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February 18, 2000

Feb. 18, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton has nominated Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Lester Lyles to become commander-in-chief of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, the Pentagon announced today.

Before taking the vice chief position last year, Lyles was director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization from 1996 to 1999. He was nominated for his fourth star on April 12, 1999, and became vice chief in May.

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Feb. 18, 2000 -- NATO allies have serious reservations about the United States' pursuit of a National Missile Defense system, Gen. Wesley Clark, commander-in-chief of U.S. European Command, told a House committee yesterday. They fear it may throw out of balance the strategic policy Europe has lived under for the past 50 years.

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February 17, 2000

Feb. 17, 2000 -- Despite specific benchmarks set by the Clinton administration for withdrawing U.S. troops from the Balkans, those troops can be expected to remain in the region until Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic is removed from power, the commander of all U.S. Forces in Europe told a congressional committee today.

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Feb. 17, 2000 -- The Pentagon yesterday announced possible foreign military sales to Israel, the Netherlands and Finland totaling $645 million.

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Feb. 17, 2000 -- The Pentagon has two separate teams examining a stack of Defense Department-related documents the CIA found on the home computer of former CIA Director John Deutch. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the DOD Inspector General is reviewing how the documents got on Deutch's computer while a separate team is looking at the content of the documents.

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February 16, 2000

Feb. 16, 2000 -- The State Department today gave formal notice that it was suspending the arms import licenses of two Czechoslovakian companies, two Czech citizens, and a Kazakhstani citizen.

In a notice printed in the Federal Register, the department said suspending the licenses for the two companies and three individuals "would be in furtherance of the national security and foreign policy of the United States."

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Feb. 16, 2000 -- Seven Democratic senators last week called on President Clinton to delay a decision on whether to deploy the developing National Missile Defense system.

Instead, the senators said in a Feb. 9 letter to the White House that the Clinton administration should allow more time for further testing and to deal with the international consequences of fielding the system.

Sens. Byron Dorgan (ND), Richard Durbin (IL), Jeff Bingaman (NM), Tom Harkin (IA), Patrick Leahy (VT), John Kerry (MA) and Barbara Boxer (CA) signed the letter.

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Feb. 16, 2000 -- The Pentagon's top missile defense official told a congressional committee today that despite a failed intercept test last month, his agency is still on schedule for a June review of whether to deploy a system designed to protect the United States from ballistic missile attack.

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Feb. 16, 2000 -- The Air Force yesterday selected TRW and Lockheed Martin as the finalists for the Integrated Space Command and Control contract, an award expected to be worth about $1.8 billion. The winner will be announced later this year.

ISC2 will integrate a plethora of command and control systems used by North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO, into a single system with enhanced capabilities and "a common, global battlefield picture based on shared, real time data," the Feb. 15 TRW release explained.

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February 15, 2000

Feb. 15, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin is still the largest single beneficiary of Defense Department spending, DOD announced today.

In its annual "top 100 contractors" report, DOD presented summary data on the 100 companies and subsidiaries "receiving the largest dollar volume of Department of Defense prime contract awards during fiscal year 1999," according to a summary.

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Feb. 15, 2000 -- The Navy's top aviation official said today the F/A-18E/F, the heart of naval aviation for the next decade, has passed its operational evaluation tests and is ready to be delivered to the fleet. If Defense Secretary William Cohen certifies to Congress the program has met certain statutory provisions, the Navy could go to full-rate production in a few months.

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Feb. 15, 2000 -- House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich (R-OH) issued a report today that portrays the Defense Department as wallowing in unchecked financial mismanagement totaling billions of dollars each year. Kasich will hold a hearing Thursday with Comptroller General David Walker to review the problems and discuss solutions Congress may try.

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Feb. 15, 2000 -- Officials developing a lighter-than-air unmanned vehicle that could be used as a communications relay, peacekeeper or weather observer have completed a design feasibility study and are ready to begin construction of a demonstration vehicle, contractor Lockheed Martin announced today. All the technologies were validated during the concept feasibility phase, which began in 1998, a company release says.

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Feb. 15, 2000 -- The National Security Agency's senior civilian official will soon be leaving her post for an overseas billet, according to intelligence community sources.

Barbara McNamara, deputy director of the Ft. Meade, MD-based signals intelligence agency since October 1997, will become NSA's senior U.S. liaison officer in the United Kingdom. The job is considered a plum assignment and involves serving as the U.S. SIGINT community's principal interface with Government Communications Headquarters, which is Britain's NSA equivalent.

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February 14, 2000

Feb. 14, 2000 --- Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mike Ryan told a House committee last week they may have to ask Congress to approve higher end-strength numbers to meet growing demands on operational forces.

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Feb. 14, 2000 -- The Pentagon's top weapons testing official has told Congress the Defense Department is shortchanging its spending on test and evaluation programs and faces the prospect that it will not be able to develop all of the technologies needed to fight in the 21st century.

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February 11, 2000

Feb. 11, 2000 -- Steven Kosiak of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments believes a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies critical of the Defense Department's spending plan is "deeply flawed" in its estimation of the gap between DOD requirements and funding.

The CSIS report claims that the Defense Department is heading for a "train wreck" unless DOD budgets are substantially increased or commitments scaled back.

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12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt'>Feb. 11, 2000 -- The Central Intelligence Agency's point man on missile proliferation told a Senate subcommittee earlier this week that North Korea's missile program is still dangerous, although the country's developmental capabilities and test facilities may be primitive by American standards.

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February 10, 2000

Feb. 10, 2000 -- Computer Sciences Corporation has formed a 64-member alliance to go after the multibillion-dollar Navy/Marine Corps Intranet contract, the company announced today.

CSC hopes to be the prime contractor for the effort worth a potential $10 billion over five years. The alliance includes Bell Atlantic, Cisco Systems, Dell Computer and Microsoft, as well as a host of smaller member companies, according to the statement. The request for proposals requires that 35 percent of the work be subcontracted to small businesses. Proposals are due by Feb. 14.

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Feb 10, 2000 -- Following three days of computer hacker attacks on some of the largest e-commerce Internet sites, the Defense Department is checking the hard drive on every one of its computers to make sure they were not unwittingly used during the attacks. A department-wide message will be sent out later today directing the services and defense agencies to examine each computer for the hacker virus, Pentagon Spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today.

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