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July 19, 2000

July 19, 2000 -- A test pitting the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 theater missile defense system against a cruise missile target was canceled this morning, according to Army sources.

The decision to postpone the test was made after the Simulated Launch Adapter -- a safety device -- failed, according to sources.

The test, to be held at White Sands Missile Range, NM, has not yet been rescheduled.

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July 19, 2000 -- By a vote of 367-58, the House today approved the $288 billion defense appropriations conference package for fiscal year 2001. House and Senate conferees wrapped up their work on the bill late Monday night.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week. It will then be sent to the president for signature.

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July 18, 2000

July 18, 2000 -- The United Arab Emirates has selected Lockheed Martin to produce and deliver an F-16 block 60 training system, the company announced today. The contract is worth $50 million over seven years.

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July 18, 2000 -- In a message sent to all military commands yesterday, Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy de Leon said the Pentagon will take "all appropriate steps" to resume its full-scale anthrax vaccination program no later than January. De Leon's memo is the first full policy statement issued by the Defense Department since DOD announced last week that the vaccine program was being scaled back because of a dwindling supply.

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July 18, 2000 -- More than a year has passed since the Senate battled the Clinton Administration over the creation of a new State Department arms control office, and while it has been officially up and running since February, James Sheaks, the man slated to run it, is still awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

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July 18, 2000 -- The president has picked an Army general for the Joint Staff's top command, control, communications and computers position, the Defense Department announced today.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Kellogg, the Army's assistant deputy chief of staff for operations and plans, will get a third star if confirmed for the position of Joint Staff director for C4 (J-6).

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July 17, 2000

July 17, 2000 -- The Commerce Department will release today the administration's new plan governing encryption exports, a strategy that removes restrictions on businesses wanting to sell U.S. security technology to all European Union members plus 10 other allied nations, sources say.

The White House's proposed new regulations would grant license exemptions after a one-time review regardless of the product's key length, or codifying "strength."

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July 17, 2000 -- Navy and industry technicians are poring over data from a failed flight test of the Navy's Theater Wide missile defense system that took place on Friday. The test was designed to have the three-stage rocket motor that will power the NTW interceptor separate during a flight over the Pacific Ocean. The Navy announced Saturday morning that the rocket malfunctioned during flight.

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July 14, 2000

July 14, 2000 -- President Clinton yesterday signed into law an $11.2 billion fiscal year 2000 emergency spending measure, but strongly criticized several items in the bill that affect military operations.

In late June, both the House and Senate approved the emergency supplemental appropriations package as part of the FY-01 military construction bill.

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June 14, 2000 -- The Aerospace Industries Association is urging the Senate to vote on Permanent Normalized Trade Relations (PNTR) with China before the August congressional recess, according to a July 12 letter co-signed by the AIA and the Business Coalition for U.S.-China Trade.

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July 14, 2000 -- A House-Senate conference committee has agreed to terminate the Pentagon's Discoverer II program, congressional sources tell InsideDefense.com.

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July 13, 2000

July 13, 2000 -- After weeks of contentious parliamentary wrangling, the Senate today voted 97-3 to approve a $309.8 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2001. The bill cleared the Senate Armed Services Committee May 10 but ran into trouble on the Senate floor as several senators attached controversial legislation not related to defense spending.

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July 13, 2000 -- A key lawmaker has asked the Defense Department to suspend the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program until a "modern" vaccine is made available, according to a letter sent to the defense secretary yesterday.

Though House Government Reform national security, veteran affairs and international relations subcommittee Chairman Christopher Shays (R-CT) welcomed Defense Secretary William Cohen's recent decision to scale back the program, he said it came too late.

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July 13, 2000 -- The Pentagon announced today that it is going back to a policy of not requiring anthrax immunization shots for troops who will be in high-risk areas for 30 days or less.

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July 12, 2000

July 12, 2000 -- A day after the Defense Department announced a restructuring of the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program, senior defense officials told Congress that by the end of the month a department panel may decide to build a government-owned, contractor-operated facility to produce the anthrax vaccine.

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July 12, 2000 -- Bowing to pressure from the White House and Congress, Israel has canceled its sale of an airborne early warning aircraft to China, an Israeli official confirmed today.

"Israel has informed the United States and China that it is not going to continue with the sale of the Phalcon aircraft," the official told InsideDefense.com. Officials at the Chinese embassy in Washington, DC could not be reached for comment.

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July 12, 2000 -- Recent changes in the foreign military sales (FMS) process have had tangible benefits for U.S. interests, Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy de Leon said yesterday, but much more work must be done to ensure the FMS reforms yield lasting improvements.

As evidence of improvement, de Leon said the United States totaled $12 billion in foreign military sales last year, while the preliminary FMS estimate for fiscal year 2000 is $13 billion. "FMS is strong and working well for our interests," he said.

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July 11, 2000

July 11, 2000 -- National Security Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden has gone outside his organization to find his next deputy, choosing former NSA employee William Black for the No. 2 position at the Ft. Meade, MD-based agency.

"This nomination marks one of the few times that a deputy director was not nominated from within the agency," NSA said in a statement released late yesterday.

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July 11, 2000 -- The Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center yesterday handed out five contracts cumulatively worth $116.1 million for research and development into command, control, communications and intelligence software applications and databases.

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July 11, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has decided to essentially shut down the Pentagon's controversial Anthrax Immunization Program because of a lack of new doses and will administer the remaining doses to troops in Korea and Southwest Asia, a senior defense official said today.

The Defense Department is also looking for a second vaccine manufacturer and expects to make that choice sometime in the fall, although final certification of the second manufacturer could take up to four years.

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