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October 02, 2001

Oct. 2, 2001 -- The Senate today approved a $345 billion defense authorization bill, clearing the way for a conference with the House before the final legislation is sent to the president.

The bill passed by a 99-0 vote; the only senator not to vote was Strom Thurmond (R-SC), who was hospitalized after fainting on the Senate floor today, according to news reports.

The House passed its version of the authorization bill late last month.

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Oct. 2, 2001 -- Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) today introduced legislation to create a select committee on homeland defense and terrorism.

"The House has acted; the administration has acted; we have not," Roberts said in a speech today on the Senate floor. "It is time" for the Senate to act as well, he said.

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Oct. 2, 2001 -- The Defense Department has an inadequate inventory of suits to protect warfighters from chemical and biological attacks, a threat expected to grow worse through 2007, the General Accounting Office asserts in a report released today.

Further, DOD is currently unaware of exactly how many protective systems it has, or what its true requirements are, because of faulty inventory systems. According to GAO analysis, more than 680,000 service members that need protective ensembles do not have them.

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Oct. 2, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will travel to the Middle East tonight following a meeting with Indian Defense and External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said today at a Pentagon press briefing.

Rumsfeld will visit Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and Uzbekistan and he hopes to return to the United States "this weekend," he told reporters today.

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October 01, 2001

Oct. 1, 2001 -- The current alignment of U.S. assets forward-based in Western Europe and Northeast Asia "is inadequate for the new strategic environment" that requires greater access to Asia, according to the Defense Department's Quadrennial Defense Review, released today.

Consequently, the document contains orders for the military services to move away from the lingering Cold War basing strategy and increase presence in South Asia and the Middle East.

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Oct. 1, 2001 -- Last month's terrorist attacks against the Pentagon and World Trade Center have accelerated the Defense Department's efforts to transform the United States military to better handle 21st century threats, according to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

In a foreword to the Quadrennial Defense Review, released today, Rumsfeld said the Sept. 11 attacks "confirm the strategic direction and planning principles that resulted from this review."

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Oct. 1, 2001 -- A senior defense official suggested today President Bush's campaign against terrorism is considered by the Defense Department to be a major combat operation, as opposed to a small-scale contingency.

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September 28, 2001

Sept. 28, 2001 -- General Dynamics has completed its $825 million acquisition of Motorola's Integrated Information Systems Group, the company announced today.

The new entity will be known as General Dynamics Decision Systems, and it will be part of the company's Information Systems and Technology business group, according to a Sept. 28 statement. Mark Fried will remain president of the business, reporting to Kenneth Dahlberg, executive vice president of General Dynamics.

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Sept. 28, 2001 -- The Air Force has awarded contracts totaling about $91.4 million to two companies to support the Defense Support Program in fiscal year 2002, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Azusa, CA-based Aerojet General Corp. received $49.2 million for sensors on the DSP spacecraft while Redondo Beach, CA-based TRW Inc. received $42.2 million for the DSP satellite system, according to a Defense Department statement.

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Sept. 28, 2001 -- President Bush has released an additional $1.8 billion in emergency funds for the fight against terrorism, the White House announced today.

The money -- $1.7 billion of which goes to the military -- is the second installment from the $40 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill passed by Congress earlier this month in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, bringing the total outlay so far to $6.9 billion.

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September 27, 2001

Sept. 27, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today assured that the nation's military and civilian leaders would be able to react quickly if a hijacked airliner ever again tried to target a U.S. city.

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Sept. 27, 2001 -- Both of New Mexico's senators have invited Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (R) to visit Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories to learn about antiterrorism programs conducted there.

Ridge was chosen by President Bush to lead the new White House Office of Homeland Security. He will resign as governor and start work as homeland security chief on Oct. 5.

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Sept. 27, 2001 -- The Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $10.2 million contract modification to continue repairing the crippled EP-3 aircraft that collided with a Chinese fighter last spring, the Pentagon announced today.

The surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft collided April 1, 2001, with a Chinese fighter off the southern coast of the People's Republic of China and was forced to land on Hainan Island. The Chinese fighter pilot was killed.

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Sept. 27, 2001 -- The Air Force should pay more attention to its workforce and acquisition policy if it wants to maintain its technological lead in a world of downsized and merged defense contractors, a National Research Council report released this week concludes.

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September 26, 2001

Sept. 26, 2001 -- Textron officials today announced changes to the company's management structure in the wake of the slowing economy, terrorist attacks and problems with its Bell Helicopter business unit.

The company also announced that it was reducing its earnings expectations for the third quarter, forecasting a loss of approximately 25 cents per share.

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Sept. 26, 2001 -- Sen. John Warner (R-VA), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said today that the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review would reflect an increased emphasis on homeland defense in the wake of the terrorist incidents earlier this month.

Warner and other senior members of the House and Senate defense committees discussed the QDR at a breakfast meeting this morning with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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September 25, 2001

Sept. 25, 2001 -- Responding to constituent interest in contributing to the recovery efforts tied to the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, Rep. Bud Cramer (D-AL) introduced a bill last Friday (Sept. 21) that establishes a "Counterterrorism Trust Fund" and provides ways to contribute to the fund.

The trust fund would assist in recovery operations for damages incurred by the attacks against the Pentagon and New York's World Trade Center.

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Sept. 25, 2001 -- The Defense Department is aware that the lack of a clear leader on homeland security issues may represent a problem, and is looking at solutions through the quadrennial defense review process, Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

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Sept. 25, 2001 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today that the war on terrorism will likely have an impact on future defense budgets.

"There's no question but that it will have implications" for the fiscal year 2003 and 2004 budgets, Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon press conference. "I mean, think of the things we have already rearranged and had to do."

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Sept. 25, 2001 -- The devastating events of Sept. 11 have prompted the Navy to postpone indefinitely a biennial symposium that has for years brought together naval leaders from around the world to discuss maritime issues with political, economic and security-related implications.

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