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August 01, 2000

Aug. 1, 2000 -- Fresh off the successful first phase of a theater missile defense simulation exercise that examined what elements are needed for a complete single integrated air picture, missile defense operators from all the military services are preparing for the second phase of the Joint Theater Missile Defense war game next month, a Joint Staff official told InsideDefense.com.

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July 31, 2000

July 31, 2000 -- The National Security Agency named retired Army Maj. Gen. Harry Gatanas its first senior acquisition executive today.

Working directly under Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, director of the NSA, Gatanas will "integrate and unify the management processes" for NSA acquisitions and "monitor" implementation-related policies and practices, according to an NSA statement.

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July 28, 2000

July 28, 2000 -- The General Accounting Office is recommending the Army reevaluate its buy of an improved version of the Patriot missile now that the program has seen a 77 percent price increase while the overall number of missiles bought has dropped, according to a report released today.

GAO prepared the report for House Appropriations defense subcommittee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA), and sent it to him on June 29.

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July 28, 2000 -- Due to a delay in developing a key component of an infrared countermeasures suite, Army helicopters will remain vulnerable to ground-launched missiles for at least five more years, according to a General Accounting Office report released yesterday.

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July 27, 2000

July 27, 2000 -- The Senate passed a $288 billion defense appropriations conference report this afternoon by a 90-10 vote, which will now be sent to President Clinton for his signature. Last week the House also approved the report by a vote of 367-58.

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July 27, 2000 -- An internal investigation into an April 8 fatal crash of a V-22 aircraft has determined the pilot of the Osprey erred in his handling of the aircraft, causing it to plummet to the ground killing all 19 Marines on board, the Marine Corps' senior aviation official said today.

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July 26, 2000

July 26, 2000 -- Concerned that making a decision to deploy the National Missile Defense system by the end of the summer "would imperil, not improve our national security," 31 Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Clinton today urging him to defer the decision to the next administration.

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July 26, 2000 -- A panel of classification experts told a Senate committee today they agree on the need for some order to the chaos surrounding what national security documents should be declassified and when.

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July 26, 2000 -- The Air Force yesterday awarded TASC Inc., a Litton Industries subsidiary, a $284 million Distributed Mission Training-Operations and Integration contract to develop a worldwide network of simulated flight training systems.

The Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB awarded the five-year ID/IQ contract that allows Litton TASC to be part of a mission training team that will help join together the Air Force's array of aircraft training simulators.

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July 26, 2000 -- A senior Democrat grilled the administration's choice for the Pentagon's next inspector general today, saying he had been too lenient in his treatment of personnel who were found to have committed crimes.

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July 26, 2000 -- Responding to a detailed General Accounting Office report on the Army's digitization plans, the service has agreed to report the acquisition status of lower priority systems that contribute to its battlefield digitization plans.

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July 26, 2000 -- A bipartisan group of 62 House members is urging President Clinton to defer the decision to deploy the National Missile Defense system.

Unresolved questions about the system's effectiveness and the decision's impact on the overall national security of the United States cannot be adequately answered this year, the members said in a July 25 letter to Clinton.

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July 25, 2000

July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales. Cohen said he is not aware of a memorandum circulating within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that says DTRA analysts no longer need to consult with DIA before approving technology transfers to Israel as reported by the Times.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales. Cohen said he is not aware of a memorandum circulating within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that says DTRA analysts no longer need to consult with DIA before approving technology transfers to Israel as reported by the Times.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales. Cohen said he is not aware of a memorandum circulating within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that says DTRA analysts no longer need to consult with DIA before approving technology transfers to Israel as reported by the Times.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that a recent test failure of the National Missile Defense system calls into question the "realism" of the Clinton administration's 2005 target date for fielding the system. Sometime in the next few weeks, Cohen will recommend to President Clinton whether to move forward with an NMD deployment plan.

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July 25, 2000 -- With the Farnborough 2000 international air show in full swing, General Dynamics is publicly promoting a proposal to use a modified Gulfstream V business-class jet for a variety of airborne combat support requirements, including handling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance duties.

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July 25, 2000 -- Northrop Grumman announced yesterday that it has completed the sale of its commercial aerostructures sector to the private investment firm The Carlyle Group, a $1.2 billion transaction that is a key element in the company's effort to expand its defense-related business.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales.

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