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16 December 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Dec 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing 16 Dec 2004 -- General George W. Casey, Jr., Commander, Multi-National Force Iraq
  • All Trucks in Iraq Have Some Form of Armor, General Says AFPS 16 Dec 2004 -- All of the medium and heavy trucks soldiers drive in Iraq have some form of armor on them, said the logistics boss in the country during an interview Dec. 14.
  • Defense Dept. Report, December 16: Iraq Reconstruction, Security Issues Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- Rebuilding Iraq and protecting the forces that are attempting to promote peace are high U.S. priorities, according to several Pentagon officials who conducted three separate briefings December 15.
  • Iraqi Communications Official Shot Dead RFE/RL 16 Dec 2004 -- A senior official in Iraq's Communications Ministry was shot dead as he was driving to work in Baghdad today.
  • Bombs Create Illusion of Powerful Insurgency, Commander Says AFPS 16 Dec 2004 -- Car bombs and other attacks are creating an illusion that the insurgency his forces are fighting is powerful, the general in charge of coalition forces in Iraq said at a Pentagon news conference today.
  • Commander in Iraq Says Campaign Plan 'Broadly on Track' AFPS 16 Dec 2004 -- Things in Iraq are generally headed in the right direction, the commander of coalition forces in Iraq said here today.
  • U.S. Military Envisions Reaching Its Goal in Iraq Within a Year Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- The top U.S. military commander of ground forces in Iraq says the plan to help Iraq transition to a constitutionally elected government by the end of 2005 is on track.

  • Taliban, Warlords Losing in Afghanistan, General Says AFPS 16 Dec 2004 -- The October elections here were a referendum on the Taliban, "and they lost by eight and a half million votes," the coalition military commander said here today.
  • Afghan demobilization marks milestone with one whole region disarmed - UN UN News Centre 16 Dec 2004 -- For the first time since Afghanistan's disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process was launched more than a year ago, all units in an entire region have been declared disarmed, the United Nations mission reported today.
  • AFGHAN DRUG TRADE VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- The Afghan government had a big victory this week in its battle against drug trafficking. Police seized a huge haul of opium in the eastern part of the country. The raid comes as President Hamid Karzai begins a crackdown on what he calls the country's biggest problem, the production of illegal opium. But researchers at Sweden's Uppsala University who study the Central Asia drug trade, say Afghanistan's drug problem is likely to worsen unless the United States and Europe attach more importance to fighting.
  • U.S. HELICOPTER CRASHES IN AFGHANISTAN CENTCOM 16 Dec 2004 -- A United States Army OH-58 helicopter crashed today in Afghanistan just north of Shindand in Herat Province. The crash site was secured immediately and there were no enemy forces reported in the area.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • MEU wraps up Crescent City TRUEX USMC News 16 Dec 2004 -- A Training in an Urban Environment Exercise is traditional training for any Marine Expeditionary Unit preparing for deployment. But for the Marines and Sailors of the 26th MEU, urban training in New Orleans Dec. 4-16 was anything but traditional.
  • Airmen move crucial cargo for warfighters AFPN 16 Dec 2004 -- Airmen of the 437th Aerial Port Squadron here are packaging and delivering critical supplies, including vehicle armor, to American warfighters in Iraq.
  • Pentagon, eight bases test new civilian personnel system AFPN 16 Dec 2004 -- Defense Department officials announced Dec. 15 that elements of the Air Force headquarters and eight bases will be in the initial implementation of the National Security Personnel System.
  • U.S. Air Force deploys C-130Js for first time AFPN 16 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force's C-130J Hercules -- the newest variant of the versatile C-130 aircraft -- deployed for the first time this month.
  • Army boosts up-armored vehicle production Army News 16 Dec 2004 -- The Army is continuing to accelerate the production of up-armored tactical wheeled vehicles, officials said during a Pentagon press conference Dec. 15.
  • USS The Sullivans Contributes to Global War on Terrorism Navy NewsStand 16 Dec 2004 -- The crew of USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returned to sea Dec. 13 after a six-day port visit to Oman.
  • USS Simpson Returns From Deployment Navy NewsStand 16 Dec 2004 -- More than 225 Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) and its embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Light, (HSL) 44, Det. 10 will return to their home port in Mayport, Fla., Dec. 20, after a three-month deployment to the Western Atlantic.

  • Pakistan, France discuss defense production IRNA 16 Dec 2004 -- Pakistan and France have expressed desire to enhance collaboration in defense production sector, a statement of Defense Ministry said here Thursday.

  • AUSTRALIA MARITIME SECURITY VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- Plans by Australia to enforce an extensive new offshore security zone are causing concern among its neighbors. The Maritime Identification Zone announced by Prime Minister John Howard will extend 18-hundred kilometers from Australia's coast and could see its forces intercept vessels far beyond his country's territorial waters.

  • White House Daily Briefing, December 16 Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- Presidential proclamation/60th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge, Social Security reform, economic conference, budget, Secretary Rumsfeld criticism, military funding, AIDS drug, Iraq violence, Osama bin Laden, U.N. election monitors, Syria/Iran responsibilities in Iraq
  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 16 Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Bosnia, Israel/Palestinian, Russia

Defense Industry

  • AEGIS WEAPON SYSTEM DELIVERS SUCCESS ABOARD U.S. NAVY DESTROYER HALSEY Lockheed Martin 16 Dec 2004 -- The crew of the U.S. Navy destroyer Halsey (DDG 97) successfully completed three separate underway sea trials in a single two-day “Super Trial” in the Gulf of Mexico. The consolidated Super Trial reflects the Navy’s confidence in the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) developed Aegis Weapon System performance and results in considerable time saving and cost avoidance for the Navy.
  • Northrop Grumman Introduces New Radio Frequency Identification Solution Northrop Grumman 16 Dec 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has developed a new technology to help companies achieve radio frequency identification (RFID)-compliance to meet customer needs. The Illuminos(tm) software development toolkit allows the user's RFID solution to interact with the numerous RFID hardware vendors' readers and printers.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Meteorological and Oceanographic Support Contract Northrop Grumman 16 Dec 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration to provide system engineering and program support for the U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Naval Oceanographic Office. This technical support will assist in the collection, interpretation and application of global information that keeps U.S. armed forces safe at sea, and during strategic and tactical warfare.
  • Raytheon Delivers First Low Rate Initial Production Army Airborne Command and Control System Raytheon 16 Dec 2004 -- Raytheon Company has delivered the first low rate initial production (LRIP) Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S) to the U.S. Army.
  • Thales expands cooperation with Sukhoi Thales 16 Dec 2004 -- Thales has reinforced its position in the Russian aerospace market by signing a protocol with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company to provide the development and integration of Thales' full avionics suite on board the Russian Regional Jet (RRJ) airplane. The protocol, signed in Moscow, defines the main principles of this important industrial cooperation between both companies, including a contract of around 70 million euros for a first batch of equipment.

Other Conflicts

  • Bush Delays Move of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- President Bush announced December 15 that the United States would delay moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for an additional six months.
  • Darfur Policy Reflects U.S. Multilateral Approach Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- Ambassador Michael Ranneberger told members of the American public interested in foreign affairs that the depth and breadth of U.S. efforts "to resolve the crisis in Darfur highlight a major collaborative effort between the United States, our allies, and African leaders."
  • US / BOSNIA SANCTIONS VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- The international community Thursday announced new measures against Bosnian Serb officials for failing to hand over indicted Balkans war crimes figures to the U.N. tribunal in the Hague. They include targeted sanctions by the United States, which criticized "obstructionism" by the semi-independent Bosnian Serb republic.
  • Powell, French Foreign Minister Discuss Mideast Peace, Turkey Washington File 16 Dec 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell and French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier discussed U.S.-French relations, the Middle East and Turkey's negotiations with the European Union during their meeting at the State Department December 15.
  • UN / MIDDLE EAST VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council -- noting positive developments in the Middle East - has agreed that the time is right for revitalizing the road map peace plan.
  • US / BOSNIA SANCTIONS VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- The international community Thursday announced new measures against Bosnian Serb officials for failing to hand over indicted Balkans war crimes figures to the U.N. tribunal in The Hague. They include targeted sanctions by the United States.
  • Middle East: Pressure Builds To Revive Peace Process RFE/RL 16 Dec 2004 -- France's foreign minister says improving U.S.-European relations will depend on efforts by the Bush administration to revive the Middle East peace process. Michel Barnier made his remarks yesterday after meeting briefly in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. His comments came as many see a new chance to revive the peace process after the death of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.
  • DARFUR /TALKS VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- The two main rebel groups from Sudan's Darfur region are refusing to rejoin stalled peace talks in Nigeria. They are accusing the government of failing to keep its promise to rein in its troops.
  • UGANDA / LRA VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- Uganda's army says it does not support extending a month-long ceasefire with northern rebels following the expiration of the truce Wednesday.
  • DRC: Civilians flee renewed fighting in North Kivu IRIN 16 Dec 2004 -- Fighting resumed on Wednesday in the town of Kanyabayonga in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • SUDAN: Clashes force suspension of South Darfur relief operations IRIN 16 Dec 2004 -- The UN has suspended its relief operations in parts of the Sudanese state of South Darfur due to fighting between government and rebel forces, and a reported build-up of armed groups in the area, a spokesperson said.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: UN appeals for peaceful resolution of border dispute IRIN 16 Dec 2004 -- The UN has called on Ethiopia and Eritrea to stop an ongoing war of words over their border dispute that sparked fighting four years ago, and instead concentrate on the search for peace.

News Reports

  • In Washington DC, Annan says UN is best placed to tackle global ills UN News Centre 16 Dec 2004 -- Delivering a speech in Washington, DC today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan sought the support of the United States in adapting the United Nations to better respond to emerging global threats, while emphasizing the world body's central role in this endeavour.
  • ANNAN / SPEECH VOA 16 Dec 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the organization is in need of reform, but remains the international community's best hope for facing global threats and challenges.
  • World: UN And Washington Seek To Navigate Rocky Patch In Relations RFE/RL 16 Dec 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to meet in Washington today with the current and future U.S. secretaries of state amid yet another rocky period in U.S.-UN relations. Some Republicans in the U.S. Congress are calling for Annan's resignation and the Bush administration has expressed concern at limited UN involvement in Iraq's election process. The administration has also recently spoken out against a new term in office for International Atomic Energy Agency head Muhammad el-Baradei. The tensions reflect the general hostility, heightened by the Iraq war, of some in Washington toward the UN. But experts say the relationship is too important to suffer long-term damage.

  • EMCS Greenhouse: From Lake Constance into Space EADS 16 Dec 2004 -- EADS SPACE Transportation (Friedrichshafen) has now supplied a greenhouse for space to the North American Space Agency NASA. The development of the research system called EMCS (European Modular Cultivation System) took six years. The equipment is to be transported to the International Space Station ISS with the first operative shuttle flight and will be installed there by the astronauts, presumably in the following year.
  • Alcatel-built HUYGENS probe on final approach to Titan Thales 16 Dec 2004 -- The HUYGENS probe is scheduled to separate from the CASSINI spacecraft on December 25 - Merry Christmas, Solar System!

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