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01 April 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Myers Tells Guard Generals Total-Force Concept Working AFPS 01 Apr 2005 -- The experiences in the war on terrorism, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, show that "the total-force (concept) is working," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said to a meeting of state adjutants general here today.
  • Navy Standing Up Provisional Unit to Provide Guantanamo Guards AFPS 01 Apr 2005 -- For the next 18 months to two years, the Navy will be providing a large chunk of the guards at the U.S. enemy combatant detention facility here.
  • U.S. C-130 Crash Reported During Training Mission in Albania AFPS 01 Apr 2005 -- Nine people are believed to have been aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane based at the Mildenhall Royal Air Force base in England that reportedly crashed while on a joint training mission with the Albanian military, U.S. European Command officials report.
  • EUCOM Provides More Details of C-130 Crash in Albania AFPS 01 Apr 2005 -- Officials at U.S. European Command have released more details surrounding the crash overnight of a U.S. Air Force aircraft in Albania.
  • President Nominates Navy Secretary for Pentagon's No. 2 Position AFPS 01 Apr 2005 -- President Bush has nominated Navy Secretary Gordon R. England to succeed Paul Wolfowitz as deputy secretary of defense.
  • Facing the Future: Terror War Promotes Transformation Concepts AFPS 01 Apr 2005 -- Some people say you can't transform the Defense Department and fight a war at the same time. But the director of administration and management for the Office of the Secretary of Defense says there's no better time.
  • Combat Talon crashes in Albania AFPN 01 Apr 2005 -- An MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft that crashed while on a joint training mission with the Albanian military, U.S. European Command officials announced April 1. There were nine people on board.
  • Say 'hello' to the bad guy AFPN 01 Apr 2005 -- Seeing the MiG-21 Fishbed static display in the parking lot, a Soviet flag hanging from a doorway and a picture of a smiling Joseph Stalin on a nearby counter top, might make it difficult for some to believe they are actually on a U.S. Air Force base.
  • Hurlburt Airmen bring space power to Joint Red Flag AFPN 01 Apr 2005 -- U.S. space forces are using their knowledge of joint and interagency operations to adapt to an ever-changing battlefield during Joint Red Flag 2005, an exercise aimed at improving joint training and experimentation capabilities among U.S. and coalition forces.
  • Army CIO/G-6 realigns to support warfighters Army News 01 Apr 2005 -- The Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 (CIO/G-6) launched a strategic realignment March 30 to improve the organization's delivery on its core function.
  • Multi-national forces take part in Roving Sands Army News 01 Apr 2005 -- For the past three weeks, Fort Bliss, Texas, may have been among the most diversely populated places in the United States as troops from eight foreign nations participated in Roving Sands 05.
  • No Overhaul for USS John F. Kennedy Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2005 -- The Navy cancelled the fiscal year '05 Complex Overhaul (COH) for USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) April 1. Resulting from this decision, the homeport shift from Mayport, Fla., to Norfolk, Va., will not occur.

  • RUSSIA PENSIONS OFF MISSILES RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Today, the Strategic Missile Force of Russia, acting on the defense minister's orders, will start liquidating two divisions in Kartaly, the Chelyabinsk region, and Kostroma.
  • BLACKSEAFOR TO CONDUCT EXERCISE SOON RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- The Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (Blackseafor), which comprises Russian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Romanian, Turkish and Ukrainian warships, is to conduct an exercise in the near future.

  • Speech by by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer NATO 01 Apr 2005

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 1 Washington File 01 Apr 2005 -- Pope John Paul II, commission report on intelligence capabilities, Pakistan, America's youth, Iran, first lady's role, Iraq, Yushchenko's visit/Ukraine, Social Security, North Korea, International Criminal Court, Medicare
  • State Department Briefing, April 1 Washington File 01 Apr 2005 -- Zimbabwe/elections, Sudan, Somalia, Cyprus

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • U.S. / SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday the international community must act with great speed to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's western Darfur region. She spoke after the U.N. Security Council late Thursday approved a resolution that, despite U.S. misgivings, gives the International Criminal Court responsibility to try Darfur war criminals.
  • Security Council sends Darfur cases to International Criminal Court UN News Centree 01 Apr 2005 -- The Security Council has decided to refer the situation in Sudan's troubled Darfur region - where a United Nations inquiry found "serious violations of international human rights law" - to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a move welcomed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as one that would "ensure that those responsible for atrocities in Darfur are held to account."
  • UN steps up rehabilitation of war-torn southern Sudan following peace accords UN News Centree 01 Apr 2005 -- As peace takes hold in southern Sudan after an agreement between the Government and rebels ended Africa's longest-running civil war, United Nations agencies are redoubling efforts to prepare for the return of 4.5 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and lay the ground for social and economic development.
  • U.S. Decision on U.N. Darfur Resolution Difficult, Burns Says Washington File 01 Apr 2005 -- The United States' decision to abstain on a French-proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that would send Darfur war crimes cases to the International Criminal Court was a difficult one, Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns said April 1.
  • United States Abstains on U.N. Darfur War Crimes Resolution Washington File 01 Apr 2005 -- The United States was one of four countries abstaining as the U.N. Security Council March 31 adopted a resolution drafted by France that refers cases of war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan to the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague. The vote was 11 to 0, with Algeria, Brazil and China also abstaining.
  • SUDAN/DARFUR VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- Rebel groups are pleased with a United Nations resolution to refer war crimes suspects in the Darfur region of western Sudan to the International Criminal Court. But the Sudanese Government says the U.N. action could hurt peace efforts.

  • UN mission in Haiti launches operation against armed groups, human rights expert visits UN News Centree 01 Apr 2005 -- The United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti has launched a joint operation with the county's National Police to re-establish state authority in the Cit Soleil district in the capital Port-au-Prince.
  • UN TROOPS - HAITI VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- U-N peace-keeping troops backed by tanks have launched a new operation in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, to counter a new wave of violence by armed gangs and former army troops. Amelia Shaw reports the on-going violence in the Caribbean nation is threatening to destabilize democratic elections planned for this November.

  • TWO RUSSIAN POLICEMEN TO JOIN PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN CONGO RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Two Russian policemen will join the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry reported on Friday.
  • Former combatants in northeast DR of Congo rush to disarm before midnight deadline - UN UN News Centree 01 Apr 2005 -- Hundreds of former militia members in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rushed to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission's disarmament and re-integration programme today before a midnight deadline, bringing to 9,000 the number of the estimated 15,000 militia members in the area who have given up their weapons.
  • DRC/CONFLICT VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- In the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province, the United Nations says a little more than half of the area's fighters have handed in their weapons, meeting a United Nations deadline. Cathy Majtenyi reports from VOA's East Africa Bureau in Nairobi, an analyst group on Friday called for more support for the U.N. mission in another area of Congo.
  • DRC: Uncooperative fighters will be hunted down, MONUC says IRIN 01 Apr 2005 -- Militiamen in Congo's Ituri District who failed to comply with a UN ultimatum to disarm will be hunted down, Gen Jean-Francois Collot d'Escury, chief of staff of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), has said.

  • MASKHADOV WAS KILLED BY HIS OWN MEN RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov was shot by his men who were with him in the bunker. They did it on his request, Nikolai Shepel, the Deputy Prosecutor General, told reporters.
  • MILITANT DETAINED IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- A member of militant Abu al-Walid's gang was detained in the Novoterskoye settlement in Chechnya, the United Press Center of the Regional Operational Staff (ROSh) in charge of the counterterrorist operation in the North Caucasus.
  • MILITANTS SHOOT AT POLICEMEN IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Militants have shot at Grozny's regional interior department officers, RIA Novosti was told by a source in the Chechen Interior Ministry.

  • Nepali groups concerned over China's military support to King IRNA 01 Apr 2005 -- Peeved at China's decision to extend military support to King Gyanendra's government, several Nepali groups here yesterday asked Beijing not to recognise the royal government and instead support democratic aspirations of people of the Himalayan Kingdom.
  • GEORGIA AFRAID OF SOUTH OSSETIA'S MILITARIZATION RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Georgia deems it necessary to reinforce the personnel of the OSCE office in Tskhinvali, capital of the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia.

News Reports

  • POPE HEALTH VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- Pope John Paul the Second's health continues to deteriorate, and Vatican officials are suggesting that he is close to death. The Pontiff's health took a turn for the worse over the past 24 hours.

  • EU/RUSSIA VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- Russia has signaled that it is prepared to work with the European Union to resolve conflicts in former Soviet states where it has previously resisted outside influence.

  • U.S.-Zimbabwe Election VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the election process in Zimbabwe, capped by Thursday's parliamentary voting, was not free and fair. She called on President Robert Mugabe's government to listen to those calling for change.
  • ZIMBABWE/ELECTIONS VOA 01 Apr 2005 -- The leader of the Zimbabwe's leading opposition party has given the strongest hint yet that his party may not accept the result of Thursday's election. With almost half of the results announced Morgan Tsvangirai has described the poll as a massive fraud.

  • MOSCOW ANTICIPATED KYRGYZSTAN DEVELOPMENTS? RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Russia neither missed the Kyrgyz developments, nor betrayed Akayev, head of the international committee of the Federation Council (upper chamber of the Russian parliament) Mikhail Margelov said.
  • Former Kyrgyz President Akaev Calls Ouster 'Putsch' RFE/RL 01 Apr 2005 -- Askar Akaev said in an exclusive interview today with RFE/RL that he was ousted as president in Kyrgyzstan in a "putsch" that was aided financially and tactically by "foreign forces" backing the opposition.
  • EX-PRESIDENT BLAMES KYRGYZ COUP ON AMERICA, REFERS TO WEB RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Overthrown President Askar Akayev accuses the USA of backing forces who made an unconstitutional coup in Kyrgyzstan.
  • PROBE INTO AKAYEV PROPERTY RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyz law-enforcers are studying financial flows that the Akayev (former Kyrgyz president) clan managed, Daniyar Usenov, the vice premier, said Friday.
  • AKAYEV READY TO ANNOUNCE HIS RESIGNATION IN KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Askar Akayev is ready to resign if he is given a chance to announce this at the Kyrgyz parliament.
  • AKAYEV READY TO RESIGN RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- The Kyrgyz parliament and representatives of the deposed president, Askar Akayev, are discussing the details of his resignation, parliamentary speaker Omurbek Tekebayev told journalists on Friday.
  • PRESIDENTIAL RACE STARTS IN KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- The presidential race in Kyrgyzstan has started. The election is currently set for June 26, but this date may change.
  • KYRGYZSTAN REVISES PRIVATIZATION DEAL RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Pinara, a 14-storey embattled hotel overlooking Bishkek, has switched ownership in a matter of an hour.
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF NEW PARLIAMENT BRINGS STABILIZATION TO KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- The acknowledgement of the authorities of the new single-chamber parliament elected on February 27 and March 13 has brought stabilization to Kyrgyzstan, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry told journalists on arriving in Luxembourg on Friday.
  • KYRGYZ PARLIAMENTARIAN: THERE IS NO CLEAR AND COHERENT SUBJECT FOR TALKS WITH AKAYEV RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Tashkul Kereksizov, deputy of the Kyrgyz parliament and member of the group of deputies to hold talks with Kyrgyzstan's president believes that there is no clear and coherent subject for talks with Askar Akayev.
  • KYRGYZSTAN'S NEIGHBORS READY TO HELP RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan must be helped. It is obvious for Moscow, Beijing and all the neighbors of this Central Asian state, where the looting of offices and shops are underway instead of a "feast of democracy."
  • Kyrgyzstan: With No Akaev Resignation Yet, New Leadership Considers Impeachment RFE/RL 01 Apr 2005 -- One week after the Kyrgyz revolution, the status of ousted President Askar Akaev remains unclear. International bodies like the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have pressed for a quick resolution to the issue, to avoid having the interim Kyrgyz leadership from acting in a legal vacuum. But Akayev so far has refused to resign. The new authorities are now looking for ways to impeach the ousted leader, in order to put an end to the growing legitimacy conflict.

  • HARIRI ASSASSINATION: UN REPORT 'EXPOSED' LIES US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 01 Apr 2005

  • Opening of Tinsley's New Large Optics Manufacturing Facility Marks Another Step Forward for James Webb Space Telescope Northrop Grumman 01 Apr 2005 -- With today's dedication by Tinsley Laboratories Inc., of a new facility to grind and polish mirror segments for the James Webb Space Telescope to exacting degrees of accuracy, NASA's newest space observatory moved another step ahead.

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