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04 February 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Special Ops Symposium Looks at Future of Coalition Warfare AFPS 04 Feb 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and CIA director Porter J. Goss are working to make sure President Bush has a full range of options for dealing with terror threats, a top DoD official said today.
  • Army sets new Strategic Planning Guidance Army News 04 Feb 2005 -- The Army released new Strategic Planning Guidance for 2005 that includes three new focus areas: homeland defense, irregular challenges, and stability operations.
  • Army, Navy team up for training in Japan Army News 04 Feb 2005 -- Army pilots in Japan landed their Black Hawk helicopters, packed full of Soldiers and equipment, on the deck of the USS Cowpens Jan 19.
  • Drone returns to Holloman AFPN 04 Feb 2005 -- Airmen from the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron's air transportation flight returned a 1,000-pound piece of Air Force history to the base here Jan. 28.
  • DOD Approves Retention Initiatives for Special Operations Forces Navy NewsStand 04 Feb 2005 -- The Department of Defense recently approved a new retention incentive package for Special Operations Forces (SOF) aimed at maintaining combat readiness and keeping experienced operators in uniform.

  • SOUTH KOREA / DEFENSE POLICY VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- For the first time in a decade, South Korea says it no longer considers North Korea its "main enemy" but says its neighbor still poses a military threat. The paper also says the United States has pledged massive military support to defend South Korea against an attack.

  • NEW NUCLEAR SUBMARINES TO SAIL WITHOUT BULAVA MISSILES RIA Novosti 04 Feb 2005 -- Alexander Belousov, Russia's first deputy defense minister, recently announced that the Navy would receive two strategic nuclear submarines equipped with state-of-the-art Bulava (Mace) ballistic missiles, Novaya Gazeta writes.

  • State Department Briefing, February 4 Washington File 04 Feb 2005 -- United Nations, Department, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Middle East, UK/Northern Ireland, North Korea, Japan, Thailand, Sudan, Asia/U.S. tsunami relief efforts
  • White House Daily Briefing, February 4 Washington File 04 Feb 2005 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan briefed the press February 4 on Air Force One as they accompanied the president to Little Rock, Arkansas

Defense Industry

  • U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $58 Million for Submarine Work General Dynamics 04 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Navy today awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat two contract modifications for submarine-related work with a total value of $58 million. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • BAE SYSTEMS Preferred Contractor For Major ISTAR Programme BAE Systems 04 Feb 2005 -- BAE Systems C4ISR Networked Systems & Solutions (NS&S) has been down-selected as the preferred contractor for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Project SHAMAN. This 140m ISTAR programme will provide the Royal Navy with its next generation Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM) capability. The programme encompasses the supply of the CESM systems, the installation on multiple platforms, training and through life support over a 20+ year period. The programme now moves into a 12 - 14 month Advanced Demonstration Phase ahead of the main production programme.

Other Conflicts

  • U.N./Sudan VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- The top United Nations envoy to Sudan is warning that the landmark north-south peace agreement could collapse unless the killing in Darfur is stopped.
  • SUDAN: Six African leaders to attend Darfur summit in Cairo IRIN 04 Feb 2005 -- Six African heads of state will meet in the Egyptian capital Cairo on 17 January to try and break the deadlock in peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebels in the western Darfur region, Nigerian officials said on Thursday.
  • Other Sudanese conflicts may harm peace mission for country's south, Security Council told UN News Centre 04 Feb 2005 -- The top United Nations envoy cautioned the Security Council today that unless solutions are found to the conflicts plaguing Darfur and other regions of Sudan, the UN peace-support mission planned for the country's south will suffer.
  • SUDAN: Security Council to meet over Darfur report IRIN 04 Feb 2005 -- The UN Security Council will not allow perpetrators of atrocities against civilians in the western Sudanese region of Darfur to go unpunished, according to the Council's president.

  • UN says no Rwandan troops are serving in its DR of Congo peacekeeping mission UN News Centre 04 Feb 2005 -- Countering what it said was disinformation being anonymously spread, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today said there were no Rwandan soldiers serving with the UN in the country or anywhere else in the world.
  • UGANDA: Government declares 18-day truce with rebels IRIN 04 Feb 2005 -- The Ugandan government said on Thursday it would halt military operations against Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels for 18 days on condition that they confined themselves to a designated area in the north as efforts to revive peace talks continued.
  • IVORY COAST / SECURITY VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission is having difficulty helping maintain security in Ivory Coast's southern commercial capital Abidjan, despite patrol from both government forces and peacekeepers. In the volatile suburb of Adjame, the patrols were unable to prevent clashes Thursday between police and local militias which killed at least two people.
  • SRI LANKA / CHILD REBELS VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger rebels have freed 23 child soldiers recruited in the aftermath of December's tsunami disaster. Human rights groups accuse the rebels of using thousands of underage combatants during the two-decade civil conflict in the country.
  • NEPAL/MAOISTS VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- Nepal's army says it will step up its offensive against Maoist rebels, if they do not respond to King Gyanendra's call for peace talks. The new administration is clamping down on dissent since the king took control of the government three days ago.
  • INFORMATION ABOUT DEATH OF WARLORD BASAYEV IS MERE RUMORS RIA Novosti 04 Feb 2005 -- Head of the Chechen State Council Taus Dzhabrailov believes that the information about the death of warlord Shamil Basayev is mere rumors.
  • TERRORISTS' PLANS FOR BESLAN RIA Novosti 04 Feb 2005 -- The terrorists who seized a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, on September 1-3 had not intended to enter into talks with authorities.

News Reports

  • Successful launch of Alcatel AMC-12 satellite Thales 04 Feb 2005 -- The AMC-12 communications satellite built by prime contractor Alcatel Space was successfully boosted into orbit yesterday by a ILS Proton/Breeze-M launcher from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. AMC-12 is the third satellite built by Alcatel Space for the American operator SES Americom, part of the SES Global group. AMC-12 will cover three interconnected zones, North America, South America and Europe/Middle East/Africa.

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