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December 13, 2000

Dec. 13, 2000 -- The Defense Department yesterday issued a new acquisition rule that takes into account the challenges a contractor may face in developing new military technologies and ties those challenges to the contractor's profit from a Pentagon contract. A higher profit margin is seen as an incentive for contractors to develop specific new technologies.

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Dec. 13, 2000 -- Marine Corps officials say the Crash Survivable Memory Unit recovered from the V-22 that crashed Monday night is in "good shape" and likely the Pentagon's best hope for a full explanation of what caused the fatal accident that killed four Marines, including the service's most experienced pilot of the hybrid aircraft.

The CSMU is a huge "piece of the puzzle" in figuring out what caused the aircraft to fall from the sky during a night training mission at New River Air Station in Jacksonville, NC, according to a Marine Corps official.

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Dec. 13, 2000 -- PricewaterhouseCoopers today won a $454 million contract for the Army's "University Access Online" program, the Defense Department announced.

The university online program is also known as the service's distance learning initiative, designed to provide soldiers "with easy access to courses leading to post-secondary degrees and vocational-technical certifications via online education," DOD stated.

The first installment of the contract, which will last through December 2005, is worth $22.9 million.

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December 12, 2000

Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina. While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded. Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- Energy Department Secretary Bill Richardson released $203 million to continue recovery efforts from a fire in New Mexico last summer has caused extensive damage to Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Energy Department announced Friday.

"This extra funding will give Los Alamos fire victims more help as they continue the process of rebuilding their lives and replacing homes and other property lost in this terrible fire," Richardson said in a statement.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- Northrop Grumman yesterday was awarded a $303 million contract for phase one of the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program, the Defense Department announced.

The radar, which Northrop is developing with Raytheon, is designed to improve the ability of various U.S. and NATO reconnaissance aircraft to kill elusive "time-critical" targets.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- Eyewitnesses say the MV-22 Osprey that crashed in North Carolina last night was in helicopter mode when it went down, according to an internal Marine Corps message reviewed by Inside the Navy. The message, sent early this morning to Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy commandant for aviation, says eyewitnesses reported seeing the aircraft "in helicopter mode just prior to entry into the trees." Further, the crash site "demonstrates a vertical entry consistent with eyewitness accounts," states the message, which came from the commander of the 2nd Marine Air Wing, Maj.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The pilot of the MV-22 tiltrotor that crashed yesterday had time to make an unusual "Mayday" distress call before going down, a senior Marine Corps official told reporters today.

Mission pilot Lt. Col. Keith Sweaney made a single Mayday call, but provided no mission details before the Osprey went down in the North Carolina woods last night, killing all four crewmembers. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, said such distress calls are unusual because pilots frequently focus only on recovering their aircraft before a crash.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- Just hours after a Marine Corps V-22 Osprey crashed in the North Carolina countryside killing all four Marines onboard, Defense Secretary William Cohen began putting together a "blue ribbon" panel to review the state of the Osprey program, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said today.

The crash occurred about 7:30 pm yesterday during a night training mission. The Marine Corps has grounded all V-22 flights in the aftermath of the crash.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina.

While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded.

Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina.

While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded.

Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina. While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded.

Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina. While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded. Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina. While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded. Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina. While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded. Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina. While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded. Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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Dec. 12, 2000 -- The Marine Corps has asked Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan to indefinitely postpone a decision on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor's readiness for full production in the aftermath of yesterday's fatal crash in North Carolina. While awaiting additional information on the cause of the mishap, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, deputy chief of staff for aviation, told reporters today the service has also ordered the entire fleet of V-22s grounded. Buchanan was scheduled to make the production decision next week.

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December 11, 2000

Dec. 11, 2000 -- Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones says he will go along with the Army's transformation to a lighter, more mobile force provided the Army stays focused on fighting and winning ground wars.

"It is absolutely important to me and the nation that the Army . . . can still win on the ground. Then, I'm all for it. But if they are actually going to the point where they are so light, they can't make a difference on the ground, and we sacrifice warfighting capability for mobility, I'll be the first one to say we went too far," Jones said.

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Dec. 11, 2000 -- As early as this week, the Defense Information Systems Agency will unveil a plan that will allow the Pentagon to declare the next version of the Defense Messaging System operational earlier than expected.

According to documents, DISA has formulated a new DMS concept called "Bold Stroke," which is intended to clarify the roles of DMS high-grade and medium-grade service. DMS is the Pentagon's secure e-mail system designed to replace the aging Automatic Digital Network.

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Dec. 11, 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen signed an annual "Plan of Cooperation" with his Ukrainian counterpart last week at NATO headquarters, formalizing plans for Pentagon officials to assist Ukraine in destroying 40 bombers and 200 missiles, according to an administration official.

InsideDefense.com first reported DOD's efforts with Ukraine in October.

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