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November 07, 2000

Nov. 7, 2000 -- The damaged destroyer Cole is headed back to its home port of Norfolk, VA, aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, but the Navy has yet to decide where it will be repaired, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. The Cole's journey from Aden, Yemen to Norfolk will take about 32 to 45 days depending on sea conditions and Norfolk may not be its final stop, Bacon added.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- The damaged destroyer Cole is headed back to its home port of Norfolk, VA, aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, but the Navy has yet to decide where it will be repaired, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. The Cole's journey from Aden, Yemen to Norfolk will take about 32 to 45 days depending on sea conditions and Norfolk may not be its final stop, Bacon added.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- The damaged destroyer Cole is headed back to its home port of Norfolk, VA, aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, but the Navy has yet to decide where it will be repaired, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. The Cole's journey from Aden, Yemen to Norfolk will take about 32 to 45 days depending on sea conditions and Norfolk may not be its final stop, Bacon added.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- The damaged destroyer Cole is headed back to its home port of Norfolk, VA, aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, but the Navy has yet to decide where it will be repaired, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. The Cole's journey from Aden, Yemen to Norfolk will take about 32 to 45 days depending on sea conditions and Norfolk may not be its final stop, Bacon added.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- President Clinton yesterday signed a $14.8 billion foreign operations appropriations bill that cuts $7 million from Clinton's $134 million request for peacekeeping operations.

The president has now signed eight appropriations bills for fiscal year 2001, leaving five yet to be signed into law.

The bill Clinton signed yesterday fully funds his $1.9 billion request for foreign military financing for Israel, $60 million above the level approved in FY-00. Clinton's request for $1.3 billion in foreign military financing for Egypt is also included in the bill.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- Two months before the president signed the fiscal year 2001 Defense Authorization Act, the Justice Department outlined several constitutional and policy concerns that were ignored by House and Senate conferees.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is calling on the Defense Department to "prioritize and accelerate" unexploded ordnance (UXO) initiatives, urging the Pentagon to establish specific line items to develop technologies for identifying and remediating UXO. If DOD follows through, they pledge their efforts to garner bipartisan support in Congress for such projects.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- The damaged destroyer Cole is headed back to its home port of Norfolk, VA, aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, but the Navy has yet to decide where it will be repaired, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

The Cole's journey from Aden, Yemen to Norfolk will take about 32 to 45 days depending on sea conditions and Norfolk may not be its final stop, Bacon added.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- The damaged destroyer Cole is headed back to its home port of Norfolk, VA, aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, but the Navy has yet to decide where it will be repaired, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

The Cole's journey from Aden, Yemen to Norfolk will take about 32 to 45 days depending on sea conditions and Norfolk may not be its final stop, Bacon added.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- The damaged destroyer Cole is headed back to its home port of Norfolk, VA, aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, but the Navy has yet to decide where it will be repaired, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. The Cole's journey from Aden, Yemen to Norfolk will take about 32 to 45 days depending on sea conditions and Norfolk may not be its final stop, Bacon added.

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Nov. 7, 2000 -- The damaged destroyer Cole is headed back to its home port of Norfolk, VA, aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, but the Navy has yet to decide where it will be repaired, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today. The Cole's journey from Aden, Yemen to Norfolk will take about 32 to 45 days depending on sea conditions and Norfolk may not be its final stop, Bacon added.

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November 06, 2000

Nov. 6, 2000 -- A Northrop Grumman tiltrotor unmanned air vehicle crashed Saturday after successfully completing a 26-minute demonstration prototype flight test, the company and the Navy announced today.

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Nov. 6, 2000 -- The Defense Department today awarded humvee maker AM General a contract for new trucks that could be worth more than $2.3 billion.

The six-year contract, according to a Defense Department announcement, is worth $191.9 million initially, "with an estimated cumulative total of $2,381,229,105 if all options are exercised."

The announcement does not state how many new High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles would be purchased under the initial deal or through the contract options.

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Nov. 6, 2000 -- The price of all Navy reparable spare parts for aircraft and helicopters has increased an average of 12 percent annually from 1994 to 1999, according to a General Accounting Office report released today. The price of reparable parts with high sales volumes rose as much as 27 percent annually, the report said.

GAO defines "reparable" parts as those that can be economically repaired when they fail to perform.

The report was sent to the Senate Armed Services readiness and management support subcommittee.

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November 03, 2000

Nov. 3, 2000 -- The aftermath of the Oct 12 bombing of the destroyer Cole has prompted congressional hearings, federal and Navy investigations and Pentagon reviews questioning all angles. Along the way, the incident has brought attention to the little-known agency responsible for vetting contracts for U.S. Navy ships to refuel while transiting through international waters.

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Nov. 3, 2000 -- The Air Force's Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser program has reached its operational capability milestone now that 150 units are in place for B-52s and 130 are ready for use by F-16s, program officials said today.

The guidance upgrade kits are designed for the CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition area attack weapon, but future WCMD units will be installed on CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapons and CBU-89 Gator Mines as well.

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November 02, 2000

Nov. 2, 2000 -- As the quest continues to find the party responsible for the terrorist suicide bombing of the Navy destroyer Cole, a United Nations resolution designed to shut off the flow of money to terrorist groups awaits congressional ratification.

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Nov. 2, 2000 -- Newport News Shipbuilding yesterday received a $107.5 million contract for the manufacture of a Main Turbine Generator for the CVNX, the Navy's next-generation nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

The contract, which begins with a $21.6 million award for the first six months, was not competitively procured.

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Nov. 2, 2000 -- The review panel set up by Defense Secretary William Cohen to look into the bombing of the Navy destroyer Cole will not look to assign blame for the attack on anyone in the Defense Department, the two retired officers heading the panel said today. "We are not out here to find fault with anyone," retired Adm. Harold Gehman told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.

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November 01, 2000

Nov. 1, 2000 -- As the damaged destroyer Cole prepares for a month-long journey back to the United States aboard a Norwegian salvage vessel, the Navy is grappling with a decision on where the ship will be repaired: the Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi where it was built, or its home port of Norfolk, VA, a Navy official said today.

At a press briefing yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said, "I believe Norfolk is the leading possibility right now."

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