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July 03, 2000

July 3, 2000 -- Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) has attached an amendment to a Senate defense spending bill that requires the Pentagon to use countermeasures, including decoys, in any future tests of the National Missile Defense system. Durbin's amendment was attached to the Senate's fiscal year 2001 defense authorization bill last Friday (June 30).

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June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000 -- The Navy announced today it is creating a new office to head up all aspects of its missile defense programs.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jay Johnson named Rear Adm. Rodney Rempt, currently the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for theater combat systems, to run the office.

Inside Missile Defense reported June 14 that senior Navy officials were considering a new systems command for missile defense.

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June 30, 2000 -- After recently admitting to Congress that security at Los Alamos National Laboratory is "not very good," Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced today that the contract under which the University of California manages the lab would be restructured in order to improve security.

The university will begin negotiations with the department immediately.

Though Richardson said he recognizes the university's prestigious reputation in the science world, he is critical in its handling of security.

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June 30, 2000 -- Three of five defendants charged in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Defense Department out of millions of dollars through military aircraft part sales have pled guilty to the charges and face up to 30 years in prison and $12 million in fines, it was announced yesterday.

The defendants pled guilty to charges including conspiracy, kickbacks, mail fraud, money laundering, racketeering and income tax invasion, the DOD Defense Criminal Investigative Service announced.

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June 30, 2000 -- The Navy announced yesterday it has awarded Orbital Sciences Corp. a $34 million contract to develop an anti-ship supersonic sea-skimming target. For nearly two decades the service has tried unsuccessfully to build a target that can replicate supersonic anti-ship missiles that pose one of the greatest dangers to its fleet of surface ships.

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June 30, 2000 -- The Senate has approved an $11.2 billion fiscal year 2000 emergency supplemental spending package that contains $6.4 billion to cover the military's costs in Kosovo, rising fuel prices, and to shore up some defense health benefit problems. The House passed the same package last night. The bill is expected to be signed quickly by President Clinton.

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June 30, 2000 -- Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee and an outspoken critic of the Pentagon's mandatory anthrax vaccine program, responded late today to an ABC News report that Defense Secretary William Cohen may soon announce a suspension of inoculations because of a long-anticipated shortage in vaccine.

"If the reports are true," Burton said in a written statement, "the short supply of vaccine is the least of this program's problems."

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June 30, 2000 -- The Navy announced today it is creating a new office to head up all aspects of its missile defense programs.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jay Johnson named Rear Adm. Rodney Rempt, currently the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for theater combat systems, to run the office.

Inside Missile Defense reported June 14 that senior Navy officials were considering a new systems command for missile defense.

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June 30, 2000 -- After recently admitting to Congress that security at Los Alamos National Laboratory is "not very good," Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced today that the contract under which the University of California manages the lab would be restructured in order to improve security.

The university will begin negotiations with the department immediately.

Though Richardson said he recognizes the university's prestigious reputation in the science world, he is critical in its handling of security.

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June 30, 2000 -- Three of five defendants charged in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Defense Department out of millions of dollars through military aircraft part sales have pled guilty to the charges and face up to 30 years in prison and $12 million in fines, it was announced yesterday.

The defendants pled guilty to charges including conspiracy, kickbacks, mail fraud, money laundering, racketeering and income tax invasion, the DOD Defense Criminal Investigative Service announced.

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June 30, 2000 -- The Navy announced yesterday it has awarded Orbital Sciences Corp. a $34 million contract to develop an anti-ship supersonic sea-skimming target. For nearly two decades the service has tried unsuccessfully to build a target that can replicate supersonic anti-ship missiles that pose one of the greatest dangers to its fleet of surface ships.

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June 30, 2000 -- The Senate has approved an $11.2 billion fiscal year 2000 emergency supplemental spending package that contains $6.4 billion to cover the military's costs in Kosovo, rising fuel prices, and to shore up some defense health benefit problems. The House passed the same package last night. The bill is expected to be signed quickly by President Clinton.

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June 30, 2000 -- Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee and an outspoken critic of the Pentagon's mandatory anthrax vaccine program, responded late today to an ABC News report that Defense Secretary William Cohen may soon announce a suspension of inoculations because of a long-anticipated shortage in vaccine.

"If the reports are true," Burton said in a written statement, "the short supply of vaccine is the least of this program's problems."

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June 29, 2000

June 29, 2000 -- The nation's senior missile defense official told Congress today that the next National Missile Defense intercept test is on schedule to occur July 7.

"We are narrowing in and doing our practice countdowns and everything is on track to the best of my knowledge, right now," said Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish, director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.

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June 29, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin announced today it has won an $11.5 million contract to improve combat systems on the Navy's mine countermeasures and minehunter coastal vessels.

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June 29, 2000 -- Fourteen of 17 major Pentagon programs reviewed by the Pentagon inspector general for their adherence to an "open systems" development approach received milestone approvals without clearly defined open design objectives or strategies for achieving those objectives, according to a new IG report.

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June 29, 2000 -- The House Armed Services Committee yesterday approved several measures aimed at tightening security at the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons labs, which have been rocked with security scandals over the past year.

The committee marked up a House resolution and four separate bills that were introduced within the past week. Each bill, and the amendments offered, was approved by voice vote, according to a committee spokeswoman.

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June 29, 2000 -- The Navy announced this afternoon that it successfully tested the missile that will form the heart of the service's Area missile defense system, designed to protect ports, coastal airfields and troops moving ashore. This was the second attempt to fly the Standard Missile-2 block IVA missile. The first attempt scheduled for June 15 had to be scratched the day before because of software problems in the missile's onboard computer.

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June 28, 2000

June 28, 2000 -- A team of Pentagon officials has prepared a series of near- and long-term recommendations aimed at stemming the "insider" threat to DOD information systems, a list that begins with an admonition to "get back to basics" by being more vigilant in the areas of personnel management, personnel security and information systems security.

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June 28, 2000 -- Despite the potential for security problems, the Pentagon's top acquisition official told a congressional panel today that the United States and Russia may be able to share pieces of their National Missile Defense designs and then build a different system to suit each country's needs.

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