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05 January 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • GUANTANAMO INVESTIGATION VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military command that is responsible for the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says it will investigate allegations of prisoner abuse at the base.
  • 'America's Big Stick' is Good as New Navy NewsStand 05 Jan 2005 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (TR) (CVN 71) met its goal of completing its Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portmouth, Va., and sea trials, as well as delivering the ship back to the fleet Dec. 17.
  • Central, South Asian States to Meet for Security Conference AFPS 05 Jan 2005 -- Officials from nine countries, including the United States, will meet here Jan. 11 for the first in a series of conferences designed to increase security cooperation among states in the Central and South Asia region.

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 5 Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- Bush calls Mideast leaders/donates to tsunami relief efforts/personnel announcements/Gonzales confirmation hearing/medical liability lawsuits
  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 5 Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- Asia/Department, Sri Lanka, Iran, Indonesia, Syria, Iraq, Israel/Palestinian Authority, China/Taiwan, North Korea

Defense Industry

  • Naval Helicopters Aid Tsunami Victims Sikorsky 05 Jan 2005 -- As they have for 60 years, Sikorsky helicopters are leading the way in easing human suffering in the aftermath of catastrophe, living up to vertical lift's highest calling as envisioned by Igor I. Sikorsky.
  • BAE SYSTEMS To Develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicle For Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency BAE Systems 05 Jan 2005 -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has selected BAE Systems as one of three companies to develop a ducted-fan unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of a first phase of its Organic Air Vehicle Class II (OAV II) program. The award of the design and development contract follows a competitive selection process.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 12 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 04 Jan 2005
  • Transcript: PRESS BRIEFING ON TSUNAMI DISASTER United Nations 05 Jan 2005
  • As tsunami aid nears $4 billion, UN warns 150,000 could die without urgent care UN News Centre 05 Jan 2005 -- With aid pledges for the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami already reaching between $3 billion and $4 billion, the United Nations health agency warned again today that 150,000 people are at "extreme risk" of dying from preventable diseases unless clean drinking water and other basic needs are restored within days.
  • UN message to tsunami relief workers and donors: thanks, keep it coming UN News Centre 05 Jan 2005 -- Praising the enormous global outpouring of pledges for the victims of last week's devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland today delivered "a few messages" of thanks, caution and pleas for coordination.
  • Annan arrives in Indonesia to launch UN flash appeal for tsunami victims UN News Centre 05 Jan 2005 -- Praising as "marvellous" the world response so far to last week's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, today to launch the United Nations flash appeal expected to total many hundreds of millions of dollars for the most urgent needs over the next six months.
  • U.S. "Horrified" at Child Trafficking in Tsunami Aftermath Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- Reports of rape, kidnapping and trafficking of children already victimized by the Indian Ocean tsunami are considered credible by the U.S. State Department, according to department spokesman Adam Ereli, who addressed the subject in a briefing January 5.
  • Effects of Tsunami Also Felt in East Africa Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- The massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean that inundated many countries in Southeast and South Asia December 26, 2004, has also had effects as far away as East Africa, touching primarily Somalia, Tanzania and Kenya.
  • High-Level Officials Meet in Jakarta on Tsunami Recovery Effort Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- High-level officials from more than 20 nations converge January 6 on Jakarta, Indonesia, for a one-day meeting to discuss relief and rebuilding for the nations stricken by the December 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunami.
  • U.S. Field Hospitals Ready for Delivery, Set Up in Relief Zone Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military is preparing to establish a variety of medical centers in the countries ravaged by the December 26, 2004, tsunami in the Indian Ocean region.
  • Tsunami Expert Leads U.S. Scientific Delegation to Sri Lanka Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- A delegation of American scientists from the National Science Foundation's Tsunami Research Group and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will travel into the tsunami-ravaged areas of Sri Lanka January 9-16.
  • Nations Assess Tsunami-Linked Environmental Damage Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- Reefs, shorelines, vegetation and croplands may all have suffered serious damage from the tsunami that slammed into the coasts of 12 nations, and the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) is working with affected governments to determine the severity of the problems and how they might be addressed.
  • Disease Could Claim Thousands More Tsunami Victims Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- The risk of water-borne diseases is high in the tsunami-ravaged regions of Asia, and the World Health Organization (WHO) is making a fundraising appeal to combat the threat.
  • UN / TSUNAMI / WEDNESDAY VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations is urging warring parties in Sri Lanka and Indonesia to put aside their conflicts and join forces to provide assistance to tsunami victims. Aid is beginning to reach some of the most remote regions as cargo planes, helicopters and heavy equipment arrive to speed the delivery process.
  • TSUNAMI WRAP VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- International aid commitments continue to grow ahead of Thursday's emergency donors summit in the Indonesian capital.
  • Asia: U.S. Tsunami-Aid Effort Seen As Partly Aimed At Winning Muslim Friends RFE/RL 05 Jan 2005 -- The United States has taken on a high-profile role in delivering relief to the Indian Ocean countries devastated by the tsunami disaster, particularly the worst hit area -- Indonesia's Aceh province on the island of Sumatra. While the United States has a long tradition of generously responding to people in need, Washington also appears to view the tragedy as a chance to improve its image among Muslims -- an image that has been tarnished by the Iraq conflict and the war on terror.
  • Asia: Tsunami Prompts Record Outpouring In Aid -- But Why? RFE/RL 05 Jan 2005 -- Aid organizations say they are amazed by the enormous public response to the 26 December tsunami disaster in Asia. While governments have pledged around $2 billion, private groups and individuals have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars more. It is being called the biggest aid effort in human history.
  • QUAKE - SIT-REP VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- As hopes fade that any of those missing since the December 26th earthquake and tsunami will be found alive, aid workers are focusing on protecting the survivors. Children are most vulnerable to a variety of risks.
  • BLAIR / TSUNAMI VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair says his country is likely to spend several hundred million dollars for relief and reconstruction in the Asian countries hit by last week's tsunami.
  • SOMALIA/TSUNAMI VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations has appealed for more than 13-million dollars to help 54-thousand Somalis affected by the recent Asian tsunami.
  • POWELL / ACEH VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has visited the tsunami-wrecked region of Indonesia's Aceh Province Wednesday pledging to help the devastated area.

  • UKRAINE APPEAL O'NITE VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court is scheduled to meet Thursday to review another election appeal filed by the losing presidential candidate, Viktor Yanukovych. This will delay the official announcement of winner in the December 26th presidential re-run election.
  • Ukraine: Capable Or Crooked? Yuliya Tymoshenko Leaves Few Unmoved RFE/RL 05 Jan 2005 -- Admired by her supporters as a charismatic leader and castigated by her opponents as a corrupt turncoat, Ukraine's Yuliya Tymoshenko leaves few people indifferent. Now, Tymoshenko, who does not mince words, says she expects to be Ukraine's next prime minister.
  • UKRAINE POL VOA 05 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's outgoing President Leonid Kuchma has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, the man he had earlier hoped would be his successor.

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