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December 08, 1999

Dec. 8, 1999 -- The Boeing Company announced yesterday it has sold its McDonnell Douglas Technical Services (MDTSC) subsidiary, a move the defense-contracting giant says is in line with its "strategic vision to focus company resources on core competencies."

According to a Dec. 7 statement, Boeing sold MDTSC to Banc One Equity Capital, the private equity investment arm of Bank One Corp.

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A bipartisan group of 58 senators sent a letter to Defense Secretary William Cohen this week asking that the Defense Department delay enforcing a mandate to reduce the numbers of personnel in the Army National Guard at least until the Army can review its requirements.

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December 07, 1999

Dec. 7, 1999 -- Northrop Grumman announced yesterday that its Logicon Advanced Technology subsidiary has been awarded a five-year, $21 million contract to operate Army battle simulation centers.

The contract, which is a follow-on award, covers battle simulation centers for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC, and subordinate divisions, as well as facilities at Ft. Polk, LA, according to a Dec. 6 company statement. The simulation centers are used to train active and reserve units.

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Dec. 7, 1999 -- Carey Smith, a former president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Canada, has been named vice president for international business development for the company's naval electronics and surveillance systems group, Lockheed Martin announced today.

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Dec. 7, 1999 -- Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA, and Camp Lejeune, NC, will be among the first in the Corps to receive "smart cards," pocket-sized electronic tokens that safely store critical personal information, according to an administration message Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones issued yesterday. The Marine Corps will begin handing out smart cards starting next month and all Marines should be carrying one by the end of fiscal year 2001, Jones said.

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December 06, 1999

Dec. 6, 1999 -- President Bill Clinton late last week signed the fiscal year 2000 Intelligence Authorization Act into law despite previously expressing disagreement with some of its provisions. Passed by voice vote in the Senate on Nov. 19 and in the House on Nov. 5, the conference bill includes significant increases in funding for modernizing intelligence agencies, but also highlights several areas where more work is needed to bring U.S. intelligence capabilities into the 21st century.

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December 03, 1999

Dec. 3, 1999 -- At a ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa's defense ministry today signed a contract to buy Hawk trainer aircraft and Gripen fighter aircraft.

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Dec. 3, 1999 -- Boeing yesterday announced that Lockheed Martin's Advanced Unitary Penetrator-3M will be the penetrating warhead used on a hard-target version of the Air Force's Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile.

Lockheed's AUP-3M, a 1,200-pound kinetic energy warhead, was selected by Boeing following a series of full-scale sled tests at Eglin AFB, FL. The AUP-3M "relies on the speed of the cruise missile to punch through the target structure prior to detonation," Boeing said in a Dec. 2 statement. Lockheed's system was picked over a British Aerospace entry.

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Dec. 3, 1999 -- Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre this week elected to defer a decision on the future of the Discoverer II space-based radar, a program the Pentagon comptroller had recommended terminating at the end of its design phase, DefenseAlert has learned.

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Dec. 3, 1999 -- Under the terms of a plan Defense Secretary William Cohen sent to President Bill Clinton today, the Navy will substantially pare back its training operations on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Specifically, Cohen's plan, outlined in a letter to Clinton, calls for the Navy to use inert weapons during exercises, reduce training days from 180 to 90, terminate all training on Vieques in five years, and provide the island with a $40 million community development package.

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December 02, 1999

Dec. 2, 1999 -- North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General George Robertson today applauded those members of the alliance who are spending more on defense, saying troops well-trained, equipped and ready for action are "crucial" if the alliance is to carry out all its missions in the future.

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Dec. 2, 1999 -- The Navy announced today that it has taken another step toward having a vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air vehicle operate from its ships by successfully landing a UAV on the Coast Guard cutter Thetis. The demonstration took place Nov. 22.

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December 01, 1999

Dec. 1, 1999 -- The Air Force next week will use a refurbished Minuteman II rocket to lift several satellites into orbit, a launch that will mark the first time a refurbished copy of the intercontinental ballistic missile has been used as a satellite delivery system.

Liftoff of the retooled ICBM -- known as the Orbital Suborbital Program Space Launch Vehicle -- is scheduled for the evening of Dec. 7 from Vandenberg AFB, CA, according to a Nov. 30 release from the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB.

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Dec. 1, 1999 -- Although the national security community remains very reliant on the existing fleet of Delta, Atlas, and Titan space-launch vehicles to put billions of dollars worth of critical satellite constellations in place, federal officials and industry representatives have been heavily focused on terminating these programs and moving to a new family of launch vehicles, a panel of experts has concluded. This trend needs to be reversed, the panel added, to ensure the success of future space launches.

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Dec. 1, 1999 -- The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have reached a settlement on contract claims involving the production of Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, the service said in a statement.

According to a service spokesman, the U.S. government has agreed to pay the company $76.9 million to cover cost overruns on five aircraft.

"The claims were for cost overruns incurred by Northrop Grumman on initial production contracts for the refurbishment, modification and production of JSTARS aircraft," the Dec. 1 statement reads.

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Dec. 1, 1999 -- Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today called on U.S. NATO allies to contribute more of their resources to the alliance.

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November 30, 1999

Nov. 30, 1999 -- The Boeing Company announced yesterday it has been awarded a $40 million contract to add a hard-target capability to the last 50 of 322 converted Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles the defense contractor is manufacturing for the Air Force.

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Nov. 30 -- Raytheon and Airbus Industries are teaming up on a tanker aircraft proposal for the Japanese Air Self Defense Forces, according to a Raytheon statement issued today. The two companies are offering a KC-310 multi-role tanker transport to meet Japan's requirement for air refueling and troop transport.

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Nov. 30, 1999 -- As talks continue between the Clinton administration and the government of Puerto Rico over the Navy's use of the Vieques island training range, elements of the Eisenhower battle group and the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group left Norfolk, VA yesterday to take part in a fleet exercise prior to being sent overseas.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the Wasp will leave Norfolk Thursday to take part in the joint fleet exercise.

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Nov. 30, 1999 -- As talks continue between the Clinton administration and the government of Puerto Rico over the Navy's use of the Vieques island training range, elements of the Eisenhower battle group and the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group left Norfolk, VA yesterday to take part in a fleet exercise prior to being sent overseas.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the Wasp will leave Norfolk Thursday to take part in the joint fleet exercise.

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