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September 14, 2001

Sept. 14, 2001 -- The House and Senate today both unanimously approved a $40 billion supplemental appropriations package covering initial spending on recovery efforts and retaliation for Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Some of the funding may also be used for recovery efforts in Pennsylvania, where one of the four aircraft hijacked on Sept. 11 crashed.

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Sept. 14, 2001 -- The Air National Guard today received permission to call up as many as 13,000 personnel to perform homeland security and civil support missions as part of larger activation of up to 50,000 reservists.

The authorized Air Force call-ups will include pilots and support personnel needed to perform combat air patrols of indeterminate duration and scope over U.S. cities, senior officials said. These air patrol missions were instituted in the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack upon American soil Tuesday.

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Sept. 14, 2001 -- The stability of a large section of the Pentagon beyond the immediate site where terrorists deliberately slammed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building remains in question, according to Arlington County, VA, assistant fire chief Jim Schwartz.

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September 13, 2001

Sept. 13, 2001 -- NATO and Russian officials agreed today to cooperate to defeat the "scourge" of international terrorism in response to the deadly attacks Tuesday against the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

The NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council met and "expressed its anger and indignation at the barbaric acts committed against the people of the United States of America," according to a NATO statement issued today.

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today he does not yet know how much of the $20 billion in emergency spending requested yesterday by President Bush will be made available to the Pentagon.

While Wolfowitz said defense officials don't yet know the breakdown "because the needs are so enormous," he added that "a very great portion of those needs are to prepare our armed forces for whatever the president may ask them to do."

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- U.S. fighter jets and an airborne surveillance aircraft were scrambled minutes after an American Airlines 757 jetliner crashed into the Pentagon in a terrorist attack on the morning of Sept. 11, Gen. Richard Myers, the president's choice for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers today.

Those jets did not shoot down another airliner that crashed in rural Pennsylvania, Myers added. Myers is currently the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- A group of House Republican lawmakers today introduced a resolution to declare a state of war between the United States and international terrorists and their sponsors.

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- Army sources said today that Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude is among the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The Army and the Defense Department have not yet identified all of the personnel still unaccounted for, although DOD has released a list of Navy names.

However, service sources, including senior officials, said Maude, the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel, has not been heard from since the hijacked airliner plowed into the Pentagon. According to those sources, he is presumed dead.

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Sept. 13, 2001 -- The House Rules Committee has postponed a vote on a rule governing debate on the fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill because of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, and the committee is unsure when it will reconvene, a committee spokesman told InsideDefense.com.

The committee planned to vote on the rule yesterday but did not because "Congress has other priorities right now," the spokesman said.

The panel is considering more than 80 amendments to the $328 billion bill, which was approved by the House Armed Services Committee Aug. 1.

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September 12, 2001

Sept. 12, 2001 -- The House will begin considering tomorrow President Bush's request for additional funds for dealing with yesterday's terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said today.

House lawmakers today are debating a resolution condemning the attacks. The Senate approved the same resolution in a unanimous vote.

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Sept. 12, 2001 -- The House Rules Committee may vote today on the rule that will govern debate on the fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill, a committee spokeswoman told InsideDefense.com.

The committee was scheduled to vote on the rule yesterday but could not because of the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The committee is considering more than 80 amendments to the $328 billion bill, which was approved by the House Armed Services Committee Aug. 1.

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Sept. 12, 2001 -- In the aftermath of Tuesday's horrific terrorist attacks, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) said today that Senate Democrats and Republicans should reach quick agreement on issues such as missile defense and base closings and pass the fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill or defer those arguments to a future date.

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Sept. 12, 2001 -- A day after the deadliest terror attacks ever directed against U.S. citizens, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) said indicted international terrorist Osama bin Laden's past actions justify military action against him, perhaps even before the investigation into the Tuesday attacks against the Pentagon and the World Trade Center are complete.

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Sept. 12, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today called on government employees to take greater care with classified information, suggesting leaks could put the lives of "men and women in uniform" at risk and compromise U.S. responses to terrorist attacks.

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September 10, 2001

Sept. 10, 2001 -- The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today said the United States would be better off spending its defense dollars on conventional weapon systems rather than on a less-than-proven national missile defense.

"Missile defense has to be weighed carefully against all other spending and all other military priorities," Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) said at the National Press Club. "In truth, our real security needs are much more earthbound and far less costly than missile defense."

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Sept. 10, 2001 -- The Senate Armed Services Committee has added an amendment to its fiscal year 2002 defense bill that would give service personnel, diplomats and other federal employees the ability to keep frequent flier miles they earn while on official government travel.

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Sept. 10, 2001 -- House Armed Services readiness subcommittee Chairman Curt Weldon (R-PA) plans to propose a $6 billion emergency supplemental spending bill to address critical military readiness issues.

Weldon, who last month took a nationwide tour of military bases, said in a statement issued today that the supplemental -- to be announced tomorrow -- would help combat a "crisis at our military bases."

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September 07, 2001

Sept. 7, 2001 -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has awarded an estimated $5 billion contract to a group of five companies for threat reduction work in the former Soviet Union, the Defense Department announced today.

The "indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity" contract covers work to eliminate solid- and liquid- fueled rockets, air-breathing weapons, bombers, submarines and the "disposal of the residual products and by-products of such systems" in the former Soviet Union, the announcement states.

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Sept. 7, 2001 -- In a party line vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee today defied a Bush administration veto threat and elected to cut missile defense spending by $1.3 billion in the fiscal year 2002 Defense Authorization Bill.

"The committee has produced a good, balanced bill that meets our defense needs and supports the priorities the committee adopted for the fiscal year 2002 defense program," Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) said at a press conference following the mark-up.

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September 06, 2001

Sept. 6, 2001 -- Several aerospace and defense financial analysts yesterday said they are skeptical that the Pentagon will adhere to its "winner-take-all" strategy of awarding the multibillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter contract to a single prime contractor.

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