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July 11, 2000

July 11, 2000 -- Air Force Gen. John Gordon, the first administrator of the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration, told a congressional panel today he plans to start a new security management program at the nation's nuclear weapons labs and to push for a multiyear budget plan for the new office. Gordon is to be sworn in tomorrow.

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July 10, 2000

July 10, 2000 -- The Army says it sees virtually no difference between the performance of wheeled and tracked vehicles it is evaluating for its new light armored vehicle program, but the service still needs to evaluate the life-cycle cost of each as part of the Army's transformation plan, a senior Army official said today.

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July 10, 2000 -- Army officials do not expect to get a clear picture of the strategic lift requirement for the service's future fighting force from an ongoing study of the military's strategic mobility needs due to be published in September, an Army official told reporters today.

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July 10, 2000 -- Raytheon announced today that the Pentagon is using the company's Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System and ASR-11 Digital Airport Surveillance Radar for live air traffic control operations at Eglin AFB, FL.

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July 08, 2000

July 8, 2000 -- An interceptor failed to destroy a dummy warhead early this morning during a test of the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar National Missile Defense system high over the Pacific Ocean because of a communications problem between the rocket booster and kill vehicle.

The test was the third intercept attempt for the controversial NMD program and the last before Defense Secretary William Cohen is slated to recommend to President Clinton whether to go forward with an NMD deployment plan.

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July 07, 2000

July 7, 2000 -- Seven unidentified backpackers have been detained by local California authorities for trespassing on private property adjacent to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where a target rocket will be launched tonight as part of a Pentagon test of the National Missile Defense system, an Air Force official said.

Master Sgt. Ty Foster, a Vandenberg spokesman, told InsideDefense.com that the seven people -- two apprehended yesterday, five apprehended today -- are not cooperating with local authorities. What they were doing near the base is still under investigation.

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July 7, 2000 -- Persistent crime and corruption in Bosnia is impeding the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement and could delay the final pullout of NATO-led peacekeeping troops, the General Accounting Office has concluded.

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July 06, 2000

July 6, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen is expected to make a decision over the weekend about the future of the Pentagon's controversial Anthrax vaccination program after being briefed by program officials on several options for restructuring the vaccine process, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today.

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July 6, 2000 -- The Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration 2000 will begin next week after a one-year delay, the Pentagon announced today. The exercise, which is designed to showcase space technologies to military commands, was expected to start last year, but the Defense Department had to postpone its kick-off because of lack of funding.

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July 6, 2000 -- Rear Adm. Rodney Rempt, the new assistant chief of naval operations for missile defense, will continue in his duties as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for theater combat systems, a job that includes missile defense issues, a Navy spokeswoman told InsideDefense.com.

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July 6, 2000 -- A Lockheed Martin subsidiary has been awarded dual contracts with the Navy and the Energy Department at a nuclear laboratory in upstate New York, the Defense Department announced yesterday. The Navy contract calls for KAPL, Inc. to handle naval nuclear propulsion work at the lab.

The Navy has given the New York-based company a $678 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a five-year option to perform naval nuclear propulsion at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, N.Y. Future Navy nuclear engineers are trained at the lab before seeing sea duty.

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July 6, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen's upcoming trip to China is an indication that the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship is back to where it was before the United States accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade last year during a 78-day air war with Serbia, a senior defense official said today. Cohen will meet with Chinese military and government officials next week for the first time in more than two years.

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July 05, 2000

July 5, 2000 -- The Defense Department has expressed interest in a new tool for combating biological and chemical agents: a non-toxic foam. Arthur D. Little Inc., the foam's creator, has received at least "two or three inquiries" from military officials, according to a company official.

Daniel Ehntholt, vice president of Arthur D. Little's Technology and Innovation Group, says the Pentagon is really "just finding out about it." The Defense Department considers chemical and biological agents serious threats to its troops as well as to U.S. civilians and population centers.

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July 03, 2000

July 3, 2000 -- Northrop Grumman and Boeing each have been awarded $2 million to pursue the first phase of the Naval Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV-N) advanced technology program, the Defense Department announced late last week.

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July 3, 2000 -- Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) has attached an amendment to a Senate defense spending bill that requires the Pentagon to use countermeasures, including decoys, in any future tests of the National Missile Defense system. Durbin's amendment was attached to the Senate's fiscal year 2001 defense authorization bill last Friday (June 30).

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June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000 -- The Navy announced today it is creating a new office to head up all aspects of its missile defense programs.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jay Johnson named Rear Adm. Rodney Rempt, currently the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for theater combat systems, to run the office.

Inside Missile Defense reported June 14 that senior Navy officials were considering a new systems command for missile defense.

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June 30, 2000 -- After recently admitting to Congress that security at Los Alamos National Laboratory is "not very good," Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced today that the contract under which the University of California manages the lab would be restructured in order to improve security.

The university will begin negotiations with the department immediately.

Though Richardson said he recognizes the university's prestigious reputation in the science world, he is critical in its handling of security.

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June 30, 2000 -- Three of five defendants charged in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Defense Department out of millions of dollars through military aircraft part sales have pled guilty to the charges and face up to 30 years in prison and $12 million in fines, it was announced yesterday.

The defendants pled guilty to charges including conspiracy, kickbacks, mail fraud, money laundering, racketeering and income tax invasion, the DOD Defense Criminal Investigative Service announced.

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June 30, 2000 -- The Navy announced yesterday it has awarded Orbital Sciences Corp. a $34 million contract to develop an anti-ship supersonic sea-skimming target. For nearly two decades the service has tried unsuccessfully to build a target that can replicate supersonic anti-ship missiles that pose one of the greatest dangers to its fleet of surface ships.

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June 30, 2000 -- The Senate has approved an $11.2 billion fiscal year 2000 emergency supplemental spending package that contains $6.4 billion to cover the military's costs in Kosovo, rising fuel prices, and to shore up some defense health benefit problems. The House passed the same package last night. The bill is expected to be signed quickly by President Clinton.

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