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07 January 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Fiscal 2005 Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations Announced 07 Jan 2005 -- The Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Michael Wynne announced the selection of new Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) projects for fiscal 2005.
  • Helicopter crew starts new year with rescue AFPN 07 Jan 2005 -- A UH-1N Huey search and rescue crew from the 40th Helicopter Flight and 341st Medical Group here recorded their 355th save on a mission in southwest Montana Jan. 3.
  • Scientists study enhanced aviation-warning system AFPN 07 Jan 2005 -- Air Force Research Laboratory scientists have launched a study here that supports the development of a new flight-warning system designed to significantly enhance pilot safety.
  • C-130J software upgrades get final adjustment AFPN 07 Jan 2005 -- October through December was a critical time for the C-130J Hercules' Block 5.4 upgrade, as testers here determined the final adjustments needed to bring this software improvement to the operational fleet.

  • JAPAN DEFENSE VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- The head of Japan's Defense Agency is about to embark on a six-day trip to several Asian nations to explain the country's beefed-up defense policy. The visit is seen as an attempt to reassure the region Japan has no intention of returning to its militarist past.

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 7 Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- Tsunami relief, Sudan, Iraq, personnel, president's schedule, tax reform
  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 7 Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- Asia tsunami/Consular Affairs, Secretary Powell's/Nairobi, status of State Department senior officials/resignations, Sudan, Israel/Palestinian Authority

Defense Industry

  • Navy Awards General Dynamics $6.3 Million Contract Option for Sub Parts General Dynamics 07 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $6.3 million contract option to provide on-board repair parts for the Virginia-class submarine, North Carolina (SSN-777). Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • General Dynamics Awarded Low-Rate Production Contract for 120mm M1028 Canister Cartridge General Dynamics 07 Jan 2005 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has awarded the company a $5.8 million fixed-price contract for Low Rate Initial Production of 3,600 M1028 120mm Anti-Personnel Canister Cartridges. This contract is a follow-on award resulting from successful completion by General Dynamics of Systems Development and Demonstration and Type-Classification for Low Rate Production of this new 120mm tank round.
  • Northrop Grumman Wins Army Training and Simulation Contract Northrop Grumman 07 Jan 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a follow-on contract from the U.S. Army to provide support for the Tactical Simulation (TACSIM) intelligence training system that trains commanders, intelligence staffs, collection managers and analysts to effectively use intelligence information in military operations.

Other Conflicts

  • 30 people killed last month by mutineers in Buramba, DR of Congo - UN mission UN News Centre 07 Jan 2005 -- At least 30 civilians died last month in revenge killings carried out by troops from the national army for three murders of fellow-soldiers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission there said today.

  • Police commandos kill army major and soldier IRNA 07 Jan 2005 -- An Indian army major and a soldier were killed by police in the insurgency-hit northeastern state of Assam in a bungled counter-insurgency operation, officials Friday said.
  • U.S./PALESTINIAN ELECTION VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- The United States is urging Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation in the run-up to Sunday's Palestinian presidential election. The State Department said Friday it hopes for a free and fair vote that yields a "credible result."

  • Palestine: Mahmud Abbas -- A Palestinian Refugee Seeks To Return Home RFE/RL 07 Jan 2005 -- Palestinians go to the polls on 9 January to elect a successor to Yasser Arafat, the president of the Palestinian Authority who died in November. Of seven candidates, the favorite is 69-year-old Mahmud Abbas, the former Palestinian prime minister whose moderate views have sparked hopes that peace talks can resume under his leadership. Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, has repeatedly urged an end to the four-year-old Palestinian uprising.
  • PALESTINIAN POLITICS / ISRAEL VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- The campaign for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority entered its final day Friday. Front-runner Mahmoud Abbas cancelled a planned campaign stop in the city, while his main rival was arrested for the second time as he entered the Old City of Jerusalem.

  • 41 Maoist killed, claims Army IRNA 07 Jan 2005 -- With a week to go before the Nepal government`s ultimatum to the Maoist insurgents expires, the army claimed it had inflicted severe losses on the underground guerrillas, recovering the bodies of 41 rebels with more suspected to have been killed.
  • SUDAN: South/North agreement key to Darfur peace - UNSC IRIN 07 Jan 2005 -- The UN Security Council expressed hope that resolution to the long-running conflict in southern Sudan, between Khartoum and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), will play a role in determining the conflict in the western Sudanese region of Darfur.
  • POWELL/SUDAN/KENYA VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- U.S. officials say Secretary of State Colin Powell will press Sudanese leaders in weekend talks in Kenya for action to end the conflict in Darfur. Mr. Powell is in Nairobi to attend signing ceremonies for an accord ending Sudan's more than two decade-long north-south civil war.
  • C-A-R / CRIMINAL COURT PROBE VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- The government in the Central African Republic has asked the International Criminal Court to look into whether war crimes have been committed in the country during the two and a half years since the U.N. tribunal began operating. U.N. investigators are prepared to head there.

News Reports

  • India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Somalia, Thailand: Earthquake and Tsunami OCHA Situation Report No. 14 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 07 Jan 2005
  • Transcript: PRESS BRIEFING ON TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORT United Nations 07 Jan 2005
  • TSUNAMI: U.S. RELIEF AIMS TO 'COUNTER ANTI-U.S. SENTIMENT' AMONG MUSLIMS US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 07 Jan 2005
  • UN's top priority remains getting aid to tsunami victims it has not yet reached UN News Centre 07 Jan 2005 -- Nearly two weeks after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami disaster, the United Nations relief operation has not yet reached all areas and the number one priority remains getting assistance to people in need, above all in Indonesia which is "the heart of the crisis," a top emergency official said today.
  • Annan tours worst destruction he has ever seen at tsunami's ground zero UN News Centre 07 Jan 2005 -- A day after launching the largest relief appeal ever in United Nations history for a natural disaster, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today visited the area most devastated by last week's Indian Ocean tsunami and said: "I have never seen such utter destruction, mile after mile.
  • Location, Depth Lethal Mix in Asian Earthquake Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- The earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra occurred in a location that geologists know is susceptible to powerful earthquakes, according to a January 5 press release from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
  • U.S. Scientists Study Ecosystem Damage from Tsunami Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- The battering waves, the upheaval of sediment and the tide of debris that resulted from the Indian Ocean tsunami might have caused extensive environmental damage to affected coastlines. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are just beginning to consider the possibilities.
  • U.N. Food Organization Calls for $26 Million for Tsunami Victims Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a $26 million appeal January 6 for farmers and fishermen hit by the South Asian tsunami.
  • World Leaders Pledge Continued Aid to Tsunami Victims Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- In a declaration issued January 6 following their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, world leaders expressed "profound sorrow" at the "unprecedented catastrophe" that hit Indian Ocean rim countries on December 26, 2004, and solidarity in working to overcome it.
  • G7 Offers Debt Moratorium to Tsunami Countries Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries have agreed to allow nations devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami to put their debt payments on hold, according to a statement by G7 finance ministers.
  • Powell "Impressed" with Sri Lankan Response to Tsunami Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said he was impressed with the response that the Sri Lankan government has mounted to the tsunami disaster.
  • International Community Moves to Thwart Disease in South Asia Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- The chief of the U.N. Emergency Services Branch says the rapid response of the international community in providing humanitarian assistance in Southeast Asia is mitigating conditions that could lead to the outbreak of disease.
  • Asia: Fears Rise About Plight Of Tsunami Orphans RFE/RL 07 Jan 2005 -- In the wake of the Asian tsunami disaster, a new tragedy is looming. Amid the chaos of the massive cleanup efforts, there are fears about the fate of thousands of children left parentless by the deadly waves. In addition to worries about psychological trauma, disease, and homelessness, child-welfare activists say they are concerned many of these children will fall into the hands of traffickers. Some of the tsunami-hit countries have already issued a one-year ban on adoption to prevent children from being smuggled into sex or labor rings abroad.
  • DISASTER/POWELL VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States has pledged an additional 10 million dollars to Sri Lankan victims of last month's tsunami. He made the promise after visiting parts of the country devastated by the deadly waves.
  • US / TSUNAMI EFFORT VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- The general commanding the U.S. military relief operation in the tsunami region of South and Southeast Asia says the peak of the crisis is near. He says the effort is now shifting to planning for long-term concerns such as care for the injured and the prevention of outbreaks of disease.
  • DISASTER/ANNAN VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations Secretary General has visited Indonesia's devastated province of Aceh, where the death toll from the December 26th earthquake and tsunami is now put at over 100-thousand.

  • SOMALIA / GOVERNMENT VOA 07 Jan 2005 -- Somalia's prime minister on Friday announced his new cabinet, following the rejection by parliament last month of his first cabinet. The ministers were immediately sworn in.

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