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April 07, 2000

April 7, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has delivered to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) a $215 million, 10-item list of readiness requirements the service cannot afford to finance in fiscal year 2000. Stevens, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, asked for the list during a March 1 hearing at which he said he might be able to secure some additional dollars for the services' near-term readiness needs.

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April 7, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton today gave the attorney general's office the lead in preparing the United States for a possible terrorist attack with a weapon of mass destruction.

The 1997 Defense Authorization Act created an Emergency Response Assistance Program, which provides local governments with federal help in preparing for a possible attack with a chemical, biological, or nuclear weapon. The act said the defense secretary is responsible for carrying out the program but gives the president the flexibility to name another federal official as the program head.

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April 7, 2000 -- Some members of the press have been "overly intrusive" in their attempts to learn the identity of a general allegedly accused by Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy of sexual harassment, the Army's top spokesman contends.

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April 06, 2000

April 6, 2000 -- Critical Pentagon programs are at risk of security compromises because the Defense Department lacks a means of prioritizing investigations of officials who require access to classified information, according to the DOD inspector general.

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April 6, 2000 -- A bipartisan group of five senior House lawmakers yesterday told Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) they oppose his plan to fold the $12.8 billion fiscal year 2000 supplemental spending bill into the FY-01 defense appropriations bill, arguing such a strategy will negative impact U.S. military readiness.

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April 6, 2000 -- Air Force Maj. Gen. Harry Raduege has been selected to take over as director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and manager of the National Communications System, the Pentagon announced yesterday.

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April 05, 2000

April 5, 2000 -- The White House yesterday blasted Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) for delaying consideration of the $12.7 billion fiscal year 2000 supplemental appropriations bill, saying it would harm military readiness.

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April 5, 2000 -- The chairman of a key House oversight panel says he has yet to see "a desire" from the public and private space launch sectors to make significant improvements in U.S. launch operations, a shortcoming that suggests the series of costly space launch mishaps that occurred in 1998 and 1999 "could happen again."

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April 04, 2000

April 4, 2000 -- In a move aimed at strengthening its undersea warfare efforts, the Navy has closed the program executive office for undersea warfare and shifted its responsibilities to the program executive office for submarines. Lee Buchanan, the Navy's acquisition executive, announced the change in a March 27 memorandum.

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April 4, 2000 -- The United States has approved for sale to Egypt a surface-to-air version of Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, Defense Secretary William Cohen announced today in Cairo.

The short-range missile will replace an older Russian SA-6 antiaircraft missile system, Cohen said, but he demurred when asked how much the system would cost.

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April 4, 2000 -- The National Missile Defense cost figure of $12.7 billion frequently cited by the Clinton administration is less than half the true life-cycle cost of the program, a senior Defense Department official confirmed today.

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April 03, 2000

April 3, 2000 -- The Defense Department announced today the establishment of the Defense Contract Management Agency, which will have responsibility for all DOD contract management.

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March 31, 2000

March 31, 2000 -- Lt. Gen. John Costello, commander of the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command, said today he was "surprised" by Russia's use of ballistic missiles against Chechen rebels.

Speaking at a missile defense breakfast sponsored by the National Defense University Foundation, Costello said the number of tactical ballistic missiles Russia has launched into Chechnya "is in the hundreds." The United States has tracked these launches using the Joint Tactical Ground Station system, he added. "We are watching this; it is a concern."

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March 31, 2000 -- A Raytheon surface-to-air ship self-defense missile shot down a target drone earlier this month over New Mexico during its first guided flight test, the company announced yesterday.

The Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) destroyed a BQM-34S Firebee target drone after being fired from the Desert Ship launch complex at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The successful shoot-down was the first of 15 flight tests scheduled for this year, according to Raytheon.

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March 30, 2000 -- The House and Senate versions of the congressional budget resolution include only a "small increase" to the Clinton administration's fiscal year 2001 defense spending request and could "severely constrain" funding for defense over the next 10 years, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

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March 31, 2000 -- The commander of the Army's missile defense programs said a sea-based national missile defense system -- being touted by senior Navy officials and a group of congressional and academic backers -- may not be as easily achieved as some press accounts have suggested. The very discussion of a naval system may cause an actual or artificial competition for program dollars for the ground-based system the Army is now developing, he added.

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March 31, 2000 -- Air Force investigators say pilot error was the cause of a C-130 aircraft crash in Kuwait last December that killed three people and injured seven.

The mishap occurred on Dec. 10, 1999, at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait. The C-130E had made a number of flights that day, ferrying passengers between Kuwait City International Airport and Al Jaber and Al Salem Air Bases, according to a March 20 Air Force Accident Investigation Board report released today.

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March 30, 2000

March 30, 2000 -- By a vote of 263-146, House lawmakers today approved a $12.7 billion supplemental spending bill for Kosovo, flood relief, and counternarcotics activities in Colombia and other source countries.

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March 30, 2000 -- The Defense Department announced this week that the Army has awarded Raytheon Systems Co. a contract worth as much as $338.3 million for the production of Long-Range Scout Surveillance Systems.

The systems are made up of second-generation Forward Looking Infrared, long-range optics, an eyesafe laser rangefinder, a video camera and Global Positioning System technologies. They will be used by Army scout vehicles like humvees to detect targets at greater ranges than current capabilities permit.

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March 30, 2000 -- Air Force Secretary F. Whitten Peters told a Senate committee yesterday that the cost of the C-17 airlifter will remain steady if the service is allowed to use money appropriated last year for a 15-aircraft buy, even though it will only purchase 12 planes in fiscal year 2001. Peters said the Air Force would return to a 15-aircraft buy in 2002 and beyond.

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