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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

December 2002 - United States Special Weapons News

  • AXIS OF EVIL WEAPONRY VOA 27 Dec 2002 -- While the United States prepares for possible war with Iraq, two other axis of evil states, as defined by President Bush, are making alarming moves. North Korea quite clearly and Iran more obscurely are advancing their nuclear weapons programs in defiance of U-S policy. That presents the Bush administration with a strategic dilemma, to which it has so far offered no clear-cut response
  • U.S. Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman $181 Million to Modernize ICBM Guidance Systems Northrop Grumman 20 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Mission Systems sector was awarded a $181 million contract last week to continue full-rate production of the ICBM Guidance Replacement Program (GRP), which is upgrading the guidance-system electronics in the Minuteman III missile to extend its service life through 2020.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $90 Million Navy Contract for SSGN and Trident Fire Control Systems General Dynamics 17 Dec 2002 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs Office for development and support for the new SSGN Attack Weapon Control System and the Trident Backfit Fire Control System.
  • DOD DETAILS MILITARY SMALLPOX VACCINATION PROGRAM 13 Dec 2002 -- The Department of Defense today highlighted its plan to prepare for and respond to possible smallpox attacks against servicemembers. The Smallpox Vaccination Program is consistent with FDA guidelines and the best practice of medicine. This program supports the national smallpox preparedness plans announced by the President, but is tailored to the unique requirements of the Armed Forces. Like civilian communities, DoD will ensure preparedness by immunizing personnel based on their occupational responsibilities. These include smallpox response teams and hospital and clinic workers. DoD will proceed to vaccinate other designated forces having critical mission capabilities. DoD will use existing FDA-licensed smallpox vaccine. Like other vaccinations this will be mandated for designated personnel unless they are medically exempted
  • The beauty of freedom (letter to editor) Air Combat Command News 12 Dec 2002-- At 5:30 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Dec. 11, my wife and I saw one of the most beautiful sights I can remember. Two B-2's made three passes over our coffee farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. They were flying into a gorgeous tropical sunset that is common this time of the year.
  • Statement by the President 10 Dec 2002 -- Today I have issued the National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction. The strategy establishes a comprehensive approach to counter the growing threat from weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including nuclear, radiological, biological, and chemical weapons.
  • NATIONAL STRATEGY TO COMBAT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION December 2002-- "Weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-nuclear, biological, and chemical-in the possession of hostile states and terrorists represent one of the greatest security challenges facing the United States. (...) An effective strategy for countering WMD, including their use and further proliferation, is an integral component of the National Security Strategy of the United States of America. As with the war on terrorism, our strategy for homeland security, and our new concept of deterrence, the U.S. approach to combat WMD represents a fundamental change from the past. To succeed, we must take full advantage of today's opportunities, including the application of new technologies, increased emphasis on intelligence collection and analysis, the strengthening of alliance relationships, and the establishment of new partnerships with former adversaries." [PDF 414 Kb]
  • BUSH / WEAPONS VOA 10 Dec 2002-- The Bush administration is threatening to use "overwhelming force" against anyone who uses weapons of mass destruction against U-S troops
  • Missile wings to ring in 2003 with new security forces groups Air Force Space Command News Service 06 Dec 2002-- A new year will bring a new organization to men and women who guard America's missile wings. Security forces at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and Minot AFB, N.D., will split from operations and mission support groups in January to form their own security forces groups.

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