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16 February 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Media Availability at Conclusion of House Armed Services Committee Hearing 16 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
  • RUMSFELD / CONGRESS VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday defended his department's 419-billion-dollar budget request for next year, and a more than 70-billion dollar increase for the current year, in testimony to two congressional committees. He said the money is needed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to fight terrorists worldwide. But he also said help is needed from U.S. allies, large and small.
  • Military Stressed, But Able to Execute Strategy, Myers Says AFPS 16 Feb 2005 -- Despite stresses and strains on the force, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told members of the House Armed Services Committee today that the American military remains able to execute America's national military strategy.
  • Rumsfeld Discusses Progress, Future Needs at Budget Hearing AFPS 16 Feb 2005 -- The Defense Department has come a long way, but it has much farther to go, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee here today during a budget hearing.
  • Rumsfeld Explains Why War Costs Not in Main Budget Request AFPS 16 Feb 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld explained here today why the costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are not included in the president's annual budget request.
  • Detainees Living in Varied Conditions at Guantanamo AFPS 16 Feb 2005 -- The detainee population at the U.S. naval base here is a diverse group. The roughly 545 detainees hail from some 40 countries and speak at least 17 different languages.
  • Policy allows deployed Soldiers to reenlist 'out of window' for tax-free bonuses while abroad Army News 16 Feb 2005 -- Like any major corporation, the Army is always looking for ways to retain its trained and qualified employees.
  • New officers to receive Regular Army commissions Army News 16 Feb 2005 -- All new officers going on active duty will be commissioned "Regular Army" beginning May 1.
  • $6K bonuses aim to cut RC officer shortage Army News 16 Feb 2005 -- A new affiliation bonus of $6,000 is now available to officers and warrant officers leaving active duty and signing up for service with National Guard or Army Reserve units.
  • FAST mission for security forces AFPN 16 Feb 2005 -- Their job is simple: Cockpit denial and ground security. The training is intense, and only the best will get the assignment.
  • Battlelab gives armor 'thumbs up' AFPN 16 Feb 2005 -- Air Mobility Battlelab officials here recently completed their evaluation of a life-saving vehicle armor kit produced by the Army.
  • VP-5 Crew Joins SAR Mission Off Coast of Malta Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2005 -- A Commander Task Force (CTF) 67 P-3 Orion crew from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 assisted in a search and rescue mission of an exploded civilian cargo vessel off the coast of Malta Feb. 3.
  • 26th MEU vies for title USMC News 16 Feb 2005 -- After nearly six months of training, it all comes down to this - a 10-day exercise where the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will have the opportunity to prove its metal and assume the role of America's "force in readiness."

  • Analysis: Armenia, Azerbaijan Confront The Return Of The Private Army RFE/RL 16 Feb 2005 -- In the run-up to, and the years immediately following, the collapse of the USSR, private armies played a key role in political developments across the South Caucasus. Tengiz Kitovani's National Guard was instrumental in ousting Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia in late 1991. Soon afterward, together with Djaba Ioseliani's Mkhedrioni, Kitovani's group triggered wars in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

  • RUSSIA, CHINA PLAN JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES RIA Novosti 16 Feb 2005 -- Russia and China will complete in two months the preparation for the first-ever bilateral military exercises, the head of the Main Department for international cooperation of the Russian Defense Ministry, Colonel-General Anatoly Mazurkevich said Wednesday.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 16 Washington File 16 Feb 2005 -- President meeting with congressional/bipartisan congressional leadership, President's schedule, Social Security, Iran/explosion, Syria, Council of Economic Advisors/Greg Mankiw's letter of resignation, Lebanon, United Nations Security Council

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • UN/Sudan VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has described Darfur as " little short of hell on earth", and urged the Security Council to take immediate action to stop the killing there. But the Council is deadlocked over the question of how to prosecute those responsible for Darfur's atrocities.
  • Annan urges Security Council to take action against killings, displacement in Darfur, Sudan UN News Centre 16 Feb 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, saying the evidence pointed to crimes committed by the Sudanese Government, militia and rebel forces, today urged the Security Council to act urgently to stop further death and suffering in the strife-torn Darfur region and "to do justice for those whom we are already too late to save."
  • CHAD / DARFUR VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Four African heads of state and other officials are meeting in Chad to discuss the security situation in the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan. At least one rebel group is set to meet with Sudanese government officials on the sidelines.

  • UGANDA / CHILD SOLDIERS VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Uganda's military admits minors may have joined the ranks of its army, but denies it is the government's policy to recruit children. Debate over recruitment of children under the age of 18 is taking place in Uganda just as the U.N. Security Council is scheduled to look into the matter.
  • UGANDA: Gov't warns of pending offensive should LRA talks collapse IRIN 16 Feb 2005 -- The Ugandan government is certain of military success against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) should the rebel group prove to be less serious about dialogue, the defence minister said.

  • ISRAEL / DISENGAGEMENT VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Israel's parliament, the Knesset, handed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a victory Wednesday night giving final approval to his controversial plan to dismantle all Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and four smaller ones in the West Bank.
  • India under no obligation to supply arms to Nepal: Mukherjee IRNA 16 Feb 2005 -- India is under no contractual obligation to supply arms to Nepal and any request for weapons is considered only after taking into consideration the situation in the Himalayan kingdom, Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Security Council warns over border situation IRIN 16 Feb 2005 -- The military build-up on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea could "aggravate" simmering tensions, the president of the UN Security Council said.

News Reports

  • CONGRESS/HARIRI VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- The House of Representatives has paid tribute to former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in a bomb attack in Beirut Monday. Lawmakers combined their tributes to Mr. Hariri with calls for Syria to withdraw troops from Lebanon
  • RICE-SYRIA-LEBANON VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday endorsed an international investigation of Monday's assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In Senate testimony, the Secretary also said the U.S. ambassador to Syria, recalled for consultations, will remain in Washington indefinitely.
  • LEBANON / REACTION VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- In an unprecedented outpouring of national grief, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese attended the funeral of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut. Mr. Hariri, who is credited with rebuilding post-war Lebanon, was assassinated two days ago in a suspected suicide car bombing.
  • ISRAEL / SYRIA / LEBANON VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Israel says it is waging a diplomatic battle to stop Russian missiles from being sold to Syria. Israel's announcement comes amid growing international pressure on Syria following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • Middle East: UN To Probe Hariri Killing As Diplomatic Pressure Mounts On Syria RFE/RL 16 Feb 2005 -- The UN Security Council has called for an immediate UN investigation into the 14 February bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The council also renewed its call for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. U.S. officials said the Syrian presence in Lebanon was a destabilizing factor and recalled the U.S. ambassador from Damascus to protest. Underlying the moves was deep concern about Lebanon's stability as it prepares for national elections in the spring.

  • UN / TSUNAMI VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- The chief of the U.N. tsunami task force says current international aid pledges will cover as little as 40-percent of the reconstruction costs in Indian Ocean countries hit by December's disaster.

  • THAILAND THAKSIN SOUTH VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- Violence flared in southern Thailand, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived for a three-day visit. The prime minister pledged to continue a crackdown on Muslim separatists, while offering help to the needy in the south.

  • AFRICAN MEDIA CONDEMN 'COUP D'ÉTAT' IN TOGO US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 16 Feb 2005
  • TOGO VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- The West African regional grouping ECOWAS says that efforts to mediate what it calls an illegal presidency in Togo have been 'fruitful'. People in Togo are waiting for embattled President Faure Gnassingbe, who came to power with the help of the military, to make a speech on whether he will call elections for the country.

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