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November 18, 1999

Nov. 18, 1999 -- The Pentagon this week awarded $500 million worth of medical equipment contracts to Bayer Corporation's AGFA Division of Ridgefield Park, NJ, and IBM Global Government Industry of Houston, TX.

AGFA and IBM will both receive $250 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contracts to supply digital imaging networks, picture archiving and communications systems, according to a Nov. 16 Pentagon statement. Both companies are scheduled to finish work on the contract in November 2000.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- The Air Force this week awarded ECC International Corp. of Orlando, FL, a $486 million contract for the upkeep of aircrew maintenance and training systems.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- The Pentagon's top acquisition official this week approved a Joint Requirements Oversight Council recommendation to make the Army the lead service for ground-based National Missile Defense, a title the service has long coveted.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Jacques Gansler gave his approval in a Nov. 15 memo, obtained by DefenseAlert.

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Nov. 18, 1999 -- Israel has asked to buy 700 Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits and associated equipment in a deal potentially worth $45 million.

According to a Defense Department statement, the deal would cover the JDAMs, MK-84 bombs, testing, spare and repair parts, support equipment, contractor engineering and technical support, and other related program support elements.

The Boeing Co. of St. Louis, MO, is the prime contractor. "There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale," the DOD statement reads. -- Daniel G. Dupont

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November 17, 1999

Nov. 17, 1999 -- Computer Sciences Corp. and Nichols Research Corp. yesterday announced they had completed the merger of the two companies.

Under the terms of the deal, Nichols shareholders will receive 0.423 shares of CSC common stock for each share of Nichols, according to a CSC statement.

Before the merger, CSC was the 19th-largest defense contractor in the nation, receiving nearly $647 million in Defense Department contract awards in fiscal year 1998. Nichols was 50th, receiving nearly $244 million in FY-98, according to DOD figures.

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Nov. 17, 1999 -- The Marine Corps will host an industry day Dec. 3 to discuss the combat vehicle appended trainer program, a precision gunnery system that will train tank and light armored vehicle crews. The service expects to award a single contract early next year.

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Nov. 17, 1999 -- The Air Force Association has joined the chorus of Airborne Laser proponents urging Defense Secretary William Cohen not to follow through with a proposed $258 million cut to the ABL program, which the group calls "among the most promising" of the Defense Department's ballistic missile defense efforts.

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November 16, 1999

Nov. 16, 1999 -- Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre last week approved a plan to consolidate the management and workforce of the Defense Acquisition University, moving more than 200 officials from the services and the Defense Logistics Agency to DAU.

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Nov. 16, 1999 -- The United States and Brazil have formed a bilateral working group to provide a forum for discussing defense and security issues of mutual interest, Defense Secretary William Cohen said last Friday (Nov. 12). In creating the group, the United States hopes to help Brazil develop its new civilian-run ministry of defense by sharing the experiences the Pentagon has had in creating "joint services, other types of programs, and budget and planning," Cohen said.

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Nov. 16, 1999 -- Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), one of the leading missile defense proponents in Congress, told DefenseAlert yesterday that the latest Welch panel report on the Pentagon's National Missile Defense program contains nothing earth-shattering, but its recommendations on program management and testing deserve the attention of Congress. Weldon was extremely critical of the first Welch panel report, issued early last year, but said the group's latest effort is more balanced and makes recommendations that are valid and worthy of consideration.

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Nov. 16, 1999 -- Army Secretary Louis Caldera today busted Maj. Gen. John Maher to the rank of colonel following an Army finding that Maher carried on sexual relations with the wives of two subordinate officers and tried to start a sexual relationship with an enlisted female, the Army announced. Maher will lose about $1,400 in pension each month as a result of being retired in the rank of colonel instead of as a two-star general, an Army official said.

"There was no negotiation, there was no plea bargain," the official said.

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Nov. 16, 1999 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen has appointed Vickie McCall to chair the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, the Pentagon announced today. McCall, a member of the committee since 1998 and chair of the forces development and utilization subcommittee since Jan. 1, will assume the top seat on Jan. 1, 2000.

Mary Wamsley served as the 1999 DACOWITS chair, a non-salaried, one-year post.

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November 15, 1999


Nov. 15, 1999 -- An independent review team tasked with examining Boeing's space launch business has completed its work and is recommending the defense contractor take a number of steps to improve the reliability of its launch vehicles.

The Boeing Mission Assurance Review Team, headed by former Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall, "called out some areas of concern," Gale Schluter, vice president of Boeing's Expendable Launch Systems, wrote in the November issue of Inside Delta, a Boeing newsletter.

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Nov. 15, 1999 -- The Army announced late last week it plans to inspect its entire fleet of AH-64 Apache helicopters for faulty gearbox components. The components may have been to blame for a June 1 crash of an Israeli air force AH-64, the service said in a statement.

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Nov. 15, 1999 -- The Naval Aviation Systems Command announced last week that the last of 12 low-rate initial production F/A-18E/F Super Hornets was delivered to the Navy on Nov. 9, six weeks earlier than required.

The aircraft was ferried to the Navy's F/A-18E/F Integrated Test Team at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, for final tests before it is sent to Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, home to the first Super Hornet squadron, the Aviation Systems Command said in a statement.

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November 12, 1999

Nov. 12, 1999 -- Once President Clinton signs the fiscal year 2000 intelligence authorization conference report into law, his administration will have 60 days to produce a study that details the legal standards employed by the U.S. intelligence community when eavesdropping on American citizens.

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Nov. 12, 1999 -- The General Accounting Office this week recommended the Air Force strengthen its management oversight procedures for handling excess inventory.

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Nov. 12, 1999 - Northrop Grumman, the fifth-largest U.S. defense contractor, today announced it had signed an agreement to acquire Navia Aviation AS, an operating unit of Navia ASA of Oslo, Norway.

Northrop Grumman said in a statement that it would pay $35 million in cash for the Norwegian instrument landing systems supplier, and the company expects to close the deal by the end of the calendar year.

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Nov. 12, 1999 - Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) today said he hoped that rumors defense giant Lockheed Martin is closing its plant in Marietta, GA, are just that - rumors.

"We've been dealing with this kind of speculation for years, and it has proven false in each case," Barr said in a statement. "It is my hope and belief these latest rumors fall into the same category."

The Aeronautical Systems facility, which is adjacent to Barr's district, manufactures the C-130J cargo aircraft as well as the F-22 fighter aircraft.

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November 11, 1999

Nov. 11, 1999 -- The Defense Department this week handed out more than $1.7 billion worth of contracts to four companies for the production of Multi-Mode Receivers in support of the Global Air Traffic Management program.

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA, got the largest deal, for $505.7 million. Raytheon Systems Company, El Segundo, CA, won a $487.6 million award; Marconi Aerospace Systems, Wayne, NJ, won a $442.6 million contract; and AlliedSignal, Redmond, WA, received a $274.4 million deal.

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