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July 25, 2000

July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales.

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July 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen assured the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the Defense Intelligence Agency is not being kept out of the loop on potential Israeli arms deals. The Washington Times reported today that an internal Pentagon memo says DIA is to be excluded from reviewing potential Israeli weapons sales. Cohen said he is not aware of a memorandum circulating within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that says DTRA analysts no longer need to consult with DIA before approving technology transfers to Israel as reported by the Times.

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July 24, 2000

July 24, 2000 -- A bill the Senate may consider this week gives the president discretionary authority to terminate any missile-related contract involving U.S. and foreign companies if he determines either party has violated provisions of the Missile Technology Control Regime. Current law only allows the president to make such a move on a prospective license and contract.

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July 21, 2000

July 21, 2000 -- Egypt has asked to purchase $882 million worth of U.S. military equipment and support, including the upgrade of 35 AH-64A Apache helicopters to the "D" version, the Defense Department announced yesterday.

The helicopters would not feature the Longbow Fire Control Radar, the centerpiece of the Army's Longbow Apache. The potential $400 million sale would include 35 Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision sensors and related equipment.

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July 21, 2000 -- The Air Force should establish a research and development program to develop technologies that will advance the use of unmanned aerial vehicles as well as lower the cost of these platforms, a new report from the National Research Council states.

The Air Force envisions using UAVs to work with, and possibly replace, manned aircraft to handle a variety of missions, NRC says. "However, UAV technologies must be better understood before they will be accepted as an alternative to inhabited aircraft on the battlefield," the report reads.

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July 21, 2000 -- The Army and Marine Corps are joining forces to present a complementary view of each service's land warfare abilities and requirements during the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review. Enthused by their first-ever joint warfighting conference in May, the two services have formed a working group to handle QDR preparation and issues like training, budgeting and a joint plan for battling asymmetric threats, according to a memorandum signed out yesterday by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones.

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July 20, 2000

July 20, 2000 -- A group of Senate and House Democrats yesterday criticized the Army for losing track of almost $900 million worth of equipment.

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July 20, 2000 -- Acknowledging the many problems military forces face with land mine threats that have loomed since World War II, Army and Marine Corps officials told an industry conference this week they have several solutions to the problem but little money to put behind them.

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July 20, 2000 -- The Marine Corps' top aviation official expects to receive the Judge Advocate General report on the fatal April 8 MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor crash as soon as this week, and could release further details in the near future.

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July 20, 2000 -- The Defense Department is entering into the final stage of a three-phase approach to tackling the financial management problem that has vexed nearly every defense secretary, Pentagon Comptroller Bill Lynn told House lawmakers today.

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July 19, 2000

July 19, 2000 -- While noting that a Defense Department report on government performance has done a good job defining DOD's mission and how it plans to meet its goals, a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee report released yesterday says DOD so vaguely defined its mission that any action taken can be construed as meeting those goals.

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July 19, 2000 -- A senior Clinton administration official said yesterday the United States wants to maintain a nuclear deterrence-based strategic relationship with China and does not want the deployment of a limited National Missile Defense system to upset that equation.

At the same time, John Holum, the State Department's senior adviser on arms control and international security affairs, acknowledged that the United States will not find it easy to convince China that the NMD system is not meant to negate China's nuclear arsenal.

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July 19, 2000 -- A test pitting the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 theater missile defense system against a cruise missile target was canceled this morning, according to Army sources.

The decision to postpone the test was made after the Simulated Launch Adapter -- a safety device -- failed, according to sources.

The test, to be held at White Sands Missile Range, NM, has not yet been rescheduled.

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July 19, 2000 -- By a vote of 367-58, the House today approved the $288 billion defense appropriations conference package for fiscal year 2001. House and Senate conferees wrapped up their work on the bill late Monday night.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week. It will then be sent to the president for signature.

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July 18, 2000

July 18, 2000 -- The United Arab Emirates has selected Lockheed Martin to produce and deliver an F-16 block 60 training system, the company announced today. The contract is worth $50 million over seven years.

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July 18, 2000 -- In a message sent to all military commands yesterday, Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy de Leon said the Pentagon will take "all appropriate steps" to resume its full-scale anthrax vaccination program no later than January. De Leon's memo is the first full policy statement issued by the Defense Department since DOD announced last week that the vaccine program was being scaled back because of a dwindling supply.

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July 18, 2000 -- More than a year has passed since the Senate battled the Clinton Administration over the creation of a new State Department arms control office, and while it has been officially up and running since February, James Sheaks, the man slated to run it, is still awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

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July 18, 2000 -- The president has picked an Army general for the Joint Staff's top command, control, communications and computers position, the Defense Department announced today.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Kellogg, the Army's assistant deputy chief of staff for operations and plans, will get a third star if confirmed for the position of Joint Staff director for C4 (J-6).

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July 17, 2000

July 17, 2000 -- The Commerce Department will release today the administration's new plan governing encryption exports, a strategy that removes restrictions on businesses wanting to sell U.S. security technology to all European Union members plus 10 other allied nations, sources say.

The White House's proposed new regulations would grant license exemptions after a one-time review regardless of the product's key length, or codifying "strength."

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July 17, 2000 -- Navy and industry technicians are poring over data from a failed flight test of the Navy's Theater Wide missile defense system that took place on Friday. The test was designed to have the three-stage rocket motor that will power the NTW interceptor separate during a flight over the Pacific Ocean. The Navy announced Saturday morning that the rocket malfunctioned during flight.

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