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27 December 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • MSSG-31, CSSB-1 EOD Marines tests new vehicle USMC News 27 Dec 2004 -- An explosive ordnance disposal Marine with Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit was part of the initial field testing Dec. 20 for the Marine Corps' newest vehicle in Iraq - the hardened engineering vehicle "Cougar".
  • PROLIFERATION-PROGRAMS VOA 14 Dec 2004 -- At the dawn of the nuclear age, expertise in nuclear matters was limited to scientists of the two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. Now nuclear arms technology is much more accessible to governments or, potentially, terrorist groups. That has greatly complicated efforts to halt the spread of nuclear weapons.

  • Up-armor: Keeping the 1st Cavalry Safe AFPS 27 Dec 2004 -- With recent questions raised in the media about the battle readiness of troops in Iraq, 1st Cavalry Division leaders wanted to assure their soldiers that they have the best equipment the Army has to offer and are continuing to work the issue.

  • White House Daily Briefing, December 27 Washington File 27 Dec 2004 -- Earthquake/tsunami response (Bangladesh, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Maldives and Malaysia), Iraq elections, Spain
  • Transcript: ON-THE-RECORD BRIEFING Washington File 27 Dec 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Assistant Administrator for United States Agency for International Development Ed Fox
  • State Department Daily Briefing, December 27 Washington File 27 Dec 2004 -- Asian earthquake, terrorism, North Korea

Defense Industry

  • ATK Receives Contract in Excess of $5 Million for Additional Maverick Missile Work ATK 27 Dec 2004 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a contract worth approximately $5 million to provide rocket motors and heavy warheads for the Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) Maverick air-to-surface missile system. Rocket motors and warheads will be delivered to Raytheon in early 2006. The missiles are approved for Foreign Military Sale and will be delivered to the armed forces of Poland and South Korea.

Other Conflicts

  • PROLIFERATION: SMALL ARMS / AFRICA / THE PROBLEM VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- It is estimated there are some 30 million handguns and other small arms in sub-Saharan Africa, with the vast majority of them in the hands of civilians rather than soldiers. So widespread are the weapons that they can pose threats to governments in addition to societies.

  • IVORY COAST / REBELS VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- Northern-based Ivory Coast rebels are refusing mounting pressure to disarm, saying they still lack confidence in President Laurent Gbagbo to implement a stalled peace accord.
  • ISRAEL PRISONER RELEASE VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- Israel is releasing (released) 159 Palestinian prisoners (today) Monday as a goodwill gesture to the new Palestinian leadership and to Egypt. The releases come amid political campaigning for Palestinian general elections scheduled for January 9th.

News Reports

  • General Assembly votes for funds to strengthen world body's security UN News Centre 27 Dec 2004 -- Noting "a new security environment," the United Nations General Assembly has approved an appropriation of nearly $54 million to strengthen and unify the world body's security system.

  • USAID Fact Sheet on South Asia Earthquake and Tsunamis Washington File 27 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released December 27 a fact sheet on U.S. humanitarian assistance following the massive December 26 earthquake in the Indian Ocean and subsequent tsunamis.
  • India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and, Somalia Earthquake and Tsunami: OCHA Situation Report No. 4 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Date: 27 Dec 2004 A massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 occurred off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra on 26 December 2004 at 0058 hours GMT. Another earthquake of magnitude 7.3 occurred 81 kms West of Pulo Kunji (Great Nicobar Islands) at 0421 GMT. These two earthquakes triggered Tsunami
  • US MILITARY / TIDAL WAVE RELIEF VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- U.S. military officials say relief efforts for Sunday's earthquake and tsunami disaster are either being prepared or are already on the way to affected countries.
  • UN/EMERGENCY RELIEF VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- The U.N. emergency relief agency is struggling to respond to a natural disaster that has brought death and destruction to at least eight countries. Senior officials estimate this could be the costliest disaster in history.
  • U.S. Responding to Tsunami Catastrophe AFPS 27 Dec 2004 -- The United States will respond to the unprecedented international catastrophe caused by the tsunamis that engulfed nations on the Indian Ocean.
  • U.S. Relief Teams, Aid Heading to South and Southeast Asia Washington File 27 Dec 2004 -- The United States is providing approximately $15 million dollars in aid as an initial response to the countries affected by the massive December 26 earthquake in the Indian Ocean.
  • POWELL/EARTHQUAKE AID VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- The United States has pledged an initial 15 million dollars in aid to countries affected by the earthquake and tsunami disasters in the Indian Ocean region. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the U.S. commitment to help will be long-term.
  • Asian Disaster Toll Rises Above 20,000 RFE/RL 27 Dec 2004 -- The death toll from the tsunami that hit vast areas of southern Asia on yesterday has risen to more than 20,000.
  • TSUNAMIS / THE MISSING VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- Aid agencies and foreign governments have joined the effort to find the thousands still missing after Sunday's massive earthquake sent tidal waves crashing into coastal towns and beach resorts across southern Asia.
  • TSUNAMIS/SOUTH ASIA VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- India and Sri Lanka are coping with massive devastation in the wake of the killer tidal waves that swept their eastern and southern regions. The death toll is rising relentlessly - an estimated 10 thousand people have been killed in Sri Lanka, and five thousand people in India. A relief operation has begun in both countries, but tens of thousands of people are waiting for help.
  • QUAKE AFTERMATH VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- The day after disaster struck in Asia, the full scale of the colossal tragedy in the countries surrounding the Indian Ocean is starting to become clear. More than 15-thousand people are now known to have died from Sunday's earthquake and the giant tsunamis it spawned. As rescuers penetrate into the more remote coastal areas, the death toll is rising, and more tales of horror are emerging.
  • EAST AFRICA/TIDAL WAVE VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- In the East Africa area, Somalia was hit particularly hard by Sunday's tidal wave, killing more than one hundred people and destroying several coastal villages. There was also some damage in neighboring Kenya.

  • Statement following the elections in Ukraine by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer NATO 27 Dec 2004
  • POWELL/UKRAINE VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says Sunday's re-run presidential election in Ukraine appears to have been free and fair, and that it is an "historic moment" for that country. Mr. Powell again denied the United States had taken sides in the election.
  • Powell Hails Ukraine Election as "Historic Moment for Democracy" Washington File 27 Dec 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has hailed Ukraine's December 26 repeat run-off presidential election as "an historic moment for democracy in Ukraine."
  • Election Observers Say Ukraine Closer to International Standards Washington File 27 Dec 2004 -- The repeat second round of the presidential election in Ukraine on December 26 "brought Ukraine substantially closer to meeting international standards," according to the International Election Observation Mission that deployed 1,370 observers from 44 countries for the election.
  • UKRAINE ELECTION RESULT UPDATE VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's run-off presidential election is being hailed for moving the country closer to democracy. The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's election monitoring mission, Bruce George, says the election greatly contrasts from the previous two rounds, which were marred by fraud. He adds the results highlight the Ukrainian people's commitment to democracy.
  • Ukraine: Will The Country Now Orient Itself Toward The West? RFE/RL 27 Dec 2004 -- Now that opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko appears to have clinched a majority in the Ukrainian presidential vote, what are the likely implications for Ukraine's foreign policy, its relations with the West and Russia?
  • Ukraine's Opposition Wins Vote, But Rival To Contest Results RFE/RL 27 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainian opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko had an unassailable lead over his rival candidate with nearly all the ballots counted from yesterday's presidential election, but Viktor Yanukovych has said he will protest the results with the country's highest court.
  • UKRAINE ELECTION RESULT VOA 27 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine election officials say, with almost all votes counted, pro-reform opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko has swept Sunday's re-run presidential election - defeating pro-Russia Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
  • Ukraine: New Vote Reflects Transformed Political Landscape RFE/RL 27 Dec 2004 -- As balloting ended last night in Ukraine's presidential election, unofficial exit polls gave opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko a clear lead over his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. Observers described the ballot as apparently free from the open fraud and manipulation that forced the cancellation of the previous vote in November. Yesterday's ballot was a Supreme Court-mandated re-run of the second round of the election. Judges annulled the results of that vote after finding the results were rigged in favor of Yanukovych.
  • Ukraine's Opposition Edges Toward Victory RFE/RL 27 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainian opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko retains an unassailable lead over his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, with more than 98 percent of votes counted from yesterday's presidential election.

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