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04 January 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • Taiwan Agrees to Purchase Lockheed Martin's Battle-Proven Hellfire II Missiles Lockheed Martin 04 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Army has executed a letter of agreement with Taiwan, setting the stage for the sale of more than 400 AGM-114M blast-fragmentation Hellfire rounds under a foreign military sales contract. The value of the Taiwan order is in the range of $50 million.
  • Sagem to design a new cryptophony system for the French DGA Sagem (Safran group) 04 Jan 2005 -- The French defense procurement agency, the DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement), has contracted Sagem to do a feasibility study and design a next generation cryptophony system. This new product will replace the ministries’ and armies’ current equipment as of 2007.

Other Conflicts

  • BURUNDI: Renewed fighting displaces thousands in Bujumbura Rural IRIN 04 Jan 2005 -- Thousands of civilians have been displaced following fierce fighting on Saturday in Burundi's western province of Bujumbura Rural.
  • SUDAN: Final peace pact to be signed in Nairobi on Sunday IRIN 04 Jan 2005 -- African leaders and other world dignitaries will gather in Nairobi on Sunday to witness the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM/A), Kenya's regional cooperation
  • BURUNDI: Progress, but will it be enough? //Yearender// IRIN 04 Jan 2005 -- The plan was for 2004 to be the year that Burundi held democratic elections, marking the definitive end of an 11-year civil war. This did not happen and, though fighting has not resumed in most parts of the country, the peace process has slowed and could yet stall.
  • THAILAND/SOUTHERN VIOLENCE VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- Thousands of security forces in southern Thailand are on high alert after warnings that Islamic militants may stage major attacks this week - exactly a year since a deadly raid that triggered a spate of violence in the region. Hundreds of people have been killed in almost daily attacks in the region.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- At least seven Palestinians were killed and six others injured in an Israeli raid on the Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya. The Israeli military says tank fire was targeted at militants preparing to shell Israelis, but Palestinian witnesses say the casualties were civilian farmers.

News Reports

  • Transcript: PRESS BRIEFING ON TSUNAMI DISASTER United Nations 04 Jan 2005
  • QUAKE / SITREP VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- The United States pledged its full support for Asian recovery efforts from the December 26th tsunami that has claimed nearly 150-thousand lives in 12 countries rimming the Indian Ocean.
  • CONGRESS / TSUNAMI VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Congress has returned to work, and among its first actions was the approval of resolutions expressing sympathy for South Asian tsunami victims and pledging support for recovery.
  • TSUNAMI / MILITARY RELIEF VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military is rushing additional aid to South and Southeast Asia to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami 10 days ago. New deployments will double the number of U.S. helicopters available to deliver supplies, add several navy ships with a variety of relief capabilities and may include entire Air Force field hospitals.
  • Powell, in Indonesia, Vows U.S. Help With Post-Tsunami Recovery Washington File 04 Jan 2005 -- At the second stop on his tour of countries stricken by the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster, Secretary of State Colin Powell vowed "the American people stand in solidarity with our Indonesian friends. We will do everything we can to help you."
  • Tsunami Disaster Getting High-Level Attention Around the World Washington File 04 Jan 2005 -- Expressing condolences and commitments for long-term U.S. assistance in the recovery effort, Secretary of State Colin Powell was in the tsunami-stricken zone of South Asia January 4. An array of world leaders will join him in the region as the week unfolds, a high-level show of solidarity in what is being widely called the greatest humanitarian operation ever launched.
  • India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 11 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 04 Jan 2005
  • UN emergency coordinator rebuffs critics who say tsunami relief was too slow UN News Centre 04 Jan 2005 -- To critics who say that there was too little relief effort in the early phase of last week's devastating Asian tsunami, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland had three words today: "I respectfully disagree."
  • Tsunami aid makes extraordinary progress but faces extraordinary problems - UN UN News Centre 04 Jan 2005 -- As Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other world leaders headed for Indonesia to launch an emergency appeal for countries devastated by last week's Asian tsunami, the top United Nations relief coordinator said today the emergency operation was making extraordinary progress but also faced extraordinary problems.
  • UN promotes efforts to set up tsunami early warning system for Indian Ocean UN News Centre 04 Jan 2005 -- In a bid to reduce the appalling toll of future tsunamis, the United Nations is moving ahead with efforts to set up early warning systems in the Indian Ocean, Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas similar to one that already exists for the volcano and earthquake-prone Pacific Rim region.
  • Officials Say U.S. Relief Operations in Thailand Well Under Way Washington File 04 Jan 2005 -- U.S. relief efforts for victims of the December 26, 2004, tsunami are well under way in Thailand, according to senior officials from both countries.
  • Powell Lauds Thailand's Leadership in Tsunami Recovery Effort Washington File 04 Jan 2005 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell praised Thailand's contributions to international recovery efforts in the wake of the tsunami disaster that struck the Indian Ocean region December 26, 2004.
  • Tsunami Warning System Subject of U.S.-Thai Discussions Washington File 04 Jan 2005 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed with Thai authorities the need for a tsunami warning system during his visit to Thailand January 3.
  • CONGRESS / TSUNAMI VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- In Washington, a new U.S. Congress has been sworn in. In the Senate, the first order of business was approving a resolution expressing sympathy for the tsunami victims in South Asia. The House of Representatives is expected to follow suit shortly.
  • UN/TSUNAMI AID VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- Torrential rains and flooding are complicating efforts to reach areas hardest hit by the Asian tsunami. As tens of thousands of relief workers battle the elements, the United Nations is appealing for more transport planes to ferry in the massive amounts of aid needed for survivors. The tsunami death toll is being ranked among the worst natural disasters in modern history.
  • TSUNAMI DEBT RELIEF VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- Britain, France and Germany are calling for a freeze on foreign debt payments by the Asian nations hardest hit by last week's tsunami. The proposal would postpone three billion dollars a year in debt payments, allowing the stricken countries to focus on reconstruction.
  • US/TSUNAMI TOLL VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- The State Department said Tuesday 16 U.S. citizens are confirmed dead and just over four thousand still unaccounted for from the Asian earthquake and tsunami. Officials say they do not believe the final number of Americans who perished in the disaster will be in the thousands.
  • SRI LANKA/REBELS DISASTER VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- In the days before the deadly tsunami devastated Sri Lanka, there were worries that the island country may head back to war as a peace process between Tamil Tiger rebels and the government stalled. But as both sides concentrate on relief efforts, questions are being raised whether the disaster could provide an opportunity to improve relations between them.
  • ACEH AID VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- The main airport in Indonesia's tsunami hit Banda Aceh - a key hub for relief flights - was closed all day Tuesday after a chartered Boeing seven-37 hit a water buffalo on the runway damaging its landing gear in the early hours of the morning.
  • AUSTRALIA INDONESIA AID VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- Australia may increase its aid to Asia's tsunami victims nearly nine-fold, to almost 400 million dollars. Prime Minister John Howard will discuss the aid package at the regional tsunami relief summit in Jakarta this week.
  • SOMALIA/TSUNAMI VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- The World Food Program says some food, but not enough, is reaching Somalia's tsunami victims. Bad roads and other logistical problems are hampering the relief effort.
  • QUAKE / SITREP VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- The United States pledged its full support for Asian recovery efforts from the December 26th tsunami that has claimed more than 150-thousand lives in 12 countries rimming the Indian Ocean.
  • BRITAIN / TSUNAMI VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- Britain is forecasting approval of a major debt-relief package for the Asian nations hit by last week's Indian Ocean tsunami.
  • BURMA DISASTER VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- International aid agencies hope to visit coastal areas of southern Burma to assess tsunami damage, as fears rise that the country's death toll will be much higher than the military government has reported. Relief workers say it may be days before a full picture becomes clear.
  • Powell Reiterates U.S. Commitment To Tsunami Survivors RFE/RL 04 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell today described the Asian tsunami disaster as a global "tragedy" and vowed the United States is committed to helping the survivors.

  • UKRAINE: YUSHCHENKO 'TRIUMPHS,' BUT MUST REPAIR 'NATIONAL DIVIDE' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 04 Jan 2005
  • UKRAINE VOTE COUNT VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- The new head of Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC), Yaroslav Davydovych, says certification of official results for the recent presidential run-off election in Ukraine is in its final stage.

  • CONGO/RESHUFFLE VOA 04 Jan 2005 -- Six ministers in Congo's transitional government were sacked late Monday after they were named in an investigation in corruption in the vast mineral rich country. Theee were were five other changes in the broadsweeping reshuffle in the power-sharing government.

  • EADS Astrium Selects Arianespace to Launch Skynet 5 EADS 04 Jan 2005 -- To satisfy its in-orbit delivery contract with Paradigm Secure Communications, EADS Astrium has selected Arianespace’s Ariane 5 for the launch of both of the UK MOD’s next generation secure military telecommunications satellites, Skynet 5A and 5B.

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