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02/28/2003

Coalition Against Terror Now Larger Than Gulf War Alliance      

WASHINGTON - More nations are involved in the coalition against terror than participated in the Persian Gulf War, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said during a Pentagon press conference today.

02/28/2003

Pentagon Takes African-American History Recognition to the People  This story contains photos.    

JACKSON, Miss. - Looking to improve its business practices throughout the department, DoD celebrated its headquarters-level African-American History Month events on the road this year.

02/28/2003

Use WIC Program If You Need It, Because Everyone Wants Healthy Children      

WASHINGTON - A government-sponsored supplemental food and health education program is available to service members and their families stationed stateside and overseas.

02/28/2003

Bush: Homeland Security Department is Critical to Victory Over Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today told Homeland Security Department employees that their efforts are critical components in the campaign against global terrorism.

02/28/2003

A Dictator Holding Onto Weapons of Mass Terror Is Scary, Wolfowitz Says      

WASHINGTON - "The most dangerous thing in this whole scenario is the fact that we're dealing with a dictator who had weapons of mass terror, who continues to hold on to them at great cost to his country and to his own regime," Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz told ABC's Diane Sawyer today on "Good Morning America." "And that's the scariest part of it."

02/28/2003

U.S., Philippines Discuss Balikatan 2003      

WASHINGTON - There will be a "Balikatan" activity in the Philippines this year, but the shape and size of the activity remain to be worked out, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at the Pentagon today.

02/27/2003

State Department Rolls Out "Iraq's Voices for Freedom"      

WASHINGTON - The State Department rolled out a collection of horror stories in a new publication called "Iraq's Voices for Freedom" during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center here Feb. 26.

02/27/2003

Myers: Iraq Clearly a Present Danger to America      

WASHINGTON - The specter of terrorists allied with democracy-hating regimes like Saddam Hussein's Iraq seeking weapons of mass destruction presents a danger America cannot afford to ignore, the U.S. military's top officer said Feb. 26.

02/27/2003

Top NCOs Get at the Table During TRICARE Conference  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top noncommissioned officers moved up in the world at annual TRICARE conference late last month. They ascended from having a little impromptu powwow in the back of a room last year to a full-fledged track in this year's conclave.

02/27/2003

Bush 'Deeply Impressed' With Accomplishments in Post-War Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The presidents of the United States and Afghanistan today discussed post-war reconstruction accomplishments in Afghanistan at a White House meeting.

02/27/2003

Threat Level Returned to Yellow      

WASHINGTON - Government officials today have decided to return the threat level of terrorist attack to an "elevated" risk, or "yellow."

02/27/2003

Iraqi Regime Uses People, Culture to Shield Military      

WASHINGTON - It is akin to parking B-2 bombers at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Or like rounding up civilians in Austin, Texas, and chaining them around ammunition bunkers at nearby Fort Hood.

02/27/2003

Terror War 'Largely Over' in Afghanistan, Karzai Says      

WASHINGTON - The war against terrorism is "largely over" in Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said during a Pentagon news conference today.

02/27/2003

Rumsfeld on Iraq: Some Answers 'Unknowable'      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department cannot answer how much a war on Iraq might cost or how many troops it would take to pacify the country afterward, because the answers are "unknowable," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

02/27/2003

U.S. Honoring Pledge to Help Rebuild Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The United States is honoring its pledge to rebuild Afghanistan, senior defense officials said in a background briefing today.

02/27/2003

European Union, U.S. Agree on Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States and the European Union share the same objectives in Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell said today following a meeting with EU ministers here.

02/26/2003

'Don't Forget Afghanistan,' Karzai Cautions U.S. Congress      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivered a sobering message to the U.S. Congress today: Don't forget Afghanistan.

02/26/2003

Wolfowitz Says U.S. Buildup Will Continue      

WASHINGTON - U.N. inspections weren't imposed on Saddam Hussein so he could "dribble out little pieces of the weapons program that he claims he doesn't have in the first place. The purpose was for him to disarm and he's clearly not," Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Feb. 26.

02/26/2003

Coast Guard Tabs Ships, Crews for Deployment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Coast Guard has tabbed 10 ships for deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

02/26/2003

Rumsfeld, Reyes to Meet on Philippines' Abu Sayyaf Threat      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Philippine Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes will meet at the Pentagon Feb. 28 to hammer out details of U.S. participation in operations against the Abu Sayyaf terror group.

02/26/2003

Bush Calls Iraqi Dictator 'Master of Disguise, Delay'      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today called Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein a "master of disguise and delay."

02/26/2003

Reserve, Active Components Will 'Rebalance'      

WASHINGTON - There will be a "rebalancing" of the missions between the active duty component and reserve components of the Total Force, said Thomas F. Hall, assistant defense secretary for reserve affairs.

02/26/2003

EEO Staff Encourages Black Students to Consider DoD Job Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

JACKSON, Miss. - Inside a small college gym, military officers dressed in neat, crisp uniforms with shiny medals and colorful ribbons extolled the benefits of military service. Saleem Baird, 21, a computer science and economics major at Tougaloo College here, wasn't buying into the message.

02/26/2003

If War Starts, Battle Coverage to Be Unprecedented      

WASHINGTON - If the United States is forced into a war with Iraq, the American public can expect "incredibly robust coverage," the woman in charge of facilitating that coverage said today.

02/26/2003

Removing Hussein a Key to Regional. World Peace, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The safety of the American people depends on ending the direct and growing threat of Iraq, President Bush said here tonight in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute. But beyond that, removing Saddam Hussein's regime from power "will contribute greatly to the long-term safety and stability of our world."

02/26/2003

Wolfowitz Meets Boy Who Survived Assault by Hussein's Troops as an Infant  This story contains photos.    

DEARBORN, Mich. - A horrible, barbarous thing happened to Ahsan Alwatan when he was about a year old.

02/26/2003

U.S. not Interested in Iraqi Oil, Rumsfeld Tells Arab World      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dismissed as "utter nonsense" the notion that the United States is after Iraqi oil.

02/25/2003

ABC-TV Spotlights the People of U.S. Armed Forces      

WASHINGTON - The men and women who make up America's military will be featured on an ABC-TV production entitled "Profiles from the Front Line" beginning Feb. 27.

02/25/2003

Homeland Security Secretary Takes Coast Guard's Helm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard welcomed Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge aboard today as its new chief civilian during a symbolic transfer of leadership here.

02/25/2003

Bush: Saddam Hussein Has Had Success 'Gaming the System'      

WASHINGTON - President Bush suspects Iraq's Saddam Hussein "will try to fool the world one more time," he said at the White House today.

02/25/2003

U.S., U.K., Spain Propose Security Council Resolution on Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States and close allies Britain and Spain proposed a follow-up resolution on Iraq at the U.N. Security Council meeting in New York Feb. 24. France and Germany offered a weaker counterproposal.

02/25/2003

Black Hawk Crash Kills 4 Soldiers Training in Kuwait      

WASHINGTON - A Black Hawk helicopter crash in the Kuwaiti desert killed four American soldiers early this morning.

02/25/2003

Preventing an Attack is Hard; Convincing World to Take Preventive Action Harder, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Preventing an attack is always difficult, but convincing the world to take preventive action is even more difficult, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told guests today at a Hoover Institution luncheon here.

02/25/2003

Working to Prevent Humanitarian Disaster in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - While there has been no decision to go to war with Saddam Hussein, the U.S. military has been working to avert a humanitarian crisis in the country should conflict become inevitable.

02/24/2003

White House Agency Discusses Plan for Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Even if the United States disarms Iraq by force and gives Saddam Hussein the boot, its military campaign's success may be judged on different things: how well and quickly it restores Iraq and leaves.

02/24/2003

Iraqi Justice: 'My Lawyer Asked the Judge to Sentence Me to Death'      

WASHINGTON - Abumuslim Al-Hayder was a political prisoner in Iraq before Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq in 1979. In fact, he was among those Hussein gave amnesty to after taking over the government.

02/24/2003

State, Local Agencies Are Valued Partners, Ridge Says      

WASHINGTON - "Americans do not submit to fear," the nation "will be prepared," the chief of the Department of Homeland Security reminded emergency management directors from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories today.

02/24/2003

Customers Drive Military to Improve Obstetrics Care      

WASHINGTON - The military is aiming to improve the quality of medical care for women having a baby.

02/24/2003

U.S. Army Trains Free Iraqi Forces in Hungary      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers are training Iraqi exiles and expatriates at a Hungarian air base to aid U.S. forces should an invasion of Iraq become necessary.

02/24/2003

Powell: We Must Not Be Afraid of Necessary Conflict      

WASHINGTON - It would be a "bad day" for the United Nations if it refuses to deal with Iraqi noncompliance with U.N. resolutions, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in Beijing today.

02/24/2003

Wolfowitz Talks to Iraqi Americans About Ousting Hussein, Rebuilding Homeland  This story contains photos.    

DEARBORN, Mich. - The United States seeks to liberate Iraq, not occupy it, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here Feb. 23 to nearly 300 members of the Iraqi-American community.

02/23/2003

U.N. Security Council Now Faces 'Clear Choice' Over Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The U.N. Security Council faces "a clear choice" regarding disarmament of Iraq, President Bush said Feb. 22.

02/23/2003

Powell: U.S. to Table U.N. Resolution 'Early Next Week'      

WASHINGTON - The United States, Britain, and other countries will table a U.N. Security Council resolution "sometime early next week," Secretary of State Colin Powell said in Japan today.

02/21/2003

U.S. Aiding in Search for Three Missing Americans      

WASHINGTON - U.S. experts are helping the Colombian armed forces search for three Americans captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, embassy officials said today.

02/21/2003

Protesters Against Possible War Marching Up the Wrong Road, Wolfowitz Says      

WASHINGTON - It was Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz's turn this week to relay a simple message to Iraq's Saddam Hussein: Disarm or be disarmed; time is running out.

02/21/2003

Little-Known Organization Finds Innovations for Fighting Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - A little-known organization that canvasses private industry to quickly find and develop innovative solutions to problems inherent in fighting terrorism may be emerging from the shadows.

02/21/2003

U.S., Allies Have 'Ample' Forces in Region to Handle Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its coalition allies have "ample" forces in the Persian Gulf region to take on Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Feb. 20.

02/21/2003

NATO's Robertson Calls European Anti-Americanism Damaging, Corrosive      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary-General George Robertson labeled displays of European anti-Americanism and American anti- Europeanism as "damaging," "not fair" and "it's not right." He made these remarks as preparations continue for a possible showdown with Iraq and anti-war demonstrations escalate.

02/21/2003

Is It Black History Month or African-American History Month?      

WASHINGTON - Some people call February Black History Month. Others call it African-American History Month.

02/21/2003

U.S., Philippines to Operate Against Abu Sayyaf Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Philippine forces will conduct combined operations against the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Southern Philippines, DoD officials said today.

02/21/2003

Services Working on Ways to Beat Battlefield Environmental Hazards      

WASHINGTON - Military environmental health risk experts were unprepared in 1991 when Saddam Hussein ordered engineers to blow up hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells. Over the next seven months, more than 1 billion barrels of oil went up in flames, some creating huge, dark soot plumes.

02/20/2003

Molino: DoD Has 'Great Sensitivity' For Family Needs During Deployments      

WASHINGTON - Service members deployed worldwide in the war against terrorism should know that DoD expends great effort in providing support services for their families at home.

02/20/2003

Military Action Last Option Against Iraq, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Military action against Iraq is America's last option, President Bush told an audience today in Kennesaw, Ga.

02/20/2003

NATO Decision Shows How Democratic Nations Work Together      

WASHINGTON - NATO's decision to protect Turkey from potential attack by Iraq is an example of how alliance members can work together to resolve tough issues, Secretary of State Colin Powell said today.

02/20/2003

Pentagon to Issue Escape Masks to Employees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Every person on the Pentagon reservation will receive "escape masks" in the event the building is attacked again, DoD officials said today.

02/20/2003

U.S. Soldier Loses Foot in Afghanistan Mine Strike      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier lost his foot Feb. 19 in a mine strike in eastern Afghanistan.

02/20/2003

Former Academy Life Insurance Policyholders May Be Eligible for Payments      

WASHINGTON - The Academy Life Insurance Co. seeks immediate contact with an estimated 110,000 current and former service members who may be eligible to receive payments from a fund established as part of a settlement it reached with the Justice Department Dec. 19, 2002.

02/19/2003

NATO to Send AWACS, Patriot Missiles to Defend Turkey      

WASHINGTON - NATO is sending several defensive weapons systems to Turkey to protect that alliance member from possible attack by neighboring Iraq.

02/19/2003

U.S. Welcomes Talks With South Korea to 'Rebalance' Forces      

WASHINGTON - The United States welcomes South Korean President-elect Roh Moo-hyun's proposal to discuss "rebalancing" the relationship between the two countries, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

02/19/2003

Reservists -- Check Child Support Rules for Mobilization      

CLEVELAND - Guard and Reserve members who have child support obligations and whose civilian income is larger than their military one should review their rights before they get orders.

02/19/2003

Stamp Lionizes Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice, Civil Rights Lawyer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service is selling a stamp that lionizes an African American who is credited with ending legal segregation in the United States and who fought for minority equality in the armed forces.

02/19/2003

Germans Sentence Terrorist to 15 Years      

WASHINGTON - A Moroccan man has been sentenced to 15 years in a German prison for his part in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

02/19/2003

Tough Issues at Heart of Disagreement Over Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Opposition to U.S. initiatives on Iraq are not surprising, given the complexity of the issues confronting the world, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

02/19/2003

Ridge: 'We Can Be Afraid or We Can Be Ready'      

WASHINGTON - Americans should stay informed of world events, but never surrender to fear, "because fear is the terrorists' most effective weapon," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said today.

02/18/2003

U.S. Working With Allies for Another U.N. Resolution on Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States is working with its allies to get another resolution from the U.N. Security Council on Iraq, President Bush said today.

02/16/2003

Saddam Has 'Weeks, Not Months,' Says Security Adviser Rice      

WASHINGTON - National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice propelled the administration's clear message to Saddam Hussein during a Sunday morning talk show: "If you're ever going to comply, this is the time."

02/15/2003

Rumsfeld Says U.S. Will Stand by Afghans, Would Do the Same for Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told an audience of civic and business leaders that the U.S. remains steadfast to its promise to aid Afghanistan's stability.

02/14/2003

Bush Pushes Threat Integration Center, Praises Intel Pros      

WASHINGTON - The United States is winning the war on terrorism, in part, because intelligence efforts span the federal bureaucracy and link to the world.

02/14/2003

Defense Officials Honor Reserve Family Readiness Programs      

WASHINGTON - With more than 150,000 reserve component members called to active duty, the nation understands the crucial role they play in the defense of the United States, Thomas F. Hall said at the Pentagon today.

02/14/2003

War and Transformation: The U.S. Military's Story      

WASHINGTON - Transformation of the U.S. armed forces is at the heart of the president's fiscal 2004 defense budget request. Yet at the same time, America must fight a global war on terrorism.

02/14/2003

DoD Confirms Current Method of Handling Remains      

WASHINGTON - The current method of handling the remains of U.S. service members will remain in place, DoD officials said today.

02/14/2003

Iraqi Cooperation a Feint, Powell Says      

WASHINGTON - Both Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei cited increased cooperation from Iraq as inspections proceed, but U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq is playing its same old game of dragging its feet.

02/13/2003

Paying the Price for Freedom      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has said the war on terror is a war for freedom.

02/13/2003

Coalition Drops JDAM in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Fighting continues in southern Afghanistan with heavy aircraft called in to pound cave positions in northern Helmand Province, military officials report.

02/13/2003

Medal of Honor Society Honors Nation's Troops      

WASHINGTON - There are heroes among today's service members, just as there have been throughout our nation's history, Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz told America's military heroes of yesteryear during a Feb. 12 black-tie dinner at the New York Stock Exchange.

02/13/2003

Rumsfeld Outlines Options for Using Military in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Possible outcomes in Iraq could lead to vastly different levels of outside military intervention in that country, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

02/13/2003

CIA, DIA Chiefs Detail Dire Threats      

WASHINGTON - North Korea has missiles capable of reaching the West Coast of the United States.

02/13/2003

National Guard 54 Debuts in NASCAR Bud Shootout; Daytona 500 Next?  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Millions of fans have screamed themselves hoarse while watching stock cars, gleaming with familiar names and numbers, compete in Winston Cup races nationwide. Now a new contender seeks their approval.

02/13/2003

President Bush Rallies Sailors at Florida Base  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush rallied America's military members today, telling them "great tasks lie ahead" during a visit to Naval Station Mayport, near Jacksonville, Fla.

02/12/2003

'No One Wants War,' But It May Be Necessary, Powell Says      

WASHINGTON - "No one wants war," U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said today, "but sometimes it's necessary when you need it to maintain international order."

02/12/2003

Officials Warn of Risk of Increased Computer Hacking      

WASHINGTON - Increased tensions between America and her allies and Iraq could lead to an increase in "global hacking activities," the government body dedicated to protecting the nation's infrastructure warned.

02/12/2003

Navy Researchers Keep Eye on 90,000 Babies A Year      

WASHINGTON - About 90,000 babies are born to U.S. military families each year. Army families welcome 40 percent of the babies; the Air Force, 25 percent; Navy, 24 percent; and Marine Corps, 11 percent. Military babies are born in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and overseas. California, Texas and Virginia report the highest number of military births annually -- more than 7,000 each. Nearly 10 percent of military births occur outside the United States.

02/12/2003

Students Write Valentines for Overseas Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops serving overseas in support of the war on global terrorism and military families are getting handmade valentines courtesy of "Operation Heart to Heart."

02/12/2003

Britain's Hoon Explains U.K. Support to America on Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A senior official from America's staunchest ally joined Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon podium today and explained why the United Kingdom is so firmly behind the U.S. position on Iraq.

02/11/2003

Powell: Bin Laden to Transmit Message to Iraqi People      

WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden - or someone "we believe to be bin Laden" - will be sending a message of solidarity to the people of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell advised the Senate this morning.

02/11/2003

Guard Bureau Presents First Five Diversity Awards      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard Bureau's first Excellence in Diversity Awards went recently to Georgia, Massachusetts and New York for their efforts in bringing diversity to the force during 2002.

02/11/2003

12 Afghans Surrender After Firefight      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Forces soldiers came under heavy weapons fire Feb. 10 as they patrolled an area north of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

02/11/2003

Pentagon Has New Strategy for Monitoring Deployment Health Care      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Defense Department has changed the way it will track and assess the health care given military personnel before, during and after deployments, a senior Pentagon health official said recently.

02/11/2003

Vaccines Shield People from Germs, Keep Them Healthy, Help Military Mission      

WASHINGTON - Noting that DoD's anthrax and smallpox vaccination plans are part of the global war on terrorism, Army Col. John D. Grabenstein said vaccines shield people from dangerous germs, keep them healthy so they can live better lives, and help them do their military missions and return home healthy.

02/11/2003

U.S., Coalition Plan to Restore Post-War Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Once Saddam Hussein's regime is history, the United States and its coalition partners will pitch in to help the Iraqi people restore their country, Douglas J. Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy, said on Capitol Hill today.

02/11/2003

CIA Chief Tenet: Threat Info 'Most Specific to Date'      

WASHINGTON - The information that prompted national security leaders to raise the nationwide threat level to "high" last week is the "most specific we have seen," Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet said today.

02/10/2003

DoD Activates Commercial Airlift Reserves for Troops      

WASHINGTON - Commercial airlines have been enlisted by DoD to transport troops and equipment as part of the buildup for possible war with Iraq.

02/10/2003

Iraq Provides Some Info, but not Enough to Answer Questions      

WASHINGTON - Iraq provided some additional information to U.N. inspectors over the weekend, but not enough to answer serious questions about chemical and biological weapons materiel.

02/10/2003

North Korea Poses Problem For Many Nations      

WASHINGTON - If North Korea continues on its nuclear path, it will find itself increasingly isolated, U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said Feb. 9.

02/10/2003

Bush: U.S. Will Do What It Can to Protect Iraqi Lives      

WASHINGTON - Should Iraq force the United States to engage in armed conflict, this country will do everything possible to protect innocent Iraqi civilians, President Bush said today.

02/10/2003

Rumsfeld Says NATO Ultimately Will Protect Turkish Ally      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today downplayed talk of a rift in NATO over Iraq, saying the alliance will ultimately work to protect Turkey should force be necessary against Saddam Hussein.

02/10/2003

World Must Unite Against Iraq, Australian PM Howard Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Australian Prime Minister John Howard said today that if there is "a faint hope" of the Iraq problem being solved peacefully, the entire world must continue to put pressure on Saddam Hussein.

02/09/2003

Rice: No More Cheat and Retreat; Foresees a Democratic Post-Saddam Iraq      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2003 - Iraq's latest offers to allow more U-2 reconnaissance flights and to allo - a little bit in order to release the pressure," Rice said on CBS Face the Nation.

02/09/2003

Powell: The Issue Is Iraqi Compliance, not More Inspectors      

WASHINGTON - As some nations called for more U.N. inspectors backed by U.N. peacekeeping forces, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell held firm to the U.S. position that Iraq must disarm or face serious consequences.

02/09/2003

Bush Details Iraq's Terrorist Ties      

WASHINGTON - Weapons of mass destruction and terrorist ties coupled with deception and defiance make up the core of the Iraq threat, according to President Bush. In this week's radio address, Bush again pressed home his intention to take action.

02/09/2003

Rumsfeld: World Peace at Crossroads Over Decision on Iraq      

MUNICH - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told members of a multinational defense organization gathered here Feb. 8 that world leaders must not waver in coercing Saddam Hussein to jettison his weapons of mass destruction -- by peaceful, or other means.

02/08/2003

Rumsfeld Consults Italians, Visits U.S. Troops at Aviano Air Base  This story contains photos.    

MUNICH - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived at this Bavarian city Feb. 7 after a bevy of meetings with Italian defense officials in Rome and U.S. troops at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

02/07/2003

Boards to Oversee Total Information Awareness Program      

WASHINGTON - Two boards will oversee the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Total Information Awareness program, said Pete Aldridge, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, today.

02/07/2003

U.S. Threat Condition Raised to 'High'; Corroborated Info Cited      

WASHINGTON - Citing an increased threat of terrorist attacks within the United States, President Bush agreed today to raise the homeland security threat condition to "orange," designating a high likelihood of attack.

02/07/2003

State Department Issues Worldwide Caution to All Americans      

WASHINGTON - U.S. citizens around the world are at a heightened risk of terrorist attacks, according to a State Department caution issued Feb. 6.

02/07/2003

Rumsfeld to Troops: You Protect America From Further Terrorist Attacks      

WASHINGTON - America's service members stand between safety and an evil that must not be allowed to win, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told U.S. troops this morning at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

02/07/2003

DoD to Transfer Background Investigations to OPM      

WASHINGTON - Just over 1,800 Defense Security Service investigators will transfer to the Office of Personnel Management under a new DoD-OPM agreement, defense officials said.

02/06/2003

Air Force Chief Performs Special Missing Man Table Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chief Master Sgt. David L. Hamel delighted the audience with his rendition of the "Missing Person Table" ceremony during DoD's 9th annual POW/MIA Prayer Breakfast here today.

02/06/2003

'Game Over,' Bush Tells Saddam      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said today Saddam Hussein will play a last-minute game of deception, empty promises and false denials in response to U.S. evidence given the United Nations, but, "The game is over."

02/06/2003

Stars and Stripes Debut Daily E-papers, Subscriptions      

WASHINGTON - The Stars and Stripes newspaper has joined the likes of The New York Times, Boston Globe and other big-name counterparts by publishing new full-text electronic versions of itself.

02/06/2003

Rumsfeld to Visit Italy, Germany      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will leave today for Europe to consult with allies and meet American troops, DoD officials announced Feb. 6.

02/06/2003

Test to Open Stateside Space-A Air Travel to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - A one-year test starting April 1 will permit space-available air travel within the continental United States by family members who accompany their military sponsors.

02/06/2003

Bush Speaks of His Prayers for Americans, All People      

WASHINGTON - This is "a testing time" for the United States, and at times like this, prayer is more appropriate than ever, President Bush said at the National Prayer Breakfast here this morning.

02/06/2003

U.S. Central Command Build-up Continues      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military build-up in the U.S. Central Command area of operations continues, with more than 100,000 troops now serving in the region, DoD officials said.

02/06/2003

World Reaction to Powell U.N. Presentation Mixed; Much Supportive      

WASHINGTON - Representatives of three countries made statements of strong support for the U.S. position on Iraq following Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the U.N. Security Council Feb. 5. A few appeared strongly against war, and others appear to be fence-sitting.

02/06/2003

Former 'Hanoi Hilton' Resident Keynotes DoD POW/MIA Prayer Breakfast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Orson G. Swindle III, who spent six years and four months as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, told the audience at DoD's 9th annual POW/MIA Prayer Breakfast about the horrors of prison camp and that the nation "must get it right" during such troubled times.

02/05/2003

Powell at U.N.: Evidence Shows Saddam not Cooperating, Connected to al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Satellite photos, recordings of intercepted phone calls and intelligence reports paint an "irrefutable" picture of Saddam Hussein's intentions, Secretary of State Colin Powell told the U.N. Security Council this morning.

02/05/2003

Civil Support Teams Help in Columbia Debris Search      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard Civil Support teams called to duty to handle the aftermath of the Columbia tragedy are uniquely suited to the purpose.

02/05/2003

Cave-Clearing Ops Proceed in Spin Boldak Area      

WASHINGTON - Coalition soldiers continue to clear caves in the Spin Boldak area, U.S. officials said in Afghanistan.

02/05/2003

Myers Thanks Millions of Americans for Showing Support to Troops      

WASHINGTON - America's top general thanked Americans Feb. 4 for their outpouring of support to their armed forces.

02/05/2003

Iraq and Its Quest for Nuclear Weapons  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Following the 1991 Persian Gulf War, the U.S. military gathered huge piles of information and came up with a long list of "lessons learned."

02/05/2003

Cleckley: Need Special Time to Celebrate Who We Are  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - February is African- American History Month, but the tributes and testimonies actually begin about two weeks earlier, around Jan. 15, the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

02/05/2003

'04 Budget Request First to Incorporate Bush Priorities      

WASHINGTON - The fiscal 2004 defense budget request is the first to incorporate the Bush administration's new defense strategies and priorities, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee today.

02/05/2003

Rumsfeld Tells Congress Changes Needed to Increase Flexibility      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asked Congress to enact sweeping changes in the way the department is managed as he presented the defense portion of the president's fiscal 2004 budget request.

02/04/2003

Armitage Says Normal Relations Start With North Korea's End of "Self-Destructive" Ways      

WASHINGTON - An immediate cost to North Korea for normal relations with other nations is to stop trying to commit suicide and blackmail, Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage said today.

02/04/2003

Guard, Reserve Destined for Bigger Homeland Defense Roles      

WASHINGTON - The president's nominee to become DoD's chief liaison to the Department of Homeland Security told U.S. lawmakers during a recent confirmation hearing that he sees the Guard and Reserve assuming more homeland defense duties.

02/04/2003

A Lot Can Happen to Children 'Out There' If Parents Aren't Careful      

WASHINGTON - They come from all ethnic backgrounds. About 95 percent are males, 70 percent are white, and they're only about 15 years old when they start molesting children. Startlingly, molesters and victims are related in a third of the known cases.

02/04/2003

Afghan Army Units Doing Well in Field      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials in Afghanistan have said the Afghan national army units are gaining operational experience and are working well with coalition troops.

02/04/2003

Rumsfeld, Myers Express Support for CENTCOM Commander Franks      

WASHINGTON - America's top defense leaders expressed strong support today for Army Gen. Tommy Franks, the U.S. Central Command commander who is the subject of a defense inspector general investigation over alleged irregularities.

02/04/2003

Rumsfeld: World Stage Not a Court of Law      

WASHINGTON - The world stage isn't a court of law, and the United States isn't trying to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Saddam Hussein is a threat, but to convince reasonable people of this, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

02/04/2003

Bush Vows Space Program to Continue; DoD Aids Search  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America's space program will go on, President Bush vowed today at a memorial service for the seven Columbia astronauts in Houston.

02/04/2003

Bahraini Monarch Urges Saddam Hussein to Comply With U.N.  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The king of Bahrain stood in front of the Pentagon today and told reporters Saddam Hussein should disarm.

02/03/2003

FBI Agents Donate Money to Pentagon Memorial Fund  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three members of the FBI Washington Field Office Evidence Response Team at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack returned today to present a $5,000 check to the Pentagon Memorial Fund.

02/03/2003

Bush Budget Request Includes $6 Billion for Project BioShield      

WASHINGTON - President Bush's fiscal 2004 budget request includes $6 billion for Project BioShield, a plan to quickly make available safer and more effective vaccines and treatments against biological agents such as smallpox, anthrax, botulinum toxin, ebola and plague.

02/03/2003

TriWest Answers Questions on Stolen Computer Info, Increased Security      

WASHINGTON - Officials at TRICARE contractor TriWest say they're working with Pentagon security experts to ensure the medical records and personal information of millions of beneficiaries remain safe.

02/03/2003

National Guard Takes to the Air and Ground in Columbia Disaster Support      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard airmen and soldiers joined the grim and painstaking search for debris from the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia soon after it disintegrated over Texas Feb. 1.

02/03/2003

Former Joint Forces Commander to Head Columbia Panel      

WASHINGTON - Retired Adm. Harold Gehman, the first commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, will head the Space Shuttle Mishap Interagency Investigation Board to look into the cause of the Columbia shuttle tragedy.

02/03/2003

IRS Says Partial Tax Break OK For Service Members' Home Sales      

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service recently clarified a home sales rule affecting service members seeking a capital gains tax exemption worth up to nearly $500,000 for a couple.

02/03/2003

Secretary of Defense Message on the Global War on Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - For more than a year, the brave men and women of the U.S. military, together with their civilian counterparts in the Department of Defense, have been working to preserve peace and defend freedom against terrorist forces and those who would harbor and protect them around the world.

02/03/2003

Budget Request Funds War on Terror, Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The president's fiscal 2004 defense budget request would fund the ongoing war on terrorism while continuing the transformation of the armed forces to meet the threats of the future.

02/03/2003

Zakheim Stresses Transformation in Fiscal 2004 Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - Funding the global war on terrorism, maintaining a quality force and transforming the military to face 21st century threats are at the heart of the president's fiscal 2004 defense budget request.

02/01/2003

Five Astronauts Were in U.S. Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Five of the seven astronauts killed aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia were serving U.S. military officers.

02/01/2003

DoD Mourns, Begins Help After Columbia Shuttle Tragedy      

WASHINGTON - NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven a "tragic day" for the NASA family and America.

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