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August 29, 2000

Aug. 29, 2000 -- The Army's Communications-Electronics Command yesterday announced the award of eight separate contracts worth more than $1 billion. One contract covers computer operations throughout the world, while the remaining seven involve a Defense Department pilot project for household goods shipments.

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Aug. 29, 2000 -- Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command, has been joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Zinni will be a "distinguished senior adviser" at the Washington, DC-based think tank.

"General Zinni's expertise and reputation will be a cornerstone of our efforts to reinvigorate policy decision-making in Washington," said John Hamre, CSIS president and former deputy defense secretary. "His extraordinary talents and experience as a soldier-statesman will greatly benefit the Center."

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Aug. 29, 2000 -- The General Accounting Office has told a key lawmaker that until the Defense Department awards a $1.8 billion contract for the Integrated Space Command and Control program next month, there is no way to pinpoint the total acquisition and implementation costs for the Pentagon's plan to modernize its strategic command, control, communications and computer systems.

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Aug. 29, 2000 -- The Army's Tactical High Energy Laser system last night successfully shot down two Katyusha rockets during the same test, according to service sources.

The multiple-rocket shootdown, which occurred at 5:32 p.m. Mountain Standard Time at White Sands Missile Range, NM, is a first for a U.S. laser weapon. Earlier this year, the THEL demonstrator shot down a single rocket.

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Aug. 29, 2000 -- The Army's Tactical High Energy Laser system last night successfully shot down two Katyusha rockets during the same test, according to service sources.

The multiple-rocket shootdown, which occurred at 5:32 p.m. Mountain Standard Time at White Sands Missile Range, NM, is a first for a U.S. laser weapon. Earlier this year, the THEL demonstrator shot down a single rocket.

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Aug. 29, 2000 -- The Army's Tactical High Energy Laser system last night successfully shot down two Katyusha rockets during the same test, according to service sources. The multiple-rocket shootdown, which occurred at 5:32 p.m. Mountain Standard Time at White Sands Missile Range, NM, is a first for a U.S. laser weapon. Earlier this year, the THEL demonstrator shot down a single rocket.

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Aug. 29, 2000 -- The Army's Tactical High Energy Laser system last night successfully shot down two Katyusha rockets during the same test, according to service sources. The multiple-rocket shootdown, which occurred at 5:32 p.m. Mountain Standard Time at White Sands Missile Range, NM, is a first for a U.S. laser weapon. Earlier this year, the THEL demonstrator shot down a single rocket. The two Katyushas were launched simultaneously and traveled approximately 330 meters per second along a 16-kilometer trajectory, sources said.

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August 28, 2000

Aug. 28, 2000 -- Pentagon and Russian officials are putting together a plan that would eliminate 120 Russian nuclear powered attack submarines as part of an ongoing U.S.-Russian program to eliminate nuclear weapons of the former Soviet Union, a senior defense official said.

In addition to the attack subs, work continues on dismantling 31 strategic missile submarines, five of which are from the very large Typhoon-class. The strategic sub reductions are outlined in the START Treaties, the official said.

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Aug. 28, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has grounded three types of aircraft -- including the MV-22 Osprey -- for unrelated problems, the Defense Department announced today.

Suspension orders were issued late last week (Aug. 25) for the CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopter, the AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter and the MV-22 Osprey. The Marines Corps announced the suspensions yesterday.

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Aug. 28, 2000 -- Anticipating congressional approval of a plan to transfer to Puerto Rico nearly 8,000 acres on the island of Vieques, the Navy's sole live-fire training range for the Atlantic fleet, the service has prepared an environmental assessment to judge the environmental impact of the land transfer.

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August 25, 2000

Aug. 25, 2000 -- The Defense Information Systems Agency has picked IIT Research Institute for a $276.5 million contract to support the Joint Spectrum Center.

The Chicago-based company was the only bidder for the work even though DISA's Defense Information Technology Organization used "competitive procedures" to solicit proposals via its web site, according to a Defense Department announcement

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Aug 25, 2000 -- Russia has eased concerns raised by Congress that should effectively lift a ban on funding the construction of a chemical weapons destruction facility near the country's Shchuch'ye chemical weapons depot, a senior defense official said today.

According to the Defense Department official, within the last year, Russia has set aside additional funding and building permits have been approved.

"Concerns have now been resolved," a defense official said.

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Aug. 25, 2000 -- U.S. and Israeli representatives have yet to decide whether to send a laser demonstrator to Israel once it completes testing or keep the unit here for use as a test bed while the countries focus on developing a mobile version of the system, according to an Army official.

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August 24, 2000

Aug. 24, 2000 -- The Navy achieved a second successful test flight this morning of the missile that will form the heart of its Area missile defense system.

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Aug. 24, 2000 -- Trends in military spending and arms imports in developing countries are on an upswing, especially in East Asia, according to a new report released by the State Department's verification and compliance bureau.

The report, "World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 1998," illustrates the world's transition from the Cold War with economic comparisons of 172 countries. The report covers the period 1987-1997.

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Aug. 24, 2000 -- The Air Force announced a slew of high-level job changes this week, including the selection of a new F-22 program office chief.

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August 23, 2000

Aug. 23, 2000 -- The Army will delay the award of a multibillion-dollar Interim Armored Vehicle contract for more than a month while it gauges whether contractors can boost production to match recent funding increases designed to accelerate the program, according to service and industry officials.

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Aug. 23, 2000 -- A former high-ranking government official says recommendations in a new United Nations report to reform peacekeeping operations must be implemented as soon as possible in order to maintain the organization's dwindling credibility around the world, especially within the United States.

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Aug. 23, 2000 -- Saying the original series of Air Force television advertisements had been "too 'I' oriented," Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Ryan said today the service has decided to pursue a new course with an upcoming campaign, focusing on the "higher calling" the Air Force can offer.

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Aug. 23, 2000 -- A United Nations report released today on peacekeeping operations says there is a need for significant institutional change, more funding and a renewed commitment by member states if the organization's peace and security activities have any chance of succeeding.

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