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November 29, 1999

Nov. 29, 1999 -- The Navy's Rolling Airframe Missile upgrade has passed its most recent operational evaluation test and will now be delivered to the fleet, the service said today. The final report issued by the Navy's testing command Nov. 22 said the RAM Block I ship self-defense missile is "suitable and effective."

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Nov. 29, 1999 -- A government advisory panel looking at homeland terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction will meet Dec. 13 in Santa Monica, CA, according to a notice in the Nov. 16 Federal Register.

The panel will look at how well prepared agencies at the federal, state and local level are to respond to terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction. The December meeting will place particular emphasis on state and local issues.

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November 26, 1999

Nov. 26 -- The Air Force has begun spending slightly more than $2 billion it has received from a Kosovo emergency supplemental bill Congress approved last May, according to an Air Force spokesman. The money is part of an $11.6 billion bill Congress passed to cover the costs of the Kosovo air war and to shore up the services' readiness accounts.

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November 24, 1999

Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Pentagon yesterday released its latest list of major defense acquisition program cost and schedule changes. The lists are based on the Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) submitted to Congress for the Sept. 30, 1999, reporting period.

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Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Boeing Company and the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which oversees adherence to affirmative-action guidelines, last week reached agreement on a four-year partnership plan to resolve outstanding labor issues surrounding Boeing's myriad concerns.

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Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Navy announced yesterday it has awarded Lockheed Martin a $589.7 million contract for production of the Trident II D-5 missile. The contract, paid for with fiscal year 2000 dollars, covers production of the missiles, deployed system support, and related service efforts.

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November 23, 1999

Nov. 23, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile chalked up its first engine-powered flight test today, soaring 9,500 feet above the New Mexico desert, the company announced. The flight lasted about 22 minutes. Its on-board computer controlled the missile.

An Air Force F-16, flying at 15,000 feet, launched the JASSM above the White Sands Missile Range, NM. Flying at Mach 7, the cruise missile "deployed its wings and tail, then flawlessly performed a series of maneuvers similar to those required during an attack mission," the company said in a statement.

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Nov. 23, 1999 -- The Boeing Company announced yesterday it has delivered to the Air Force the first six of the 322 converted Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles the contractor will produce for the service.

To restock the Air Force's inventory of CALCMs, which was depleted substantially during Operations Allied Force and Desert Fox, Boeing is converting nuclear Air-Launched Cruise Missiles to the non-nuclear CALCM AGM-86C Block 1 and Block 1A configurations.

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Nov. 23, 1999 -- The Navy yesterday awarded a $7.4 million contract for Lightweight Tactical Automated Communications Control Systems (LTACCS) to California Microwave Systems, a unit of Northrop Grumman Corporation, according to a company statement.

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November 22, 1999

Nov. 22, 1999 -- Alliant Techsystems (ATK) announced late last week that its aerospace division had successfully completed the first of three static test firings to qualify a solid rocket launch motor for the Boeing Company's new Delta IV family of launch vehicles.

In a Nov. 18 statement, Paul Ross, a senior vice president with ATK's Aerospace Company, called last Thursday's test a major milestone. "The new Delta IV family of launch vehicles provides increased launch capability at a lower cost that is passed on to the satellite industry and their customers," Ross said.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking disclosure of the fiscal year 1999 total intelligence budget.

The lawsuit, filed last year by the Federation of American Scientists against the CIA, alleged there was no compelling national security reason for denying its request for the FY-99 figure because the CIA had released the same number for FY-97 and FY-98. Also, FAS argued that because the president has said publicly that the intel budget figure could safely be released, the issue of disclosure was now moot.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- The fiscal year 2000 omnibus appropriations bill approved by the Senate last Saturday calls for the creation of a new State Department position for arms control verification and compliance. For nearly a year, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) has been battling the Clinton administration over how arms control oversight would be carried out in the State Department. It is Helms' language in the FY-00 State Department authorization bill, which is a part of the omnibus bill, that calls for the new arms control position.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- The Defense Department announced today that the Justice Department has completed its review of British Aerospace's plan to acquire GEC Marconi Electronic Systems.

U.S. government review was the last major hurdle for the merger candidates to pass. The two companies' shareholders approved the deal this month, and the British government has also given its blessing.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems today announced several new management assignments, including the naming of a senior executive to steer the company's DD-21 surface ship program bid. The changes reflect Lockheed's "emphasis on a single, integrated NE&SS business composed of multiple geographic sites," according to a Lockheed Martin statement.

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November 19, 1999

Nov. 19, 1999 -- President Clinton today issued a directive that extends by 18 months the deadline for the automatic declassification of millions of pages of federal documents. Declassification advocates view the move as a setback because it delays the wide-scale release of "historically valuable" records.

A lack of funding for declassification activities, as well as a Republican Congress opposed to the wholesale release of classified government records, are factors cited for the president's move.

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Nov. 19, 1999 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Jacques Gansler this month released a new list of major defense acquisition programs, detailing service and defense agency efforts that are large enough or important enough to warrant oversight at the highest levels of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Nov. 19, 1999 -- Raytheon announced yesterday it has received a contract potentially worth $300 million to provide base operations support for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Guam.

Under the terms of the deal, which has an eight-month base period followed by seven one-year options, the Lexington, MA-based defense contractor will provide the command with a variety of services, including administration, facilities engineering, utilities operation, supply and transportation, waterfront and harbor operation, and ordnance handling.

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November 18, 1999

Nov. 18, 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen, on a trip through South America, this week joined his Chilean counterpart in signing a joint statement on defense-related environmental cooperation.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- The Pentagon this week awarded $500 million worth of medical equipment contracts to Bayer Corporation's AGFA Division of Ridgefield Park, NJ, and IBM Global Government Industry of Houston, TX.

AGFA and IBM will both receive $250 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contracts to supply digital imaging networks, picture archiving and communications systems, according to a Nov. 16 Pentagon statement. Both companies are scheduled to finish work on the contract in November 2000.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- The Air Force this week awarded ECC International Corp. of Orlando, FL, a $486 million contract for the upkeep of aircrew maintenance and training systems.

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