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September 06, 2000

Northrop Grumman Announces Buy Of Federal Data Corp. Sept. 6, 2000 -- Northrop Grumman said today it is buying Federal Data Corporation and merging it with Logicon, Northrop's information technology subsidiary. The deal, worth $302 million, is expected to be finalized in 45 days, according to Logicon President Herb Anderson.

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Sept. 6, 2000 -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) told InsideDefense.com today he is reevaluating his plan to hold a fourth hearing on National Missile Defense after President Clinton announced last Friday he will let the next administration decide whether or not to deploy an NMD system.

Warner said the hearing, scheduled for later this month, was supposed to relieve some of the tension surrounding the issues tied to NMD, specifically regarding the possible withdrawal or amending of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

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Sept. 6, 2000 -- With a change-of-command ceremony for U.S. Southern Command scheduled for this Friday, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Peter Pace, slated to take over as commander-in-chief, breezed through his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning but may not be formally confirmed in committee or on the Senate floor this week.

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September 05, 2000

Sept. 5, 2000 -- The flight restriction issued on Aug. 25 that grounded all 11 V-22 Ospreys was lifted Sept. 1 and two of the aircraft are flying again, Naval Air Systems Command announced today.

All V-22 Ospreys have been cleared to fly as soon as they have been inspected, according to a statement released by officials. The inspection process, which should be completed by mid-September, involves checking the coupling assemblies to ensure they have the proper torque, according to the statement.

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Sept. 5, 2000 -- The flight restriction issued on Aug. 25 that grounded all 11 V-22 Ospreys was lifted Sept. 1 and two of the aircraft are flying again, Naval Air Systems Command announced today.

All V-22 Ospreys have been cleared to fly as soon as they have been inspected, according to a statement released by officials. The inspection process, which should be completed by mid-September, involves checking the coupling assemblies to ensure they have the proper torque, according to the statement.

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Sept. 5, 2000 -- The flight restriction issued on Aug. 25 that grounded all 11 V-22 Ospreys was lifted Sept. 1 and two of the aircraft are flying again, Naval Air Systems Command announced today. All V-22 Ospreys have been cleared to fly as soon as they have been inspected, according to a statement released by officials. The inspection process, which should be completed by mid-September, involves checking the coupling assemblies to ensure they have the proper torque, according to the statement.

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Sept. 5, 2000 -- The flight restriction issued on Aug. 25 that grounded all 11 V-22 Ospreys was lifted Sept. 1 and two of the aircraft are flying again, Naval Air Systems Command announced today. All V-22 Ospreys have been cleared to fly as soon as they have been inspected, according to a statement released by officials. The inspection process, which should be completed by mid-September, involves checking the coupling assemblies to ensure they have the proper torque, according to the statement.

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Sept. 5, 2000 -- The flight restriction issued on Aug. 25 that grounded all 11 V-22 Ospreys was lifted Sept. 1 and two of the aircraft are flying again, Naval Air Systems Command announced today. All V-22 Ospreys have been cleared to fly as soon as they have been inspected, according to a statement released by officials. The inspection process, which should be completed by mid-September, involves checking the coupling assemblies to ensure they have the proper torque, according to the statement.

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Sept. 5, 2000 -- The flight restriction issued on Aug. 25 that grounded all 11 V-22 Ospreys was lifted Sept. 1 and two of the aircraft are flying again, Naval Air Systems Command announced today. All V-22 Ospreys have been cleared to fly as soon as they have been inspected, according to a statement released by officials. The inspection process, which should be completed by mid-September, involves checking the coupling assemblies to ensure they have the proper torque, according to the statement.

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Sept. 5, 2000 -- The flight restriction issued on Aug. 25 that grounded all 11 V-22 Ospreys was lifted Sept. 1 and two of the aircraft are flying again, Naval Air Systems Command announced today. All V-22 Ospreys have been cleared to fly as soon as they have been inspected, according to a statement released by officials. The inspection process, which should be completed by mid-September, involves checking the coupling assemblies to ensure they have the proper torque, according to the statement.

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Sept. 5, 2000 -- The flight restriction issued on Aug. 25 that grounded all 11 V-22 Ospreys was lifted Sept. 1 and two of the aircraft are flying again, Naval Air Systems Command announced today. All V-22 Ospreys have been cleared to fly as soon as they have been inspected, according to a statement released by officials. The inspection process, which should be completed by mid-September, involves checking the coupling assemblies to ensure they have the proper torque, according to the statement.

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September 01, 2000

Sept. 1, 2000 -- A new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says cuts in post-Cold War defense spending have been bipartisan and began during President George Bush's tenure.

Republican presidential nominee Texas Gov. George Bush has kept up a strong attack on the Clinton-Gore defense spending record, arguing that cuts made during the past eight years have left the military unprepared for war.

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Sept. 1, 2000 -- Vice President Al Gore today signed an agreement with Russia to irreversibly transform excess nuclear weapon plutonium into non-weapons grade plutonium, Gore's office announced.

President Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin originally announced the plan in Moscow June 4.

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Sept. 1, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton said today the National Missile Defense system his administration is developing is not technically mature enough for him to decide whether to move forward with a deployment plan.

Clinton's announcement, made during a speech at Georgetown University, places the NMD deployment question in the hands of the next administration.

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Sept. 1, 2000 -- The Air Force announced yesterday it has awarded Boeing a $16 million contract for the second phase of a program to convert nuclear-armed, air-launched cruise missiles to conventional missiles.

The penetrator modification program takes the Air Force's AGM-68B nuclear cruise missiles and turns it into the AGM-86D conventional cruise missile. Boeing's Military Aircraft and Missile Systems Group in Seattle, WA, will perform the work.

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Sept. 1, 2000 -- The director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization has implemented a second wave of organizational changes, effective today, to "fine tune" the operations of the agency, according to officials.

The changes reassign several key senior management officials to new roles and adjust the focus of some lower-level offices. They build upon a major administrative overhaul Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish began last December after taking over the agency in June 1999.

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Sept. 1, 2000 -- President Clinton has formally notified Congress of his plans to relax restrictions on supercomputers sold overseas.

In an Aug. 30 letter released yesterday by the White House, the president told lawmakers he plans to raise the capability level of computers that can be exported without a license.

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August 31, 2000

Aug. 31, 2000 -- President Clinton has named Robert Pirie to be the next Navy under secretary, the White House announced yesterday.

Pirie is slated to become the No. 2 civilian official in the Navy, replacing Jerry Hultin. Working directly with Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, Pirie will act as chief operating officer for all matters pertaining to manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, finance, environmental issues and readiness.

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Aug. 31, 2000 -- Only 90 days old, a nonpartisan political action committee that supports former active-duty military and reservists running for Congress is already backing 14 candidates for the November elections.

Although each of the candidates are Republicans, retired Navy Rear Adm. James Carey, chairman of the National Defense PAC, told InsideDefense.com the committee will back Democrats as well.

"We're beating down bushes trying to seek out Democrats," he said.

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Aug. 31, 2000 -- The Army's Communications-Electronics Command this week announced a dual award to IBM Global Services-Federal and GTSI Corp. of a single contract for computer equipment that could be worth $603 million.

On Monday, the Defense Department announced that IBM was given a $75,000 award as part of a $617.6 million contract to supply high-tech equipment for computer operations around the world (DefenseAlert, Aug. 29). On Tuesday, DOD announced that GTSI was given a similar $75,000 award for a contract worth up to $857 million for the same work.

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