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March 09, 2000

March 9, 2000 -- Army officials are studying the technologies from several artillery pieces, such as the lightweight 155 mm howitzer and the Crusader advanced field artillery system, to see if they can be combined into one weapon that can work with the Army's new, lighter infantry forces, Lt. Gen. Paul Kern told InsideDefense.com today.

Kern, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, said the Army's Training and Doctrine Command began the study this week.

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Army's M16 Replacement Program Gets Milestone Approval

March 9, 2000 -- The Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command last week decided the Objective Individual Combat Weapon program is ready for its next phase of development, a service spokesman told InsideDefense.com yesterday.

The decision means the OICW effort can begin the program definition and risk reduction phase, due to last 29 months.

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March 08, 2000

March 8, 2000 -- The Pentagon yesterday announced plans for a potential $402 million in foreign military sales. Taiwan is requesting Hawk surface-to-air missiles and air surveillance radars upgrades, which account for $202 million of the prospective total. Germany has asked to buy 250 air-to-ground radar suppression missiles, a deal worth an estimated $200 million.

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March 8, 2000 -- After months of sometimes highly contentious maneuverings between the Navy and industry, the service has begun internal briefings on a completed surface ship radar road map, according to a Navy memo obtained today by InsideDefense.com.

On March 1, Rear Adm. Michael Mullen, the director of surface warfare, issued a memo accompanying a classified briefing on the plan that is expected to point the way to the development and use of ship radars for the next 20 years.

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March 8, 2000 -- A squadron of Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets will begin enforcing the no-fly zone in southern Iraq this week as the service takes part for the first time in Operation Southern Watch, according to a Marine Corps spokeswoman.

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March 8, 2000 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Ryan said today the service hopes to reprogram money within its fiscal year 2000 budget to modify B-2 and B-1 bombers to carry up to 82 500-pound bombs. Ryan told the House Appropriations defense subcommittee the service has been studying the idea.

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March 8, 2000 -- Adm. Dennis Blair, commander-in-chief of U.S. Pacific Command, yesterday made another pitch for more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, telling reporters at a Pentagon briefing that current ISR shortages prevent his command from monitoring activity in the Pacific Rim as closely as desired.

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March 07, 2000

March 7, 2000 -- The commander-in-chief of all U.S. forces in the Pacific today said the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act, recently passed by the House and awaiting review by the Senate, will not improve his warfighting ability and will move China and Taiwan further away from a peaceful resolution to their problems.

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March 06, 2000

March 6, 2000 -- Assistant Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Terrence Dake is leading an internal assessment of the service's force-level needs for the 21st century, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones told InsideDefense.com last week. Jones said Dake's group would come up with a snapshot of what the service should look like for the new century in time to support the Marine Corps' work in the next Quadrennial Defense Review.

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March 03, 2000

March 3, 2000 -- Senior Marine Corps and Army leaders will discuss ways the nation's two land warfare services can work more closely together at a closed-door meeting in May, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones told InsideDefense.com this week. The three- and four-star leaders will discuss combining the services' land warfare training sites and adopting some common terminology.

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March 3, 2000 -- The National Defense University has established a new Chinese military affairs study center at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC, the Pentagon announced yesterday. Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre signed a directive on Wednesday formally establishing the center.

The fiscal year 2000 Defense Authorization Act mandated the establishment of a Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs. Lawmakers have worked since 1997 to set it up.

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March 3, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin today announced the leadership team for its recently consolidated aeronautical systems unit. Four executives will fill the management positions that comprise the company's senior executive office, according to a company statement.

The move is part of a company-wide overhaul urgently recommended by Wall Street as well as the U.S. government last year following several high-profile failures of programs like the Theater High Altitude Area Defense System and Titan booster rockets, Inside the Pentagon reported last September.

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March 3, 2000 -- The Air Force today announced its plans for preparing the environmental impact statement dealing with basing locations for the first wing of F-22 Raptors. In a Federal Register notice, the service said it would study five Air Force bases to see if they meet requirements for the initial base.

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March 02, 2000

March 2, 2000 - Armed with a larger-than-expected federal budget surplus, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) yesterday said he will try to pump more money into the Defense Department's budget this year and pay for some of the programs on the military services' unfunded priorities lists.

Stevens told InsideDefense.com there is about $14 billion more in the surplus than was predicted last fall. "We have not been given permission to use (the money), we just intend to try to use it. It will be up to the Senate," Stevens said.

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March 2, 2000 -- Deidre Lee, the current administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), has been selected as the new director of defense procurement, the Pentagon announced today. Lee replaces Eleanor Spector, who retired last month.

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March 01, 2000

March 1, 2000 -- An intergovernmental information systems security forum has issued new guidance for acquiring commercially available security products for national security information systems across the U.S. government, the Pentagon announced today. Commercial off-the-shelf products for information assurance will now have to meet internationally recognized evaluation standards.

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March 1, 2000 -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) will offer an amendment to the $2 billion Kosovo supplemental appropriation asking for a tally of what European governments have pledged toward the Kosovo peacekeeping mission and what they have delivered.

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March 1, 2000 -- The Energy Department's congressionally mandated National Nuclear Security Administration formally entered into operation today, on the eve of a House Armed Services Committee hearing tomorrow where lawmakers are expected to grill Energy Secretary Bill Richardson on his department's organizational plan for the new agency.

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February 29, 2000

Feb. 29, 2000 -- The Pentagon official charged with building a defensive system to protect the United States from ballistic missile attack told a Senate subcommittee yesterday that a sea-based system "would make sense at some point in time," but there is no rush to include it now in the Defense Department's National Missile Defense architecture.

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Feb. 29, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has sent Adm. Vernon Clark's name to the White House as his choice to be the Navy's next chief of naval operations, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

Clark is currently U.S. Atlantic Fleet's commander-in-chief. If approved by President Bill Clinton, Clark would replace Adm. Jay Johnson, whose tour as CNO will end this summer. Cohen made the recommendation "several" weeks ago, according to Bacon.

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