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January 18, 2000

Jan. 18, 2000 -- A senior Defense Department official last week acknowledged there were "anomalies" in last fall's test of the National Missile Defense kill vehicle, but he maintained the system destroyed the intended target and therefore successfully performed its mission.

At the same time, the official told reporters acknowledged that questions remain whether the kill vehicle could have located the correct target in time for an intercept had its sensors not first picked up a decoy balloon, which eventually led it to the mock warhead it was meant to destroy.

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Jan. 18, 2000 -- With the increasing reliance on precision weapons during military operations, U.S. intelligence officials need to pay as much attention to 'no strike' target lists as they do to the daily compendium of targets to be hit, Rear Adm. Lowell Jacoby, the Joint Staff's director for intelligence, said last week. Jacoby said the mistaken attack on the Chinese embassy in Belgrade is the "poster child" for what happens when accurate no-strike lists are not drawn up.

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Jan. 18, 2000 -- If a National Missile Defense intercept test goes off as scheduled tonight, it will take several days for technicians to analyze data and determine whether the test shot can be considered an integrated systems test, one of the key hurdles to getting the NMD system deployed.

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Jan.18, 2000 -- Air Force accident investigators have determined that the July 1, 1999, crash of an F-16C out of Homestead Air Reserve Base, FL, was most likely caused by a bird striking the Falcon's canopy. The pilot, Maj. Samuel D'Angelo, was incapacitated by the collision and died when his fighter crashed about 40 seconds after the initial impact.

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January 14, 2000

Jan. 14, 2000 -- The Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration published its new policy on export controls for sophisticated encryption products today in the Federal Register, promising to review the "workability" of the regulations over the next 120 days.

Industry representatives pushing to relax export controls on such products have claimed the new policy is a victory for U.S. businesses.

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Jan. 14, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen yesterday announced the stationing plan for 17 additional Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams using National Guard personnel.

The teams, formerly known as Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection (RAID) Teams, are part of the Defense Department overall efforts to support local, state, and federal civil authorities in the event of a WMD incident on U.S. soil. DOD said in a Jan. 13 statement that it expects to finish setting them up by July 2000.

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January 13, 2000

Jan. 13, 2000 -- A prototype vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned aerial vehicle flew for the first time yesterday, Northrop Grumman announced. The company's El Segundo, CA-based Air Combat Systems business unit is developing the aircraft for the Navy's VTUAV competition.

Last September, the Navy released a request for proposals for the VTUAV program, which is designed to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to naval forces (Inside the Navy, Sept. 6, 1999).

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Jan. 13, 2000 -- The Air Force has awarded a $143.7 million contract to TRW to begin replacing the guidance systems on the service's most advanced land-based intercontinental ballistic missile fleet, TRW announced yesterday.

TRW, the prime integration contractor for the nation's ICBM force, will oversee the extension of the service life of the Minuteman III ICBMs' guidance systems beyond 2020.

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Jan. 13, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has recommended the president nominate Army Under Secretary Bernard Rostker to replace outgoing Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Rudy de Leon, the Pentagon announced today.

De Leon has been nominated to become deputy defense secretary, a post being vacated by John Hamre, who is resigning and taking over the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Jan. 13, 2000 -- The Marine Corps announced yesterday it is interested in buying a three-dimensional, long-range air search radar for a foreign customer. The radar would be part of a larger foreign military sales program, according to a notice posted in the Commerce Business Daily.

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Jan. 13, 2000 -- Next week's planned National Missile Defense intercept test represents an extremely complex challenge for the program at this stage in its development, the nation's senior missile defense official told InsideDefense.com yesterday. Accordingly, the success of the mission will not be judged solely by its ability to negate the target, but rather by the amount of data and insight it provides in preparation for this summer's deployment readiness review, the official said.

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January 12, 2000

Jan. 12, 2000 -- Marv Langston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for C3I, announced today he is leaving the Defense Department, a move that comes two days after Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said he too would be leaving his post.

Langston told InsideDefense.com after a roundtable luncheon in Arlington, VA, sponsored by the Precision Strike Association, that he will become chief operating officer of Salus Media. Salus Media is an internet health and lifestyle company, based in California, which is expected to offer an initial public stock offering soon.

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Jan. 12, 2000 -- A Defense Science Board task force has just begun a six-month study that will review and assess the Defense Department's information assurance capabilities.

According to a copy of the terms of reference for the study, issued Jan. 4 and obtained by InsideDefense.com, the group will use a lengthy 1996 report on information warfare completed by a previous DSB task force as its starting point for the new study. The terms of reference were signed by Jacques Gansler, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

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January 11, 2000

Jan. 11, 2000 -- President Clinton's fiscal year 2001 defense budget, which will be sent to Congress on Feb. 7, will include $60 billion for procurement, a figure the Joint Chiefs set several years ago as a long-term goal, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

"We should hit it this year or come within a whisper," Bacon said. He added that the procurement increase is indicative of a rising defense budget.

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Jan. 11, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control-Dallas recently completed two successful tests of its Laser Detection and Ranging seeker, part of the Low Cost Autonomous Attack System advanced technology demonstration.

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Jan. 11, 2000 -- The Navy announced today that it has chosen a reuse plan pushed by the city of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, closed by the service in 1991.

The reuse plan, approved by the Philadelphia city council last year, calls for a mix of residential, public and commercial uses for the 49 acres in surplus property available after the hospital's closing, according to a record of decision for the disposal and reuse of the naval hospital. The decision was published today in the Federal Register.

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January 10, 2000

Jan. 10, 2000 -- The Office of the Secretary of Defense last week granted the Army an additional $20 million for the service's new Medium Armored Vehicle program, bringing total funding for the effort to nearly $4.8 billion through fiscal year 2005.

MAVs are interim vehicles for the new medium "Brigade Combat Teams" the service plans to field as part of Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki's new vision for the future force.

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Jan. 10, 2000 -- The Center for Strategic and International Studies announced this afternoon that Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre has been elected CSIS president and CEO.

The appointment is effective April 3. Hamre's departure was first reported today by the Associated Press.

CSIS Board Chairman and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) made the announcement. Hamre worked closely with Nunn when Nunn was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Hamre was a top committee staffer.

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Jan. 10 -- Lockheed Martin has come to terms with Italy to supply two additional C-130J airlifters, the company announced today. This will bring to 20 the total number of C-130Js Italy will procure, with deliveries scheduled to begin in mid-2000.

The additional airlifters will be the stretch C-130J-30 variants, with a longer cargo area and greater cargo carrying capability.

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January 07, 2000

Jan. 7, 2000 -- General Dynamics, one of the Pentagon's major submarine builders, yesterday announced that John Welch, chief of its Electric Boat business unit, had been promoted to senior vice president and head of the Marine Systems Group.

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