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January 06, 2000

Jan. 6, 2000 -- Four days after Jan. 1, 2000 came and went without many computer problems, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's office in Charleston, SC, suffered a Y2K-related system error that resulted in 230 vendor payment checks being issued with a Jan. 4, 1900 date, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today.

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Jan. 6, 2000 -- The Pentagon's deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition reform late last month established a "Change Management Center" to take the lead in accelerating acquisition and logistics reform initiatives.

Stan Soloway made the CMC official in a Dec. 23 memorandum to the service secretaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top military leaders.

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January 05, 2000

Jan. 5, 2000 -- House Republicans said today they will push for more defense spending this year and will make a strong effort to sell their foreign policy ideas to the American public. During a press conference celebrating five years of Republican rule in Congress, House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (OK) said the GOP will continue to fight for more dollars for defense programs and said another military pay increase is needed to improve the lives of servicemen and women.

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Jan. 5, 2000 -- The National Security Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy this month plans to issue a long-awaited report on the future management and use of U.S. space launch ranges.

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January 04, 2000

Jan. 4, 2000 -- Now that its preparations for potential Year 2000 computer rollover problems have paid off, the Defense Department plans to include $250 million in its fiscal year 2001 budget request for information security efforts to protect the thousands of information systems used by the military services and the intelligence community, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said today.

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Jan. 4, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton has delivered to Capitol Hill a congressionally mandated report outlining his administration's international security priorities, the White House announced today.

The report, "A National Security Strategy for a New Century," presents three core objectives for the United States, according to the White House statement. They are: enhancing U.S. security, bolstering the United States' economic prosperity, and promoting democracy abroad.

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Jan. 4, 2000 -- The Army late last month awarded Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control a $65 million contract for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, a program the service recently decided to accelerate as part of the chief of staff's new plan for a lighter, faster force.

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January 03, 2000

Jan. 4, 2000 -- The national security community's goal of a unified information environment remains a major challenge because no mechanism currently exists to coordinate the various information management activities within the Defense Department and U.S. intelligence agencies, concludes a new report.

The 42-page Mission Information Management report, prepared by DOD's National Security Space Architect office, urges the development of a detailed investment strategy that supports the creation of an "Information Enterprise."

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Jan. 4, 2000 -- The national security community's goal of a unified information environment remains a major challenge because no mechanism currently exists to coordinate the various information management activities within the Defense Department and U.S. intelligence agencies, concludes a new report.

The 42-page Mission Information Management report, prepared by DOD's National Security Space Architect office, urges the development of a detailed investment strategy that supports the creation of an "Information Enterprise."

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Jan. 3, 2000 -- AAI Corporation has won a contract award for the production of new Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, the Army announced last week.

AAI, of Hunt Valley, MD, signed a $41.8 million deal for four low-rate initial production versions of its "Shadow 200" UAV, according to a Dec. 27 Army statement. The four UAVs will be used for operational training, developmental testing and an initial operational test and evaluation now scheduled for the third quarter of fiscal year 2001.

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Jan. 3, 2000 -- The United States Commission on National Security, an independent review group headed by former Sens. Gary Hart (D-CO) and Warren Rudman (R-NH), will hold a classified meeting on Jan. 10 and 11 to review several option papers drawn up by the commission's staff and begin writing portions of its Phase II report, due to be delivered to Defense Secretary William Cohen by April 14.

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Jan. 3, 2000 -- A Year 2000-related computer problem that impaired a critical U.S. satellite intelligence network over the weekend has been repaired and the system is operating at its normal capacity, according to the National Reconnaissance Office.

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December 22, 1999

Dec. 22, 1999 -- The Air Force announced today the results of two separate unmanned aerial vehicle accident investigations.

An Accident Investigation Board checking into the April 18 crash of a Predator UAV during Operation Allied Force has determined "the accident resulted from a combination of mechanical and human factors," according to an Air Combat Command news release today.

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Dec. 22, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin Federal Systems announced today the first test flight of the remanufactured SH-60R multimission helicopter and the successful demonstration of its primary cockpit avionics.

The test flight involved the first of two prototype aircraft, which are being upgraded by the company and subcontractors under the terms of a $2.5 billion contract for 243 helicopters to be built by 2012.

The avionics system is the key piece of the SH-60R upgrade program, which is designed to extend the helicopters' life to 2020, Lockheed Martin said.

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December 21, 1999

Dec. 21, 1999 -- The Pentagon's long-range budget planning process has become so large and complex it is no longer able to efficiently forecast the most likely strategic environment and provide U.S. forces with the resources they need to fight in those expected conditions, a soon-to-be-released report concludes.

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Dec. 21, 1999 -- The Army's Aviation and Missile Command has awarded Lockheed Martin's Dallas, TX-based missiles and fire control division a $69.7 million contract for the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block IA missile, the company announced today.

Lockheed Martin will build 110 ATACMS Block IA missiles under a Full-Rate Production III contract at the missiles and fire control division's Dallas and El Paso, TX, facilities, according to the company statement.

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December 20, 1999

Dec. 20, 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has decided to defer the implementation of Army reserve component cuts mandated by the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review, the Pentagon announced today.

Cohen cited an ongoing review of Guard divisions and the service's development of a new vision for its future as among his reasons for putting off his decision. The next QDR, set to begin in January 2001, will provide "another opportunity to analyze existing circumstances and future requirements," a Pentagon statement reads.

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Dec. 20, 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen and his counterpart from Kazakhstan last week signed a "defense cooperation plan for 2000" that outlines the two countries' intent to broaden their military-to-military relationship.

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Dec. 20, 1999 -- After receiving a performance rating of 97 out of a possible 100, Raytheon has been given a $1.4 million performance bonus from the Navy for the Rolling Airframe Missile Weapon System helicopter, aircraft, and surface mode development contract, the company announced today. The bonus was made based on "the quality, timeliness and cost-effectiveness of preliminary design work conducted from September 1997 through November 1999," the company said.

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December 17, 1999

Dec. 17, 1999 -- The United Nations Security Council today established a new weapons monitoring system for Iraq that could pave the way for the suspension of long-standing economic sanctions if Baghdad cooperates.

Under Resolution 1284, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) replaces the UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM). Eleven Security Council members voted for it, while China, France, Malaysia and the Russian Federation abstained.

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