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31 March 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • US/INTELLIGENCE REPORT VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. intelligence community suffered another blow Thursday as one more investigative commission offered a scathing indictment of the intelligence agencies' performance. The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction found severe shortcomings by U.S. intelligence agencies in tracking the world's most dangerous weapons.
  • Rumsfeld Statement on Silberman-Robb Commission 31 Mar 2005 -- We appreciate the work of the Silberman-Robb Commission and thank the distinguished chairmen and members for their contributions to these important subjects.
  • U.S.: Report Cites Intelligence Failures On Iraq, Urges Reform RFE/RL 31 Mar 2005 -- A bipartisan commission recommended today that U.S. President George W. Bush institute broad changes in the way the United States gathers intelligence. Its findings point to massive failures preceding the war with Iraq, and said those problems still persist.
  • BUSH/IRAQ/WMD VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- A presidential commission says American intelligence services know little about threats from many of the world's most dangerous nations. President Bush named the commission to investigate intelligence failures involving Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
  • Commission Recommends Intelligence Overhaul AFPS 31 Mar 2005 -- A presidential commission has recommended a fundamental overhaul of the U.S. intelligence community.
  • Commission Co-Chairmen Call for Intelligence Changes Washington File 31 Mar 2005 -- The release of the report of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction provides "a unique opportunity" to make effective reforms to the U.S. intelligence community, say the commission's co-chairmen, former judge Laurence H. Silberman and former Senator Charles S. Robb.
  • Commission Cites Intelligence Failures on Iraq's WMD Program Washington File 31 Mar 2005 -- A presidential commission says the United States needs an intelligence community that is integrated, imaginative, willing to run risks, and receptive to new technologies to thwart 21st-century unconventional threats.
  • Communications essential part of Joint Red Flag operations AFPN 31 Mar 2005 -- Airmen of the Air Force Forces Communications and Control Center in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center here are meeting the challenges presented at Joint Red Flag, a U.S. Joint Forces Command exercise.
  • Dominguez acting secretary of the Air Force AFPN 31 Mar 2005 -- With the resignation of Peter B. Teets, former acting secretary of the Air Force, Michael L. Dominguez is the new acting secretary.
  • Airman designs new EOD vehicle AFPN 31 Mar 2005 -- An Airman here designed an explosive ordnance disposal vehicle that will serve as an Air Force benchmark.
  • GW Celebrates Shipyard Milestone Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2005 -- USS George Washington (GW) (CVN 73) reached a milestone March 29, as Northrup Grumman Shipyard (NNGN) completed refurbishing a living compartment on the ship.
  • Submarine Force Tests UAV Technology to Enhance Force Protection Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2005 -- The submarine force conducted a demonstration here in February using a new type of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to test its utility for force protection.
  • Submarine USS Asheville Returns to San Diego from Deployment Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2005 -- Friends, family members and fellow submariners will welcome Los Angeles-class submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) back to San Diego April 1. The submarine will be returning from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

  • DOD temporarily oversees selected Air Force programs AFPN 31 Mar 2005 -- Department of Defense officials announced March 28 that all major defense acquisition programs managed by the Air Force and designated acquisition category 1C programs will temporarily be placed under the authority of Michael Wynne, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
  • DACOWITS Report Recommends Family-Friendly Initiatives AFPS 31 Mar 2005 -- A Defense Department-sponsored military women's advisory panel recommends that the armed forces discontinue the practice of simultaneously deploying both military parents of minor children.
  • Counterterrorism, Military Readiness Among Top U.S. Priorities Washington File 31 Mar 2005 -- Admiral William Fallon, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), says the top priorities of his command include fighting terrorism; ensuring military readiness; and strengthening regional engagement between U.S. and Asian leaders, the military, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

  • Rice: Afghan, Iraqi Elections Show Trend Toward Democracy AFPS 31 Mar 2005 -- Elections in Afghanistan and Iraq are examples of a growing trend toward democracy worldwide and "examples of the universal aspiration of all people to make their voices heard and to govern themselves," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said earlier this week.
  • Information Access Key in Terror War, CENTCOM General Says AFPS 31 Mar 2005 -- The war on terror is proving to be an information war, with forces demanding and getting more access to information than in any previous conflict, U.S. Central Command's director of command, control, communications and computer systems told the American Forces Press Service.

  • Speech by by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer NATO 31 Mar 2005

  • White House Daily Briefing, March 31 Washington File 31 Mar 2005 -- Bush calls Prime Minister Allawi, Commission/WMD report, culture of life/Schiavo case, India/Pakistan, Byrd amendment
  • State Department Briefing, March 31 Washington File 31 Mar 2005 -- Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Israel/Palestinian Authority, North Korea, report by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States on WMD, global warming

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Awarded $609 Million JDAM Contract Boeing 31 Mar 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] received a $609-million contract from the U.S. Air Force for additional Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits.
  • U.S. Air Force Awards $36 Million NETCENTS Order to General Dynamics General Dynamics 31 Mar 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics Network Systems a task order valued at $36 million to provide life-cycle support and sustainment services to Air Force voice, video and data networks and equipment. The Combat Information Transport System Life Cycle Support Services (CLCS) order was issued under the U.S. Air Force’s Network-Centric Solutions (NETCENTS) contract. General Dynamics Network Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • General Dynamics Awarded $128 Million for Towed Artillery Digitization Digital Fire Control Systems General Dynamics 31 Mar 2005 -- BAE Systems has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products $127.5 million for production of 589 Towed Artillery Digitization (TAD) Digital Fire Control Systems (DFCS) and 937 prime mover kits for mounting and cabling TAD to wheeled tow units. The equipment is for BAE Systems Land Systems’ M777 lightweight 155mm towed howitzer. This contract brings total program value including Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) to $170 million. Work will be completed by August 2008. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Lockheed Martin Announces Completion Of Amended SYTEX Acquisition Lockheed Martin 31 Mar 2005 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] today announced it has completed the purchase of The SYTEX Group, Inc. (TSGI) after the parties amended their previous agreement excluding the smallest TSGI business, MacAulay Brown, Inc.
  • Pratt & Whitney F135 SDD Program Successfully Completes Post Test Critical Design Review Pratt & Whitney 31 Mar 2005 -- The Pratt & Whitney F135 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program has successfully completed the post test Critical Design Review (CDR) by the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Joint Program Office (JPO). The JPO review found that the F135 propulsion system has met all review objectives and is on track to deliver the first flight test engine later this year.
  • Raytheon Awarded $51.5 Million Contract for Patriot Upgrades Raytheon 31 Mar 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $51.5 million to upgrade 163 Patriot PAC-2 missiles to the latest GEM+ configuration.

Other Conflicts

  • UN/SUDAN/TRIBUNAL VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- The U.N. Security Council has agreed to refer Darfur war crimes cases to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. From U.N. headquarters, VOA's Peter Heinlein reports the agreement breaks a months-long deadlock over accountability for perpetrators of ethnic cleansing and war crimes in western Sudan.
  • SUDAN: Sanctions will hurt Darfur peace efforts, says gov't IRIN 31 Mar 2005 -- The UN Security Council's decision to sanction Sudan for failing to end conflict in the western region of Darfur will have a negative effect on current efforts to bring peace and stability to the country, a Sudanese minister said on Wednesday.

  • MIDDLE EAST: CONFLICTING U.S. REMARKS CREATE A 'POLITICAL TEMPEST' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 31 Mar 2005
  • U-S / MIDEAST PEACE VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- Recent votes in the Israeli parliament have removed the final legislative barriers to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plans to withdraw soldiers and Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip and a small portion of the West Bank. Political analysts say a successful Israeli pullout combined with a continued commitment by Palestinian leaders to democratic elections and political reform could revive the peace process and help spread democracy in the greater Middle East.
  • PALESTINIANS MILITANTS VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ordered a crackdown on Ramallah militants early Thursday after a group of gunmen fired at his compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah while he was inside.

  • Annan welcomes rebel Rwandan force's intention to return home from DR of Congo UN News Centre 31 Mar 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a statement by Rwanda's main rebel group that it condemns the 1994 genocide in that country, renounces the use of force and will disarm, return peacefully to Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and cooperate with the international justice system.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Rebel group ready to disarm IRIN 31 Mar 2005 -- Leaders of a Rwandan armed group operating from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced on Thursday their intention to end attacks against their homeland, according to the UN Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC.

  • UN mission decries human rights violations by Ivorian Government and rebel forces UN News Centre 31 Mar 2005 -- Serious human rights violations have been taking place in areas under Government and rebel control in Côte d'Ivoire, but both sides have become amenable to cooperating in restoring normalcy on rights, the United Nations mission in the West African country said today.
  • IVORY COAST/CHILD SOLDIERS VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- An international human rights body says that Ivory Coast forces have recruited hundreds of children among refugees and former child soldiers from Liberia. The report comes as tensions in the divided country escalate despite proposed peace talks.

  • Russian Official Decries Abuses In Chechnya RFE/RL 31 Mar 2005 -- Russia's top human rights official has denounced large-scale human rights violations in Chechnya by all sides in the conflict.
  • RWANDA/POLITICS VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- The Rwandan government welcomed a pledge by the country's main Hutu rebel group to stop fighting the government.
  • RUSSIA/CHECHNYA VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- Earlier this month (March 8th) Russian security forces killed Aslan Maskhadov, a prominent Chechen separatist leader.
  • UGANDA/LRA VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- For almost two decades, the people of northern Uganda have been subjected to random attacks by a rebel group the United States calls a terrorist organization.
  • THAILAND/SOUTHERN UNREST VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- The Thai prime minister has announced a partial troop withdrawal from Thailand's restive southern provinces. Ron Corben reports from VOA's Bangkok bureau, the conciliatory move marks a turnaround in the government's much-criticized hard-line security policy.
  • SOMALIA: Ministers unable to reach Baidoa due to fighting IRIN 31 Mar 2005 -- Insecurity in Somalia's south-central town of Baidoa, one of the two proposed seats of the transitional government, has prevented a ministerial delegation visiting the town, sources told IRIN on Tuesday.

News Reports

  • WOLFOWITZ / WORLD BANK VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- The World Bank's executive board Thursday (March 31) endorsed Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy U.S. Defense Secretary, as head of the international lending institution. The bank's new president has faced strong opposition from certain groups, especially those upset by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, of which Mr. Wolfowitz was a strong advocate.
  • Wolfowitz Confirmed as World Bank President AFPS 31 Mar 2005 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz won confirmation today as the 10th president of the World Bank and will assume his new post June 1, World Bank officials announced today.

  • Foreign Envoys Visit Bishkek To Offer Support, Assistance RFE/RL 31 Mar 2005 -- Several foreign envoys were in Bishkek today to offer help to Kyrgyzstan's new leaders to solve the political situation in their country following the ouster one week ago of President Askar Akaev.
  • OSCE Head Suggests Akaev Should End His Presidency RFE/RL 31 Mar 2005 -- The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Dimitrij Rupel, today suggested that ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev should resign.
  • OSCE Head And Georgian, Ukrainian Ministers In Bishkek RFE/RL 31 Mar 2005 -- The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Dimitrij Rupel, travels to Bishkek today for talks with Kyrgyzstan's new leaders.

  • ASEAN/US/BURMA VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- Already under pressure from both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the United States over its failure to move toward democracy, Burma's military junta has adjourned a convention aimed at drawing up a new democratic constitution.

  • CAMBODIA/ARMS EXPLOSION VOA 31 Mar 2005 -- An explosion at an ammunitions depot in northern Cambodia sent bullets and shells flying through the air, killing at least five people and leaving a score wounded. In this VOA report, Kate Woodsome in Phnom Penh reports that the depot dates back to the Cambodian civil war of the 1970s.

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