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July 27, 2000

July 27, 2000 -- An internal investigation into an April 8 fatal crash of a V-22 aircraft has determined the pilot of the Osprey erred in his handling of the aircraft, causing it to plummet to the ground killing all 19 Marines on board, the Marine Corps' senior aviation official said today.

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July 26, 2000

July 26, 2000 -- Concerned that making a decision to deploy the National Missile Defense system by the end of the summer "would imperil, not improve our national security," 31 Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Clinton today urging him to defer the decision to the next administration.

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July 26, 2000 -- A panel of classification experts told a Senate committee today they agree on the need for some order to the chaos surrounding what national security documents should be declassified and when.

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July 26, 2000 -- The Air Force yesterday awarded TASC Inc., a Litton Industries subsidiary, a $284 million Distributed Mission Training-Operations and Integration contract to develop a worldwide network of simulated flight training systems.

The Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB awarded the five-year ID/IQ contract that allows Litton TASC to be part of a mission training team that will help join together the Air Force's array of aircraft training simulators.

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July 26, 2000 -- A senior Democrat grilled the administration's choice for the Pentagon's next inspector general today, saying he had been too lenient in his treatment of personnel who were found to have committed crimes.

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July 26, 2000 -- Responding to a detailed General Accounting Office report on the Army's digitization plans, the service has agreed to report the acquisition status of lower priority systems that contribute to its battlefield digitization plans.

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July 26, 2000 -- A bipartisan group of 62 House members is urging President Clinton to defer the decision to deploy the National Missile Defense system.

Unresolved questions about the system's effectiveness and the decision's impact on the overall national security of the United States cannot be adequately answered this year, the members said in a July 25 letter to Clinton.

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July 25, 2000

July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales. Cohen said he is not aware of a memorandum circulating within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that says DTRA analysts no longer need to consult with DIA before approving technology transfers to Israel as reported by the Times.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales. Cohen said he is not aware of a memorandum circulating within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that says DTRA analysts no longer need to consult with DIA before approving technology transfers to Israel as reported by the Times.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales. Cohen said he is not aware of a memorandum circulating within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that says DTRA analysts no longer need to consult with DIA before approving technology transfers to Israel as reported by the Times.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that a recent test failure of the National Missile Defense system calls into question the "realism" of the Clinton administration's 2005 target date for fielding the system. Sometime in the next few weeks, Cohen will recommend to President Clinton whether to move forward with an NMD deployment plan.

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July 25, 2000 -- With the Farnborough 2000 international air show in full swing, General Dynamics is publicly promoting a proposal to use a modified Gulfstream V business-class jet for a variety of airborne combat support requirements, including handling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance duties.

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July 25, 2000 -- Northrop Grumman announced yesterday that it has completed the sale of its commercial aerostructures sector to the private investment firm The Carlyle Group, a $1.2 billion transaction that is a key element in the company's effort to expand its defense-related business.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales. Cohen said he is not aware of a memorandum circulating within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that says DTRA analysts no longer need to consult with DIA before approving technology transfers to Israel as reported by the Times.

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July 24, 2000

July 24, 2000 -- A bill the Senate may consider this week gives the president discretionary authority to terminate any missile-related contract involving U.S. and foreign companies if he determines either party has violated provisions of the Missile Technology Control Regime. Current law only allows the president to make such a move on a prospective license and contract.

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July 21, 2000

July 21, 2000 -- Egypt has asked to purchase $882 million worth of U.S. military equipment and support, including the upgrade of 35 AH-64A Apache helicopters to the "D" version, the Defense Department announced yesterday.

The helicopters would not feature the Longbow Fire Control Radar, the centerpiece of the Army's Longbow Apache. The potential $400 million sale would include 35 Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision sensors and related equipment.

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July 21, 2000 -- The Air Force should establish a research and development program to develop technologies that will advance the use of unmanned aerial vehicles as well as lower the cost of these platforms, a new report from the National Research Council states.

The Air Force envisions using UAVs to work with, and possibly replace, manned aircraft to handle a variety of missions, NRC says. "However, UAV technologies must be better understood before they will be accepted as an alternative to inhabited aircraft on the battlefield," the report reads.

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July 21, 2000 -- The Army and Marine Corps are joining forces to present a complementary view of each service's land warfare abilities and requirements during the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review. Enthused by their first-ever joint warfighting conference in May, the two services have formed a working group to handle QDR preparation and issues like training, budgeting and a joint plan for battling asymmetric threats, according to a memorandum signed out yesterday by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones.

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