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August 21, 2001

Aug. 21, 2001 -- Citing the complexity of the issue, the Defense Department is calling for further review and analysis of spectrum alternatives before the administration decides whether to auction off a piece of the spectrum used by military systems, according to the DOD response to a new General Accounting Office report.

The Defense Department, GAO, the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department have agreed that further study is needed, the report states.

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Aug. 21, 2001 -- The Pentagon's acquisition chief has issued instructions for how to proceed with the Joint Tactical Radio System, the Defense Department's first software-programmable radio.

Following a July 19 Defense Acquisition Board review, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Pete Aldridge signed an acquisition decision memorandum laying out how the Pentagon will go about developing and building an initial lot of approximately 10,000 radios, the Army said in a statement released today.

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Aug. 21, 2001 -- Lockheed Martin expects to make more than $800 million in international sales of its advanced targeting pod now that the Pentagon has picked the company to build it for the Air Force, a company executive said today.

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August 20, 2001

Aug. 20, 2001 -- A Navy E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft equipped with a new infrared sensor last month successfully detected and tracked a theater ballistic missile target launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM, Northrop Grumman said today.

The company, which produces the aircraft, is part of a team developing the Surveillance Infrared Search and Track (SIRST) sensor, which also includes the Navy and Raytheon. The July 9 exercise was the first live-fire test of the SIRST sensor, Northrop Grumman said in a statement.

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Aug. 20, 2001 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control of Orlando, FL, has won the Advanced Targeting Pod competition, the Pentagon announced today. The contract for the next-generation, attack-aircraft targeting pods could be worth more than $843 million.

The company, which beat two others in the competition, will receive $16.7 million initially to begin equipping 98 active-duty and 70 Air National Guard F-16s with the targeting pods.

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August 17, 2001

Aug. 17, 2001 -- In the clearest signal to date about how the Pentagon plans to move beyond the previous administration's two-major-theater-war yardstick, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today said he was "increasingly comfortable" with a new "force-sizing construct" that is being discussed within the Defense Department.

The two major-war yardstick has been a mainstay of U.S. military policy for many years, but the Bush defense team has made it clear since taking over in January that a new paradigm is in order.

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Aug. 17, 2001 -- Pentagon acquisition chief Pete Aldridge has instructed the Navy and Marine Corps to begin participating in the Air Force's Small Diameter Bomb program, a weapon expected to dramatically increase the firepower of stealthy aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter.

Aldridge directed Navy and Marine Corps participation because of the "joint service aspects of the program," he wrote in the Small Diameter Bomb acquisition decision memorandum late last month, according to Defense Department officials.

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August 16, 2001

Aug. 16, 2001 -- Ballistic Missile Defense Organization Director Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish is scheduled today to brief a BMDO reorganization plan to a newly created "board of directors" established by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a senior Pentagon official said yesterday.

The Senior Executive Committee is made up of Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Pentagon acquisition chief Pete Aldridge, and the three service secretaries.

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Aug. 16, 2001 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today the long-awaited Defense Planning Guidance Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will issue soon makes clear that U.S. forces will no longer be measured against the ability to fight two major wars nearly simultaneously.

Because of this change, he said, the Pentagon may alter its force structure to ensure forces deployed to critical areas around the world have the ability to win decisively against potential enemies.

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August 15, 2001

Aug. 15, 2001 -- Northrop Grumman today announced that the company has added Jay Nussbaum to its board of directors. Nussbaum, executive vice president of an Oracle Corp. subsidiary, replaces board member Robert Lutz, who resigned today to serve as vice chairman and head of product development for General Motors.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- An Army and Federal Emergency Management Agency effort to help states prepare for chemical weapons accidents has not progressed as quickly as expected and has failed to meet its own deadline for achieving full preparedness, the General Accounting Office has found.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- The head of the Pentagon's missile defense program office said today that he expects more sophisticated countermeasures will be added to tests of the national missile defense system early next year following an October test that will be a replay of one held last month.

The July test ended with a successful intercept of a target ballistic missile.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- Pentagon acquisition chief Pete Aldridge announced today the Defense Acquisition Board has approved the F-22 Raptor for production under a new arrangement that could allow the Air Force to purchase all 339 aircraft it says it needs.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- Pentagon acquisition executive Pete Aldridge said today he needs more time to decide if the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft can be made safe enough for use by the U.S. military. Aldridge received a briefing on the Osprey, including a NASA review of the program, on Aug. 14.

Aldridge declined to say whether he is confident the V-22 can be made safe for operational use.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- General Dynamics Land Systems has selected Smiths Aerospace to design and develop a high-voltage main generator system for the Crusader self-propelled howitzer and re-supply vehicle, the subcontractor announced today. The contract has a potential value of $160 million over the life of the program.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- The Pentagon is looking to relax its intellectual property rules to attract more companies to do business with the Defense Department, the Pentagon's acquisition chief told reporters today.

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August 14, 2001

Aug. 14, 2001 -- An interagency team of U.S. officials will travel to China next week to discuss ballistic missile proliferation, a State Department spokesman said yesterday.

The talks will take place Aug. 23 and could continue on Aug. 24 if necessary, department spokesman Philip Reeker said. He added that Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Vann Van Diepen would lead the delegation.

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Aug. 14, 2001 -- The Marine Corps will suspend the distribution of its common access cards, which allow Marines to enter secure buildings, log onto computers and access medical records, for up to seven months while it attempts to resolve several technical problems, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones said in an administrative message yesterday.

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Aug. 14, 2001 -- Unexpected demands for parts needed to keep aircraft flying have hindered Defense Department aviation readiness rates and maintenance crew morale, the General Accounting Office has determined in a series of recently released reports.

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Aug. 14, 2001 -- The chief of naval operations is putting the commander-in-chief of Atlantic Fleet in charge of a new organization called U.S. Fleet Forces Command, designed to coordinate and implement the requirements and policies of the Navy's non-deployed Atlantic and Pacific Fleet forces.

According to an Aug. 13 message from CNO Adm. Vern Clark obtained by Inside the Navy, the alignment changes are "the next step" in an ongoing process to give the fleet a "larger role in the Navy's program development process in Washington" and move community sponsors to the fleet.

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