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November 22, 1999

Nov. 22, 1999 -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking disclosure of the fiscal year 1999 total intelligence budget.

The lawsuit, filed last year by the Federation of American Scientists against the CIA, alleged there was no compelling national security reason for denying its request for the FY-99 figure because the CIA had released the same number for FY-97 and FY-98. Also, FAS argued that because the president has said publicly that the intel budget figure could safely be released, the issue of disclosure was now moot.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- The fiscal year 2000 omnibus appropriations bill approved by the Senate last Saturday calls for the creation of a new State Department position for arms control verification and compliance. For nearly a year, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) has been battling the Clinton administration over how arms control oversight would be carried out in the State Department. It is Helms' language in the FY-00 State Department authorization bill, which is a part of the omnibus bill, that calls for the new arms control position.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- The Defense Department announced today that the Justice Department has completed its review of British Aerospace's plan to acquire GEC Marconi Electronic Systems.

U.S. government review was the last major hurdle for the merger candidates to pass. The two companies' shareholders approved the deal this month, and the British government has also given its blessing.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems today announced several new management assignments, including the naming of a senior executive to steer the company's DD-21 surface ship program bid. The changes reflect Lockheed's "emphasis on a single, integrated NE&SS business composed of multiple geographic sites," according to a Lockheed Martin statement.

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November 19, 1999

Nov. 19, 1999 -- President Clinton today issued a directive that extends by 18 months the deadline for the automatic declassification of millions of pages of federal documents. Declassification advocates view the move as a setback because it delays the wide-scale release of "historically valuable" records.

A lack of funding for declassification activities, as well as a Republican Congress opposed to the wholesale release of classified government records, are factors cited for the president's move.

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Nov. 19, 1999 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Jacques Gansler this month released a new list of major defense acquisition programs, detailing service and defense agency efforts that are large enough or important enough to warrant oversight at the highest levels of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Nov. 19, 1999 -- Raytheon announced yesterday it has received a contract potentially worth $300 million to provide base operations support for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Guam.

Under the terms of the deal, which has an eight-month base period followed by seven one-year options, the Lexington, MA-based defense contractor will provide the command with a variety of services, including administration, facilities engineering, utilities operation, supply and transportation, waterfront and harbor operation, and ordnance handling.

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November 18, 1999

Nov. 18, 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen, on a trip through South America, this week joined his Chilean counterpart in signing a joint statement on defense-related environmental cooperation.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- The Pentagon this week awarded $500 million worth of medical equipment contracts to Bayer Corporation's AGFA Division of Ridgefield Park, NJ, and IBM Global Government Industry of Houston, TX.

AGFA and IBM will both receive $250 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contracts to supply digital imaging networks, picture archiving and communications systems, according to a Nov. 16 Pentagon statement. Both companies are scheduled to finish work on the contract in November 2000.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- The Air Force this week awarded ECC International Corp. of Orlando, FL, a $486 million contract for the upkeep of aircrew maintenance and training systems.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- The Pentagon's top acquisition official this week approved a Joint Requirements Oversight Council recommendation to make the Army the lead service for ground-based National Missile Defense, a title the service has long coveted.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Jacques Gansler gave his approval in a Nov. 15 memo, obtained by DefenseAlert.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- Israel has asked to buy 700 Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits and associated equipment in a deal potentially worth $45 million.

According to a Defense Department statement, the deal would cover the JDAMs, MK-84 bombs, testing, spare and repair parts, support equipment, contractor engineering and technical support, and other related program support elements.

The Boeing Co. of St. Louis, MO, is the prime contractor. "There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale," the DOD statement reads. -- Daniel G. Dupont

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November 17, 1999

Nov. 17, 1999 -- Computer Sciences Corp. and Nichols Research Corp. yesterday announced they had completed the merger of the two companies.

Under the terms of the deal, Nichols shareholders will receive 0.423 shares of CSC common stock for each share of Nichols, according to a CSC statement.

Before the merger, CSC was the 19th-largest defense contractor in the nation, receiving nearly $647 million in Defense Department contract awards in fiscal year 1998. Nichols was 50th, receiving nearly $244 million in FY-98, according to DOD figures.

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Nov. 17, 1999 -- The Marine Corps will host an industry day Dec. 3 to discuss the combat vehicle appended trainer program, a precision gunnery system that will train tank and light armored vehicle crews. The service expects to award a single contract early next year.

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Nov. 17, 1999 -- The Air Force Association has joined the chorus of Airborne Laser proponents urging Defense Secretary William Cohen not to follow through with a proposed $258 million cut to the ABL program, which the group calls "among the most promising" of the Defense Department's ballistic missile defense efforts.

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November 16, 1999

Nov. 16, 1999 -- Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre last week approved a plan to consolidate the management and workforce of the Defense Acquisition University, moving more than 200 officials from the services and the Defense Logistics Agency to DAU.

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Nov. 16, 1999 -- The United States and Brazil have formed a bilateral working group to provide a forum for discussing defense and security issues of mutual interest, Defense Secretary William Cohen said last Friday (Nov. 12). In creating the group, the United States hopes to help Brazil develop its new civilian-run ministry of defense by sharing the experiences the Pentagon has had in creating "joint services, other types of programs, and budget and planning," Cohen said.

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Nov. 16, 1999 -- Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), one of the leading missile defense proponents in Congress, told DefenseAlert yesterday that the latest Welch panel report on the Pentagon's National Missile Defense program contains nothing earth-shattering, but its recommendations on program management and testing deserve the attention of Congress. Weldon was extremely critical of the first Welch panel report, issued early last year, but said the group's latest effort is more balanced and makes recommendations that are valid and worthy of consideration.

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Nov. 16, 1999 -- Army Secretary Louis Caldera today busted Maj. Gen. John Maher to the rank of colonel following an Army finding that Maher carried on sexual relations with the wives of two subordinate officers and tried to start a sexual relationship with an enlisted female, the Army announced. Maher will lose about $1,400 in pension each month as a result of being retired in the rank of colonel instead of as a two-star general, an Army official said.

"There was no negotiation, there was no plea bargain," the official said.

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Nov. 16, 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has appointed Vickie McCall to chair the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, the Pentagon announced today. McCall, a member of the committee since 1998 and chair of the forces development and utilization subcommittee since Jan. 1, will assume the top seat on Jan. 1, 2000.

Mary Wamsley served as the 1999 DACOWITS chair, a non-salaried, one-year post.

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