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September 13, 2000

Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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September 12, 2000

Sept. 12, 2000 -- While U.S. military force size in the Persian Gulf remains steady, the Pentagon will keep a closer eye on Iraq over the next few weeks because, historically, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has shown a proclivity for military action during the later months of the year, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon told reporters today. Iraq waged war against Iran in 1980, invaded Kuwait in 1990, began moving military divisions to Kuwait in 1994, and attacked the Kurds in 1996 -- all within the August through October time period, he said.

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Sept. 12, 2000 -- While U.S. military force size in the Persian Gulf remains steady, the Pentagon will keep a closer eye on Iraq over the next few weeks because, historically, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has shown a proclivity for military action during the later months of the year, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon told reporters today. Iraq waged war against Iran in 1980, invaded Kuwait in 1990, began moving military divisions to Kuwait in 1994, and attacked the Kurds in 1996 -- all within the August through October time period, he said.

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Sept. 12, 2000 -- Despite increased attention from Congress and the General Accounting Office over the issue of computer security, many federal agencies, including the Defense Department, continue to be plagued with computer security issues, GAO said in a report released yesterday.

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Sept. 12, 2000 -- The first of 61 "vignettes" to take place during the Dynamic Commitment series of desktop war games is scheduled for the end of the month and will likely continue at a rate of two per quarter, Brig. Gen. David Deptula, director of the Air Force's Quadrennial Defense Review efforts, told an industry conference today.

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Sept. 12, 2000 -- While U.S. military force size in the Persian Gulf remains steady, the Pentagon will keep a closer eye on Iraq over the next few weeks because, historically, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has shown a proclivity for military action during the later months of the year, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon told reporters today.

Iraq waged war against Iran in 1980, invaded Kuwait in 1990, began moving military divisions to Kuwait in 1994, and attacked the Kurds in 1996 -- all within the August through October time period, he said.

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Sept. 12, 2000 -- While U.S. military force size in the Persian Gulf remains steady, the Pentagon will keep a closer eye on Iraq over the next few weeks because, historically, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has shown a proclivity for military action during the later months of the year, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon told reporters today.

Iraq waged war against Iran in 1980, invaded Kuwait in 1990, began moving military divisions to Kuwait in 1994, and attacked the Kurds in 1996 -- all within the August through October time period, he said.

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Sept. 12, 2000 -- While U.S. military force size in the Persian Gulf remains steady, the Pentagon will keep a closer eye on Iraq over the next few weeks because, historically, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has shown a proclivity for military action during the later months of the year, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon told reporters today. Iraq waged war against Iran in 1980, invaded Kuwait in 1990, began moving military divisions to Kuwait in 1994, and attacked the Kurds in 1996 -- all within the August through October time period, he said.

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Sept. 12, 2000 -- While U.S. military force size in the Persian Gulf remains steady, the Pentagon will keep a closer eye on Iraq over the next few weeks because, historically, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has shown a proclivity for military action during the later months of the year, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon told reporters today. Iraq waged war against Iran in 1980, invaded Kuwait in 1990, began moving military divisions to Kuwait in 1994, and attacked the Kurds in 1996 -- all within the August through October time period, he said.

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September 11, 2000

Sept. 11, 2000 -- If Vice President Al Gore wins the November presidential election, his administration will carry out national defense policy along the same lines as the Clinton administration has, the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee concludes in a recent analysis of Gore's defense policy. Gore's proposal for a $16 billion defense spending boost over the next six years amounts to a less-than-1 percent increase over current plans, according to the report.

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September 08, 2000

Sept. 8, 2000 -- The Pentagon today announced that Saudi Arabia has requested more than $2.7 billion in foreign military sales, the bulk of which would go toward maintaining its fleet of F-15 aircraft. Congress has to approve all FMS deals before they are finalized.

Saudi Arabia would get $1.6 billion in Air Force and contractor technical services, spare and repair parts, support equipment and simulators for its F-15 fleet, according to the Defense Department announcement. The prime contractor has not yet been named.

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Sept. 8, 2000 -- When President Clinton announced last week he would not move forward with a deployment plan for the National Missile Defense system his administration is building, he cited technical challenges, such as countermeasures, facing the program as one of the reasons deployment would have to be deferred. Yesterday, the Air Force said it was giving a $24.9 million contract to a New Mexico company to provide engineering and acquisition for an Air Force office solely devoted to overcoming missile defense countermeasures.

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Sept. 8, 2000 -- The Pentagon's top testing official told a congressional panel today that if the National Missile Defense system has any chance of becoming operational by 2006 or 2007, the Defense Department should adopt a testing program that does not stop the program in its tracks if a flight test ends in failure.

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September 07, 2000

Air Force Tests Time-Critical Target Technologies at JEFX 2000 Sept. 7, 2000 -- A Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment spearheaded by the Air Force may reduce the

amount of time it takes for intelligence information to reach shooters to only a few minutes, a top Air Force official said today.

Gen. John Jumper, commander of Air Combat Command, spoke to reporters in Washington, DC, via video-teleconferencing from Hurlburt Field, FL, and discussed the $60 million JEFX 2000.

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Sept. 7, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has again grounded 22 AV-8B Harrier jets after mechanics found a damaged bearing in an engine that was undergoing repairs. The 22 Harriers are among 45 aircraft that were recently cleared for flight operations following a June 21 crash during a training mission at Twentynine Palms, CA.

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Sept. 7, 2000 -- While the presidential campaign has focused heavily on the military's state of readiness, Defense Secretary William Cohen yesterday advised the service chiefs and commanders-in-chief around the world to "play straight" on the readiness issue, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said today.

Texas Gov. George Bush, the Republican presidential candidate, has kept up a constant harangue over what he says is the Clinton-Gore administration's failed defense policies that have led to a military not ready to meet the nation's security needs.

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Sept. 7, 2000 -- Two leading Republican lawmakers say President Clinton's decision to delay building the National Missile Defense system was based on partisan politics and a disingenuous presentation of the facts surrounding the developing system.

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September 06, 2000

Sept. 6, 2000 -- The Pentagon announced today that Navy Vice Adm. William Fallon has been nominated for the position of vice chief of naval operations. Fallon is commander of the Navy's Second Fleet and also commands Striking Fleet Atlantic, both based in Norfolk, VA.

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Sept. 6, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin announced today that it has been given a $60 million contract by the Marine Corps for a new mobile air traffic control radar.

The Air Surveillance and Precision Approach Radar Control System will improve the AN/TPS-73 radar now in use by the Marines, according to a Lockheed statement. The new system "will provide a precision approach radar to enhance all-weather landing capabilities," Lockheed said.

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