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May 11, 2001

May 11, 2001 -- Two House lawmakers are calling on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to make fixing the Pentagon's accounting problems his top priority.

"We urge you to devote all necessary resources immediately to formulate a plan and a timetable for balancing the Pentagon's books," House Government Reform national security, veterans affairs and international relations subcommittee Chairman Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Ranking Member Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) wrote Rumsfeld in an April 27 letter.

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May 11, 2001 -- The Senate yesterday confirmed Kenneth Juster as under secretary of commerce for export administration. In that position, Juster will also head the department's Bureau of Export Administration, which plays a key national security role in managing U.S. export controls and protecting critical infrastructure.

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May 10, 2001

May 10, 2001 -- At their confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, President Bush's three service secretary nominees withstood intense questioning about potential conflicts of interest related to the companies they are leaving.

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May 10, 2001 -- Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) has come out in favor of Northrop Grumman's offer to buy Newport News Shipbuilding for $2.6 billion in cash and debt, placing him at odds with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA), who supports General Dynamics' buyout offer.

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May 10, 2001 -- This week's announcement by Northrop Grumman of a $2.6 billion offer to buy Newport News Shipbuilding has prompted Virginia's senior senator to request a meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Last month, General Dynamics and Newport News agreed to a merger in which GD would pay $2.1 billion in cash and take on $500 million in NNS debt. Northrop Grumman's offer, released May 8, is for 75 percent in shares of Northrop Grumman stock and 25 percent in cash, as well as the debt.

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May 10, 2001 -- The United States' heavy airlift capability is at risk because of spare parts shortages, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) said yesterday.

"In order to keep C-5s flying, two or more C-5s (at Dover Air Force Base, DE) had to be turned into 'hangar queens' or 'cann-birds -- sad terms that describe million-dollar airplanes that must be used to provide parts for other planes," Biden told colleagues on the Senate floor.

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May 09, 2001

May 9, 2001 -- The Senate has confirmed Pete Aldridge as the next under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

As the Pentagon's acquisition chief, Aldridge is expected to be a key member of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's revamped Pentagon leadership team, which he will organize like a corporate hierarchy, according to sources.

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May 9, 2001 -- The House today passed a fiscal year 2002 budget resolution by a vote of 221-207. Democrats have attacked the resolution, which was agreed to by House and Senate conferees, calling it a "fraud" in part because the Bush administration has yet to determine defense spending levels.

The Senate is debating the resolution this afternoon and is expected to vote on it tomorrow morning.

The resolution identifies $324.8 billion in budget authority for the Defense Department in FY-02. That level is projected to rise to $408 billion in 2011.

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May 08, 2001

May 8, 2001 -- President Bush has nominated Susan Livingstone for the position of under secretary of the Navy, the White House announced yesterday.

Livingstone served as assistant secretary of the Army for installations, logistics and environment from 1989 through 1993.

She is the deputy chairman and chief executive officer of the Association of the U.S. Army's Board of Trustees.

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May 8, 2001 -- The Senate today confirmed John Bolton to be under secretary of state for arms control and international security affairs by a 57-43 vote. The position is seen as key to Bush administration plans to move ahead with a national missile defense system and amend or abandon the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty.

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May 8, 2001 -- A sweeping reorganization of the Defense Department's space operations is not setting the stage for the United States to move forward with the use of space weapons, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today. The changes unveiled today also will have no effect on the Bush administration's planned development of a National Missile Defense system, Rumsfeld said.

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May 8, 2001 -- The Army's Operations Support Command has awarded Alliant Techsystems new contract options worth $148 million to produce small-caliber ammunition, the company announced today.

ATK's Independence, MO-based Lake City Small-Caliber Ammunition Company will produce the .50 caliber, 7.62mm, and 5.56mm rounds, according to a company statement. A portion of the ammunition will be new lead-free rounds that are part of an Army initiative to move to "green ammunition" in the 21st century.

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May 07, 2001

May 7, 2001 -- The Defense Department's inspector general says the Pentagon and Air Force have not proprerly managed the development of a database system designed to streamline the security clearance adjudication process.

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May 7, 2001 -- L-3 Communications has acquired KDI Precision Products for approximately $67.5 million, L-3 announced today.

Clermont, OH-based KDI makes proximity fuses, electronic and electro-mechanical safety and arming devices (ESADs) and self-destruct/submunition grenade fuses for the Army and Navy. New York, NY-based L-3 makes secure communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training products, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products.

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May 7, 2001 -- The Air Force has approved the system design of the second industry team competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to build the low-earth component of the Space-Based Infrared System, the team announced today.

The System Design Review is the second of three program definition and risk reduction milestones required by the Air Force before a system can begin engineering and manufacturing development.

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May 7, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will announce major changes to improve the leadership, management and organization of the nation's defense and intelligence space program Tuesday (May 8), the Pentagon said today.

The changes are in response to the report by the Commission to Assess United States National Security Space Management and Organization, commonly known as the Space Commission, Pentagon spokeswoman Susan Hansen told InsideDefense.com. Rumsfeld was in charge of the commission until President Bush nominated him to become defense secretary.

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May 04, 2001

May 4, 2001 -- Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson (R) has asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to base F-22 Raptors at Mountain Home Air Force Base.

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May 4, 2001 -- The Senate yesterday evening reached a unanimous consent agreement to vote next Tuesday on the nomination of John Bolton to be under secretary of state for arms control.

The vote is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 8, following three hours of debate on the nomination Monday evening.

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May 4, 2001 -- The Army has signed a $219.7 million research, development, test and evaluation contract with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., launching the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter upgrade program, the company announced yesterday.

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May 03, 2001

May 3, 2001 -- A delegation of lawmakers from Iowa and Illinois is calling for the termination of the Joint Lightweight 155 mm Howitzer program in response to a General Accounting Office report released today that outlines program cost increases, technical problems and schedule delays.

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