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27 January 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Redeployed Troops Facing Adjustment Issues Are 'Not Crazy,' Official Says AFPS 27 Jan 2005 -- The Defense Department's senior medical adviser said that troops redeployed from combat zones should suffer no stigma for seeking help for emotional problems.
  • DoD Transformation Here to Stay, Cebrowski Says AFPS 27 Jan 2005 -- Transformation has taken hold across the Defense Department and "will be with us a very, very long time," DoD's top transformational thinker said here today.
  • Hawks return to Fightertown USMC News 27 Jan 2005 -- Marines and Sailors from Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 returned to the Air Station, Jan. 19, after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.
  • U.S., French Navies Conduct First EOD Exercise in South Texas Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy is conducting its first bilateral Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) exercise with the French Navy in South Texas on Padre Island in the designated Mine Warfare Training areas, Jan. 24-28.

  • Secretary Condoleeza Rice: Welcome Remarks to Employees US Dept. of State 27 Jan 2005
  • RICE-STATE DEPARTMENT VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- Condoleezza Rice officially assumed office as U.S. Secretary of State Thursday, promising to press forward with President Bush's drive for democracy worldwide, and to repair relations with U.S. allies. She will make a get-acquainted trip to Europe and the Middle East starting next week.

  • State Department Briefing, January 27 Washington File 27 Jan 2005 -- Iraq, Canada, Mexico, Organization of American States, Nicaragua, Serbia and Montenegro/Kosova, Cyprus, Kuwait, Russian Federation, Sudan, Israel/Palestinians, Iran

Defense Industry

  • DoD Announces Fiscal 2004 Report 27 Jan 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that the fiscal 2004 report of "100 Companies Receiving the Largest Dollar Volume of Prime Contract Awards (Top 100)" is now available on the World Wide Web.
  • BAE Systems Designs Precision Seeker for Mortar Rounds BAE Systems 27 Jan 2005 -- NASHUA, New Hampshire -- BAE Systems recently received a $6.6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design, develop and demonstrate technologies that support the Radio Frequency Guided Munitions (RFGM) program.
  • BAE SYSTEMS And Finmeccanica Sign EuroSystems Transaction Agreement BAE Systems 27 Jan 2005 -- Further to the announcement on 20 October 2004, BAE Systems plc (BAE Systems) announces that it has signed a definitive transaction agreement with Finmeccanica SpA (Finmeccanica) in relation to the EuroSystems transaction.
  • Raytheon Receives $112 Million Contract to Modify Three Destroyers Raytheon 27 Jan 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a contract modification valued at $112.5 million to provide three ship sets of Aegis Weapon System to the U.S. Navy. This equipment will be installed on the Arleigh Burke class destroyers, DDG110, DDG111 and DDG112.
  • Raytheon's CLAWS Scores Direct Hit, Marking the End of Development Testing Raytheon 27 Jan 2005 -- Raytheon Company's Complementary Low Altitude Weapon System (CLAWS) completed a series of guided missile flight tests with a resounding direct hit, annihilating the surrogate cruise missile target. Flight tests were conducted at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. supported by elements of the 3rd LAAD (3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion) and MACS 23 and 1 (Marine Air Control Squadrons 23 and 1). The completion of these flight tests marks the end of development testing.
  • Major contract: Bundeswehr maintenance operations privatized Rheinmetall Defence 27 Jan 2005 -- In deciding to place the maintenance of selected vehicles and weapons systems entirely in the hands of the private sector, the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag has set the course for the one of the most important privatization ventures in the history of the German armed forces. It constitutes another important pilot project involving cooperation between the Bundeswehr and German industry, with the Rheinmetall Group playing a key role.
  • Northrop Grumman Completes Testing of New Medium Altitude Endurance UAV Northrop Grumman 27 Jan 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully completed the first phase of flight testing a demonstrator version of a new medium altitude endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it plans to offer U.S. military and homeland defense customers.

Other Conflicts

  • Members of Congress Censure Sudan on Continued Violence in Darfur Washington File 27 Jan 2005 -- Despite having signed a much-heralded North-South peace accord ending 30 years of civil war in the country, the government of Sudan is still tolerating genocide in Darfur, a delegation of U.S. lawmakers declared on returning from a visit to the region.
  • SUDAN: Many reported killed during new hostilities in Darfur IRIN 27 Jan 2005 -- Scores of civilians have reportedly been killed and thousands displaced in a series of attacks on villages across the western Sudanese region of Darfur, according to the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS).
  • SUDAN/DARFUR VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- On Capitol Hill (here in Washington), the star of the movie Hotel Rwanda joined members of Congress in calling for stronger international action on the situation in Sudan's Darfur region.
  • US / SUDAN / UN VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- U.S. diplomats have approached the U.N. Security Council about ways of prosecuting those responsible for atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region. But the discussions are stalled over Washington's opposition to the International Criminal Court.
  • U.S.-SUDAN-DARFUR VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- The United States said Thursday it is appalled by new outbreaks of violence in Sudan's western Darfur region, attributed to the Sudanese government and its Arab militia allies, and to local Darfur rebels. The State Department said U.S. diplomats are talking with other countries at the United Nations about possible new sanctions against the parties.

  • Analysis: Chechnya Spells Out Demands To MoscowRFE/RL 27 Jan 2005 -- The long-awaited draft power-sharing agreement between Chechnya and the Russian federal government is finally ready for signing, Chechen State Council Chairman Taus Djabrailov announced on 18 January -- almost two years after Russian President Vladimir Putin dubbed it the logical next step in the process of "normalizing" Chechnya following the adoption in a controversial referendum of a new constitution for the region.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS / U.S. VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Middle East envoy William Burns is holding three days of meetings (eds. Wednesday thru Friday) with Palestinian and Israeli officials in an effort to bring about a resumption of long-stalled peace talks. There is rising optimism that a truce could take hold and that an Israeli-Palestinian summit might take place within a few weeks.
  • Militias disrupting disarmament and reintegration efforts in DR of Congo - UN UN News Centre 27 Jan 2005 -- Two rebel militias, who are about to become integrated into the national army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of a peace accord ending several wars, are trying to destabilize the eastern Ituri region, slowing United Nations disarmament and reintegration efforts there.
  • UGANDA: LRA rebels should just surrender - Museveni IRIN 27 Jan 2005 -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Wednesday his army had defeated the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, whom he advised to surrender, saying no retribution awaited them.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Rebels block cotton shipments to government-held south IRIN 27 Jan 2005 -- Cte d'Ivoire's rebel New Forces movement, which controls the northern half of the West African country, has slapped a ban on the transport of state-owned cotton to the government-controlled south.
  • Forces Storm Complex In Russian Republic RFE/RL 27 Jan 2005 -- Russian special forces fired grenades into an apartment complex in the capital of the southern Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria then stormed the building, reportedly killing five of the armed men who had been surrounded there since 25 January.
  • THAILAND - MALAYSIA ARREST VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- Malaysia says it is willing to cooperate with Thailand after the arrest of a suspected terrorist leader linked to attacks in Thailand's Muslim southern provinces. But the announcement of the arrest has triggered a diplomatic dispute between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
  • ACEH PEACE TALKS VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- An Indonesian government delegation is in Finland preparing for talks with the exiled leadership of the Aceh-separatist movement known as GAM. The two sides are looking for a solution to the 28-year conflict in Aceh, and the talks have been given extra impetus by the need to cooperate to rebuild the region that was devastated by last month's disastrous earthquake and tsunami. Few observers expect the road to peace to be smooth

News Reports

  • Tsunami Relief, Rehabilitation Aid Simultaneous, Natsios Says Washington File 27 Jan 2005 -- U.S. relief and rehabilitation efforts are occurring simultaneously following the earthquake and tsunami that affected South Asia and East Africa, says Andrew Natsios, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Tsunami Relief Effort Moving to Recovery, Rehabilitation Phase Washington File 27 Jan 2005 -- One month after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the senior U.N. humanitarian aid official reported that no major affected group or community is without life-saving aid as efforts begin the shift to recovery and rehabilitation, which "will be even bigger than the life-saving emergency phase."
  • Atlas of Tsunami Region Shows Damage Washington File 27 Jan 2005 -- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has compiled satellite images of the battered Indonesian and Sri Lankan coastal areas stricken by the Indian Ocean tsunami, creating a package of information helpful to those working toward recovery in the devastated zones.
  • Rep. Leach Says Tsunami Reconstruction Needs Long-Term Commitment Washington File 27 Jan 2005 -- Social and economic reconstruction in the countries devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami will be "more complex and protracted than the initial rescue and relief efforts, but no less essential," according to Representative James Leach, chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House International Relations Committee.
  • ACEH / DISASTER VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- The Indonesian government confirmed more than 100-thousand bodies have been recovered from the towns and villages torn apart by last month's earthquake and tsunami in its Aceh Province. But another 130-thousand people still remain missing. More aid is now reaching the survivors, and assistance is starting to flow from a recently arrived Japanese contingent.

  • PAKISTAN: Focus on lack of development in Balochistan IRIN 27 Jan 2005 -- A recent attack on a key natural gas installation in the impoverished southern province of Balochistan, home to Pakistan's main oil and gas resources, left much of the country without natural gas for days.
  • PAKISTAN / PIPELINE VOA 27 Jan 2005 -- Pakistan's new pro-business prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, is promoting the idea of an ambitious gas pipeline that would extend from Iran through Pakistan to India. Mr. Aziz (Thursday) told participants at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that Pakistan wants to promote peace by boosting economic cooperation with its neighbors.

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