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July 12, 2000

July 12, 2000 -- A day after the Defense Department announced a restructuring of the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program, senior defense officials told Congress that by the end of the month a department panel may decide to build a government-owned, contractor-operated facility to produce the anthrax vaccine.

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July 12, 2000 -- Bowing to pressure from the White House and Congress, Israel has canceled its sale of an airborne early warning aircraft to China, an Israeli official confirmed today.

"Israel has informed the United States and China that it is not going to continue with the sale of the Phalcon aircraft," the official told InsideDefense.com. Officials at the Chinese embassy in Washington, DC could not be reached for comment.

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July 12, 2000 -- Recent changes in the foreign military sales (FMS) process have had tangible benefits for U.S. interests, Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy de Leon said yesterday, but much more work must be done to ensure the FMS reforms yield lasting improvements.

As evidence of improvement, de Leon said the United States totaled $12 billion in foreign military sales last year, while the preliminary FMS estimate for fiscal year 2000 is $13 billion. "FMS is strong and working well for our interests," he said.

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July 11, 2000

July 11, 2000 -- National Security Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden has gone outside his organization to find his next deputy, choosing former NSA employee William Black for the No. 2 position at the Ft. Meade, MD-based agency.

"This nomination marks one of the few times that a deputy director was not nominated from within the agency," NSA said in a statement released late yesterday.

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July 11, 2000 -- The Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center yesterday handed out five contracts cumulatively worth $116.1 million for research and development into command, control, communications and intelligence software applications and databases.

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July 11, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has decided to essentially shut down the Pentagon's controversial Anthrax Immunization Program because of a lack of new doses and will administer the remaining doses to troops in Korea and Southwest Asia, a senior defense official said today.

The Defense Department is also looking for a second vaccine manufacturer and expects to make that choice sometime in the fall, although final certification of the second manufacturer could take up to four years.

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July 11, 2000 -- Air Force Gen. John Gordon, the first administrator of the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration, told a congressional panel today he plans to start a new security management program at the nation's nuclear weapons labs and to push for a multiyear budget plan for the new office. Gordon is to be sworn in tomorrow.

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July 10, 2000

July 10, 2000 -- The Army says it sees virtually no difference between the performance of wheeled and tracked vehicles it is evaluating for its new light armored vehicle program, but the service still needs to evaluate the life-cycle cost of each as part of the Army's transformation plan, a senior Army official said today.

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July 10, 2000 -- Army officials do not expect to get a clear picture of the strategic lift requirement for the service's future fighting force from an ongoing study of the military's strategic mobility needs due to be published in September, an Army official told reporters today.

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July 10, 2000 -- Raytheon announced today that the Pentagon is using the company's Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System and ASR-11 Digital Airport Surveillance Radar for live air traffic control operations at Eglin AFB, FL.

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July 08, 2000

July 8, 2000 -- An interceptor failed to destroy a dummy warhead early this morning during a test of the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar National Missile Defense system high over the Pacific Ocean because of a communications problem between the rocket booster and kill vehicle.

The test was the third intercept attempt for the controversial NMD program and the last before Defense Secretary William Cohen is slated to recommend to President Clinton whether to go forward with an NMD deployment plan.

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July 07, 2000

July 7, 2000 -- Seven unidentified backpackers have been detained by local California authorities for trespassing on private property adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where a target rocket will be launched tonight as part of a Pentagon test of the National Missile Defense system, an Air Force official said.

Master Sgt. Ty Foster, a Vandenberg spokesman, told InsideDefense.com that the seven people -- two apprehended yesterday, five apprehended today -- are not cooperating with local authorities. What they were doing near the base is still under investigation.

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July 7, 2000 -- Persistent crime and corruption in Bosnia is impeding the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement and could delay the final pullout of NATO-led peacekeeping troops, the General Accounting Office has concluded.

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July 06, 2000

July 6, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen is expected to make a decision over the weekend about the future of the Pentagon's controversial Anthrax vaccination program after being briefed by program officials on several options for restructuring the vaccine process, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today.

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July 6, 2000 -- The Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration 2000 will begin next week after a one-year delay, the Pentagon announced today. The exercise, which is designed to showcase space technologies to military commands, was expected to start last year, but the Defense Department had to postpone its kick-off because of lack of funding.

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July 6, 2000 -- Rear Adm. Rodney Rempt, the new assistant chief of naval operations for missile defense, will continue in his duties as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for theater combat systems, a job that includes missile defense issues, a Navy spokeswoman told InsideDefense.com.

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July 6, 2000 -- A Lockheed Martin subsidiary has been awarded dual contracts with the Navy and the Energy Department at a nuclear laboratory in upstate New York, the Defense Department announced yesterday. The Navy contract calls for KAPL, Inc. to handle naval nuclear propulsion work at the lab.

The Navy has given the New York-based company a $678 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a five-year option to perform naval nuclear propulsion at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, N.Y. Future Navy nuclear engineers are trained at the lab before seeing sea duty.

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July 6, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen's upcoming trip to China is an indication that the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship is back to where it was before the United States accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade last year during a 78-day air war with Serbia, a senior defense official said today. Cohen will meet with Chinese military and government officials next week for the first time in more than two years.

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July 05, 2000

July 5, 2000 -- The Defense Department has expressed interest in a new tool for combating biological and chemical agents: a non-toxic foam. Arthur D. Little Inc., the foam's creator, has received at least "two or three inquiries" from military officials, according to a company official.

Daniel Ehntholt, vice president of Arthur D. Little's Technology and Innovation Group, says the Pentagon is really "just finding out about it." The Defense Department considers chemical and biological agents serious threats to its troops as well as to U.S. civilians and population centers.

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July 03, 2000

July 3, 2000 -- Northrop Grumman and Boeing each have been awarded $2 million to pursue the first phase of the Naval Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV-N) advanced technology program, the Defense Department announced late last week.

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