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September 19, 2000

Sept. 19, 2000 -- Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been chosen to provide roughly $850 million in new engines and sustainment work for U.S. and U.K. C-17 airlifters, the company announced this week. The engine builder received two separate awards from C-17 prime contractor Boeing yesterday and today. The larger is valued at more than $750 million for Air Force C-17 engine support and sustainment through 2005, the company said in a statement.

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Sept. 19, 2000 -- Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been chosen to provide roughly $850 million in new engines and sustainment work for U.S. and U.K. C-17 airlifters, the company announced this week. The engine builder received two separate awards from C-17 prime contractor Boeing yesterday and today. The larger is valued at more than $750 million for Air Force C-17 engine support and sustainment through 2005, the company said in a statement.

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Sept. 19, 2000 -- While the federal government continued to declassify huge amounts of older documents and reduce the number of employees authorized to classify new ones in fiscal year 1999, the office responsible for overseeing such efforts is concerned about a continued increase in the number of new documents that are kept from the public.

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Sept. 19, 2000 -- Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been chosen to provide roughly $850 million in new engines and sustainment work for U.S. and U.K. C-17 airlifters, the company announced this week.

The engine builder received two separate awards from C-17 prime contractor Boeing yesterday and today. The larger is valued at more than $750 million for Air Force C-17 engine support and sustainment through 2005, the company said in a statement.

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September 18, 2000

Sept. 18, 2000 -- The Defense Department last week picked Raytheon for a $126 million contract to develop a "fire-and-forget" version of the TOW missile.

Raytheon, which owns original TOW maker Hughes, was the only bidder for the contract.

The fire-and-forget TOW is the Army's replacement for a Follow-On-To-TOW missile program canceled in 1998 because it was deemed unaffordable. The service wants to develop a missile that can be used by its massive fleet of TOW launchers, but features greater capabilities.

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Sept. 18, 2000 -- Boeing flew its Joint Strike Fighter demonstrator for the first time today, company officials said.

The X-32A aircraft flew for a total of 20 minutes from Palmdale, CA, to Edwards AFB, CA, Boeing officials said. The test pilot put the demonstrator through "initial airworthiness tests, including flying qualities and sub-systems checkout," the company said in a statement.

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September 15, 2000

Sept. 15, 2000 -- Naval Air Systems Command late yesterday afternoon announced that four Marine Corps CH-53E heavy-lift helicopters were resuming flight operations following a 14-day grounding of the entire fleet based on safety concerns.

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Sept. 15, 2000 -- The Air Force is looking to the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review to address problems associated with a rapidly aging aircraft fleet, a senior service official said this week.

Large numbers of new aircraft are needed to recapitalize the force. "It's not just about liking new equipment, but about what happens as our fleet ages," Brig. Gen. David Deptula said.

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September 14, 2000

Sept. 14, 2000 -- The Defense Department inspector general's office reports that a joint biological agent detection system must undergo "major design changes" and is not ready to enter into low-rate initial production as expected this month.

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Sept. 14, 2000 -- The director of the Congressional Budget Office told the Senate Budget Committee today that in order for the United States to keep "defense forces in a 'steady state'," the incoming administration must work towards spending $340 billion annually in fiscal year 2000 dollars.

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Sept. 14, 2000 -- The U.S.-Israeli Arrow missile defense system today successfully tracked and destroyed a new, air-launched target missile that was shot toward Tel Aviv, Israel, according to U.S. and Israel officials.

The Arrow Weapon System defended the Israeli border against a new target known as the Black Sparrow, which was designed to present realistic flight trajectories of missiles and better represent threats that Israel may face in the future.

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September 13, 2000

Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- Following a contentious two-day debate, the Senate today voted 65-32 against considering an amendment offered by Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) to a China trade bill that would have given the president greater flexibility in sanctioning China and other countries if they violate nonproliferation treaties.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- The Air Force announced yesterday it has selected five U.S. companies to provide worldwide airlift services through fiscal year 2001. The cost of the contracts totals more than $700 million.

The largest award went to Emery Worldwide Airlines. Emery received a $421 million contract "to provide for FY 2001 international airlift services in support of Air Mobility Command," according to the Air Force statement.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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Sept. 13, 2000 -- Key government officials told a congressional panel today they are trying to find a balance between maintaining national security and protecting commercial interests before negotiating with members of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention on inspection protocols.

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