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03 February 2006 Military News

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  • Transcript: News Briefing with Ryan Henry and Vice Adm. Evan Chanik 03 Feb 2006 -- Presenter: Principal Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Ryan Henry and Director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff Vice Adm. Evan Chanik
  • QDR directs Air Force future AFPN 03 Feb 2006 -- The Department of Defense released the results of the quadrennial defense review Feb. 3 here.
  • DoD Releases QDR to Chart Way Ahead to Confront Future AFPS 03 Feb 2006 -- The Defense Department unveiled the Quadrennial Defense Review today, charting the way ahead for the next 20 years as it confronts current and future challenges and continues its transformation for the 21st century.
  • Quadrennial Review Allows DoD to Make 'Vector Changes' AFPS 03 Feb 2006 -- The Quadrennial Defense Review is a chance for the Defense Department to make "vector changes" on the transformation of the American military, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a recent interview.
  • Pentagon Emphasizing Humanitarian Aid, Reconstruction Work Washington File 03 Feb 2006 -- The Pentagon is placing new emphasis on humanitarian work, post-conflict stability and reconstruction missions, multicultural awareness and collaboration with other nations, according to a Quadrennial Defense Review released February 3.
  • BRAC-affected people will need to move to find jobs AFPN 03 Feb 2006 -- While many Air Force Reservists and civilians know their jobs will change under base realignment and closure, or BRAC, one of the most difficult things to grasp is how those shifts will happen.
  • Interdependence is key to future success AFPN 03 Feb 2006 -- Interdependence is the key to future Air Force success, according to the service's secretary and chief of staff as they addressed more than 800 attendees at the Air Force Association meeting here Feb. 2.
  • Army Reserve Restructuring for Future Challenges AFPS 03 Feb 2006 -- As the Army Reserve reshapes its force structure to make it more prepared for future overseas or domestic missions, the component will emerge as a more fully manned, better-trained and more capable force, its chief told the American Forces Press Service today.
  • CENTCOM Group Plans Future Operations AFPS 03 Feb 2006 -- A group of military officers huddles closely around a computer monitor at U.S. Central Command headquarters. The officers all weigh in on the issue, offering their opinions, and each of them is heard.
  • USS Fort McHenry and JDS Ohsumi Conduct Transport Exercise 2006 Navy NewsStand 03 Feb 2006 -- USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and Japanese Defense Ship (JDS) Ohsumi (LST 4001) will be conducting a second bilateral transport exercise Feb. 5-8.
  • GW, CVW-17 Get Underway for Flight Deck Certification, Carrier Qualifications Navy NewsStand 03 Feb 2006 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 Sailors got underway Jan. 31 for the first time as a team, as the ship begins flight deck certification.
  • U.S. 2nd Fleet Headquarters Moves Into New Home Navy NewsStand 03 Feb 2006 -- A ceremonial ribbon cutting, highlighting Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Headquarter’s move to building D-29, took place Feb. 1 at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • Anti-Terror Conflict Is War of Wills, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 03 Feb 2006 -- The war against global terrorism is a war of wills and ideas that's being fought across newspaper front pages and the Internet, as well as on the battlefield, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a National Press Club audience here yesterday.
  • Change to Continue as U.S.-Korea Alliance Moves Forward AFPS 03 Feb 2006 -- Changes that have taken place in the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance are meant to find a "better balance" in the very successful pact, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
  • Rapid Equipping Force helps Soldiers with a bright idea: laser pointers Army News Release 03 Feb 2006 -- The US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) at Fort Belvoir, Va., is expediting the first shipment of 2,000 new laser devices to Soldiers in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • McHale: Homeland Defenses Deterring al Qaeda Attacks AFPS 03 Feb 2006 -- Reinforced defenses within the United States, coupled with extensive antiterrorism operations overseas, have hampered terrorists' ambitions to launch a follow-up attack against the country since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Pentagon's homeland defense chief.
  • Koreas Agree to Resume Top-Level Military Talks VOA 03 Feb 2006 -- In a move aimed at decreasing military tension, North and South Korean military officials say generals from the two countries will soon resume talks.

  • State Department Briefing, February 3 Washington File 03 Feb 2006 -- Burma, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Ferry Disaster in the Red Sea, Venezuela, Iraq, Iran, Colombia, Iceland, Haiti, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Kosovo, Serbia, Korea, Lebanon
  • White House Briefing, February 3 Washington File 03 Feb 2006 -- U.S. economic growth, Egyptian ferry accident, Bush speech in New Mexico, week ahead

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for February 3, 2006
  • General Dynamics Awarded $32 Million Fox Vehicle Maintenance Contract General Dynamics 03 Feb 2006 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a $5.8 million increment of a $32.4 million contract for maintenance and supply support for U.S. Army M93A1 Fox Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles. The contract has a total potential value of $34 million if a $1.8 million option is exercised for support to the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Northrop Grumman Unveils New Modeling and Simulation Research Center Northrop Grumman 03 Feb 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) unveiled its new Aviation Ship Integration Center (ASIC) during a dedication ceremony today. This state-of-the-art research facility was established in partnership with the U.S. Navy to conduct modeling, simulation, research, development and in-depth analysis for CVN 21-class aircraft carriers and other aviation-capable ships.

Other Conflicts

  • US Promises February Push on Darfur Security VOA 03 Feb 2006 -- Senior Bush administration officials said Friday the United States will use its term this month as U.N. Security Council president to push for the conversion of the African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur into a full-scale U.N. mission
  • Sudan: Security Council explores transition from African Union to UN mission in Darfur UN News Centre 03 Feb 2006 -- With the African Union's peacekeeping force in western Sudan's Darfur region funded only until March, the Security Council today commended the mission for its successful deployment and asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan draw up a range of contingency plans for a possible transition of operations to the United Nations.
  • Security Council Orders Planning for UN Force in Darfur VOA 03 Feb 2006 -- The U.N. Security Council has taken the first steps toward establishing a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
  • SUDAN: AU condemns Darfur attacks, demands disarmament of militias IRIN 03 Feb 2006 -- The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned the recent escalation of attacks by rebels and Arab Janjawid militia in the western Sudanese Darfur region and has demanded that those perpetrating the violence be disarmed immediately.
  • U.S. Funding To Assist People of Sudan Tops $1 Billion Washington File 03 Feb 2006 -- The United States has provided more than $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan, directly supporting efforts to reduce mortality and meet the needs of more than 3.5 million people affected by the conflict, according to a State Department fact sheet issued February 3 on U.S. assistance to Sudan.
  • UN report on attacks in DR Congo last July implicates Rwandan militia UN News Centre 03 Feb 2006 -- The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), reporting on its investigation into an attack on a South Kivu village last July, says eyewitnesses identified their assailants as Rwandan militiamen who had previously victimized other villages, claiming the lives of dozens of people in their strikes.
  • DRC: Continued attacks in North Kivu leave 37,000 IDPs without aid IRIN 03 Feb 2006 -- At least 37,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without humanitarian relief because of continued attacks by military insurgents in North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said.

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Three names submitted for sanctions IRIN 03 Feb 2006 -- A group of UN Security Council members has put forward a list of three political figures from Cote d'Ivoire who could face sanctions for inciting violence or blocking peace efforts in the divided West African nation, diplomats said on Friday.
  • Six Russian Soldiers Killed In Chechnya RFE/RL 03 Feb 2006 -- Six Russian soldiers and a Chechen fighter have been killed in fighting in Chechnya over the past two days.
  • Diplomats meeting at UN-chaired talks on Georgia stress need for peaceful settlement UN News Centre 03 Feb 2006 -- Wrapping up two days of United Nations-chaired talks on Georgia held in Geneva, key countries involved in the peace process stressed the need to address the core political cause of the conflict between the Government and Abkhaz separatists.
  • Security sector reform in Liberia critical to cutting UN presence there, envoy says UN News Centre 03 Feb 2006 -- In discussions with a senior official from the International Centre for Transitional Justice, the United Nations envoy to Liberia today called for a complete review and reform of the security sector in the country as it struggles to emerge from more than a decade of vicious civil war.
  • Annan requests redeployment of some UN peacekeepers from Liberia to Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 03 Feb 2006 -- With the United Nations presence coming under threat in Côte d'Ivoire, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the Security Council to approve the redeployment of troops there from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
  • New Palestinian Government must remain committed to peace, Security Council says UN News Centre 03 Feb 2006 -- The United Nations Security Council today voiced its expectation that the new Palestinian Government will remain committed to peace and called for both parties to abide by their obligations under existing agreements.
  • U.S. Goals in Sudan Include Peace, Aid Access, Strengthening AU Washington File 03 Feb 2006 -- The United States, which assumed the chairmanship of the U.N. Security Council for the month of February, will use its position "to try to strengthen the African Union's work in Darfur to ensure that [it has] the resources necessary to provide for humanitarian access as well as to try to protect civilians and, again, to arrest the deterioration," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer told the news media February 3 at a State Department briefing.

News Reports

  • U.S. Expels Venezuelan Envoy After Chavez Ousts U.S. Navy Officer Washington File 03 Feb 2006 -- In response to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's February 2 decision to order the expulsion of a naval attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, the United States has declared Jeny Figueredo Frias, a diplomat at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, "persona non grata."
  • US Expels Venezuelan Diplomat VOA 03 Feb 2006 -- The United States is expelling a Venezuelan diplomat after the Caracas government Thursday ordered an American naval attaché to depart for alleged spying

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