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April 14, 2000

April 14, 2000 -- Twenty-seven House Republicans, including Majority Leader Dick Armey (TX) and Majority Whip Tom DeLay (TX), are pressing Defense Secretary William Cohen to send Congress a report on the technical feasibility of fielding a naval component of the National Missile Defense system. The members claim the Pentagon may be holding onto the report, due last month, because its conclusions could damage the Clinton administration's arms control dealings with Russia.

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April 14, 2000 -- U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded Raytheon a four-year contract for multiband multimission radio systems, the company announced yesterday. The deal is worth $179 million if all options are exercised.

MBMMR, an enhanced version of Raytheon's PSC-5D radio, will replace several single-band radio systems currently used to communicate on different networks. Under the initial $5.75 million contract, Raytheon will provide two systems for mounting on a vehicle and 227 soldier-portable "manpack" systems, according to an April 13 Raytheon statement.

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April 13, 2000

April 13, 2000 -- A recently completed NATO "troop-to-task" analysis supports the current requirement of 31 battalions for the Kosovo peacekeeping operation, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. Yesterday, NATO headquarters sent a letter to all member countries outlining the analysis and asking for approximately 3,500 troops to fill out five battalions. Some of the troops in those battalions will soon be rotating out of their assigned sectors in Kosovo, Bacon said.

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April 13, 2000 -- The price tag for developing the Pentagon's National Missile Defense system has grown by more than $3 billion, according to the latest cost estimates released by the Defense Department today. The total development cost has increased from $8.8 billion to $12 billion, and the total cost for developing and building the system is now estimated to be $20 billion.

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April 12, 2000

April 12, 2000 -- The House Budget Committee will agree to the Senate's higher level of defense spending for fiscal year 2001 -- about $3 billion more than the House approved -- and the reestablishment of a so-called firewall between defense and non-defense spending, a committee spokesman told InsideDefense.com.

Both sides are nearing the end of a conference on the FY-01 budget resolution, and a Senate Budget Committee spokeswoman said the conference report should be filed by late this afternoon.

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April 12, 2000 -- The Senate Republican leadership is preparing to resist any U.S.-Russian deal to modify the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that will continue to prevent effective defense of the United States, Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) told a Capitol Hill audience yesterday.

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April 12, 2000 -- Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said today he wants to add money to the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile program to accelerate its production and is looking at the fiscal year 2000 supplemental appropriation as the vehicle to do it.

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April 11, 2000

April 11, 2000 -- The Marine Corps' top aviation official said today investigators may recover by tomorrow the flight data recorder carried aboard an MV-22 aircraft that crashed late Saturday night in the Arizona desert, killing all 19 Marines on board.

Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters recovery of the bodies began at 8 o'clock this morning and should be completed today. If all are recovered today, investigators should get to the recorder tomorrow morning, McCorkle said.

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April 11, 2000 -- China's acquisition of 16 Russian-built anti-ship missiles has spurred the U.S. Navy to acquire some to test the defensive capabilities of its Aegis-equipped surface warfare fleet. The Pentagon announced yesterday that the Russian Sunburn missile is one of seven foreign military systems that will be tested under the fiscal year 2000 Foreign Comparative Testing program.

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April 10, 2000

April 10, 2000 -- The Navy has notified Lockheed Martin Electronics and Surveillance Systems of Moorestown, NJ, that it is exercising a $55 million option on an existing contract for the installation, integration and testing of four Aegis weapon systems, the company announced today.

The current Lockheed contract covers Aegis ships DDG 85 to DDG 88. With the option, the total value of the contract now rises to $96.7 million.

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April 10, 2000 -- Saturday's crash of a Marine Corps MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft in the Arizona desert will tighten even further a program schedule the service says has very little flexibility. The MV-22 is in the midst of its operational evaluation tests that Marine Corps officials hope will lead to a green light for full-rate production this fall, a decision that may now be postponed, according to a Marine Corps spokeswoman.

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April 10, 2000 -- Four Marine Corps general officers have been nominated for promotion, the Pentagon announced today. President Bill Clinton has forwarded their names to the Senate for consideration.

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April 07, 2000

April 7, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has delivered to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) a $215 million, 10-item list of readiness requirements the service cannot afford to finance in fiscal year 2000. Stevens, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, asked for the list during a March 1 hearing at which he said he might be able to secure some additional dollars for the services' near-term readiness needs.

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April 7, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton today gave the attorney general's office the lead in preparing the United States for a possible terrorist attack with a weapon of mass destruction.

The 1997 Defense Authorization Act created an Emergency Response Assistance Program, which provides local governments with federal help in preparing for a possible attack with a chemical, biological, or nuclear weapon. The act said the defense secretary is responsible for carrying out the program but gives the president the flexibility to name another federal official as the program head.

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April 7, 2000 -- Some members of the press have been "overly intrusive" in their attempts to learn the identity of a general allegedly accused by Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy of sexual harassment, the Army's top spokesman contends.

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April 06, 2000

April 6, 2000 -- Critical Pentagon programs are at risk of security compromises because the Defense Department lacks a means of prioritizing investigations of officials who require access to classified information, according to the DOD inspector general.

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April 6, 2000 -- A bipartisan group of five senior House lawmakers yesterday told Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) they oppose his plan to fold the $12.8 billion fiscal year 2000 supplemental spending bill into the FY-01 defense appropriations bill, arguing such a strategy will negative impact U.S. military readiness.

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April 6, 2000 -- Air Force Maj. Gen. Harry Raduege has been selected to take over as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and manager of the National Communications System, the Pentagon announced yesterday.

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April 05, 2000

April 5, 2000 -- The White House yesterday blasted Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) for delaying consideration of the $12.7 billion fiscal year 2000 supplemental appropriations bill, saying it would harm military readiness.

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April 5, 2000 -- The chairman of a key House oversight panel says he has yet to see "a desire" from the public and private space launch sectors to make significant improvements in U.S. launch operations, a shortcoming that suggests the series of costly space launch mishaps that occurred in 1998 and 1999 "could happen again."

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