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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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November 15, 1999


Nov. 15, 1999 -- An independent review team tasked with examining Boeing's space launch business has completed its work and is recommending the defense contractor take a number of steps to improve the reliability of its launch vehicles.

The Boeing Mission Assurance Review Team, headed by former Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall, "called out some areas of concern," Gale Schluter, vice president of Boeing's Expendable Launch Systems, wrote in the November issue of Inside Delta, a Boeing newsletter.

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Nov. 15, 1999 -- The Army announced late last week it plans to inspect its entire fleet of AH-64 Apache helicopters for faulty gearbox components. The components may have been to blame for a June 1 crash of an Israeli air force AH-64, the service said in a statement.

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Nov. 15, 1999 -- The Naval Aviation Systems Command announced last week that the last of 12 low-rate initial production F/A-18E/F Super Hornets was delivered to the Navy on Nov. 9, six weeks earlier than required.

The aircraft was ferried to the Navy's F/A-18E/F Integrated Test Team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, for final tests before it is sent to Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, home to the first Super Hornet squadron, the Aviation Systems Command said in a statement.

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November 12, 1999

Nov. 12, 1999 -- Once President Clinton signs the fiscal year 2000 intelligence authorization conference report into law, his administration will have 60 days to produce a study that details the legal standards employed by the U.S. intelligence community when eavesdropping on American citizens.

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Nov. 12, 1999 -- The General Accounting Office this week recommended the Air Force strengthen its management oversight procedures for handling excess inventory.

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Nov. 12, 1999 - Northrop Grumman, the fifth-largest U.S. defense contractor, today announced it had signed an agreement to acquire Navia Aviation AS, an operating unit of Navia ASA of Oslo, Norway.

Northrop Grumman said in a statement that it would pay $35 million in cash for the Norwegian instrument landing systems supplier, and the company expects to close the deal by the end of the calendar year.

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Nov. 12, 1999 - Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) today said he hoped that rumors defense giant Lockheed Martin is closing its plant in Marietta, GA, are just that - rumors.

"We've been dealing with this kind of speculation for years, and it has proven false in each case," Barr said in a statement. "It is my hope and belief these latest rumors fall into the same category."

The Aeronautical Systems facility, which is adjacent to Barr's district, manufactures the C-130J cargo aircraft as well as the F-22 fighter aircraft.

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November 11, 1999

Nov. 11, 1999 -- The Defense Department this week handed out more than $1.7 billion worth of contracts to four companies for the production of Multi-Mode Receivers in support of the Global Air Traffic Management program.

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA, got the largest deal, for $505.7 million. Raytheon Systems Company, El Segundo, CA, won a $487.6 million award; Marconi Aerospace Systems, Wayne, NJ, won a $442.6 million contract; and AlliedSignal, Redmond, WA, received a $274.4 million deal.

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Nov. 11, 1999 - The Pentagon yesterday announced three potential foreign military sales collectively worth half a billion dollars to the Netherlands, Colombia and Egypt.

The prospective sale to the Netherlands involves the remanufacturing of 30 Apache AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radars with APR-48A Radar Frequency Interferometers, according to the announcement. Longbow radars are built by Northrop Grumman; the Apache Longbow prime contractor is Lockheed Martin.

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Nov. 11, 1999 -- Northrop Grumman announced this week it has been picked to evaluate the performance of new sensors that may be used in support of the Open Skies treaty.

The contract, worth $5 million, was won by the company's Integrated Systems and Aerostructures sector in El Segundo, CA. It will run three years, with two one-year options.

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November 10, 1999

Nov. 10, 1999 - Army officials expect to spend $13.5 million to replace a bearing assembly in the tails of about 400 Apache helicopters, a job that should take between eight and 10 months, a Defense Department spokesman said yesterday.

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Nov. 10, 1999 - House and Senate lawmakers have created an independent commission to perform a top-to-bottom review of the National Reconnaissance Office, the secretive DOD organization that buys and operates the nation's spy satellites.

The goal of the 11-member commission is to ensure that the U.S. intelligence community is acquiring "the most efficient, technologically capable, and economical satellite collection systems," according to language included in the recently released fiscal year 2000 intelligence authorization conference report.

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Nov. 10, 1999 - Sens. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Bob Smith (R-NH) are asking the Pentagon for several documents related to retired Adm. Joseph Prueher's dealings with China when he was the commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific. Prueher is President Bill Clinton's nominee to be the next ambassador to China and was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Nov. 3. No date has been set for a full Senate vote on the nomination.

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Nov. 10, 1999 - South Korea has asked to buy $4.2 billion worth of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile systems, according to the Defense Department. The potential foreign military sale was one of three announced by the Pentagon yesterday.

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November 09, 1999

The Army's Multiple Launch Rocket System, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully test-fired last week using a European-produced AT-2 rocket, the company said in a statement.

The M270A1 version of the MLRS launcher, which features improved fire control and mechanical systems, fired six of the German AT-2 rockets "to demonstrate the ability of the improved launcher to fire the munition," the statement added. "This was the first time the rockets have been fired from the improved MLRS M270A1 launcher."

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