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July 26, 2000

July 26, 2000 -- Responding to a detailed General Accounting Office report on the Army's digitization plans, the service has agreed to report the acquisition status of lower priority systems that contribute to its battlefield digitization plans.

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July 26, 2000 -- A bipartisan group of 62 House members is urging President Clinton to defer the decision to deploy the National Missile Defense system.

Unresolved questions about the system's effectiveness and the decision's impact on the overall national security of the United States cannot be adequately answered this year, the members said in a July 25 letter to Clinton.

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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. 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 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 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 25, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that a recent test failure of the National Missile Defense system calls into question the "realism" of the Clinton administration's 2005 target date for fielding the system. Sometime in the next few weeks, Cohen will recommend to President Clinton whether to move forward with an NMD deployment plan.

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July 25, 2000 -- With the Farnborough 2000 international air show in full swing, General Dynamics is publicly promoting a proposal to use a modified Gulfstream V business-class jet for a variety of airborne combat support requirements, including handling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance duties.

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July 25, 2000 -- Northrop Grumman announced yesterday that it has completed the sale of its commercial aerostructures sector to the private investment firm The Carlyle Group, a $1.2 billion transaction that is a key element in the company's effort to expand its defense-related business.

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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.

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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.

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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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