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November 20, 2001

Nov. 20, 2001 -- The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile successfully completed a development flight test Nov. 20, clearing the way for a low-rate initial production decision as soon as next month, program officials said.

Terry Little, program director for the Lethal Strike Joint Program Office at the Air Armament Center, FL, told Inside the Air Force the LRIP decision was expected as early as August, but the missile previously failed two key tests, pushing the decision back indefinitely.

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Nov. 20, 2001 -- After abandoning his bid to become the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement chief, Donald Schregardus has been appointed as a top environment official for the Navy. Schregardus was sworn in as Navy deputy assistant secretary for environment Nov. 13, according to Navy sources.

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Nov. 20, 2001 -- A United Nations-led process under way to hammer out a new governing framework for Afghanistan is taking pains to include the disparate voices of all major political and military factions in the war-torn nation. Yet that desire for inclusiveness may result in weakening the role of the exiled king, Muhammad Zahir Shah, who many view as a potential unifying figure in Afghanistan, according to experts closely tracking the process.

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Nov. 20, 2001 -- The Philippine government may soon ask the United States for military equipment to help in its fight against terrorism, the southeast Asian country's president said today.

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November 19, 2001

Nov. 19, 2001 -- Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni will serve as a mediator between Israelis and Palestinians as they work to implement a cease-fire, Secretary of State Colin Powell announced today.

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Nov. 19, 2001 -- The Marine Corps has resumed issuing its common access card, a standard identification card that allows military personnel to enter secure buildings and access medical information, after several technical problems were cleaned up over the past three months. The problems led the service to announce in August it was freezing the card's issuance until March, but the fixes were put in place faster than expected, according to an internal Marine Corps message sent Nov. 16.

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November 16, 2001

Nov. 16, 2001 -- The Air Force today awarded a $2.7 billion System Development and Demonstration contract for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite program to a Lockheed Martin-TRW team. Earlier today Boeing, which had been part of the same team, announced it would not be a part of the AEHF program.

The contracting team comprises Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, CA-based Missiles and Space business unit and TRW's Redondo Beach, CA-based Space and Electronics business unit.

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November 15, 2001

Nov. 15, 2001 -- Now is not the time for the Coast Guard to be transferred to another agency, the service's top officer said yesterday.

"Form must follow function, and our imperative is to get the functionality right and allow the form stuff to follow whenever it is appropriate for that to occur," Coast Guard Commandant Adm. James Loy told attendees of an Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis conference. "In the middle of a crisis it's probably about the worst time you can go through a reorganization and upheaval," he said.

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Nov. 15, 2001 -- The chief of naval operations is reviewing a concept of operations for naval "mobile security forces" designed to protect ships and other assets against terrorist attacks, according to a naval officer who helped prepare the document.

The security forces could be active late this fiscal year, he said.

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Nov. 15, 2001 -- Making weapon systems interoperable across the services as well as with foreign allies is a key goal for the Pentagon's new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Nov. 15, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today announced stationing plans for five weapons of mass destruction civil support teams authorized in the fiscal 2001 defense authorization bill.

The teams will be stationed in Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, Tennessee and West Virginia and cover major metropolitan areas, according to a Defense Department statement.

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Nov. 15, 2001 -- South Korea's defense minister said today that his government would not select its next fighter aircraft based on the country from which it hails.

"I'd like to emphasize that the (Republic of Korea Ministry of Defense) will not preclude or select any particular type of airplane because of its nationality," Defense Minister Kim Dong Shin told reporters today at a Pentagon press conference. "The plane will be selected through a fair competition."

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Nov. 15, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today warned lawmakers he will recommend the president veto the fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill if it does not call for additional military base closures.

The Senate's version of the bill includes base closure language, while the House's version does not. Representatives from both chambers are currently hashing out a conference report.

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November 14, 2001

Nov. 14, 2001 -- Rep. David Obey (D-WI), the House Appropriations Committee ranking member, unveiled a $7.1 billion homeland security spending package yesterday that he will attempt to attach as an amendment to the fiscal year 2002 defense appropriations bill, a spokesman for the lawmaker told InsideDefense.com today.

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Nov. 14, 2001 -- The Defense Department has identified a list of its most significant budget issues to be decided soon by the high-level Defense Resources Board, according to documents and sources.

Homeland defense, antiterrorism and force protection issues will be addressed first, followed by transformation issues, modernization and, finally, "program balance" -- the final step in which the DRB adds up all the bills and billpayers and makes decisions on outstanding budget issues.

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Nov. 14, 2001 -- A NASA-led review of the V-22 Osprey formally endorses resuming flight tests of the aircraft as soon as possible, according to a Nov. 6 report prepared for the Navy. The report is the culmination of the review of tiltrotor aeromechanics phenomena NASA began for the Navy in May.

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November 13, 2001

Nov. 13, 2001 -- Despite the success of U.S. forces and Afghan rebels in routing the ruling Taliban from nearly half of Afghanistan, including the capital city of Kabul, the al Qaeda terrorist network has not necessarily been substantially weakened, senior Pentagon officials warned today.

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Nov. 13, 2001 -- Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) sent a letter to President Bush last week urging him to discuss nonproliferation issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two meet this week in Washington and Crawford, TX.

The two presidents are expected to discuss large cuts to both nations' nuclear arsenals and the Bush administration's plans to build a limited national missile defense system. In that context, they will undoubtedly examine Bush's proposal to move beyond the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and define a new U.S.-Russian strategic framework.

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Nov. 13, 2001 -- The new director of the Joint Strike Fighter program said today that JSF development activities will continue as planned under a congressional temporary spending measure despite the lack of an official fiscal year 2002 budget, but that the program will eventually require full funding of the president's budget request to meet scheduled fielding dates.

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November 12, 2001

Nov. 12, 2001 -- The Aerospace Industries Association last week called on the White House to approve additional funding for the modernization of military aircraft, which would help the struggling aviation industry.

"Your immediate positive action will send a clear signal to the world that America values its economic and military security above all while giving much needed hope for the hundreds of thousands of American aerospace workers whose jobs are threatened in this national crisis," AIA President and CEO John Douglass said in a Nov. 9 letter to President Bush.

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