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August 27, 2001

Aug. 27, 2001 -- Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels today said he hopes lawmakers will approve the fiscal year 2002 defense appropriations bill soon after returning from their August recess.

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August 24, 2001

Aug. 24, 2001 -- The debate over what segment of the electromagnetic spectrum should be auctioned to future providers of third-generation wireless Internet service has become focused on money -- perhaps to the detriment of the Defense Department, according to the new DOD chief information officer.

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Aug. 24, 2001 -- The military must improve its capability to "decentralize" its battlefield decision-making, the Pentagon's new assistant secretary for command, control, communications and intelligence said today, adding that network-centric warfare is the way to do it.

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Aug. 24, 2001 -- Egypt has requested to buy 26 Extended Range Multiple Launch Rocket Systems worth an estimated $354 million, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced today.

The proposed sale would allow the Egyptian Army to continue developing a defensive area fire capability to counter hostile long-range artillery and rocket systems. ER-MLRS would also enhance Egyptian interoperability with U.S. forces, the DSCA statement reads.

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Aug. 24, 2001 -- The United States should unambiguously guarantee Taiwan's safety from possible attack by China and at the same time hold up Taipei's government as a model for potential political reforms on the mainland, according to a senior House lawmaker.

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August 23, 2001

Aug. 23, 2001 -- The Army has agreed to pay Stewart & Stevenson $18.5 million to resolve a dispute with the company over modifications to Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles drive shafts, Stewart & Stevenson's president and chief executive officer announced today.

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August 22, 2001

Aug. 22, 2001 -- Raytheon has won a $110 million contract for the Army Airborne Command and Control System, the Defense Department announced today.

A2C2S is an "on-the-move" C2 system described as a "tactical command post." It is designed to enable commanders and their staffs "to maintain digital connectivity while operating from a temporary remote site or moving through the battlespace at speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour," the announcement states.

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- The Air Force is attempting to kill the Extended Range Cruise Missile 18 months after it first proposed the program, citing a reduced demand for the missile. Officially on hold, Air Force and industry officials say the program has for all intents and purposes been killed.

"The bottom line is that there has been lower use than we thought for some of our cruise missiles, so the urgency for the Extended Range Cruise Missile has gone down" Maj. Gen. John Barry, Air Force director of strategic plans, told InsideDefense.com today.

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- Sandra Pack, treasurer of the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign, is the White House's pick for assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller.

According to the White House, Pack is the treasurer of the Bush-Cheney Compliance Committee, which was set up to allow for donations to the campaign during the general election. Before that, Pack was the treasurer for Bush-Cheney 2000.

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- The Navy has decided that Navy Secretary Gordon England should recuse himself from matters involving General Dynamics' $2.6 billion bid to buy Newport News Shipbuilding, but declared he is free to make decisions about the DD-21 destroyer GD and other companies are vying to design and build, a spokesman for England told Inside the Navy.

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- Rep. John Spratt (D-SC), the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, said today the mid-year budget review issued this week by the Bush White House will not support the administration's plan to transform the military without force structure cuts.

"I'd have real problems with that,' if it happens, Spratt said.

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August 21, 2001

Aug. 21, 2001 -- Citing the complexity of the issue, the Defense Department is calling for further review and analysis of spectrum alternatives before the administration decides whether to auction off a piece of the spectrum used by military systems, according to the DOD response to a new General Accounting Office report.

The Defense Department, GAO, the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department have agreed that further study is needed, the report states.

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Aug. 21, 2001 -- The Pentagon's acquisition chief has issued instructions for how to proceed with the Joint Tactical Radio System, the Defense Department's first software-programmable radio.

Following a July 19 Defense Acquisition Board review, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Pete Aldridge signed an acquisition decision memorandum laying out how the Pentagon will go about developing and building an initial lot of approximately 10,000 radios, the Army said in a statement released today.

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Aug. 21, 2001 -- Lockheed Martin expects to make more than $800 million in international sales of its advanced targeting pod now that the Pentagon has picked the company to build it for the Air Force, a company executive said today.

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August 20, 2001

Aug. 20, 2001 -- A Navy E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft equipped with a new infrared sensor last month successfully detected and tracked a theater ballistic missile target launched from White Sands Missile Range, NM, Northrop Grumman said today.

The company, which produces the aircraft, is part of a team developing the Surveillance Infrared Search and Track (SIRST) sensor, which also includes the Navy and Raytheon. The July 9 exercise was the first live-fire test of the SIRST sensor, Northrop Grumman said in a statement.

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Aug. 20, 2001 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control of Orlando, FL, has won the Advanced Targeting Pod competition, the Pentagon announced today. The contract for the next-generation, attack-aircraft targeting pods could be worth more than $843 million.

The company, which beat two others in the competition, will receive $16.7 million initially to begin equipping 98 active-duty and 70 Air National Guard F-16s with the targeting pods.

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August 17, 2001

Aug. 17, 2001 -- In the clearest signal to date about how the Pentagon plans to move beyond the previous administration's two-major-theater-war yardstick, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today said he was "increasingly comfortable" with a new "force-sizing construct" that is being discussed within the Defense Department.

The two major-war yardstick has been a mainstay of U.S. military policy for many years, but the Bush defense team has made it clear since taking over in January that a new paradigm is in order.

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Aug. 17, 2001 -- Pentagon acquisition chief Pete Aldridge has instructed the Navy and Marine Corps to begin participating in the Air Force's Small Diameter Bomb program, a weapon expected to dramatically increase the firepower of stealthy aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter.

Aldridge directed Navy and Marine Corps participation because of the "joint service aspects of the program," he wrote in the Small Diameter Bomb acquisition decision memorandum late last month, according to Defense Department officials.

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August 16, 2001

Aug. 16, 2001 -- Ballistic Missile Defense Organization Director Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish is scheduled today to brief a BMDO reorganization plan to a newly created "board of directors" established by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a senior Pentagon official said yesterday.

The Senior Executive Committee is made up of Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Pentagon acquisition chief Pete Aldridge, and the three service secretaries.

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Aug. 16, 2001 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today the long-awaited Defense Planning Guidance Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will issue soon makes clear that U.S. forces will no longer be measured against the ability to fight two major wars nearly simultaneously.

Because of this change, he said, the Pentagon may alter its force structure to ensure forces deployed to critical areas around the world have the ability to win decisively against potential enemies.

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