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January 11, 2000

Jan. 11, 2000 -- President Clinton's fiscal year 2001 defense budget, which will be sent to Congress on Feb. 7, will include $60 billion for procurement, a figure the Joint Chiefs set several years ago as a long-term goal, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

"We should hit it this year or come within a whisper," Bacon said. He added that the procurement increase is indicative of a rising defense budget.

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Jan. 11, 2000 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control-Dallas recently completed two successful tests of its Laser Detection and Ranging seeker, part of the Low Cost Autonomous Attack System advanced technology demonstration.

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Jan. 11, 2000 -- The Navy announced today that it has chosen a reuse plan pushed by the city of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Naval Hospital, closed by the service in 1991.

The reuse plan, approved by the Philadelphia city council last year, calls for a mix of residential, public and commercial uses for the 49 acres in surplus property available after the hospital's closing, according to a record of decision for the disposal and reuse of the naval hospital. The decision was published today in the Federal Register.

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January 10, 2000

Jan. 10, 2000 -- The Office of the Secretary of Defense last week granted the Army an additional $20 million for the service's new Medium Armored Vehicle program, bringing total funding for the effort to nearly $4.8 billion through fiscal year 2005.

MAVs are interim vehicles for the new medium "Brigade Combat Teams" the service plans to field as part of Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki's new vision for the future force.

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Jan. 10, 2000 -- The Center for Strategic and International Studies announced this afternoon that Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre has been elected CSIS president and CEO.

The appointment is effective April 3. Hamre's departure was first reported today by the Associated Press.

CSIS Board Chairman and former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) made the announcement. Hamre worked closely with Nunn when Nunn was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Hamre was a top committee staffer.

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Jan. 10 -- Lockheed Martin has come to terms with Italy to supply two additional C-130J airlifters, the company announced today. This will bring to 20 the total number of C-130Js Italy will procure, with deliveries scheduled to begin in mid-2000.

The additional airlifters will be the stretch C-130J-30 variants, with a longer cargo area and greater cargo carrying capability.

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January 07, 2000

Jan. 7, 2000 -- General Dynamics, one of the Pentagon's major submarine builders, yesterday announced that John Welch, chief of its Electric Boat business unit, had been promoted to senior vice president and head of the Marine Systems Group.

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Jan. 7, 2000 -- The Pentagon this week set aside funds in its five-year spending plan for additional base closures and realignments should Congress grant the administration approval for them.

Congress so far has resisted additional Base Closure and Realignment Commission rounds because many lawmakers fear the Clinton administration would not keep the process free from political influence.

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Jan. 7, 2000 -- As peace talks between Israel, Syria and the United States continue at Shepherdstown, WV, Pentagon officials are considering a "detailed" list of military equipment sought by the Israeli government to be used if a peace agreement between the two Middle Eastern countries is signed, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said yesterday.

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Jan. 7, 2000 -- The director of the National Security Agency today announced the hiring of a new chief financial manager, a move aimed at improving the signals intelligence agency's troubled budgeting process.

Beverly Wright, who worked most recently as chief financial officer for the Baltimore-based investment firm Legg Mason Wood Walker, will serve as the agency's CFM as well as adviser to the Director's Executive Leadership Team (ELT), NSA said in a statement.

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January 06, 2000

Jan. 6, 2000 -- The Pentagon late last month added $350 million to the Navy's fiscal year 2001 budget for the purchase of an additional Auxiliary Dry Cargo Ship logistics support ship, completing a new shipbuilding plan approved Dec. 17.

Inside the Navy reported Dec. 27 that the plan closes a $5 billion shipbuilding gap and continues the service's strategy of pushing increases in building rates to the later years of the future years defense plan, which extends through FY-05. However, it did not include funds for a T-ADC(X) ship in FY-01, as did prior plans.

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Jan. 6, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton's policy of using United States troops to support NATO and United Nations peacekeeping operations has drawn sharp criticism from congressional Republicans over the past seven years. But U.S. companies have benefited from these operations, as they have accounted for more than $64 million of all equipment sold to the U.N. in 1997, the last year for which data is available, to support peacekeeping operations, according to the Clinton administration's most recent report on U.S. involvement in peacekeeping operations.

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Jan. 6, 2000 -- The Defense Department inspector general's office has determined the Pentagon needs to better manage the financial and cost aspects of special transactions used to stimulate and support research or acquire prototypes.

DOD issued 302 so-called "other transactions" worth about $7 billion from Oct. 1, 1989, through Oct. 16, 1998, according to a newly released IG report. The report is the first ever review of contractor costs charged to other transactions in the 10 years that DOD has had such authority, according to the audit.

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Jan. 6, 2000 -- Four days after Jan. 1, 2000 came and went without many computer problems, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's office in Charleston, SC, suffered a Y2K-related system error that resulted in 230 vendor payment checks being issued with a Jan. 4, 1900 date, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today.

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Jan. 6, 2000 -- The Pentagon's deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition reform late last month established a "Change Management Center" to take the lead in accelerating acquisition and logistics reform initiatives.

Stan Soloway made the CMC official in a Dec. 23 memorandum to the service secretaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top military leaders.

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January 05, 2000

Jan. 5, 2000 -- House Republicans said today they will push for more defense spending this year and will make a strong effort to sell their foreign policy ideas to the American public. During a press conference celebrating five years of Republican rule in Congress, House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (OK) said the GOP will continue to fight for more dollars for defense programs and said another military pay increase is needed to improve the lives of servicemen and women.

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Jan. 5, 2000 -- The National Security Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy this month plans to issue a long-awaited report on the future management and use of U.S. space launch ranges.

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January 04, 2000

Jan. 4, 2000 -- Now that its preparations for potential Year 2000 computer rollover problems have paid off, the Defense Department plans to include $250 million in its fiscal year 2001 budget request for information security efforts to protect the thousands of information systems used by the military services and the intelligence community, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said today.

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Jan. 4, 2000 -- President Bill Clinton has delivered to Capitol Hill a congressionally mandated report outlining his administration's international security priorities, the White House announced today.

The report, "A National Security Strategy for a New Century," presents three core objectives for the United States, according to the White House statement. They are: enhancing U.S. security, bolstering the United States' economic prosperity, and promoting democracy abroad.

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Jan. 4, 2000 -- The Army late last month awarded Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control a $65 million contract for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, a program the service recently decided to accelerate as part of the chief of staff's new plan for a lighter, faster force.

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