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14 December 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • President Presents Medal of Freedom The White House 14 Dec 2004 -- "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is our nation's highest civil award given to men and women of exceptional merit, integrity and achievement. Today this honor goes to three men who have played pivotal roles in great events, and whose efforts have made our country more secure and advanced the cause of human liberty."
  • President Honors Three With Nation's Highest Civilian Award AFPS 14 Dec 2004 -- President Bush today bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on three men who he said "have played pivotal roles in great events and whose efforts have made our country more secure and advanced the cause of human liberty."
  • Bremer, Franks and Tenet Honored by President Bush Washington File 14 Dec 2004 -- President Bush honored three former U.S. officials with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award, for their contributions to the U.S. military and diplomatic objectives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Defense Department Conducts First Administrative Review Board 14 Dec 2004 -- The Department of Defense conducted its first Administrative Review Board (ARB) for enemy combatants detained at the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. All detainees who have been confirmed to be enemy combatants by the Combatant Status Review Tribunals will be processed through the ARBs.

  • DoD Selects First Group for National Security Personnel System 14 Dec 2004 -- Navy Secretary Gordon England announced today the activities selected to take part in the initial implementation of the human resources and appeals elements of the Department of Defense National Security Personnel System (NSPS).

  • Rumsfeld Presents Two Distinguished Public Service Awards 14 Dec 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld presented Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service awards today to two individuals for their accomplishments in the Global War on Terrorism.
  • Marine Pilots Land Ospreys On Kearsarge Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2004 -- For the first time, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) conducted landing operations with the MV-22 Osprey.
  • Battalion's IRRs Readily Answer Call to Duty AFPS 14 Dec 2004 -- Like thousands of former active duty soldiers, many soldiers now serving with the 844th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) got letters and telegrams ordering them back to service.
  • Resultant Fury successful thanks to 'test' Airmen AFPN 14 Dec 2004 -- Airmen from the 53rd Wing here recently showcased airpower over the Pacific Ocean when Air Force and Navy aircraft targeted and destroyed moving maritime targets.
  • Stratotankers provide more than refueling capabilities AFPN 14 Dec 2004 -- The KC-135 Stratotankers of the 351st Air Refueling Squadron here have recently added aeromedical evacuation and airlift missions to their "been there, done that" list.
  • Stryker performance scores high with Army leaders Army News 14 Dec 2004 -- Speed, protection and mobility are just a few reasons Army leaders are praising the Stryker's survivability in urban combat and artic environments.
  • Forward Oscar Group Reports for Unique Duty Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2004 -- More than 400 Navy Reservists mobilized by the Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force (NAVELSF) here began six weeks of intensive training to fulfill a customs inspection mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Dec. 12. This is the first time that this requirement is being fulfilled by the Navy.
  • Q-4 Seahawks, 1st Radio Bn. get signals straight in Yuma desert USMC News 14 Dec 2004 -- It happens in a matter of minutes. A team of signal intelligence operators intercepts an enemy transmission. Gathering information from the signals, they contact EA-6B Prowlers flying high above. The Prowlers jam their communication, and just like that, the enemy has lost their command and control.

  • State Dept. Official Defends U.S. Policy on Landmines Washington File 14 Dec 2004 -- The United States leads the world in helping to solve the global landmine problem, says a U.S. State Department official, rejecting a recent editorial in an American newspaper that suggested otherwise.

  • Russia/China: Beijing Announces Joint Military Exercises With Russia RFE/RL 14 Dec 2004 -- The government in Beijing says China and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises in 2005. Moscow has long been the major arms supplier to its massive eastern neighbor. The announcement could signal that the former Cold War rivals are now seeking closer ties in order to act as a counterbalance to U.S. dominance. But one military analyst says the exercises will be more show than substance.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 14 Washington File 14 Dec 2004 -- Iraq, Tariq Ramadan/visa process, Egypt/Israel/United States, Middle East, Cambodia, Taiwan, Romania, Israel/Palestinians, Ethiopia/Eritrea, Indonesia, Japan, China
  • White House Daily Briefing, December 14 Washington File 14 Dec 2004 -- Palestinian Authority/laying down of weapons, Medals of Freedom/Dir. Tenet, Rumsfeld/Sen. McCain's comments on Defense, White House economic conference/agenda, tax reform, military equipment, Nevirapine/AIDS drug, HHS secretary/drug reimportation, reaching out to Democrats, plan to reform international institutions, Italian Prime Minister visit, Iran/nuclear program

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Receives $15 Million Contract for Goalkeeper Weapon Systems General Dynamics 14 Dec 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $15 million contract from THALES Nederland for the production of Goalkeeper weapon systems. Deliveries will commence in February 2006 and extend through May 2006.
  • Raytheon's JSOW-C Successfully Completes Operational Test Raytheon 14 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has given Raytheon Company's unitary penetration variant of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW-C) its highest assessment: "suitable and effective."
  • United Kingdom Police Information Technology Organization Selects Northrop Grumman For Identification Services Contract Northrop Grumman 14 Dec 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide advance biometric identification technology as part of an integrated computer system that links more than 50 police forces and agencies in the United Kingdom. This upgraded system, called IDENT1, will for the first time, allow the routine identification of individuals throughout the United Kingdom mainland, following Scotland's decision to join with England and Wales in establishing a unified collection of finger and palm prints.

Other Conflicts

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Will the UN Security Council impose a second wave of sanctions? IRIN 14 Dec 2004 -- Wednesday is the day the United Nations Security Council threatened to impose a second wave of sanctions on anyone obstructing Cote d'Ivoire's peace process. But will the travel bans and asset freezes be forthcoming?
  • NIGERIA-SUDAN: Darfur rebels withdraw from peace talks citing government attacks IRIN 14 Dec 2004 -- Peace talks to end the Darfur conflict were stalled on Tuesday after rebel groups withdrew in protest at ceasefire violations by the government in Khartoum.
  • Annan calls for long-term peacekeeping strategies for troubled Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 14 Dec 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the Security Council and West African regional leaders to propose new long-term strategies for Côte d'Ivoire, saying that last month's crisis highlighted the limitations of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there.
  • BUSH / MIDEAST VOA 14 Dec 2004 -- The Bush administration has reacted positively to the latest comments from Mahmoud Abbas -- the Palestinian leader campaigning to succeed Yasser Arafat in elections next month.
  • More U.N. Troops Arrive in Haiti to Improve Security Washington File 14 Dec 2004 -- The United Nations says its peacekeeping mission in Haiti will deploy more than 8,000 troops and police in the country by the beginning of 2005, which will demonstrate to the Haitian population the mission's "determination to disarm rogue groups and establish security."
  • KENYA / SUDAN TALKS VOA 14 Dec 2004 -- U.N. envoy to Sudan Jan Pronk says he remains optimistic that the Sudanese government and southern-based SPLA rebels will keep their promise to sign a comprehensive peace deal by the end of the year.
  • CONGO/FIGHTING VOA 14 Dec 2004 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo says recent fighting in eastern Congo was the result of a Rwandan attack and not internal army clashes. David Lewis reports from Kinshasa that even though Rwanda denies it is involved in fighting, U.N. workers say tens of thousands of civilians have fled the region.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA VOA 14 Dec 2004 -- Ethiopia has warned Eritrea not to go to war over their disputed boundary, a situation Eritrea says is hypothetical.
  • DARFUR TALKS VOA 14 Dec 2004 -- African Union mediators are struggling to keep alive Sudan's Darfur peace talks, which are taking place in Nigeria. Sudanese rebels are refusing to negotiate until government attacks in the Darfur region stop.

News Reports

  • Ukraine's Yanukovych Denies Calling For Force RFE/RL 14 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych today denied he supported the use of force against opposition demonstrators who packed the streets of Kyiv after the disputed presidential election.
  • Alcatel delivers Corotel telescope to French space agency for COROT stellar observation satellite Thales 14 Dec 2004 -- Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), has delivered the Corotel telescope to the National Institute for Sciences of the Universe (INSU), on behalf of French space agency CNES. The telescope will be mounted on the Corot satellite, which is designed to study the inside of stars and look for new planets.

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