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May 03, 2000

May 3, 2000 -- Navy Under Secretary Jerry Hultin is leaving the Pentagon to become dean of the Stevens Institute's Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, the Defense Department announced yesterday. Hultin will be in his new job by mid-August.

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May 02, 2000

May 2, 2000 -- The Air Force said today that officials at Andrews AFB, MD, did not cede control of the facility to the Justice Department or any other federal agency after Elian Gonzalez and his father were reunited there last month. However, the base commander "deferred" to the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) for decisions related to access to the installation "by anyone related to the Gonzalez matter," the service said in a May 2 statement.

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May 2, 2000 -- The Navy last Saturday conducted two successful test flights of the Trident II D5 submarine launched ballistic missile, Lockheed Martin said in a statement released today.

The April 30 flights consisted of two missiles being launched from the USS Wyoming off the Florida coast.

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May 2, 2000 -- Three members of Russia's lower house of parliament said today if the United States moves ahead with plans to field a national missile defense it would cause a "destabilization" of the two countries' arms-control atmosphere. Speaking before a U.S.-Russian seminar on Capitol Hill, the Russian lawmakers warned that the United States' rush to build the NMD system is giving rise to a new Cold War and a wave of anti-American feelings among the Russian people.

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May 01, 2000

May 1, 2000 -- The Navy has cleared the Cooperative Engagement Capability program for the third of four low-rate initial production buys, according to the Defense Department.

Calling the move "a key acquisition decision," DOD said in a statement today that the LRIP approval, granted by Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Lee Buchanan, sets the high-priority program up for full-rate production following the completion of operational evaluation and the fourth LRIP buy.

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May 1, 2000 -- Citing the Marine Corps' increasing need for intelligence as it moves closer to its future warfighting plan, Commandant Gen. James Jones has created a separate intelligence department within Marine Corps headquarters.

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May 1, 2000 -- A Pentagon committee that studies issues affecting women in the military is recommending the Navy redesign its newest attack submarine to accommodate female sailors in the future and, in the short term, assign female officers to ballistic missile submarines to begin integrating women into the submarine service. Submarines are one of the last outposts of the all-male military and Navy officials have been steadfast in arguing against creating mixed gender crews.

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April 28, 2000

April 28, 2000 -- The Republican senator who has been supporting the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez has yet to decide what action he might take after being denied access to an Air Force installation in Maryland last Saturday. However, Sen. Robert Smith (NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told InsideDefense.com last night that the Clinton administration's decision to "forcefully" prohibit him and his guests from setting foot on Andrews AFB was inappropriate and sets a troubling precedent.

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April 28, 2000 -- An aggressive program to lure more naval pilots into the EA-6B community appears to

be paying off for the Marine Corps, a Marine Corps spokeswoman told InsideDefense.com today. The decline in

the number of Prowler pilots should end by September, she added.

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April 28, 2000 -- The Air Force's top two officials support shifting management and funding responsibilities for the low-earth orbit component of the Space Based Infrared System to the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, according to a memo obtained by InsideDefense.com.

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April 27, 2000

April 27, 2000 -- A Pentagon spokesman today labeled two Chinese fighter aircraft observing a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace off China's southeast coast a "non-event."

Agence France-Presse reported today that two Chinese fighters intercepted the U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft over the South China Sea. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley confirmed two Chinese F-8 fighters had approached the "Rivet Joint" aircraft.

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April 27, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin has agreed to sell its Control Systems business unit to British Aerospace (BAE Systems) for $510 million, BAE announced today.

The unit designs, develops and produces digital engine controls for gas-turbine aircraft engines as well as digital fly-by-wire flight-control systems and other airborne electronic systems for U.S. aircraft like the F-18, the C-17, the V-22 and the A-10. During calendar year 1999, Control Systems had before-tax and interest profits of $42 million on sales of $395 million, the company said in a statement.

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April 27, 2000 -- National Security Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden has nominated Deputy Director Barbara McNamara for the position of Special U.S. Liaison Officer, London, England, NSA announced today. InsideDefense.com reported McNamara's impending move on Feb. 15.

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April 26, 2000

April 26, 2000 -- The Russian Duma's decision to use ratification of the START II Treaty as a tool to force the United States to back away from the deployment of a limited National Missile Defense system is "unacceptable," Defense Secretary William Cohen told lawmakers today.

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April 25, 2000

April 25, 2000 -- A software glitch caused a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to accelerate and veer off the main runway following a test flight over Edwards AFB, CA, last December, an Air Force accident investigation board has concluded.

The UAV landed and came to a full stop when it suddenly accelerated to an "excessive taxi speed" and veered off the primary runway, collapsing its nose gear and damaging its sensor suite, the Air Force said yesterday in a statement announcing the release of the board's report.

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April 25, 2000 -- The initial configuration of the National Missile Defense system will cost nearly $30 billion to develop, build and operate through 2015 -- approximately $4 billion more than the Clinton administration has estimated, the Congressional Budget Office said in a study released today.

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April 25, 2000 -- The Pentagon comptroller has given the Army $220 million to tide the service over until Congress passes, and President Clinton signs, the fiscal year 2000 supplemental appropriations bill that will pay for the ongoing Kosovo peacekeeping operation, Army Secretary Louis Caldera told InsideDefense.com today. While the money will help offset Kosovo expenses, the service will have to start making some cutbacks to its operations if the supplemental is not passed soon, he said.

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April 26, 2000 -- The Pentagon is leaning toward procuring additional C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft to make up for shortcomings in Air Mobility Command's ability to deliver oversize cargo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry Shelton told lawmakers today.

"Right now, the intuition is that the C-17 would probably be the right answer," Shelton told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.

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April 24, 2000

April 24, 2000 -- Alarmed by a rash of off-duty automobile accidents that have claimed the lives of 42 Marines since the beginning of fiscal year 2000, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps has formed an executive safety board to examine how to raise safety awareness across the entire Marine Corps.

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April 24, 2000 -- The inaugural flight test of an experimental extended-range Joint Direct Attack Munition last week is being hailed as a success after an F-16 based at Eglin AFB, FL, launched the 2,000-pound bomb in an Air Force Research Laboratory proof-of-concept demonstration.

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