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08 April 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • USS Bataan Passes Final Evaluation Period Navy NewsStand 08 Apr 2005 -- USS Bataan (LHD 5) completed Final Evaluation Period (FEP) earlier than scheduled while underway off the coast of Virginia March 28 through April 1.
  • Army announces criteria for Iraq, Afghanistan campaign medals Army News 08 Apr 2005 -- Soldiers can begin putting on the new Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals after the Department of the Army approved the final implementation rules for them April 8.
  • Ship takes heroic legacy to the fight AFPN 08 Apr 2005 -- A fallen Air Force hero from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., was honored April 8 at the Military Ocean Terminal here. A Navy cargo ship was named for Air Force Cross recipient Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman.
  • More MPs in Iraq train on new armored vehicle Army News 08 Apr 2005 -- The Army's military police force has recently fielded a highly- mobile vehicle to its supply of convoy operation equipment for use throughout the Iraq theater; and the MPs are learning the ins and outs of the vehicle from the people who know it best - the manufacturers.
  • IRR problems 'miniscule,' recruiting improves Army News 08 Apr 2005 -- Although the Army has not yet decided what to do about Individual Ready Reserve Soldiers who refuse service, their numbers are "miniscule," Lt. Gen. F.L. Hagenbeck, Army G-1 (Personnel), said April 7.
  • Medical readiness instructors receive new C-130 trainer AFPN 08 Apr 2005 -- The next improvement to training medics at the 381st Training Squadron's medical readiness flight here has landed -- sort of.
  • Air Force aggressively meeting challenges AFPN 08 Apr 2005 -- The two senior leaders of the Air Force spoke April 6 on Capitol Hill about budget cuts, the service's commitment to meeting end-strength requirements, total-force integration and fleet recapitalization.
  • Airmen help improve B-2 aircraft maintenance in Guam AFPN 08 Apr 2005 -- Airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., are helping improve aircraft maintenance for future rotations of B-2 Spirit bombers worldwide during a deployment here.
  • Rumsfeld Supports Extended Careers, Longer Tours AFPS 08 Apr 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he'd like to see sweeping changes to the military services' personnel systems.
  • Transformation Efforts Expand to Include Focus on Languages, Culture AFPS 08 Apr 2005 -- The Defense Department is working to improve capacity and competence in world languages and culture, a top official said April 7.
  • General 'Cautiously Optimistic' on Army Recruiting Goals AFPS 08 Apr 2005 -- The Army's top personnel officer said he's "cautiously optimistic" on meeting this year's active-duty recruiting goal, despite reports some parents of potential recruits are uneasy about military service for their children because of the Iraq war.
  • Most Individual Ready Reservists Reporting as Ordered AFPS 08 Apr 2005 -- The Pentagon has released statistics disproving rumors saying thousands of reservists called up for active duty are refusing to report.
  • Separate Services Make Distinct Contributions to Joint Force AFPS 08 Apr 2005 -- The trend toward "jointness" doesn't mean the Defense Department expects all the services to become cookie-cutter copies of each other, a senior official explained.

  • State Department Briefing, April 8 Washington File 08 Apr 2005 -- Travel by Deputy Secretary Zoellick to Norway/Sudan, Sudan, China, China/North Korea, Macedonia/Greece, Cyprus, Israel/Syria/Iran/VaticanOrganization of American States, Mexico, Israel/Palestinians, Canada, Egypt

Defense Industry

  • Thales wins missile control contract in Japan Thales 08 Apr 2005 -- Recently Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) of Japan and Thales Nederland signed a contract for the delivery of a Thales missile control module that will be incorporated in Melco's new FCS-3 radar. The missile control module will add Thales Nederland's revolutionary ICWI technology to the FCS-3 radar. This radar will be installed on the 16DDH, the first of a new class of helicopter carriers for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force.
  • BOEING/AIRBUS VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- A fresh chapter in the dispute over subsides for aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus opens Monday when a three-month negotiation period ends, leaving the United States and the European Union free to push ahead with their rival cases at the World Trade Organization. But so much is at stake on both sides of the Atlantic, analysts say, that Washington and Brussels may not be ready for the WTO to take over.

Other Conflicts

  • UN, African Union condemn 'savage attack' on Darfur village by armed militia UN News Centre 08 Apr 2005 -- United Nations and African Union representatives today condemned a "senseless and pre-meditated savage attack" Thursday on a town in the western Darfur area of Sudan by more than 350 armed militia while the Government dragged its heels in designating land for the AU monitoring force meant to deter such incidents.
  • Funding gap forces UN agency to cut food rations in Darfur UN News Centre 08 Apr 2005 -- With United Nations officials preparing for a donors' conference next week to raise reconstruction funds for southern Sudan, the World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that a drastic shortage of money will force the agency to cut the rations of more than one million people affected by the separate conflict in the country's western region of Darfur.
  • UN SUDAN RESOLUTION: A STEP TO END 'DARFUR'S HORROR' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 08 Apr 2005

  • Chechnya: EU Sends Mission To Assess Reconstruction Needs RFE/RL 08 Apr 2005 -- The European Commission has begun studying ways of upgrading the assistance it gives to Chechnya and other republics in the North Caucasus. A small EU evaluation mission leaves for the region tomorrow, to see if the conditions exist to begin social and economic reconstruction work alongside with the humanitarian aid the Commission is contributing.
  • Russia Claims Death Of Basayev Associate RFE/RL 08 Apr 2005 -- The Russian military today claimed it has killed a close associate of wanted Chechen separatist warlord Shamil Basayev.

  • Nepal Army Repels Attack, Kills 50 Maoist Rebels VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- Nepal says its army has repelled a major attack by Maoist rebels at a military base in the western part of the country, killing at least 50 insurgents.
  • At Least 70 More Killed in Yemen Clashes VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- At least 70 people have been killed in fierce new battles this week between security forces and Shi'ite rebels in northwestern Yemen, bringing the toll to at least 170 killed since fighting broke out last month.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Rebels blame deserters for reported clash with Guinean army IRIN 08 Apr 2005 -- Cote d'Ivoire's New Forces rebel movement said on Friday that none of its fighters had been involved in a reported clash with Guinean soldiers on the western border, but it admitted that rebel deserters may have been responsible for the incident.
  • Georgian and Abkhaz representatives meet in Geneva at UN-chaired talks UN News Centre 08 Apr 2005 -- A United Nations-chaired high-level group reviewing the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process wrapped up two days of talks today in Geneva, welcoming the participation of both sides in the meeting as an indication of their commitment to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
  • UGANDA: Army rescues 100 LRA captives as hostilities intensify IRIN 08 Apr 2005 -- The Ugandan army rescued more than 100 people kidnapped by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) during the month of March, and also killed 50 insurgents, an army spokesman told IRIN on Thursday.
  • DRC: Reintegrating Ituri's ex-militias, an uphill task IRIN 08 Apr 2005 -- As UN peacekeeping troops increase the pressure to disarm the militias of Ituri, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), their reintegration into society is beset by many problems.
  • SRI LANKA/TRUCE VIOLATION VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- In Sri Lanka, European truce monitors say Tamil Tiger rebels violated the country's fragile truce earlier this week by firing at a navy boat carrying a truce monitor. A peace process intended to end ethnic conflict in the country has been deadlocked for two years.
  • INDONESIA / EAST TIMOR VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- Indonesia's president is visiting East Timor, six years after Indonesian troops and their allies tore the country apart when it voted for independence. The Indonesian and Timorese governments say they want to move on, but some Timorese people are still waiting for justice.

News Reports

  • WHO/MARBURG VIRUS VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- The World Health Organization says it is critical that the epidemic of Marburg haemmorrhagic fever in Northern Angola be brought under control in the next two weeks. So far the health agency has confirmed 200 cases of the disease, including 174 deaths.

  • DJIBOUTI/ELECTION VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- In the Horn of Africa country of Djibouti, opposition protesters clashed with security forces Friday during presidential elections, in which the incumbent seeking re-election is the only candidate. Opposition leaders pulled out of the race, which they said was marred by irregularities.

  • TOGO/ELECTION VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- The opening day of campaigning for Togo's presidential election has been marred by a confrontation between opposition supporters and security forces. The continuing violence renews doubts over the possibility of a free and fair vote later this month, following the death of the country's long-time ruler.

  • Kyrgyz Parliament Postpones Vote On Akaev's Resignation RFE/RL 08 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyszstan's parliament today postponed until 11 April a vote on whether to accept the resignation of ousted President Askar Akaev.

  • POPE FUNERAL VOA 08 Apr 2005 -- Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims joined kings, presidents and prime ministers to pay their last respects to Pope John Paul the second Friday at a funeral service in Saint Peter's Square. More than a million other mourners gathered before huge television screens scattered throughout the city to take part in their own farewell to the late pope.

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