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February 03, 2000

Feb. 3, 2000 -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) said today that CIA testimony to Congress on worldwide security threats to the United States and its allies "lays the foundation for increased defense spending."

Warner did not cite a specific dollar figure but said he would make every effort to boost the Pentagon's budget and added that it will take "a good four to five years to bail out of the defense spending" situation he believes the country faces.

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Feb. 3, 2000 -- Andrew Ellis is leaving his post as staff director of the House Armed Services Committee to become vice president of aircraft and missile programs in Boeing's Washington, DC, office, the defense contracting giant announced yesterday.

Committee Chairman Floyd Spence (R-SC) said Deputy Staff Director Robert Rangel will replace Ellis as the committee's senior staffer.

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February 02, 2000

Feb. 2, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin signed a contract today with the U.S. Army to provide 20 portable air defense radars for the Taiwanese Army, according to a company announcement.

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Feb. 2, 2000 -- CIA Director George Tenet told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today that he couldn't guarantee that someone did not access the classified information that was on former CIA Director John Deutch's home computer, which was linked to the Internet. Tenet told the committee that the agency has "no evidence to suggest that that occurred," but added "we cannot exclude that possibility."

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Feb. 2, 2000 -- The CIA and the FBI are working on a plan to get the intelligence community and local law enforcement agencies involved in proactively spotting terrorists and deterring them from carrying out espionage against the United States, CIA Director George Tenet told lawmakers today.

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February 01, 2000

Feb. 1, 1999 -- House lawmakers today passed the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act by a 341-70 vote, making it virtually impregnable to a presidential veto if the Senate follows the House's lead.

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Feb. 1, 2000 -- The Defense Department will wait and see how talks between Navy representatives and Puerto Rico government officials over the Vieques training range progress before deciding whether the George Washington battle group will be able to train on the island, Pentagon spokesman P.J. Crowley said today.

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Feb. 1, 2000 -- Newport News Shipbuilding has selected Lockheed Martin as its warfare systems integrator for the as-yet unnamed CVN-77, the Navy's newest nuclear aircraft carrier, the company announced yesterday in a statement.

The selection decision comes out of a nine-month competition conducted by Newport News under a CVN-77 advance-planning contract awarded by the Navy in October 1998, the company said. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon both competed for the contract.

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January 31, 2000

Jan. 31, 2000 -- The Defense Logistics Agency is saving money and reducing inventory by adopting commercial inventory management rules mandated by Congress three years ago, the General Accounting Office told Congress last week. But GAO pointed out that DLA was applying these rules to only a quarter of its inventory, excluding items such as hardware and clothing items.

GAO sent its report on the DLA program to Congress on Jan. 26.

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Jan. 31, 2000 -- The Army plans to test-fire its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 theater missile defense system late this week after weather twice forced the service to cancel the intercept attempt.

A service official told InsideDefense.com today that Thursday (Feb. 3) is the earliest date for the test flight, which will be held at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

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Jan. 31, 2000 -- The White House announced late today that it has reached an agreement with the government of Puerto Rico to let the citizens of the island of Vieques, home to a U.S. Navy live-fire training range, decide whether the Navy and Marine Corps should continue to train there or leave by May 1, 2003.

Training on Vieques was suspended last April after a civilian guard was accidentally killed when a live round went off course.

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January 28, 2000

Jan. 28, 2000 -- Northrop Grumman has won a $128 million firm-fixed-price, low-rate initial production contract from Lockheed Martin to build 609 Brilliant Anti-Armor submunitions, the contractor announced yesterday.

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Jan. 28, 2000 -- The nation's second-largest defense contractor expects the bulk of its earnings for calendar year 2000 to take place later on this year.

"Due to the timing of space launches, aircraft deliveries and investment in new products such as (the) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), 2000 earnings and cash generation are expected to be heavily weighted towards the second half of the year," Lockheed Martin said today in its quarterly earnings announcement.

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Jan. 28, 2000 -- In April, the Energy Department will start sending letters to 800 employees and DOE contractors notifying them they have been selected as candidates for polygraph tests as part of the department's efforts to improve its security, a DOE spokeswoman said today.

The use of polygraph tests is a contentious issue. DOE employees and contractors have raised questions about employee privacy and the validity of the tests.

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Jan. 28, 2000 -- The issue of whether the Navy continues to use the island of Vieques as a live-fire training ground could be settled by a vote of the island's residents, but the referendum plan offered by the Navy "is completely unacceptable," the mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city said yesterday.

Citing ongoing talks with the White House, San Juan Mayor Sila Calderon, a member of Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rossello's Vieques working group, declined to say what conditions need to be met before a vote takes place.

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Jan. 28 -- National missile defense joint program office representatives told congressional staffers yesterday they intend to incorporate an additional component of the NMD system into the next NMD flight test. The move makes the mission the first assessment of the integrated NMD system and maintains the JPO's strategy of incrementally increasing the difficulty of each intercept attempt.

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Jan. 28, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen said today the fiscal year 2001 defense budget the Clinton administration will send to Congress next month reflects lessons learned from the military's experience in Kosovo with money going toward the purchase of additional airborne electronic warfare assets and precision weapons such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition.

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January 27, 2000

Jan. 27, 2000 -- Stewart & Stevenson, maker of the Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, yesterday announced it has completed driveline upgrades on 3,340 trucks at its manufacturing plant in Sealy, TX, as well as on more than 50 percent of the service's fielded fleet.

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Jan. 27, 2000 -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush last night suggested the Army's Crusader artillery system might not fit in his vision for the U.S. military.

In a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, a top rival, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), pressed Bush, the front-runner for the GOP nomination, to reveal "any military programs" for which Bush would reduce spending if elected president.

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January 26, 2000

Jan. 26, 2000 -- As part of a security reform effort started last year by Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, DOE's office of counterintelligence has begun an economic espionage review of DOE and DOD nuclear weapons contracting.

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