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November 02, 2001


Nov. 2, 2001 -- Wrapping the defense of the nation's seaports under the rubric of the maritime defense zone concept may be too narrow a focus, according to Coast Guard Commandant Adm. James Loy.

One Coast Guard admiral on the East Coast and another on the West Coast are responsible for the military mission of protecting domestic ports and harbors; each has oversight of not only Coast Guard Port Security Units, but also some Navy forces like mobile inshore undersea warfare units and explosive ordnance disposal teams.

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Nov. 2, 2001 -- The Defense Department has proposed a federal acquisition rule change that would allow for select exclusive teaming arrangements within the defense industry if they do not violate federal antitrust law.

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Nov. 2, 2001 -- Strong defense sales "significantly softened the blow" of lower earnings in the commercial sector for Oshkosh Truck Corp. during the past quarter, the company's chief executive officer told investment analysts yesterday.

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November 01, 2001

Nov. 1, 2001 -- The CIA yesterday posted on its web site a 1998 handbook on handling weapons of mass destruction. The unclassified publication has been widely distributed by the agency in recent years as a resource to anyone interested, but was posted to the Internet only recently because of the increased interest by the public in biological and chemical weapons, a CIA spokesman said today.

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Nov. 1, 2001 -- President Bush has announced the nomination of Les Brownlee for under secretary of the Army, the White House said yesterday.

Brownlee is the minority staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He has served as minority or majority staff director since 1996.

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Nov. 1, 2001 -- A congressionally mandated study group contends a national facility should be established to research, develop and produce vaccines to combat biological terrorism.

The Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction approved the recommendations for its third report in late August and today released an advance executive summary of the report in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

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Nov. 1, 2001 -- Northrop Grumman this week said allegations that the company committed fraud against the government in connection with Pentagon programs such as the B-2 bomber are "baseless" and expressed confidence that it would be successful in court.

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October 31, 2001

Oct. 31, 2001 -- President Bush may name retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni as an envoy to the Middle East for security issues, according to informed sources.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage quietly tapped Zinni for the new diplomatic post several weeks ago, officials tell Inside the Pentagon. But the selection has not been announced and Zinni's work has been on hold as the administration struggles to balance its desire for peace between Israel and the Palestinians on one hand with its growing war against terrorism on the other.

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Oct. 31, 2001 -- Major changes to Pentagon acquisition practices are an imperative because of the war on terrorism, Defense Department acquisition chief Pete Aldridge said last week.

New technologies needed for Operation Enduring Freedom must be accelerated and money cannot be wasted on inefficient systems, he said.

"So much has changed. And we had better change with it," said Aldridge as he outlined goals for refining Pentagon acquisition, technology and logistics.

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Oct. 31, 2001 -- The president and chief executive officer of EDO Corp. today said his company was still on the acquisition trail.

"We kind of consider ourselves an aggressive seeker but a disciplined buyer," James Smith told financial analysts during a conference call on the company's third-quarter earnings.

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October 30, 2001

Oct. 30, 2001 -- The Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, which is being used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan against the Taliban, was recently deemed ineffective and unsuitable for military operations by the Pentagon's director of operational testing, according to documents and sources.

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Oct. 30, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has signed an order to deploy the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to Pentagon sources.

The order was signed Oct. 26 after weeks of speculation over whether the Pentagon would send the young unmanned aerial vehicle to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to allied forces in the region around Afghanistan.

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Oct. 30, 2001 -- Senior Pentagon officials told Boeing yesterday that its Joint Strike Fighter bid was considered inferior to Lockheed Martin's in the critical area of overall air vehicle design -- with the difference most appreciable in the area of short take-off, vertical landing propulsion.

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October 29, 2001

Oct. 29, 2001 -- The Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have led to a fundamental change in the way the Air National Guard maintains "alert" bases with aircraft ready to rapidly respond to homeland threats, the ANG commander told defense reporters Friday.

The seven air bases on permanent alert Sept. 11 were arranged in a "U" pattern around the United States coastline, Maj. Gen. Paul Weaver said Oct. 26. But with 26 alert sites now in use, the basing pattern for the first time in years includes bases in the center of the nation, Weaver said.

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Oct. 29, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today reiterated that the Pentagon is ready to prosecute the military campaign against the Taliban and al Qaeda network up to and through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, if need be.

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October 26, 2001

Oct. 26, 2001 -- Lockheed Martin Chief Financial Officer Christopher Kubasik said today that the Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter decision, win or lose, will not affect the company's earnings prospects through 2002.

"The outcome of the JSF decision, whether positive or negative, will not have a material impact on the increased 2001 and 2002 earnings guidance that was released this morning," Kubasik told financial analysts during a conference call on the company's third quarter 2001 earnings.

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Oct. 26, 2001 -- Alliant Techsystems Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paul David Miller said yesterday that Alcoa's Thiokol Propulsion business unit was fully integrated into ATK.

While the legal paperwork for the acquisition was finished last summer, ATK completed the combination of its propulsion operations with Thiokol to form ATK Thiokol Propulsion Company on Oct. 1, Miller told financial analysts during an Oct. 25 conference call on the company's quarterly earnings results.

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Oct. 26, 2001 -- Lockheed Martin will build the Defense Department's next-generation stealthy Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon announced today.

The company has been awarded a $19 billion contract to build 14 developmental aircraft and refine its "F-35" attack fighter that will replace the F-16, AV-8B Harrier and other aircraft.

Lockheed Martin defeated Boeing to win JSF, expected to be the largest procurement program in DOD history. JSF is also the only manned fighter program being planned by the U.S. military.

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Oct. 26, 2001 -- General Dynamics has terminated its merger agreement with Newport News Shipbuilding, the company announced today.

"General Dynamics and Newport News Shipbuilding today agreed to terminate their agreement and plan of merger," a company statement reads.

The companies had entered into the plan on Apr. 24 and a tender offer for NNS shares was submitted on May 4. GD had extended its tender offer continuously since then, but the offer for the shares will expire at midnight tonight, the company said.

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October 25, 2001

Oct. 25, 2001 -- The Defense Department has issued a broad appeal to industry and government labs asking for ideas and technologies that might help in the war against terrorism, the Pentagon announced today.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Pete Aldridge and the Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office Technical Support Working Group jointly sponsored the broad agency announcement for counterterrorism research proposals, according to a DOD statement.

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