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April 04, 2002

April 4, 2002 -- The Air Force said today that pilot error caused the crash of an HH-60G rescue helicopter last October near Patrick Air Force Base, FL.

The HH-60, assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, GA, was the lead aircraft of a two-ship formation during a combat search and rescue exercise over the Kissimmee River on Oct. 14, 2001 when the helicopter crashed, the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report reads.

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April 4, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has received a $200 million contract to continue manufacturing components for Japan's F-2 fighter aircraft, the company announced today.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is the prime contractor for the F-2 program, and Lockheed Martin will supply components for 12 production aircraft, according to a Lockheed statement. Japan's F-2 design is based on the U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft.

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Work April 4, 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has received a $200 million contract to continue manufacturing components for Japan's F-2 fighter aircraft, the company announced today.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is the prime contractor for the F-2 program, and Lockheed Martin will supply components for 12 production aircraft, according to a Lockheed statement. Japan's F-2 design is based on the U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft.

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April 03, 2002

April 3, 2002 -- Citing ongoing efforts to streamline management at the Defense Department, the Pentagon this week sent to Congress a legislative package designed to repeal numerous requirements for reports DOD says are overly burdensome, duplicative, obsolete or otherwise unnecessary.

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April 3, 2002 -- Citing ongoing efforts to streamline management at the Defense Department, the Pentagon this week sent to Congress a legislative package designed to repeal numerous requirements for reports DOD says are overly burdensome, duplicative, obsolete or otherwise unnecessary.

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April 02, 2002

April 2, 2002 -- Boeing announced today that Roger Krone, the company's vice president and general manager of Army programs for its Military Aircraft and Missile Systems business unit, has been promoted to vice president of strategic projects at Boeing's world headquarters in Chicago.

Patrick Shanahan, vice president and general manager of 757 programs in Boeing's Commercial Airplanes business group, will replace Krone, according to a company statement.

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April 2, 2002 -- Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems will dominate the worldwide airborne infrared countermeasures market by 2007, a new industry analysis states.

The continuing proliferation of man-portable, shoulder-fired, infrared-guided surface-to-air missiles has led to a number of new, next-generation directed infrared countermeasures systems, according to a report on the IRCM market by the Teal Group.

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April 2, 2003 -- The Pentagon has delayed the development of a second engine for the massive, multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, sparking concern among lawmakers and some in industry who feel two propulsion sources are needed to keep costs down and ensure the fleet can operate if one engine encounters problems.

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April 01, 2002

April 1, 2002 -- Northrop Grumman said today that it has successfully integrated Newport News Shipbuilding into the corporation.

"Newport News' policies and operating practices now fully comply with the requirements of Northrop Grumman," a company statement reads. "These include a wide range of policies and procedures, including common financial reporting, program oversight and risk management, human resources practices and access to the company's electronic network, among others."

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March 29, 2002

March 29, 2002 -- Northrop Grumman announced today that it has extended its offer to buy TRW by two weeks.

The extension will last until April 12, the company said in a statement.

Northrop is trying to persuade TRW shareholders to accept its $47-per-share offer, a bid which TRW's board of directors has spurned.

On Monday, TRW called Northrop's offer "financially inadequate," "opportunistic" and "severely undervalued." Accordingly, TRW Chairman Philip Odeen said "providing confidential, business-sensitive information to Northrop Grumman simply makes no sense."

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March 29, 2002 -- The Air Force announced today that it would move ahead with negotiations to lease 100 Boeing 767 aerial refueling tankers, after determining that a tanker supplied by the European Aeronautic, Defence and Space Co.'s Airbus Industries does not meet requirements.

In a statement, the Air Force contended that the Airbus KC-330 tanker presents "a higher risk technical approach and a less preferred financial arrangement" when compared to the 767.

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March 29, 2002 -- The Air Force announced today that it would move ahead with negotiations to lease 100 Boeing 767 aerial refueling tankers, after determining that a tanker supplied by the European Aeronautic, Defence and Space Co.'s Airbus Industries does not meet requirements.

In a statement, the Air Force contended that the Airbus KC-330 tanker presents "a higher risk technical approach and a less preferred financial arrangement" when compared to the 767.

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March 28, 2002

March 28, 2002 -- EPA staff plans to urge Administrator Christine Todd Whitman to oppose a draft Defense Department bill that would grant the military wide-ranging exemptions from key federal environmental laws in order to ease restrictions on military training, according to a confidential draft staff memo obtained by sister publication Defense Environment Alert.

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March 28, 2002 -- The Defense Department has transferred an acquisition "deskbook" from a joint program office to the Defense Acquisition University, according to DOD officials.

The deskbook is an automated information tool set up to provide acquisition help for officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the services and defense agencies.

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March 28, 2002 -- The Air Force has determined what caused two F-15Cs to crash into a Scottish mountain a year ago this week, but will not release the findings until a Royal Air Force air traffic controller is court-martialed for alleged "criminal negligence," according to U.S. and RAF officials.

The Air Force's publicly releasable accident investigation board (AIB) report into the incident will not be finalized until after RAF officials court-martial the controller who was directing the fighters, officials say. This is expected to last into the summer.

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March 28, 2002 -- The Air Force has determined what caused two F-15Cs to crash into a Scottish mountain a year ago this week, but will not release the findings until a Royal Air Force air traffic controller is court-martialed for alleged "criminal negligence," according to U.S. and RAF officials.

The Air Force's publicly releasable accident investigation board (AIB) report into the incident will not be finalized until after RAF officials court-martial the controller who was directing the fighters, officials say. This is expected to last into the summer.

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March 27, 2002

March 27, 2002 -- A recent study of tactical aviation requirements was not merely an academic exercise, Navy acquisition executive John Young said yesterday.

The study will lead to a smaller Navy and Marine Corps Joint Strike Fighter purchase if Pentagon leaders can be convinced that JSF's advanced capabilities mean fewer aircraft are needed for fighter missions, Young told reporters after a speech at the Navy League's annual conference in Washington, DC.

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March 27, 2002 -- The Army's Tank-Automotive Command has awarded United Defense Industries a $208.5 million contract that provides funding for the second year of a multiyear effort to supply the service with Bradley Fighting Vehicles and appliqué kits, the company announced today.

The contract increment covers 98 Bradley M3A3 cavalry vehicles, 44 Bradley M2A3 infantry systems and 45 appliqué kits, UDLP said.

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March 27, 2002 -- BAE Systems' newly appointed chief executive officer is "very attuned" to the corporation's operations in North America, a BAE spokesman said today.

BAE announced earlier this week that Mike Turner, until now one of three chief operating officers at the corporation, had been appointed to the top position following the sudden resignation of CEO John Weston.

Weston said in a March 25 statement that he had "decided to look for fresh challenges in new fields."

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March 26, 2002

March 26, 2002 -- Defense Department officials today shied away from setting initial financial goals for the Pentagon's latest round of initiatives designed to improve business operations across DOD and enhance support to the warfighter.

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