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August 15, 2001

Aug. 15, 2001 -- Northrop Grumman today announced that the company has added Jay Nussbaum to its board of directors. Nussbaum, executive vice president of an Oracle Corp. subsidiary, replaces board member Robert Lutz, who resigned today to serve as vice chairman and head of product development for General Motors.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- An Army and Federal Emergency Management Agency effort to help states prepare for chemical weapons accidents has not progressed as quickly as expected and has failed to meet its own deadline for achieving full preparedness, the General Accounting Office has found.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- The head of the Pentagon's missile defense program office said today that he expects more sophisticated countermeasures will be added to tests of the national missile defense system early next year following an October test that will be a replay of one held last month.

The July test ended with a successful intercept of a target ballistic missile.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- Pentagon acquisition chief Pete Aldridge announced today the Defense Acquisition Board has approved the F-22 Raptor for production under a new arrangement that could allow the Air Force to purchase all 339 aircraft it says it needs.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- Pentagon acquisition executive Pete Aldridge said today he needs more time to decide if the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft can be made safe enough for use by the U.S. military. Aldridge received a briefing on the Osprey, including a NASA review of the program, on Aug. 14.

Aldridge declined to say whether he is confident the V-22 can be made safe for operational use.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- General Dynamics Land Systems has selected Smiths Aerospace to design and develop a high-voltage main generator system for the Crusader self-propelled howitzer and re-supply vehicle, the subcontractor announced today. The contract has a potential value of $160 million over the life of the program.

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Aug. 15, 2001 -- The Pentagon is looking to relax its intellectual property rules to attract more companies to do business with the Defense Department, the Pentagon's acquisition chief told reporters today.

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August 14, 2001

Aug. 14, 2001 -- An interagency team of U.S. officials will travel to China next week to discuss ballistic missile proliferation, a State Department spokesman said yesterday.

The talks will take place Aug. 23 and could continue on Aug. 24 if necessary, department spokesman Philip Reeker said. He added that Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Vann Van Diepen would lead the delegation.

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Aug. 14, 2001 -- The Marine Corps will suspend the distribution of its common access cards, which allow Marines to enter secure buildings, log onto computers and access medical records, for up to seven months while it attempts to resolve several technical problems, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones said in an administrative message yesterday.

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Aug. 14, 2001 -- Unexpected demands for parts needed to keep aircraft flying have hindered Defense Department aviation readiness rates and maintenance crew morale, the General Accounting Office has determined in a series of recently released reports.

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Aug. 14, 2001 -- The chief of naval operations is putting the commander-in-chief of Atlantic Fleet in charge of a new organization called U.S. Fleet Forces Command, designed to coordinate and implement the requirements and policies of the Navy's non-deployed Atlantic and Pacific Fleet forces.

According to an Aug. 13 message from CNO Adm. Vern Clark obtained by Inside the Navy, the alignment changes are "the next step" in an ongoing process to give the fleet a "larger role in the Navy's program development process in Washington" and move community sponsors to the fleet.

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Aug. 14, 2001 -- The Army has reduced the time it needs to process an export license from 30 days to 10, a senior service official said today.

Army Security Assistance Command chief Maj. Gen. Bruce Scott said his command processes approximately 4,500 export licenses per year. USASAC is responsible for implementation of approved Army security assistance programs, including foreign military sales of defense articles and services to eligible foreign governments. The general spoke at a Foreign Press Center briefing in Washington, DC.

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Aug. 14, 2001 -- The House Armed Services Committee has approved legislative language that would require the Defense Department to assess the impact to national security any time the military examines the environmental impacts of a proposed action. Backed by Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), the measure was included in the committee's Aug. 1 mark-up of the fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill.

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August 13, 2001

Aug. 13, 2001 -- The United States' views on ballistic missile defense, NATO expansion and nuclear nonproliferation are causing Russia to make choices in its security policy that could cause problems for both countries, a senior Russian lawmaker warned today.

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August 10, 2001

Aug. 10, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday that he expects to issue his long-awaited Defense Planning Guidance to the services.

The document, issued annually, shapes how the military crafts its future spending plans.

During a town hall meeting at the Pentagon yesterday, Rumsfeld said the guidance would be issued after he returns from an Aug. 11-14 trip to Moscow. The town hall meeting was closed to the press but was broadcast via closed circuit television and over the Internet.

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Aug. 10, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will travel to Moscow Saturday evening to forge a new friendship with Russia that the United States believes should result in mutual withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, according to a senior defense official.

Rumsfeld will meet with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov in an "intense" schedule on Monday and return to the United States the same night, the official told reporters during a background briefing today.

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Aug. 10, 2001 -- Air Force Secretary James Roche this week asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to push for the addition of nearly $200 million to the fiscal year 2002 budget request for new C-17 strategic airlifters, Inside the Air Force has learned.

The issue, raised in an Aug. 8 memo from Roche to Rumsfeld, is under consideration by Pentagon acquisition czar Pete Aldridge, sources say.

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August 09, 2001

Aug. 9, 2001 -- Stephen Younger will become the next director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency on Sept. 1, the Defense Department announced today.

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Aug. 9, 2001 -- The United States will likely bar South Korea from integrating the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile onto any non-U.S. aircraft if the country does not choose Boeing's F-15 as its next air superiority fighter, according to sources and documents.

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Aug. 9, 2001 -- Alliant Techsystems' $685 million acquisition of Alcoa's Thiokol Propulsion business unit helped boost ATK's earnings during the past quarter, company officials said yesterday.

The Thiokol buy, completed earlier this year, as well as strong performances by ATK's core businesses combined to lift earnings from continuing operations by 13 percent to $1.22 per share compared to earnings of $1.08 per share for the same period last year, according to a company statement.

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