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August 08, 2000

Aug. 8, 2000 -- The services are preparing budget estimate submissions to meet a Sept. 22 deadline set by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which is expected to release a program decision memorandum guiding the BES development process early next week.

According to an Aug. 7 Army planning calendar, PDM I is due to be distributed on Aug. 15, with a draft set for release Aug. 11.

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Aug. 8, 2000 -- The services are preparing budget estimate submissions to meet a Sept. 22 deadline set by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which is expected to release a program decision memorandum guiding the BES development process early next week.

According to an Aug. 7 Army planning calendar, PDM I is due to be distributed on Aug. 15, with a draft set for release Aug. 11.

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Aug. 8, 2000 -- The services are preparing budget estimate submissions to meet a Sept. 22 deadline set by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which is expected to release a program decision memorandum guiding the BES development process early next week. According to an Aug. 7 Army planning calendar, PDM I is due to be distributed on Aug. 15, with a draft set for release Aug. 11.

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Aug. 8, 2000 -- The services are preparing budget estimate submissions to meet a Sept. 22 deadline set by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which is expected to release a program decision memorandum guiding the BES development process early next week. According to an Aug. 7 Army planning calendar, PDM I is due to be distributed on Aug. 15, with a draft set for release Aug. 11. Details on the PDM, however, have already started to filter out: Inside the Army reported Aug.

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August 07, 2000

Aug. 7, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company has selected an engine built by General Electric to upgrade the C-5 Galaxy cargo aircraft.

The contract could be worth more than $2.6 billion.

Lockheed Martin's selection of the CF6-80C2 powerplant for the Air Force Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) will include the engine, nacelle and thrust reverser, according to an Aug. 4 Lockheed Martin announcement. The GE proposal also includes a provision for maintenance of the powerplant through a contractor logistics support arrangement.

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Aug. 7, 2000 -- The Army today awarded a $383 million contract to a joint venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin as part of their $1.2 billion multiyear contract to manufacture the shoulder-fired Javelin anti-armor weapon system, according to a Pentagon announcement.

The "fire and forget" device features a self-directing missile, allowing the soldier to move after firing. The design was created as a replacement for the M47 Dragon anti-tank missile.

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Aug. 7, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton has declared another national emergency to extend an act that expired ten years ago regulating the exports of goods and technology. Congress has not reached a consensus on whether to revamp or reinstate the legislation passed during the Carter administration.

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Aug. 7, 2000 -- Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush is standing by his charge that the Army has two divisions that are not ready to go to war, a Bush spokesman told InsideDefense.com today. Bush made the charge during his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican national convention last week (DefenseAlert, Aug. 4).

Late Friday afternoon, the Army issued a statement contending that all 10 of its divisions are "combat ready and able to answer the nation's call."

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Aug. 7, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen said today that he has not yet decided whether to recommend that President Clinton go forward with plans to deploy a National Missile Defense system.

Cohen's statement notes he is responding to "recent reports" indicating he has made a decision, reports he says are wrong.

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Aug. 7, 2000 -- The Army has given Alliant Techsystems a $6.95 million payment as part of a $95.5 million contract to reduce technical risk to the Objective Individual Combat Weapon, Army officials told InsideDefense.com today. The contract covers the program definition and risk-reduction phase.

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August 04, 2000

Aug 4, 2000 -- In the most important speech of his political life last night, Republican presidential nominee Texas Gov. George W. Bush attacked the Clinton-Gore team for letting the U.S. armed forces fall into disrepair, charging that the military "is low on parts, pay and morale." As an example, Bush said two Army divisions would not be ready for war if they were called on to fight. The Army, however, says Bush is wrong -- and is relying on information that is almost a year old.

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Aug. 4, 2000 -- The Pentagon will announce next Thursday what caused the failure of a July 8 intercept test of the National Missile Defense system, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said yesterday.

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Aug. 4, 2000 -- The Defense Department announced today that Army Maj. Gen. Reginal Clemmons has been picked to head the National War College.

Clemmons is the deputy commanding general of V Corps, part of U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany. He will replace Rear Adm. Daniel Bowler as head of the War College.

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August 03, 2000

Aug 3, 2000 -- The Navy plans to significantly improve a 36,000-square-mile test range off the coast of California to accommodate, for the first time, missile defense weapons including a boost-phase intercept system.

A ship-based BPI system has been looked at as a possible national missile defense solution.

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Aug. 3, 2000 -- The Justice Department announced today that the Boeing Company has agreed to pay $54 million in a settlement over two lawsuits that allege the company placed defective gears in the Army's CH-47D helicopters. One of the helicopters crashed in 1988, killing five servicemen.

The lawsuits allege the Seattle-based manufacturer placed defective gears in the Chinook helicopters and then sold them to the Army.

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August 02, 2000

Aug. 2, 2000 -- The Army disclosed today that its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile system successfully destroyed two cruise missile targets late last month. The first test, which was well publicized, was held July 22. The second was conducted last Friday (July 28) but was not announced until today. In a statement, the program executive office for air and missile defense said the test missile "successfully intercepted and destroyed a cruise missile surrogate target" at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

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Aug. 2, 2000 -- The Army disclosed today that its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile system successfully destroyed two cruise missile targets late last month. The first test, which was well publicized, was held July 22. The second was conducted last Friday (July 28) but was not announced until today. In a statement, the program executive office for air and missile defense said the test missile "successfully intercepted and destroyed a cruise missile surrogate target" at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

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Aug. 2, 2000 -- The Army disclosed today that its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile system successfully destroyed two cruise missile targets late last month. The first test, which was well publicized, was held July 22. The second was conducted last Friday (July 28) but was not announced until today. In a statement, the program executive office for air and missile defense said the test missile "successfully intercepted and destroyed a cruise missile surrogate target" at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

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Aug. 2, 2000 -- The Army disclosed today that its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile system successfully destroyed two cruise missile targets late last month. The first test, which was well publicized, was held July 22. The second was conducted last Friday (July 28) but was not announced until today. In a statement, the program executive office for air and missile defense said the test missile "successfully intercepted and destroyed a cruise missile surrogate target" at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

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Aug. 2, 2000 -- The Army disclosed today that its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile system successfully destroyed two cruise missile targets late last month. The first test, which was well publicized, was held July 22. The second was conducted last Friday (July 28) but was not announced until today. In a statement, the program executive office for air and missile defense said the test missile "successfully intercepted and destroyed a cruise missile surrogate target" at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

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