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March 22, 2000

March 22, 2000 -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) said yesterday he would consider introducing a legislative package that would provide legal defense for former U.S. military personnel accused of war crimes in an international court. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague has examined charges that NATO aviators committed war crimes during the 78-day bombing campaign against Serbia last year.

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March 21, 2000

March 21, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton's nominee to be deputy secretary of defense told a Senate committee today that Congress' delay in approving a $2 billion supplemental package for Kosovo operations is setting off warning signs that the services may run out of operations and maintenance funds before the end of the fiscal year.

Until the supplemental is approved by Congress, the services are using money from their general operations accounts to help pay for their presence in Kosovo, Rudy DeLeon told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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March 21, 2000 -- The government of New Zealand decided yesterday to cancel an agreement to lease 28 F-16s from the United States, once again clouding the future of the fighters, which have been in long-term storage for several years.

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March 20, 2000

March 20, 2000 -- While Navy surface warfare officials work to finish a radar road map requested by Congress last year, the service is looking at the production capabilities of Lockheed Martin, one of the two contractors competing for Navy radar work, service and industry officials told InsideDefense.com late last week.

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March 17, 2000

March 17, 2000 -- The Boeing Company announced today that it has reached an agreement with the union that represents the defense contractor's engineers that may put an end to a 38-day strike. InsideDefense.com reported yesterday that the strike was affecting Boeing's work on the Joint Strike Fighter program, a multibillion-dollar effort the company is competing for against a team led by Lockheed Martin.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace will vote on the agreement on Sunday.

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March 17, 2000 -- The Defense Department yesterday formally announced 11 new advanced concept technology demonstrations for fiscal year 2000. The 11 ACTDs were chosen out of a pool of nearly 40 proposals, according to a Pentagon statement.

Inside the Navy earlier this week reported that Gen. Joseph Ralston, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had approved the 11 selections in early February.

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March 17, 2000 -- The Sense and Destroy Armor munition, being developed for the Army as an anti-tank and anti-armor weapon, achieved a 79 percent reliability rate during technical tests held March 7-11 at the Army's Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ, prime contractor Aerojet said today.

Last December, Inside the Army reported that the tests were critical to SADARM's future, which saw all of its procurement dollars cut from the Army's budget because of an overall budget crunch.

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March 16, 2000

March 16, 2000 -- Boeing officials do not expect a first flight of the company's Joint Strike Fighter demonstrator by spring as originally planned due to the impact of a labor strike by the company's engineers, a Boeing spokesman said yesterday. Boeing is competing against Lockheed Martin to build the tri-service fighter, a program potentially worth billions.

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March 16, 2000 -- Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones, who is growing increasingly worried about the service's ability to recruit and retain Marines, has ordered a two-day retention "stand-down" to focus on convincing as many Marines as possible to sign up for another tour of duty.

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March 16, 2000 -- If the Navy were given an extra $2.2 billion it could field a theater missile defense system capable of defeating unsophisticated missiles by fiscal year 2005, two years sooner than now planned, and could have a fully robust system at sea by FY-08, also two years early, according to a new "white paper" put together by the service's Theater Wide missile defense program office. InsideDefense.com obtained a copy of the paper.

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March 15, 2000

March 15, 2000 -- The labor strike against the Boeing Corporation, one of two competitors for the tri-service Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, may have already eaten into any cushion the program's schedule has and the Pentagon may be looking at a "day-for-day" delay the longer the strike continues, the Marine Corps' top acquisition officer told a House subcommittee yesterday.

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March 15, 2000 -- In a deal worth more than $400 million, the United Arab Emirates has selected a new derivative of General Electric's F110 fighter engine to propel its new fleet of F-16 Block 60 aircraft, GE announced yesterday.

The United Arab Emirates selected the F110-GE-132 engine, a higher-thrust derivative of GE's F110 fighter engine family, according to the company statement. The 132 evolved from the F110-GE-100 and F110-GE-129 engines, and GE claims it can produce 32,500 pounds of thrust.

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March 14, 2000

March 14, 2000 -- The Navy's surface ship radar road map, over a year in the making, is once again under review by senior Navy surface warfare officials after it was approved by the vice chief of naval operations earlier this month, according to service and industry officials. Vice Adm. Conrad Lautenbacher, the Navy's top resource and requirements officer, told a House subcommittee today that another review group has been set up to look at the issue.

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March 13, 2000

March 13, 2000 -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jay Johnson and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones late last week kicked off a year-long review of the service's joint amphibious warfighting doctrine. They expect to revise the doctrine to allow for more flexible command relationships, according to an internal memo Jones issued March 10. Johnson issued a similar memo the same day.

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March 10, 2000

March 10, 2000 -- A Pennsylvania company that pled guilty to arms sales violations involving China last year has been disbarred from doing business overseas, the State Department officially announced today. The disbarment was part of the plea agreement Orbit/FR, Inc. entered into with the government last November.

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March 09, 2000

March 9, 2000 -- Army officials are studying the technologies from several artillery pieces, such as the lightweight 155 mm howitzer and the Crusader advanced field artillery system, to see if they can be combined into one weapon that can work with the Army's new, lighter infantry forces, Lt. Gen. Paul Kern told InsideDefense.com today.

Kern, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, said the Army's Training and Doctrine Command began the study this week.

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Army's M16 Replacement Program Gets Milestone Approval

March 9, 2000 -- The Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command last week decided the Objective Individual Combat Weapon program is ready for its next phase of development, a service spokesman told InsideDefense.com yesterday.

The decision means the OICW effort can begin the program definition and risk reduction phase, due to last 29 months.

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March 08, 2000

March 8, 2000 -- The Pentagon yesterday announced plans for a potential $402 million in foreign military sales. Taiwan is requesting Hawk surface-to-air missiles and air surveillance radars upgrades, which account for $202 million of the prospective total. Germany has asked to buy 250 air-to-ground radar suppression missiles, a deal worth an estimated $200 million.

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March 8, 2000 -- After months of sometimes highly contentious maneuverings between the Navy and industry, the service has begun internal briefings on a completed surface ship radar road map, according to a Navy memo obtained today by InsideDefense.com.

On March 1, Rear Adm. Michael Mullen, the director of surface warfare, issued a memo accompanying a classified briefing on the plan that is expected to point the way to the development and use of ship radars for the next 20 years.

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March 8, 2000 -- A squadron of Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets will begin enforcing the no-fly zone in southern Iraq this week as the service takes part for the first time in Operation Southern Watch, according to a Marine Corps spokeswoman.

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