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February 29, 2000

Feb. 29, 2000 -- The Pentagon official charged with building a defensive system to protect the United States from ballistic missile attack told a Senate subcommittee yesterday that a sea-based system "would make sense at some point in time," but there is no rush to include it now in the Defense Department's National Missile Defense architecture.

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Feb. 29, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has sent Adm. Vernon Clark's name to the White House as his choice to be the Navy's next chief of naval operations, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

Clark is currently U.S. Atlantic Fleet's commander-in-chief. If approved by President Bill Clinton, Clark would replace Adm. Jay Johnson, whose tour as CNO will end this summer. Cohen made the recommendation "several" weeks ago, according to Bacon.

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Feb. 29, 2000 -- Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Hugh Shelton has told the commander of U.S. peacekeeping forces in Kosovo that only under "extraordinary" circumstances should American troops be sent out of the sector they are patrolling to back up other international peacekeeping forces, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

Shelton sent a letter on Feb. 20 to Gen. Wesley Clark, the commander-in-chief of U.S. European Command, after 350 American troops were sent last week to Metrovica in Northern Kosovo, an area under French command, to help carry out weapons searches.

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February 28, 2000

Feb. 28, 2000 -- The Defense Department expects to start work this year on an urban combat road map that will tie together all aspects of military preparations for fighting in city environments, including budgets and concept development. The road map is expected to be part of DOD's upcoming update to the Defense Planning Guidance, according to responses DOD made to a General Accounting Office report on urban war fighting.

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February 25, 2000

Feb. 25, 2000 -- Defense Logistics Agency Director Lt. Gen. Henry Glisson has approved a "major" realignment of DLA headquarters and field commands designed to better focus the organization on its core business functions.

"This restructuring will cause us to behave like a corporation and give us better leverage to use our corporate capabilities," Glisson wrote in a Feb. 9 message to DLA employees. "The roles, missions and expectations of headquarters and field will be sharpened so that they are better integrated and are more clearly understood by all of us on the DLA team."

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Feb. 25, 2000 -- The Air Force secretary and chief of staff sent a memo to the Civil Air Patrol National Board today, urging members' support for new initiatives that would redefine the relationship between the service and its official auxiliary.

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Feb. 25, 2000 -- Systemic problems are preventing the Navy from accurately tracking the shipping and delivery of thousands of items, such as guided missile launchers, leaving the service's in-transit inventory tracking open to waste, fraud and abuse, according to a General Accounting Office report released today.

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February 24, 2000

Feb. 24, 2000 -- The Boeing Company announced yesterday that Israel has agreed to upgrade 12 of its approximately 40 AH-64A Apache attack helicopters to the new AH-64D Longbow configuration.

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Feb. 24, 2000 -- The Clinton administration will send an additional 200 civil police officers to Kosovo as part of a United Nations police force, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. A large civil police force in Kosovo is expected to relieve the pressure on U.S. and other military forces there that are not trained in law enforcement procedures.

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Feb. 24, 2000 -- NATO officials are expected to decide tomorrow whether they will shorten by two-thirds the deployment schedule for two additional strategic reserve battalions in Kosovo, a force that includes Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit based on the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

Gen. Wesley Clark, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, made the request yesterday following increased violence in the town of Metrovica in Northern Kosovo.

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Feb. 24, 2000 -- A prominent Senate Democrat yesterday broke ranks with some of his colleagues by urging that the White House not delay the National Missile Defense deployment readiness review until after next November's presidential elections.

Sen. Robert Kerrey (D-NE), vice chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said on the Senate floor that while a delay may still be necessary for technical reasons, "I hope we do not allow the approach of a presidential election to prevent us from making important foreign policy decisions.

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February 23, 2000

Feb. 23, 2000 -- Former Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch told the agency's inspector general that he intentionally created secret files on unclassified computers to prevent other CIA officials from gaining access to them through the agency's computer network, according to an unclassified version of a CIA IG report into Deutch's improper handling of classified information.

The Feb. 18 report was released yesterday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Feb. 23, 2000 -- Gen. Wesley Clark, the supreme allied commander in Europe, has asked NATO officials for three additional battalions from NATO's strategic reserve force in Kosovo to quell clashes in the town of Kosovska Mitrovica, a senior Defense Department official said today.

Concurrently, French Minister of Defence Alain Richard told reporters in Washington today that France was committing the battalion of troops it has in the reserve force to shore up NATO troops in Mitrovica.

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Feb. 23, 2000 -- The Navy has awarded a contract worth up to $325 million to a Boeing-led industry team to support the first phase of the service's fiscal year 2000 Navy Training Systems Contract, the company announced yesterday.

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February 22, 2000

Feb. 22, 2000 -- The Defense Department will make no force level or deployment changes to U.S. military forces stationed in the Western Pacific following China's warning that it will use force against Taiwan if the island's leaders continue to stall on reunification talks, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

"We plan no change in force dispositions and no change in our naval dispositions in the area at this stage," Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. "Obviously, we will watch the situation very closely."

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Feb. 22, 2000 -- Behind its high-profile public relations campaign for "a few good men," the Marine Corps is waging a feverish battle to keep young Marines in uniform. Last Thursday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones issued the second memo in a month calling on commanders to step up their retention efforts.

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Feb 22, 2000 -- The Defense Department announced today its plans to spend $27 million this fiscal year to correct an imbalance in base housing allowance payments. The imbalance creates a situation where two service members of equal rank could pay different out-of-pocket amounts to live off-base in the same geographic region, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said.

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February 18, 2000

Feb. 18, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton has nominated Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lester Lyles to become commander-in-chief of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, the Pentagon announced today.

Before taking the vice chief position last year, Lyles was director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization from 1996 to 1999. He was nominated for his fourth star on April 12, 1999, and became vice chief in May.

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Feb. 18, 2000 -- NATO allies have serious reservations about the United States' pursuit of a National Missile Defense system, Gen. Wesley Clark, commander-in-chief of U.S. European Command, told a House committee yesterday. They fear it may throw out of balance the strategic policy Europe has lived under for the past 50 years.

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February 17, 2000

Feb. 17, 2000 -- Despite specific benchmarks set by the Clinton administration for withdrawing U.S. troops from the Balkans, those troops can be expected to remain in the region until Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic is removed from power, the commander of all U.S. Forces in Europe told a congressional committee today.

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