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01 February 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Vinson Strike Group Deploys Following Successful Completion of JTFEX Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2005 -- The USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Strike Group will depart San Diego Feb. 1 to begin an around-the-world deployment.
  • Fort Polk activates new unit of action Army News 01 Feb 2005 -- The 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division officially activated as the Army's newest brigade combat team (unit of action) in a ceremony at Fort Polk Jan. 19.
  • First Unit to Deploy with New Army Combat Uniform Army News Release 01 Feb 2005 -- The new Army Combat Uniform (ACU) will be issued to more than 4,000 Soldiers of the 48th Infantry Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard, at Fort Stewart, Ga., in conjunction with the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI), slated for Feb. 1-10 - with part of the troops' issuing taking place Feb. 8.
  • Albany, Hampton Named Top Submarines in Norfolk Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2005 -- USS Hampton (SSN 767) and USS Albany (SSN 753) won the 2004 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award for Submarine Squadrons 8 and 6, respectively, in January.
  • Two Pearl Harbor Ships Get 'MOBI' Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2005 -- USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and USS Reuben James (FFG 57) were the first two Pearl Harbor-based ships to be fitted with Man Overboard Identification (MOBI) Systems Jan. 25.
  • USS Camden Participates in Vinson Strike Group Joint Task Force Exercise Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2005 -- The fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE 2) participated in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of Southern California Jan. 25-30 as part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group.
  • Port Security Unit Demonstrates Capabilities at Seal Beach Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2005 -- Sailors from Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 105 demonstrated their ability to track surface and subsurface contacts during a training exercise Jan. 20-22 at Anaheim Bay in Seal Beach.
  • USS Emory S. Land Visits Rota, Repairs Small Watercraft Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2005 -- The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) pulled into Rota, Spain, Jan. 19 to repair some of the small boats that belong to Naval Station Rota's Port Operations Department before continuing its mission to the Gulf of Guinea to support the navies of West Africa and build relationships with those countries.
  • 'Line of Sight' test brings out tactical side of X-45A AFPN 01 Feb 2005 -- Joint-unmanned-combat-air-systems test team officials here successfully demonstrated a transfer of command and control using line-of-sight capabilities on two unmanned X-45A aircraft Jan. 27.
  • F/A-22 passes initial operational test, evaluation AFPN 01 Feb 2005 -- The results of a recently released Air Force study bode well for the future of the F/A-22 Raptor, officials said.
  • Materials From Bosnia Bases Being Used Worldwide AFPS 01 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Army troops aren't the only American assets pulling out of the Balkans. The installation facilities are literally being "pulled out" as well and sent to Iraq to be used in the global war on terror.
  • Pentagon, Senate Seek Doubling Of G.I. Survivors' Benefit AFPS 01 Feb 2005 -- Pentagon leaders and Capitol Hill legislators want to increase the current available combined government death benefit for families of fallen servicemembers by about $250,000.
  • US pledges defense requirements to Pakistan - statement IRNA 01 Feb 2005 -- The United States has promised to provide defense requirements to Pakistan and will actively pursue for their early release, a Defense Ministry statement said on Tuesday.
  • CHINA-US DEFENSE VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- U.S. and Chinese military officials have met in Beijing for talks on building cooperation. The topic of Taiwan was high on the agenda.
  • WEST AFRICA / NAVIES VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- A large U.S Navy ship has deployed in the Gulf of Guinea to help West African navies become more effective in providing security in the oil-rich waters. But some African analysts warn American-led cooperation could be counter-productive.

  • RUSSIA SOLD WEAPONS WORTH $6 BILLION IN 2004 RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2005 -- Last year, Russia sold military products worth $6 billion, said Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the federal service for military technology cooperation.

  • State Department Briefing, February 1 Washingon File 01 Feb 2005 -- Sudan, Israel/Palestinians, Nepal, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey, Middle East/Bolton travels to region, Mexico, Department/African Great Lakes meeting, Zimba
  • White House Daily Briefing, February 1 Washingon File 01 Feb 2005 -- Bush/State of the Union address, Iraq, Chertoff/confirmation hearings, military personnel/benefits, Social Security, Venezuela, Medicare, Taiwan, North Korea

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Upgrades French AWACS Radar Boeing 01 Feb 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently completed upgrading the first of four French E-3F AWACS aircraft with a Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) kit, ahead of schedule. The modification is part of a $133 million foreign military sales contract with Hanscom, Air Force Base, Mass.
  • KFOR and SFOR successfully deploy FAUST EADS 01 Feb 2005 -- In October 2004, the German army contingents in Kosovo (KFOR) and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR) began deploying the military command and control system, FAUST. In a recent Bundeswehr user evaluation, the approximately 150 systems deployed in the Balkans were given an unconditional “very good” rating.
  • INDEPENDENT TEST PROVES LOCKHEED MARTIN F/A-22'S REVOLUTIONARY PERFORMANCE; RAPTOR IS READY FOR FULL- RATE PRODUCTION Lockheed Martin 01 Feb 2005 -- The transformational F/A-22 Raptor has met or exceeded all technical performance parameters during a rigorous Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) by an independent U.S. Air Force agency that released its testing results today.
  • Northrop Grumman to Demonstrate Hawkeye 2000 Early Warning Aircraft at Aero India 2005 Air Show Northrop Grumman 01 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will be demonstrating the capabilities of its Hawkeye 2000 airborne early warning aircraft at the Aero India 2005 Air Show from Feb. 9-13 in Bangalore, India.

Other Conflicts

  • U.S.-SUDAN-DARFUR VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- The United States says there must be accountability for war crimes in Sudan's western Darfur region. But it says an African-based tribunal should handle such cases, and not the International Criminal Court, as proposed by a U.N. Commission.
  • CONGRESS / SUDAN VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- Two U.S. lawmakers are calling on U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to act quickly to stop the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, or resign.
  • SUDAN: Darfur atrocities do not amount to genocide, UN team says IRIN 01 Feb 2005 -- A UN-appointed commission of inquiry concluded on Monday that violence in Sudan's western region of Darfur did not amount to genocide, but that mass killings of civilians had occurred in the strife-torn area.
  • UN commission finds Sudanese Government responsible for crimes in Darfur UN News Centre 01 Feb 2005 -- A report by a United Nations-appointed commission of inquiry into whether genocide has occurred in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region has found that the Government and Janjaweed militia are responsible for crimes under international law and strongly recommends referring the dossier to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
  • UN reports more shooting incidents in Sudan's Darfur region UN News Centre 01 Feb 2005 -- In further violence in the war-torn Darfur region, the UN mission in Sudan said today it had received reports from the African Union (AU) monitoring team that two AU teams have been shot at in different locations, prompting Secretary-General Kofi Annan to condemn the attacks and call on the parties to respect the neutrality of the African observers.
  • War Crimes Committed in Darfur, United Nations Finds Washingon File 01 Feb 2005 -- An international commission has concluded that the government of Sudan did not pursue a policy of genocide in Darfur, but crimes against humanity and war crimes have been committed that "may be no less serious and heinous than genocide."
  • Genocide Has Been Occurring in Darfur, U.S. Government Reaffirms Washingon File 01 Feb 2005 -- Even though the U.S. government welcomes the work that has been completed by a United Nations commission of inquiry on Darfur, the United States still stands by its own conclusion reached September 2004 that genocide has been occurring in Darfur, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said February 1.
  • SUDAN: Scores killed during riots in Port Sudan IRIN 01 Feb 2005 -- Scores of people were reported killed and others wounded after police shot at protestors of the Beja ethnic group during two days of riots in the Red Sea city of Port Sudan, Beja representatives said.
  • SUDAN/PEACE DEAL VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- Sudan's parliament has unanimously ratified the peace agreement with the main southern rebel group that was signed last month.

  • BREAKAWAY REPUBLIC DENIES GEORGIAN BLAST INVOLVEMENT RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2005 -- A car blast took three or more lives in Gori, Georgia. The explosive device had a hundred kilograms of TNT in it, says Vano Merabishvili, Georgia's Minister for Police and Public Security Affairs.
  • Georgia: Blast Rocks Central City, Government Blames 'Terrorists' RFE/RL 01 Feb 2005 -- A powerful car bomb went off today in the central Georgian city of Gori, some 50 kilometers northwest of Tbilisi. Three people were reported killed and 13 more wounded in the explosion. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, which regional authorities described as a "terrorist attack" aimed at destabilizing the government.
  • Georgian President Calls Bomb 'Political Terrorism' RFE/RL 01 Feb 2005 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said a car-bomb explosion in the central city of Gori today that killed three policemen was an "act of political terrorism."

  • WILL RUSSIA AND CHECHNYA COME TO TERMS WITHOUT SIGNING A TREATY? RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2005 -- When the West speaks about a political settlement in Chechnya, it mostly means political talks between the Kremlin and Aslan Maskhadov, the leader of Chechen separatists ("Chechen and international terrorists" as Moscow calls them) and the president of the unrecognized and non-existent Chechen republic of Ichkeria.
  • Chechnya: Human Rights Activists Say Police Involved In Abductions RFE/RL 01 Feb 2005 -- Disappearances and kidnappings have plagued Chechnya for years. In the latest development, relatives of Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov have been abducted. The Chechen Prosecutor-General's Office has opened an investigation into the disappearance of the eight Maskhadov family members. The war between federal forces and Chechen resistance fighters is now in its fifth year, and it is civilians who suffer most. It is not known how many civilians have been kidnapped, tortured, or killed.
  • Russian Official: Police Involved In Chechen Abductions RFE/RL 01 Feb 2005 -- A high-ranking Russian official said yesterday that police and soldiers are apparently taking part in abductions in Chechnya.

  • UN/ IVORY COAST/ SANCTIONS VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to tighten its arms embargo on the Ivory Coast in hopes of averting civil war between the forces of President Laurent Gbagbo and rebels controlling the north of the country.
  • COTE D IVOIRE-SUDAN: Darfur dominates AU summit, no progress on Cote d'Ivoire IRIN 01 Feb 2005 -- The conflict in Sudan's Darfur region took centre-stage at the twice yearly African Union summit. President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, who was re-elected AU chairman for a further year, said AU-sponsored peace talks between the Sudanese government and the two main rebel movements in Darfur would resume in the Nigerian capital Abuja in mid-February.

  • DRC-UGANDA: Kampala denies arms embargo violation charge in UN report IRIN 01 Feb 2005 -- Uganda's Defence Ministry on Tuesday denied claims in a UN report that it had continued to violate a UN-imposed arms embargo in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- Israeli and Palestinian officials are striving to reduce tension and get cooperation back on track after violence in the Gaza Strip threatened an informal cease-fire. The violence could also hamper plans for an imminent Israeli withdrawal from several West Bank cities.

News Reports

  • NEPAL KING TAKEOVER VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- The King of Nepal has taken control of the government and deployed troops around the homes of politicians. The capital is largely isolated from the outside world with the international airport closed and communications cut off, but King Gyanendra denies he has staged a coup d'etat.
  • US / NEPAL CRACKDOWN VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- The United States said Tuesday it is deeply troubled by the emergency decree by Nepal's King Gyanendra. The State Department urged immediate action toward the restoration of democratic institutions in the Himalayan state.
  • NEPAL/DALAI LAMA VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- China has welcomed Nepal's decision to shut down two offices associated with Tibetan exile organizations.

  • Former US President Clinton accepts role of UN envoy for tsunami relief effort UN News Centre 01 Feb 2005 -- Former United States President Bill Clinton has accepted the offer by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to become his special envoy for countries affected by last month's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, Mr. Annan's spokesman confirmed today.
  • UNICEF/TSUNAMI/DISEASE VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- The U.N. Children's Fund warns hundreds of thousands of tsunami survivors living in temporary camps face a growing risk of water-borne disease due to flooding of toilets and other bad sanitary conditions.

  • U.S./CUBA/E.U. VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- The Bush administration said Tuesday it is skeptical about the European Union's decision this week to suspend human rights-related diplomatic sanctions against Cuba. The State Department said the gesture could embolden hardliners in the Fidel Castro government.

  • EGYPT / OPPOSITION VOA 01 Feb 2005 -- Political activists in Egypt say the recent arrest of the head of a newly formed, but powerful, opposition party has dealt a major blow to efforts aimed at reforming the Egyptian government. Rights groups are protesting and the State Department has expressed its concern.

  • Orbital's IBEX Satellite Selected By NASA For Newest Small Explorer Scientific Mission Orbital Sciences Corp. 01 Feb 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected the company's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite to carry out the next mission in its Small Explorer (SMEX) series of scientific spacecraft. Orbital is a key member of the IBEX mission team, which is led by Principal Investigator Dr. David McComas of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. The IBEX satellite is based on Orbital's MicroStar spacecraft design, a lightweight, multi-role platform of which dozens are already in orbit performing communications and remote sensing missions.

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