Ukraine's opposition leader and presidential candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, had been poisoned.
  • UKRAINE / CAMPAIGN VOA 13 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's parliament reopened an investigation into allegations that opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned during the presidential campaign, following the release of a medical report from Vienna that he had ingested the highly toxic dioxin. Meanwhile, a top European official is in Ukraine to discuss plans for the December 26th presidential run-offs.

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