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May 22, 2001

May 22, 2001 -- Lockheed Martin's Information Systems business unit has won a contract potentially worth more than $400 million to build and field the Army's next-generation laser-based training systems, the company announced today.

The Army's Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command awarded the contract to develop the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement Systems XXI, or MILES XXI, according to a Lockheed statement.

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May 22, 2001 -- If President Bush fully implements the current defense modernization plan he inherited from the Clinton administration, it would require average annual procurement budgets of nearly $80 billion (in fiscal year 2002 dollars) over the next 15 years, according to Steven Kosiak, director of budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

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To China

May 22, 2001 -- House Armed Services military readiness subcommittee Chairman Curt Weldon (R-PA) yesterday demanded answers on exactly how the United States relaxed its computer export laws to allow the sale of high-performance computers to China.

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PHILADELPHIA, May 22, 2001 -- Senior naval officials laid out the plan to correct deficiencies in the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey yesterday and bring the aircraft into operational use -- itemizing a tentative plan approved late last week by Pentagon acquisition executive Pete Aldridge.

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May 22, 2001 -- Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), the House Armed Services Committee's ranking minority member, has asked the service chiefs to update Congress on each service's ability to conduct required operations, training and maintenance for the remainder of the fiscal year with the money they have on hand.

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May 21, 2001

May 21, 2001 -- The Army's transformation effort will likely face funding and technological maturity challenges, the General Accounting Office said in a report released today.

The service's transformation will require the defense budget to be increased, GAO states. "As such, the Army will be required to balance the demands of maintaining and modernizing its current inventory of weapon systems while developing and acquiring new systems for interim and future forces," the agency said.

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May 21, 2001 -- The Army today recorded three successful target intercepts using the Patriot Advanced Capability 2 (PAC-2) missile, the service announced. All three intercepts took place over the Gulf of Mexico and were carried out by Alabama National Guard units.

The three tests took place at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, and began at 9:30 a.m. "The first mission, using the Pac 2 missile, intercepted the MQM-107 drone target flying an inbound profile at low altitude," the Army said in a statement released this afternoon.

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May 21, 2001 -- Boeing has been awarded $136 million by NASA to study technology concepts that could eventually lead to a new generation of reusable launch vehicles, the company announced today. The award is part of $767 million in contracts the space agency gave out last week to 22 contractors.

SLI is a five-year, $4.8 billion, two-phased program to develop a reusable launch vehicle that will dramatically lower the cost of access to space while substantially increasing safety and reliability.

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May 18, 2001

May 18, 2001 -- Orbital Sciences' chairman and chief executive officer this week told investment analysts that his company expects better opportunities for business with the Pentagon than in the recent past.

"We'll probably pretty much hold our own or see slight growth in the civil government area but we expect to see better opportunities than probably we have in the last six to eight years in the military space and missile defense market segments," David Thompson told analysts during a May 15 conference call on the company's first quarter 2001 earnings.

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May 18, 2001 -- The Senate yesterday confirmed the nominations of Victoria Clarke to become assistant secretary of defense for public affairs and William Haynes II to become the Defense Department's general counsel.

Clarke was the general manager of the Washington, DC office of Hill and Knowlton. She was the spokeswoman for former President George Bush's 1992 presidential campaign and once served as an aide to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

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May 17, 2001

May 17, 2001 -- Defense contractor Lockheed Martin is not resting on the laurels of its recovery over the last 18 months from problems with some of its big-ticket Pentagon programs, the company's chairman and chief executive officer told investment analysts yesterday.

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May 17, 2001 -- Rep. Tom Allen (D-ME) is not letting yesterday's defeat of an amendment that would require the State Department to appoint a "special coordinator" for North Korea policy stop him from re-introducing it as stand-alone legislation, an Allen spokesman told InsideDefense.com today.

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May 16, 2001

DAYTON, OH, May 16, 2001 -- Ohio Rep. David Hobson (R) said yesterday he feels the Joint Strike Fighter's future is the most secure of three major combat aircraft acquisition programs -- JSF, the F-22 fighter and the V-22 tiltrotor.

"I don't know of anything else" that could fill the role envisioned for JSF, said Hobson, whose district includes Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Aeronautical Systems Center.

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May 16, 2001 -- A newly created State Department office charged with verifying U.S. and foreign nations' compliance with arms control treaties is taking a active role in the Bush administration's plans to amend the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and move forward with the construction of a National Missile Defense system.

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May 16, 2001 -- New York-based L-3 Communications has agreed to acquire Chantilly, VA-based EER Systems for approximately $105 million, L-3 announced today.

The deal could also include an additional $10 million, contingent on EER's financial performance for 2001 and 2002, according to the L-3 statement. The companies expect to close the acquisition within 30 days.

L-3 expects EER's annual sales for 2001 to be approximately $130 million, the statement reads. "The acquisition is expected to be accretive to L-3's earnings in 2001."

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May 15, 2001

NEW YORK, May 15, 2001 -- Northrop Grumman Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kent Kresa today canceled a scheduled presentation at an aerospace finance conference here on the advice of corporate lawyers.

Conference organizers announced the cancellation minutes before Kresa was scheduled to speak, saying Kresa had done so "on the advice of counsel."

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May 14, 2001

May 14, 2001 -- Science Applications International Corporation today won a $60 million contract for research and development work on the Joint Network Management System, the Defense Department announced.

SAIC beat out two other companies for the work, DOD said. In addition to the R&D contract, the company won a $15.3 million deal for system support, DOD said.

The R&D contract begins with $8.6 million, but will be worth $60 million if all options are exercised.

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May 14, 2001 -- In a report released today, the Pentagon inspector general says the Defense Department has failed to fully use a joint technical architecture for command and control systems designed to make it easier for weapons systems to work with one another. In some cases, the IG found that program managers didn't bother to get a waiver to avoid using the architecture and instead used other design standards arbitrarily.

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May 11, 2001

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MD, May 11, 2001 -- Brig. Gen. Francis Taylor, director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, is President Bush's choice to become the State Department coordinator for counterterrorism after he retires from command of the investigative agency today.

Taylor is slated to replace Michael Sheehan as State counterterrorism coordinator. The president announced Taylor as his choice for the State Department job March 21, but his name has not yet been forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.

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May 11, 2001 -- In a closely held draft guidance, the Environmental Protection Agency is asserting it has the final authority in determining how the military should clean up unexploded ordnance (UXO) at its former ranges.

The draft guidance for addressing ordnance and explosives (OE) aims to elaborate on concepts agreed to by the Defense Department and the agency last year, focusing on closed, transferred and transferring (CTT) ranges, as well as other formerly used defense sites where UXO might be found, an EPA official said late last month.

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