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September 24, 2001

Sept. 24, 2001 -- The Navy's testing command has determined the service's Cooperative Engagement Capability is operationally effective and suitable for use, paving the way for a full-rate production decision this fall for a system designed to help track air threats to aircraft carrier battle groups and enable commanders to knock down targets sooner.

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Sept. 24, 2001 -- President Bush announced today he signed an executive order that freezes the assets of those connected with terrorist organizations, and that prohibits U.S. citizens and companies from doing business with these organizations.

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Sept. 24, 2001 -- While some defense contractors may experience production bottlenecks as the Pentagon stocks up on items it may need for the coming war against terrorism, the credit ratings for the defense industry as a whole remain unchanged, according to Standard & Poor's.

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September 21, 2001

Sept. 21, 2001 -- U.S. Special Operations Forces are well prepared for their mission and represent the logical choice for units to use in the early days of a war against terrorism, a prominent defense expert said today.

"We have very, very good special forces -- it's one of the areas that has been preserved" during the post-Cold War military drawdown, according to Michael Vickers, director of strategic studies for the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

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Sept. 21, 2001 -- The House and Senate will resume debate on their fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bills on Monday, congressional sources tell InsideDefense.com.

While several opening statements were delivered on the House floor yesterday, lawmakers did not debate the bill today, a House staff member said. Debate on the $328 billion legislation is expected to resume Monday.

The full Senate had a short period of debate on its version of the bill today and is expected to resume discussions on Monday, Senate sources said.

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Sept. 21, 2001 -- Details on plans for a new White House office for homeland security are sketchy as Bush administration officials work to figure out how much money it needs and exactly how it will coordinate efforts to guard against terrorism on U.S. soil.

"Those matters are still being considered," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said today.

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Sept. 21, 2001 -- The White House today released $5.1 billion in emergency funding to help the Pentagon and other government agencies recover from last week's terrorist attacks. This is the first installment from the $40 billion in emergency funds recently approved by Congress.

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Sept. 21, 2001 -- Former Litton Shipbuilding President and Chief Operating Officer Ronald Sugar has been named president and COO of Northrop Grumman, the company announced yesterday.

Sugar was named a corporate vice president when Northrop Grumman acquired Litton earlier this year for $5.1 billion.

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September 20, 2001

Sept. 20, 2001 -- As U.S. forces begin heading toward the Persian Gulf in anticipation of military action following last week's terrorist attacks, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned that the Bush administration's war on terrorism will be "a marathon, not a sprint" and said victory will be achieved when the American people "are satisfied they can live their lives in relative freedom and have the kinds of linkages with the rest of the world that we feel are so central to our well-being."

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Sept. 20, 2001 -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told lawmakers today that the United States should give terrorists "no quarter" in the wake of last week's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Sept. 20, 2001 -- Congressional leaders announced today that a House working group on terrorism and homeland defense would be upgraded to a full working subcommittee of the House Select Intelligence Committee.

The working group, chaired by Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), evaluates terrorist threats, U.S. vulnerability, counterterrorism, response resources and capabilities across the government, and all manner of domestic preparedness issues.

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September 19, 2001

Sept. 19, 2001 -- The Marine Corps is reminding its troops to keep their lips buttoned tight and make careful use of personal electronic devices such as cell phones in the wake of the worst terrorist strike in United States history.

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Sept. 19, 2001 -- The National Guard's weapons of mass destruction civil-support teams endured more than a year's worth of delays before the first units were certified to respond to possible WMD attacks in July. But the teams were ready for action when needed most -- after last week's deadly terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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September 18, 2001

Sept. 18, 2001 -- Taking out indicted international terrorist Osama bin Laden will not solve the terrorism problem, former CIA Director James Woolsey warned today.

Woolsey, speaking this morning at a panel discussion on terrorism sponsored by King Publishing, said the United States should not get into a mode of thinking the problem will end if it is able to capture or kill those responsible for helping last week's attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Sept. 18, 2001 -- One week after the deadliest terror attacks ever committed on U.S. soil, NORAD continues to direct the Air National Guard combat air patrols maintaining air sovereignty over Washington, DC, and New York City.

The Federal Aviation Administration has resumed its standard role of monitoring domestic air traffic, according to an FAA spokesman, while NORAD has reverted to its "normal" operation of tracking "all aircraft entering or attempting to enter U.S. airspace," an official said.

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Sept. 18, 2001 -- The Navy has successfully launched a Tomahawk cruise missile from a Seawolf-class submarine, marking the first time the widely used land-attack missile has been fired from the service's newest class of fast-attack subs, the service announced today.

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Power

Sept. 18, 2001 -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham says the Bush administration remains steadfastly behind its efforts to expand the nation's reliance on nuclear power despite heightened concerns about the risks associated with radioactive materials following last week's terrorist attacks.

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September 17, 2001

Sept. 17, 2001 -- Large and mid-size defense industry stocks reaped the benefits of the heightened tension after last week's terrorist attacks -- benefits which one analyst believes will likely help sustain shares of defense contractors over the next five years.

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Sept. 17, 2001 -- Asked at a Pentagon media briefing if he wants indicted international terrorist Osama bin Laden dead, President Bush said today, "I want him -- I want justice."

"They used to put out there in the Old West a 'wanted' poster. It said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.' All I want, and America wants, (is bin Laden) brought to justice. That's what we want," Bush said, but he also pointed out that the United States is not targeting bin Laden exclusively.

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Sept. 17, 2001 -- Two congressional panels have scheduled hearings this week to assess the ability of the U.S. government to respond to terrorism.

The House and Senate hearings were called in response to last week's deadly terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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