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June 09, 2000

June 9, 2000 -- Navy Secretary Richard Danzig has told Defense Secretary Bill Cohen the service's recent long-term budget submission to the Office of the Secretary of Defense meets near-term goals but presents "significant out-year risk." He also outlined a case for an increase to the Navy's topline, saying that in light of the service's expanding operations around the world, a concomitant budget boost is justified.

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June 08, 2000

June 8, 2000 -- A General Accounting Office report released today recommends the Navy revise the schedule and funding profile for its theater wide missile defense system to mitigate against schedule and technological risks.

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June 8, 2000 -- The United States and its allied partners need to develop new strategic thinking for conflicts in the post-Cold War world that rejects the notion that conflicts will lead to nuclear war and relies on the most decisive use of force used as quickly as possible, former NATO Supreme Commander Gen. Wesley Clark said today.

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June 07, 2000

June 8, 2000 -- The March 1999 decision to transfer control of commercial satellite exports from the Commerce Department to the State Department was a mistake and has damaged U.S. national security in the process, a senior government official told lawmakers yesterday.

"We find ourselves in the ironic situation where denial or delay of exports under the rubric of national security has done more harm than good to our nation's military and economic strength," William Reinsch, the Commerce Department's under secretary for export administration, told a congressional panel June 7.

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June 7, 2000 -- The Pentagon announced today that Taiwan has requested permission to purchase $356 million worth of electronic upgrades to its fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft.

The larger potential sale ($234 million) would involve 39 sets of "Pathfinder/Sharpshooter" low-altitude targeting and navigation pods, equipment and support services, DOD said.

"The recipient will use these pods on its F-16A/B aircraft to provide low altitude navigation and defensive capability," the statement reads.

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June 7, 2000 -- In a report delivered yesterday to the Senate Appropriations Committee, the General Accounting Office said the Defense Department needs to draw up a uniform method of determining the costs of overseas contingency operations. Current regulations should be modified to define under what circumstances home station wear and tear could be chalked up as a contingency operation cost, GAO added.

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June 7, 2000 -- President Clinton yesterday urged Congress to quickly pass the fiscal year 2000 supplemental spending bill, warning that continued delays will hurt Army readiness and could force the administration to extend the amount of time U.S. peacekeeping troops are in Kosovo.

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June 7, 2000 -- The Ft. Meade, MD-based National Security Agency announced today it will move ahead with plans to outsource the bulk of the agency's "non-mission related" information technology support functions, a deal that could be worth $4 billion to the winning vendor over a 10-year period.

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June 06, 2000

June 6, 2000 -- President Clinton's and Russian President Vladimir Putin's agreement Sunday to move forward on a joint early warning missile center in Moscow will eventually alert each nation of missiles launched by other countries and aimed at either the United States or Russia.

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June 6, 2000 -- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been named chairman of a congressionally mandated commission that will examine the management and organization of national security space programs, the House Armed Services Committee announced yesterday. The 13-member commission will spend the next six months studying issues such as the creation of an independent military department dedicated to the national security space mission.

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June 05, 2000

June 5, 2000 -- A congressionally formed commission on terrorist threats to the United States is recommending giving the Defense Department lead agency status, possibly with law enforcement powers, for responding to a terrorist attack that results in thousands of casualties.

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June 02, 2000

June 2, 2000 -- The Air Force has awarded Boeing an $8.2 million contract to supply Joint Direct Attack Munitions to Israel for integration on Israeli F-16s, the company announced yesterday. This will be the first international sale of the weapon, which was used with much success during Operation Allied Force.

Boeing will deliver test kits for Mk-84-based 2000-pound JDAMs to Israel, according to a company release. "A production contract for an unspecified number of JDAM kits is expected later this year," it adds.

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June 2, 2000 -- The Pentagon yesterday awarded the Boeing Sikorsky Comanche Team a $3.2 billion contract for the helicopter program's engineering and manufacturing development phase.

The joint venture will receive $147.5 million as the first increment of the contract, according to a June 1 Defense Department statement.

The RAH-66 Comanche has long been the Army's No. 1 modernization priority, but funding the program has never been easy. Restructured several times, Comanche's first fielding date of 2007 is more than a decade past the original milestone.

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June 01, 2000

June 1, 2000 -- Israel's senior missile defense official said today his country wants to test the Arrow missile defense system at U.S. test ranges and against U.S. ballistic missile targets at some point in its development. Use of these assets is necessary, he said, to give program designers the ability to improve the system and test it in realistic scenarios reflective of the evolving missile threat that Israel faces.

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May 31, 2000

12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt'>May 31, 2000 -- The Navy has awarded Litton Avondale Industries a $477.7 million contract to build the fourth San Antonio-class amphibious assault ship, the company announced today.

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May 30, 2000

May 30, 2000 -- A senior Pentagon official has told House and Senate lawmakers an ongoing study of the utility of sea-based national missile defenses confirms an earlier analysis showing no technical reasons why the Navy could not assume a major role in NMD.

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May 26, 2000

May 26, 2000 -- Saudi Arabia has awarded Raytheon a $300 million contract for technical assistance, training and logistics support for the country's Patriot and Hawk air defense systems, the company announced today.

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May 26, 2000 -- The Air Force has awarded TRW a $284.7 million contract to set up and operate a networked, real-time distributed flight training system, the company announced yesterday.

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May 25, 2000

May 25, 2000 -- A Marine Corps judge advocate general's team investigating the causes of an April 8 V-22 Osprey crash today requested a 30-day extension to the 45-day deadline it has been operating under, a Marine Corps spokeswoman told InsideDefense.com.

The Marine Corps also announced today that Commandant Gen. James Jones has authorized low-rate initial production V-22s to resume flight operations. Flights had been suspended following last month's crash.

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May 25, 2000 -- Stepping forward to support the Army's plan to transition from a heavy, mechanized Cold War force to a lighter, quicker one and ensure it stays on track in succeeding budgets, House lawmakers today approved legislation designed to prohibit the use of dollars budgeted for the plan for other Army programs.

The House Appropriations Committee approved by voice vote a $288.6 billion fiscal year 2001 defense bill that adds $4 billion to the Clinton administration's request. The committee did not consider any amendments to the defense bill during today's mark-up.

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