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June 15, 2000

June 15, 2000 -- U.S. defense officials have asked their Russian counterparts to add ballistic missile threat analysis and a Russian boost-phase interceptor concept to a list of topics for discussion at a June 25-26 meeting, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

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June 15, 2000 -- The Navy today announced it has signed a $9 billion multiyear contract with Boeing for full-rate production of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The deal calls for Boeing to build 222 planes over five years, according to a Navy statement.

"By signing a multiyear contract, the Navy will save over $700 million and deliver a quantum leap in tactical ability to the U.S. naval fleet," the Navy said.

Under the terms of the contract, the Navy will buy 36 aircraft in fiscal year 2000, 42 in FY-01 and 48 per year from FY-02 to FY-04.

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June 14, 2000

June 14, 2000 -- The Senate yesterday included language in its fiscal year 2001 defense appropriations bill that adds $23 million to the Air Force budget for the development of an air-launched cruise missile that can fly beyond 1,000 miles. The Senate passed the appropriations bill by a 95-3 vote yesterday.

The Senate's bill provided $20 million for the Extended-Range Cruise Missile project when it cleared the appropriations committee. The amendment adds to that figure and brings the total FY-01 allocation to $43 million. The House bill contains no money for the project.

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June 13, 2000

June 13, 2000 -- The Navy's testing command yesterday approved fixes to the ground station element of a Marine Corps tactical reconnaissance pod and is recommending the program be cleared for fleet use, according to a Marine Corps official.

The Navy's Operational Test and Evaluation Force issued a report earlier this year saying the Marines' Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System (ATARS) failed its operational evaluation due solely to problems with the reliability and availability of the Squadron Ground Station. The tests took place during September and December 1999.

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June 13, 2000 -- Starting tomorrow, 18,700 military personnel from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Canada will participate in "Roving Sands '00," which the Army bills as the world's largest air and missile defense training exercise.

Despite that billing, the annual event has been scaled down in scope from prior years.

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June 12, 2000

June 12, 2000 -- Citing the "lessons of Kosovo," Defense Secretary William Cohen announced late last week that the United States and five allies have agreed to "explore cooperation in the acquisition and stockpiling of precision-guided munitions."

"All NATO members must expand and improve the use of precision-guided munitions and the PGM consortium is a very important step toward meeting one of the (NATO) Defense Capabilities Initiative," he told reporters June 9.

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June 12, 2000 -- The Army and Lockheed Martin have begun negotiating an engineering and manufacturing development contract for the Theater High Altitude Area Defense system following weeks of wrangling over the company's proposal, which was deemed unacceptable at first blush.

Army and industry sources say negotiations began this morning in Huntsville, AL, home of the Space and Missile Defense Command. SMDC is the contracting authority.

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June 09, 2000

June 9, 2000 -- Navy Secretary Richard Danzig has told Defense Secretary Bill Cohen the service's recent long-term budget submission to the Office of the Secretary of Defense meets near-term goals but presents "significant out-year risk." He also outlined a case for an increase to the Navy's topline, saying that in light of the service's expanding operations around the world, a concomitant budget boost is justified.

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June 08, 2000

June 8, 2000 -- A General Accounting Office report released today recommends the Navy revise the schedule and funding profile for its theater wide missile defense system to mitigate against schedule and technological risks.

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June 8, 2000 -- The United States and its allied partners need to develop new strategic thinking for conflicts in the post-Cold War world that rejects the notion that conflicts will lead to nuclear war and relies on the most decisive use of force used as quickly as possible, former NATO Supreme Commander Gen. Wesley Clark said today.

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June 07, 2000

June 8, 2000 -- The March 1999 decision to transfer control of commercial satellite exports from the Commerce Department to the State Department was a mistake and has damaged U.S. national security in the process, a senior government official told lawmakers yesterday.

"We find ourselves in the ironic situation where denial or delay of exports under the rubric of national security has done more harm than good to our nation's military and economic strength," William Reinsch, the Commerce Department's under secretary for export administration, told a congressional panel June 7.

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June 7, 2000 -- The Pentagon announced today that Taiwan has requested permission to purchase $356 million worth of electronic upgrades to its fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft.

The larger potential sale ($234 million) would involve 39 sets of "Pathfinder/Sharpshooter" low-altitude targeting and navigation pods, equipment and support services, DOD said.

"The recipient will use these pods on its F-16A/B aircraft to provide low altitude navigation and defensive capability," the statement reads.

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June 7, 2000 -- In a report delivered yesterday to the Senate Appropriations Committee, the General Accounting Office said the Defense Department needs to draw up a uniform method of determining the costs of overseas contingency operations. Current regulations should be modified to define under what circumstances home station wear and tear could be chalked up as a contingency operation cost, GAO added.

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June 7, 2000 -- President Clinton yesterday urged Congress to quickly pass the fiscal year 2000 supplemental spending bill, warning that continued delays will hurt Army readiness and could force the administration to extend the amount of time U.S. peacekeeping troops are in Kosovo.

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June 7, 2000 -- The Ft. Meade, MD-based National Security Agency announced today it will move ahead with plans to outsource the bulk of the agency's "non-mission related" information technology support functions, a deal that could be worth $4 billion to the winning vendor over a 10-year period.

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June 06, 2000

June 6, 2000 -- President Clinton's and Russian President Vladimir Putin's agreement Sunday to move forward on a joint early warning missile center in Moscow will eventually alert each nation of missiles launched by other countries and aimed at either the United States or Russia.

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June 6, 2000 -- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been named chairman of a congressionally mandated commission that will examine the management and organization of national security space programs, the House Armed Services Committee announced yesterday. The 13-member commission will spend the next six months studying issues such as the creation of an independent military department dedicated to the national security space mission.

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June 05, 2000

June 5, 2000 -- A congressionally formed commission on terrorist threats to the United States is recommending giving the Defense Department lead agency status, possibly with law enforcement powers, for responding to a terrorist attack that results in thousands of casualties.

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June 02, 2000

June 2, 2000 -- The Air Force has awarded Boeing an $8.2 million contract to supply Joint Direct Attack Munitions to Israel for integration on Israeli F-16s, the company announced yesterday. This will be the first international sale of the weapon, which was used with much success during Operation Allied Force.

Boeing will deliver test kits for Mk-84-based 2000-pound JDAMs to Israel, according to a company release. "A production contract for an unspecified number of JDAM kits is expected later this year," it adds.

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June 2, 2000 -- The Pentagon yesterday awarded the Boeing Sikorsky Comanche Team a $3.2 billion contract for the helicopter program's engineering and manufacturing development phase.

The joint venture will receive $147.5 million as the first increment of the contract, according to a June 1 Defense Department statement.

The RAH-66 Comanche has long been the Army's No. 1 modernization priority, but funding the program has never been easy. Restructured several times, Comanche's first fielding date of 2007 is more than a decade past the original milestone.

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