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18 January 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Saipan ESG To Deploy To Caribbean For Humanitarian Assistance Exercise Navy NewsStand 18 Jan 2005 -- USS Saipan (LHA 2) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) will deploy Jan. 19 for approximately two months to the Caribbean. During the deployment, Saipan ESG will support a humanitarian assistance exercise in Haiti entitled New Horizons.
  • Marine Corps to increase manpower by 3,000 USMC News 18 Jan 2005 -- The Marine Corps is expanding its end strength by 3,000 Marines. The increase from 175,000 Marines to 178,000 Marines is directed in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act Fiscal Year 2005, passed Oct. 8, 2004.
  • Lejeune Marines urged to not waste money on upcoming deployments USMC News 18 Jan 2005 -- When Marines hear they will be deploying to Iraq, some begin preparing for their upcoming deployment, months in advance, by purchasing what they view as gear needed to effectively complete the mission.
  • Disaster Could Mean Closer U.S.-Indonesia Military Ties AFPS 18 Jan 2005 -- U.S. officials are looking at ways to help Indonesia deal with the effects of the Dec. 26 tsunami without violating sanctions imposed on the country over human rights abuses in East Timor from 1999 to 2001.
  • United States Converting Military Ship to Science Vessel Washington File 18 Jan 2005 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is turning a former Navy ship into the only U.S. government ship dedicated to exploring Earth's oceans.

  • Colombian Defendant Pleads Guilty on Attempting to Export Arms Washington File 18 Jan 2005 -- A Colombian arms trafficker has pleaded guilty in a federal court in Florida to charges that he attempted to export arms to a Colombian paramilitary group, announced the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agency (ICE).

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 18 Washington File 18 Jan 2005 -- President's schedule, Clear mandate for second term, Advancing freedom in the world, Vote in Iraq, Role of Middle East leaders in Iraq election, Dr. Rice confirmation hearings, Inaugural pageantry, Latin American policy, Inaugural speech, Government involvement in people's lives, Constitutional amendment on marriage, President's agenda/Democratic support, Social Security, Chinese workers abducted in Iraq, Iran nuclear capability

  • CONGRESS - RICE VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- President Bush's nominee to head the U.S. State Department, Condoleezza Rice, faced tough questions from Democrats about the Bush administration's Iraq policy during confirmation hearings before a Senate panel Tuesday.
  • RICE-VENEZUELA-LATAM VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice, at her Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday, accused the Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez of meddling in the affairs of its neighbors. She said a thrust of her tenure as Secretary of State will be to hold accountable Latin American leaders who fail to uphold democracy.
  • Rice-Syria-Mideast VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice warned Syria Tuesday it faces a long-term rift with the United States with its links to terrorism and alleged support for the Iraq insurgency. In Senate confirmation hearings, Ms. Rice also urged Arab states to boost aid to the new Palestinian Authority leadership of Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Rice-Iran-North Korea VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice Tuesday urged international unity in insisting that Iran and North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. She said if the current European initiative with Iran falters, the matter should go to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
  • Senate Confirmation Hearings Open for Secretary of State Nominee Condoleezza Rice VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has opened confirmation hearings for President Bush's nominee to head the State Department, Condoleezza Rice.

Defense Industry

  • DEEPWATER'S SECOND MARITIME SECURITY CUTTER UNDER CONTRACT AND FIRST VESSEL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE Lockheed Martin 18 Jan 2005 -- As part of its sweeping modernization program, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) a contract to begin production and delivery of the Deepwatersecond Maritime Security Cutter, Large (WMSL, formerly called the National Security Cutter). The Deepwater program is the U.S. Coast Guard’s modernization program that will replace aging equipment with advanced technology and increased capability. Progress on this latest program award is well underway as long lead material has already been ordered to facilitate start of fabrication.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Press BRIEFING ON TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORT United Nations 18 Jan 2005
  • Tsunami devastation in Indonesia 'truly staggering', UN teams find UN News Centre 18 Jan 2005 -- As the United Nations General Assembly held a plenary session in New York today on the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, teams in the field painted a "truly staggering" picture of "enormous devastation" and the "enormous extent of human suffering" in Sumatra, Indonesia, the area the most ravaged by last month's disaster.
  • UN / TSUNAMI RELIEF VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations has received nearly 200-million dollars cash in response to its appeal for immediate aid to countries hit by the Asian tsunami. Another 550-million dollars in quick cash assistance has been pledged and is said to be on the way. The campaign to raise nearly one billion dollars in emergency aid has reached the three-quarters point.

  • UKRAINE RESULTS VOA 18 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court has lifted a ban on the official publication of election results from the December 26th re-run presidential election. The decision clears the way for the inauguration of a new president.
  • BAE SYSTEMS RAD750 Microprocessor To Help NASA Study Comet BAE Systems 18 Jan 2005 -- BAE Systems radiation-hardened microprocessors have begun a six-month, 83-million mile journey on NASAs Deep Impact mission to study the nucleus of comet Tempel 1. The mission was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral on January 12.

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