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15 December 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Missile Defense Flight Test Conducted Missile Defense Agency 15 Dec 2004 -- The Missile Defense Agency announced today it was unable to complete a planned flight test after the interceptor missile experienced an anomaly shortly before it was to be launched from the Ronald Reagan Test Site, Republic of the Marshall Islands, in the central Pacific Ocean.

  • Navy Awards Contract Option for First Littoral Combat Ship 15 Dec 2004 -- The Department of Navy today awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., Maritime Systems & Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., a $188.2 million contract option for detail design and construction of the first Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

  • U.S.: As Bush Remakes Cabinet, Defense Secretary Remains -- Despite New Controversy RFE/RL 15 Dec 2004 -- Donald Rumsfeld has long been a focus of controversy in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. Critics have blamed the defense secretary for a series of miscues in Iraq, including scandals involving abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers. But criticism of the Pentagon chief is again on the rise as Bush shuffles his cabinet in preparation for another four years in office. Critics ask why nine of 15 cabinet secretaries are leaving yet Rumsfeld is not, despite remaining a key focus of controversy.
  • Fort McHenry Provides Fueling Support During Aid Efforts in the Philippines Navy NewsStand 15 Dec 2004 -- In support of humanitarian relief efforts in the Republic of the Philippines, USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) is currently providing assistance to Marine helicopters ferrying aid to victims of recent typhoons, flooding and landslides on the island of Luzon.
  • USS Bonhomme Richard Deploys In Support of Global War On Terrorism Navy NewsStand 15 Dec 2004 -- The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) deployed Dec. 6 with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5 for a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • Coalition Maritime Forces Deter Pirate Attack off Yemen Navy NewsStand 15 Dec 2004 -- Coalition aircraft, while on patrol in the Gulf of Aden, deterred pirates from attacking a civilian sailing yacht in international waters off the coast of Yemen, Dec. 12.
  • NSPS Implementation Set to Start Next Summer AFPS 15 Dec 2004 -- Implementation of the first phase of the Defense Department's new National Security Personnel System is slated for next summer, senior officials said here this week.
  • Army Pushes Forward on Up-Armoring Wheeled Vehicles AFPS 15 Dec 2004 -- Up-armoring tactical wheeled vehicles continues to be a priority for the Army, officials involved in the effort told reporters today at the Pentagon.
  • Officials select first for National Security Personnel System AFPN 15 Dec 2004 -- Navy Secretary Gordon England announced Dec. 15 the units selected to take part in the initial implementation of the human resources and appeals elements of the Department of Defense's National Security Personnel System.
  • New agreement will strengthen network security AFPN 15 Dec 2004 -- In an initiative to secure computers and networks worldwide, Air Force officials entered into an agreement with Microsoft to purchase software and support for more than a half-million computers.
  • Kadena Airmen aid Philippine typhoon victims AFPN 15 Dec 2004 -- Airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, are helping the Philippines recover from the devastating effects of a series of typhoons that have left 1,400 dead or missing and displaced about 170,000 people.
  • Army employees among first to test NSPS Army News 15 Dec 2004 -- Army employees at several arsenals and depots will be among the first to test a new DoD civilian personnel system.
  • USS Vicksburg Returns to Naval Station Navy NewsStand 15 Dec 2004 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) and its embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Light (HSL) 42, Det. 8 will return to Mayport Dec. 17.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 15 Washington File 15 Dec 2004 -- North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, Russia, Turkey, Venezuela, Israel/Palestinians, United Nations

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • LIBERIA: Transitional parliament finally adopts election bill IRIN 15 Dec 2004 -- After international pressure and a veto from Liberia's interim leader, the transitional parliament has finally ended five months of wrangling and removed a controversial amendment, to pass an electoral reform bill that paves the way for polls to take place on schedule in October 2005.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Annan says UN mission needs more troops after latest flare-up IRIN 15 Dec 2004 -- The UN Mission in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI) needs reinforcing with more than 1,200 military personnel after days of mob violence in the West African nation last month left it "strained to the limit", Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Tuesday.
  • UN troops in DR of Congo exchange fire with persons coming from Rwanda UN News Centre 15 Dec 2004 -- Unidentified people aboard three dug-out canoes coming from Rwanda opened fire on United Nations peacekeeping forces in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) early today, but were forced to turn back when the UN troops returned fire, the UN mission said.
  • Historic Opening for Peace in Sudan, U.S. Official Says Washington File 15 Dec 2004 -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Michael Ranneberger sees a "historic" opportunity for a peace settlement that will end Sudan's 21-year-long civil war, which has killed two million people and displaced millions more, and have far-reaching effects on the region and the war on terror.
  • CONGO / FIGHTING VOA 15 Dec 2004 -- The United Nations says fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo continued Wednesday. The Congolese government and neighboring Rwanda have traded accusations yet again over who is involved.
  • DARFUR / TALKS VOA 15 Dec 2004 -- African Union mediators at Darfur peace talks in Nigeria are trying to have rebel groups end their boycott, after receiving assurances from Sudan's government it will stop its offensive.
  • SUDAN / AID VOA 15 Dec 2004 -- There appears to be growing antagonism between the Sudanese government and U.N. and Western aid agencies. The rift often makes it difficult for aid workers to deliver food and medicine to many of the nearly two million people displaced by violence in the country's volatile west.
  • DRC: MONUC foils attack from Rwanda IRIN 15 Dec 2004 -- Armed men from Rwanda attempted to enter the town of Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, but were repelled by the UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo, known as MONUC.
  • SUDAN: Southern agreement key to Darfur peace - UN IRIN 15 Dec 2004 -- The settlement of the long-running conflict in southern Sudan between Khartoum and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), is key to solving the humanitarian crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, a UN envoy said.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Asmara tells Addis to comply with border ruling IRIN 15 Dec 2004 -- Eritrea has called on Ethiopia to abide by the ruling of an independent commission that delineated their disputed border in 2002 and urged the international community to help secure peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Rwandan military in Goma for joint verification IRIN 15 Dec 2004 -- Four Rwandan military officers have been in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since November as part of a new joint verification committee that also includes Congolese and UN officials, Rwanda's envoy to the Great Lakes region, Richard Sezibera, told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • SRI LANKA DONORS VOA 15 Dec 2004 -- The United States and two other international donors have criticized Sri Lanka's coalition government, after one of its partners made statements the donors say could disrupt efforts to restart peace talks with separatist rebels.

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