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October 03, 2000

October 3, 2000 -- Fiscal year 2000 was the safest year ever for Defense Department aviation, the Pentagon announced today. DOD experienced a Class A mishap rate of 1.23 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in FY-00, down from 1.54 in FY-99, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said. Class A mishaps are defined as aviation accidents resulting in more than $1 million in damage, the loss of the aircraft, or a loss of life. Unmanned aerial vehicle crashes meeting other criteria are counted within the Class A mishap rate, officials said.

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October 3, 2000 -- Fiscal year 2000 was the safest year ever for Defense Department aviation, the Pentagon announced today. DOD experienced a Class A mishap rate of 1.23 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in FY-00, down from 1.54 in FY-99, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said. Class A mishaps are defined as aviation accidents resulting in more than $1 million in damage, the loss of the aircraft, or a loss of life. Unmanned aerial vehicle crashes meeting other criteria are counted within the Class A mishap rate, officials said.

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October 3, 2000 -- Fiscal year 2000 was the safest year ever for Defense Department aviation, the Pentagon announced today. DOD experienced a Class A mishap rate of 1.23 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in FY-00, down from 1.54 in FY-99, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said. Class A mishaps are defined as aviation accidents resulting in more than $1 million in damage, the loss of the aircraft, or a loss of life. Unmanned aerial vehicle crashes meeting other criteria are counted within the Class A mishap rate, officials said.

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October 3, 2000 -- Fiscal year 2000 was the safest year ever for Defense Department aviation, the Pentagon announced today. DOD experienced a Class A mishap rate of 1.23 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in FY-00, down from 1.54 in FY-99, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said. Class A mishaps are defined as aviation accidents resulting in more than $1 million in damage, the loss of the aircraft, or a loss of life. Unmanned aerial vehicle crashes meeting other criteria are counted within the Class A mishap rate, officials said.

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October 02, 2000

Oct. 2, 2000 -- A new report by a Senate staffer calls into question the Pentagon leadership's claims that the Army has corrected readiness problems that affected two divisions last year. The detailed assessment -- the product of a September visit to the Army's 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY -- could re-ignite a controversy that raged between the two presidential candidates in August.

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Oct. 2, 2000 -- The second phase of a theater missile defense simulation exercise focused on the elements needed for a complete, single integrated air picture, illustrating how an automated battle manager may play an essential role, a Joint Staff official said today.

Beginning Sept. 25, phase two of the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization's play."

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September 29, 2000

Sept. 29, 2000 -- U.S. officials are considering a Russian proposal to forge a new bilateral agreement designed to prevent dangerous submarine incidents at sea, an arrangement that would build upon a 1972 pact that covers surface ships but not submarines, a Navy spokeswoman told InsideDefense.com.

Yesterday, the spokeswoman, Lt. Jensin Sommer, told InsideDefense.com that the Navy had declined the proposal, but the Navy now concedes that information was erroneous. Sommer said today that the Navy is considering the proposal, which was offered in talks this week.

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Sept. 29, 2000 -- The Defense Department announced yesterday that Taiwan is asking for a $1.3 billion military arms sale that would include sophisticated air-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles, and an improved communications system for ground troops.

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Sept. 29, 2000 -- A House committee will hold two hearings next week on the Defense Department's mandatory anthrax vaccine program while DOD and the Food and Drug Administration look into a possible link between the vaccine and the death of a former employee of the vaccine manufacturer.

Yesterday, DOD and FDA officials said they have launched separate investigations into the July death of BioPort employee Richard Dunn, which came two months after his last anthrax booster shot.

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Sept. 29, 2000 -- The State Department announced today that a high-level North Korean official will visit Washington, DC, next month as the special envoy of North Korean General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will host the Oct. 9-12 visit by Cho Myong Nok, the first vice chairman of North Korea's national defense commission. The visit will include a reception with President Clinton, according to the announcement.

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September 28, 2000

Sept. 28, 2000 -- The Navy completed what it called successful testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability yesterday, according to a Defense Department announcement.

The test, known as "underway 10," moves the Navy "another step closer to fielding a system to provide one clear tactical picture that incorporates all available air defense radars and sensors," DOD said.

Underway 10 was held off Wallops Island, VA. It involved simulated missile firings from some of the Navy's most technically advanced ships against unmanned drones.

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Sept. 28, 2000 --- In talks this week with U.S. officials, Russian diplomats proposed a new bilateral agreement designed to prevent dangerous submarine incidents at sea, an agreement that would build upon a 1972 pact that covers surface ships, but U.S. officials declined the offer, a Navy spokeswoman told InsideDefense.com.

Instead, the U.S. delegation renewed a 1994 offer to formalize a relationship between the professional submarine communities, said the spokeswoman, Lt. Jensin Sommer. Sommer said she did not know how the Russians reacted to the U.S. proposal.

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Sept. 28, 2000 -- The Pentagon and the Food and Drug Administration are conducting separate investigations into whether the death of a worker at BioPort, the Michigan-based producer of the anthrax vaccine used by the U.S. military, is linked to the vaccine, a senior Pentagon official said today.

According to Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon, the Defense Department has launched an investigation through the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology to study the autopsy of Richard Dunn, a BioPort employee who died in July, two months after having his last anthrax vaccine booster shot.

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Sept. 28, 2000 -- The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization says it successfully conducted two missions earlier today that were designed to reduce the technical risk to the next National Missile Defense intercept test and give NMD operators practice in using elements of the nascent system.

NMD officials carried out the missions in conjunction with two routine Air Force operational test and evaluation flights of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles launched from Vandenberg AFB, CA.

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Sept. 28, 2000 -- Retired Marine Corps. Gen. Anthony Zinni told Congress this morning that United States policy toward Iraq must focus on creating stability and not on "pin-prick" attacks designed to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

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September 27, 2000

Sept. 27, 2000 -- Italy plans to purchase four F-16A aircraft and related equipment for $780 million, the Defense Department announced today. Israel and Singapore also plan significant purchases of U.S. equipment, DOD said. Israel wants to buy 35 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for $525 million, while Singapore has asked for "up to 100" AIM-120C Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missiles for $85 million.

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Sept. 27, 2000 -- Italy plans to purchase four F-16A aircraft and related equipment for $780 million, the Defense Department announced today. Israel and Singapore also plan significant purchases of U.S. equipment, DOD said. Israel wants to buy 35 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for $525 million, while Singapore has asked for "up to 100" AIM-120C Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missiles for $85 million.

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Sept. 27, 2000 -- Italy plans to purchase four F-16A aircraft and related equipment for $780 million, the Defense Department announced today. Israel and Singapore also plan significant purchases of U.S. equipment, DOD said. Israel wants to buy 35 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for $525 million, while Singapore has asked for "up to 100" AIM-120C Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missiles for $85 million.

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Sept. 27, 2000 -- Italy plans to purchase four F-16A aircraft and related equipment for $780 million, the Defense Department announced today. Israel and Singapore also plan significant purchases of U.S. equipment, DOD said. Israel wants to buy 35 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for $525 million, while Singapore has asked for "up to 100" AIM-120C Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missiles for $85 million.

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Sept. 27, 2000 -- Italy plans to purchase four F-16A aircraft and related equipment for $780 million, the Defense Department announced today. Israel and Singapore also plan significant purchases of U.S. equipment, DOD said. Israel wants to buy 35 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for $525 million, while Singapore has asked for "up to 100" AIM-120C Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missiles for $85 million.

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