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January 13, 2000

Jan. 13, 2000 -- The Air Force has awarded a $143.7 million contract to TRW to begin replacing the guidance systems on the service's most advanced land-based intercontinental ballistic missile fleet, TRW announced yesterday.

TRW, the prime integration contractor for the nation's ICBM force, will oversee the extension of the service life of the Minuteman III ICBMs' guidance systems beyond 2020.

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Jan. 13, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has recommended the president nominate Army Under Secretary Bernard Rostker to replace outgoing Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Rudy de Leon, the Pentagon announced today.

De Leon has been nominated to become deputy defense secretary, a post being vacated by John Hamre, who is resigning and taking over the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Jan. 13, 2000 -- The Marine Corps announced yesterday it is interested in buying a three-dimensional, long-range air search radar for a foreign customer. The radar would be part of a larger foreign military sales program, according to a notice posted in the Commerce Business Daily.

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Jan. 13, 2000 -- Next week's planned National Missile Defense intercept test represents an extremely complex challenge for the program at this stage in its development, the nation's senior missile defense official told InsideDefense.com yesterday. Accordingly, the success of the mission will not be judged solely by its ability to negate the target, but rather by the amount of data and insight it provides in preparation for this summer's deployment readiness review, the official said.

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January 12, 2000

Jan. 12, 2000 -- Marv Langston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for C3I, announced today he is leaving the Defense Department, a move that comes two days after Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said he too would be leaving his post.

Langston told InsideDefense.com after a roundtable luncheon in Arlington, VA, sponsored by the Precision Strike Association, that he will become chief operating officer of Salus Media. Salus Media is an internet health and lifestyle company, based in California, which is expected to offer an initial public stock offering soon.

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Jan. 12, 2000 -- A Defense Science Board task force has just begun a six-month study that will review and assess the Defense Department's information assurance capabilities.

According to a copy of the terms of reference for the study, issued Jan. 4 and obtained by InsideDefense.com, the group will use a lengthy 1996 report on information warfare completed by a previous DSB task force as its starting point for the new study. The terms of reference were signed by Jacques Gansler, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

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January 11, 2000

Jan. 11, 2000 -- President Clinton's fiscal year 2001 defense budget, which will be sent to Congress on Feb. 7, will include $60 billion for procurement, a figure the Joint Chiefs set several years ago as a long-term goal, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

"We should hit it this year or come within a whisper," Bacon said. He added that the procurement increase is indicative of a rising defense budget.

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Jan. 11, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control-Dallas recently completed two successful tests of its Laser Detection and Ranging seeker, part of the Low Cost Autonomous Attack System advanced technology demonstration.

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Jan. 11, 2000 -- The Navy announced today that it has chosen a reuse plan pushed by the city of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, closed by the service in 1991.

The reuse plan, approved by the Philadelphia city council last year, calls for a mix of residential, public and commercial uses for the 49 acres in surplus property available after the hospital's closing, according to a record of decision for the disposal and reuse of the naval hospital. The decision was published today in the Federal Register.

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January 10, 2000

Jan. 10, 2000 -- The Office of the Secretary of Defense last week granted the Army an additional $20 million for the service's new Medium Armored Vehicle program, bringing total funding for the effort to nearly $4.8 billion through fiscal year 2005.

MAVs are interim vehicles for the new medium "Brigade Combat Teams" the service plans to field as part of Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki's new vision for the future force.

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Jan. 10, 2000 -- The Center for Strategic and International Studies announced this afternoon that Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre has been elected CSIS president and CEO.

The appointment is effective April 3. Hamre's departure was first reported today by the Associated Press.

CSIS Board Chairman and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) made the announcement. Hamre worked closely with Nunn when Nunn was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Hamre was a top committee staffer.

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Jan. 10 -- Lockheed Martin has come to terms with Italy to supply two additional C-130J airlifters, the company announced today. This will bring to 20 the total number of C-130Js Italy will procure, with deliveries scheduled to begin in mid-2000.

The additional airlifters will be the stretch C-130J-30 variants, with a longer cargo area and greater cargo carrying capability.

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January 07, 2000

Jan. 7, 2000 -- General Dynamics, one of the Pentagon's major submarine builders, yesterday announced that John Welch, chief of its Electric Boat business unit, had been promoted to senior vice president and head of the Marine Systems Group.

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Jan. 7, 2000 -- The Pentagon this week set aside funds in its five-year spending plan for additional base closures and realignments should Congress grant the administration approval for them.

Congress so far has resisted additional Base Closure and Realignment Commission rounds because many lawmakers fear the Clinton administration would not keep the process free from political influence.

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Jan. 7, 2000 -- As peace talks between Israel, Syria and the United States continue at Shepherdstown, WV, Pentagon officials are considering a "detailed" list of military equipment sought by the Israeli government to be used if a peace agreement between the two Middle Eastern countries is signed, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said yesterday.

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Jan. 7, 2000 -- The director of the National Security Agency today announced the hiring of a new chief financial manager, a move aimed at improving the signals intelligence agency's troubled budgeting process.

Beverly Wright, who worked most recently as chief financial officer for the Baltimore-based investment firm Legg Mason Wood Walker, will serve as the agency's CFM as well as adviser to the Director's Executive Leadership Team (ELT), NSA said in a statement.

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January 06, 2000

Jan. 6, 2000 -- The Pentagon late last month added $350 million to the Navy's fiscal year 2001 budget for the purchase of an additional Auxiliary Dry Cargo Ship logistics support ship, completing a new shipbuilding plan approved Dec. 17.

Inside the Navy reported Dec. 27 that the plan closes a $5 billion shipbuilding gap and continues the service's strategy of pushing increases in building rates to the later years of the future years defense plan, which extends through FY-05. However, it did not include funds for a T-ADC(X) ship in FY-01, as did prior plans.

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Jan. 6, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton's policy of using United States troops to support NATO and United Nations peacekeeping operations has drawn sharp criticism from congressional Republicans over the past seven years. But U.S. companies have benefited from these operations, as they have accounted for more than $64 million of all equipment sold to the U.N. in 1997, the last year for which data is available, to support peacekeeping operations, according to the Clinton administration's most recent report on U.S. involvement in peacekeeping operations.

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Jan. 6, 2000 -- The Defense Department inspector general's office has determined the Pentagon needs to better manage the financial and cost aspects of special transactions used to stimulate and support research or acquire prototypes.

DOD issued 302 so-called "other transactions" worth about $7 billion from Oct. 1, 1989, through Oct. 16, 1998, according to a newly released IG report. The report is the first ever review of contractor costs charged to other transactions in the 10 years that DOD has had such authority, according to the audit.

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Jan. 6, 2000 -- Four days after Jan. 1, 2000 came and went without many computer problems, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's office in Charleston, SC, suffered a Y2K-related system error that resulted in 230 vendor payment checks being issued with a Jan. 4, 1900 date, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today.

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