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20 December 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Post-Government Service Employment Restriction Changes Announced 20 Dec 2004 -- The Department of Defense recently modified its ethics regulation to ensure DoD personnel, when leaving federal service, do not inadvertently violate federal "revolving door" statutes.
  • Deputy Secretary Visits Deploying Task Force AFPS 20 Dec 2004 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz got a warm welcome at a town hall meeting here at this wintry northwestern New York state base Dec. 17.

  • US / GUANTANAMO DETAINEES VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- U.S. military officials say they are preparing to release a detainee held at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who is no longer thought to be an enemy combatant in the war on terrorism.
  • Officials Try to 'Strike Right Balance' in Releasing Terror War Detainees AFPS 20 Dec 2004 -- U.S. officials are balancing individual rights against the need to protect American citizens in determining who to release from custody in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Annual Review Process Begins for Guantanamo Detainees AFPS 20 Dec 2004 -- An annual review process has begun to determine if individual detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are still threats to the United States or if they can be released to their home countries.
  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing on Status of Military Tribunals 20 Dec 2004 -- Gordon England, Secretary of The Navy
  • Navy Secretary Says Another Guantanamo Detainee Will Be Released Washington File 20 Dec 2004 -- Navy Secretary Gordon England says a second detainee held as an enemy combatant has been identified for release from the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

  • National Guard increases bonuses Army News 20 Dec 2004 -- The chief of the National Guard Bureau is bearing gifts of gold to some citizen-soldiers in the Army National Guard during this holiday season.
  • Fast Cruise Marks End of DPIA for 'Big Stick' Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2004 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) conducted a "fast cruise" Dec. 6-10 that marked the end of the ship's Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va.
  • USS Mahan Returns From STANAVFORMED Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2004 -- More than 300 Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) returned to their homeport of Norfolk, Va., Dec. 18, following a two-month surge deployment in support of Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED).
  • Navy Cargo Ship 'Sinks' to Move Army Watercraft Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2004 -- MV American Cormorant, a 738-foot ship chartered by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command 'sank' off the southern coast of the United Kingdom in order to load eleven U.S. Army watercraft Nov. 30.
  • Raptor crashes at Nellis AFPN 20 Dec 2004 -- An Air Force F/A-22 Raptor crashed on takeoff here Dec. 20. The pilot ejected successfully and was taken to the base hospital for evaluation.
  • 'Mothership' retires AFPN 20 Dec 2004 -- NASA's B-52B Stratofortress "mothership" air-launch aircraft has retired after nearly 50 years of dropping advanced research vehicles.

  • TAIWAN/U.S. MILITARY VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- A new report claims Washington will soon replace its civilian defense experts on Taiwan with active-duty army personnel. The move would likely upset Chinese officials, who are sensitive to any foreign dealings with Taiwan.

  • Transcript: President Holds Press Conference The White House 20 Dec 2004
  • Rumsfeld Doing "Really Fine Job" Leading DoD, Bush Says AFPS 20 Dec 2004 -- President Bush praised Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's leadership today, acknowledging that managing the Defense Department is "a complex job" even during peacetime, but particularly during times of war.
  • BUSH/NEWS CONFERENCE VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- President Bush says the election process in Iraq must move forward, despite continuing violence and problems with the training of Iraqi security forces. Iraq was one of many issues addressed by the president at an end-of-year news conference.
  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 20 Washington File 20 Dec 2004 -- Sudan, Russia, India, Israel/Palestinians, Ukraine, Syria, Pakistan, Burma, Cyprus, South Africa, United Nations

Defense Industry

  • CACI Awarded $16 Million Contract to Provide Logistics Analysis and Training Support to U.S. Navy and Marine Corps CACI 20 Dec 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a prime contract by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk, Detachment Philadelphia, to provide technical services to support the Fleet Assistance and Shipboard Training (FAST) program. The award, which is for one base year with four one-year options, has a current value of $16 million that could increase to $85 million if all options are exercised
  • Lockheed Martin Invited to Compete for Multi-Billion Dollar Integrated Wireless Network Contract Lockheed Martin 20 Dec 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been invited to compete for the next phase of the Integrated Wireless Network (IWN). IWN will provide secure, interoperable nationwide wireless communications for federal agents and officers and allow multi-agency operations between the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Treasury. The final contract is potentially worth several billion dollars over 10 years.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $267 Million Contract for Egyptian M1A1 Co-production Program General Dynamics 20 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $267 million modification to a previously awarded contract to produce 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits for the Egyptian tank co-production program. Deliveries begin in 2005 and will continue through 2008.
  • Raytheon Missile Systems achieves CMMI Level 3 Certification Raytheon 20 Dec 2004 -- Raytheon Missile Systems has achieved Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 certification from the Software Engineering Institute. The certification demonstrates that Missile Systems incorporates the best business practices to ensure predictability and improved quality in performance.
  • Northrop Grumman Completes Major Risk-Reduction Step for Advanced EHF Engineering Model Payload Testing Northrop Grumman 20 Dec 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed integrating engineering model payload elements into a single-string prototype for the new Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military communications satellite, which allowed the company to successfully demonstrate performance capabilities.

Other Conflicts

  • US / DARFUR VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- The Bush administration is urging Sudan's government and the rebels battling it to cooperate with efforts to end their fighting. Violence has flared in the western region of Darfur despite promises to abide by a ceasefire.
  • Intensified Violence in Darfur Gravely Concerns United States Washington File 20 Dec 2004 -- The United States is "gravely concerned by the intensified violence" that has been recently taking place in the Darfur region of western Sudan and calls on both the Jingaweit militias and rebel groups to respect the cease-fire agreement and the terms of the humanitarian and security protocols that have been signed in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • LIBERIA: No more guns and nothing to do, say disgruntled ex-combatants IRIN 20 Dec 2004 -- "This is not what we wanted, just remaining here doing nothing," said Mamadee Keller, a former Liberian rebel fighter. He was speaking on behalf of a group of ex-combatants who have been left loitering, sometimes begging, on the streets of this remote town since handing in their weapons last month under a UN disarmament programme.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Parliament passes crucial law for peace but Gbagbo insists on referendum IRIN 20 Dec 2004 -- President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire dug his heels in over the weekend, insisting on a referendum to decide whether people with only one Ivorian parent can run for the presidency, hours after parliament had passed a law giving the green light to this change in the constitution.
  • UN again calls on Sudan's Government and rebels to cease hostilities in Darfur UN News Centre 20 Dec 2004 -- In a yet another effort to implement a ceasefire in Sudan's western Darfur region, the United Nations and its partners have called on both the Government and rebels to cease hostilities in the latest deterioration in a conflict that the UN has termed the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
  • Fighting in eastern DR of Congo that forced thousands to flee appears to have stopped, UN says UN News Centre 20 Dec 2004 -- Fighting last week that caused tens of thousands people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to flee their homes appears to have stopped, the United Nations peacekeeping mission there said today.
  • DRC: Chorus of concern as country teeters on brink of war IRIN 20 Dec 2004 -- With fresh battle fronts opening up and tens of thousands of civilians fleeing their homes, there has been mounting concern among international bodies that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is heading for a major war.
  • CENTRAL AFRICA: New regional security mechanism IRIN 20 Dec 2004 -- Amid renewed fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), countries in central Africa decided on Saturday to create a regional military command with a brigade of around 2,400 troops.
  • NEPAL/STRIKE VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- A two-day strike called by communist rebels has shut down the capital and major towns in Nepal. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, the rebels have threatened to derail parliamentary elections that the government plans to hold next year.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- A prominent leader of the settler movement is urging followers to engage in non-violent civil disobedience, in an effort to halt the removal of Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.
  • CONGO/CONFLICT VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- There appears to be a lull in the fighting today (Monday) as top regional officials and a delegation from Congo's capital tour parts of eastern Congo destroyed by recent fighting.
  • YEMEN: Focus on Somali refugees IRIN 20 Dec 2004 -- "I tried to get on deck and I was beaten. That's how my arms were broken. It was hot and crowded in the bottom of the boat and I thought I was going to suffocate," Mohammed Noor, a Somali refugee now living in a camp in the Yemeni province of Aden, told IRIN.

News Reports

  • UKRAINE / DEBATE VOA 20 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's presidential candidates face off in their first and final debate of the repeat run-off presidential election Monday in the capital, Kiev.
  • Ukraine: Part Homegrown Uprising, Part Imported Production? RFE/RL 20 Dec 2004 -- Participants in Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" say it's no accident theirs resembles the revolutions in Serbia and Georgia.

  • Mine Action Information Center Issues New Edition of "Smart Book" Washington File 20 Dec 2004 -- The following statement, issued December 17 by the State Department's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, announces the publication of the second edition of "The Landmine Action Smart Book" published by the Mine Action Information Center of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

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