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December 03, 1999

Dec. 3, 1999 -- Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre this week elected to defer a decision on the future of the Discoverer II space-based radar, a program the Pentagon comptroller had recommended terminating at the end of its design phase, DefenseAlert has learned.

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Dec. 3, 1999 -- Under the terms of a plan Defense Secretary William Cohen sent to President Bill Clinton today, the Navy will substantially pare back its training operations on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Specifically, Cohen's plan, outlined in a letter to Clinton, calls for the Navy to use inert weapons during exercises, reduce training days from 180 to 90, terminate all training on Vieques in five years, and provide the island with a $40 million community development package.

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December 02, 1999

Dec. 2, 1999 -- North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General George Robertson today applauded those members of the alliance who are spending more on defense, saying troops well-trained, equipped and ready for action are "crucial" if the alliance is to carry out all its missions in the future.

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Dec. 2, 1999 -- The Navy announced today that it has taken another step toward having a vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air vehicle operate from its ships by successfully landing a UAV on the Coast Guard cutter Thetis. The demonstration took place Nov. 22.

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December 01, 1999

Dec. 1, 1999 -- The Air Force next week will use a refurbished Minuteman II rocket to lift several satellites into orbit, a launch that will mark the first time a refurbished copy of the intercontinental ballistic missile has been used as a satellite delivery system.

Liftoff of the retooled ICBM -- known as the Orbital Suborbital Program Space Launch Vehicle -- is scheduled for the evening of Dec. 7 from Vandenberg AFB, CA, according to a Nov. 30 release from the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB.

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Dec. 1, 1999 -- Although the national security community remains very reliant on the existing fleet of Delta, Atlas, and Titan space-launch vehicles to put billions of dollars worth of critical satellite constellations in place, federal officials and industry representatives have been heavily focused on terminating these programs and moving to a new family of launch vehicles, a panel of experts has concluded. This trend needs to be reversed, the panel added, to ensure the success of future space launches.

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Dec. 1, 1999 -- The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have reached a settlement on contract claims involving the production of Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, the service said in a statement.

According to a service spokesman, the U.S. government has agreed to pay the company $76.9 million to cover cost overruns on five aircraft.

"The claims were for cost overruns incurred by Northrop Grumman on initial production contracts for the refurbishment, modification and production of JSTARS aircraft," the Dec. 1 statement reads.

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Dec. 1, 1999 -- Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today called on U.S. NATO allies to contribute more of their resources to the alliance.

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November 30, 1999

Nov. 30, 1999 -- The Boeing Company announced yesterday it has been awarded a $40 million contract to add a hard-target capability to the last 50 of 322 converted Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles the defense contractor is manufacturing for the Air Force.

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Nov. 30 -- Raytheon and Airbus Industries are teaming up on a tanker aircraft proposal for the Japanese Air Self Defense Forces, according to a Raytheon statement issued today. The two companies are offering a KC-310 multi-role tanker transport to meet Japan's requirement for air refueling and troop transport.

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Nov. 30, 1999 -- As talks continue between the Clinton administration and the government of Puerto Rico over the Navy's use of the Vieques island training range, elements of the Eisenhower battle group and the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group left Norfolk, VA yesterday to take part in a fleet exercise prior to being sent overseas.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the Wasp will leave Norfolk Thursday to take part in the joint fleet exercise.

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Nov. 30, 1999 -- As talks continue between the Clinton administration and the government of Puerto Rico over the Navy's use of the Vieques island training range, elements of the Eisenhower battle group and the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group left Norfolk, VA yesterday to take part in a fleet exercise prior to being sent overseas.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the Wasp will leave Norfolk Thursday to take part in the joint fleet exercise.

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Nov. 30, 1999 -- As talks continue between the Clinton administration and the government of Puerto Rico over the Navy's use of the Vieques island training range, elements of the Eisenhower battle group and the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group left Norfolk, VA yesterday to take part in a fleet exercise prior to being sent overseas. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the Wasp will leave Norfolk Thursday to take part in the joint fleet exercise.

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November 29, 1999

Nov. 29, 1999 -- The Navy's Rolling Airframe Missile upgrade has passed its most recent operational evaluation test and will now be delivered to the fleet, the service said today. The final report issued by the Navy's testing command Nov. 22 said the RAM Block I ship self-defense missile is "suitable and effective."

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Nov. 29, 1999 -- A government advisory panel looking at homeland terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction will meet Dec. 13 in Santa Monica, CA, according to a notice in the Nov. 16 Federal Register.

The panel will look at how well prepared agencies at the federal, state and local level are to respond to terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction. The December meeting will place particular emphasis on state and local issues.

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November 26, 1999

Nov. 26 -- The Air Force has begun spending slightly more than $2 billion it has received from a Kosovo emergency supplemental bill Congress approved last May, according to an Air Force spokesman. The money is part of an $11.6 billion bill Congress passed to cover the costs of the Kosovo air war and to shore up the services' readiness accounts.

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November 24, 1999

Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Pentagon yesterday released its latest list of major defense acquisition program cost and schedule changes. The lists are based on the Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) submitted to Congress for the Sept. 30, 1999, reporting period.

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Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Boeing Company and the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which oversees adherence to affirmative-action guidelines, last week reached agreement on a four-year partnership plan to resolve outstanding labor issues surrounding Boeing's myriad concerns.

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Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Navy announced yesterday it has awarded Lockheed Martin a $589.7 million contract for production of the Trident II D-5 missile. The contract, paid for with fiscal year 2000 dollars, covers production of the missiles, deployed system support, and related service efforts.

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November 23, 1999

Nov. 23, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile chalked up its first engine-powered flight test today, soaring 9,500 feet above the New Mexico desert, the company announced. The flight lasted about 22 minutes. Its on-board computer controlled the missile.

An Air Force F-16, flying at 15,000 feet, launched the JASSM above the White Sands Missile Range, NM. Flying at Mach 7, the cruise missile "deployed its wings and tail, then flawlessly performed a series of maneuvers similar to those required during an attack mission," the company said in a statement.

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