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November 21, 2000

Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Army is formulating an official policy for wireless local area networks and portable electronic devices, the service said this week in a widely distributed message. The message, which is an interim policy statement, directs all Army activities that are testing, evaluating or using wireless "solutions" of any kind to provide information on their activities to a point of contact within the office of the director of information systems for command, control, communications and computers.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Navy has delayed a scheduled flight test of the kill vehicle that will form the heart of its Theater Wide missile defense system, according to an industry source. The test, dubbed Flight Test Round 1A, was set for Dec. 8, but technical problems have forced Navy officials to push the date back to Jan. 25, the source said.

Capt. Ken Jarvis, a spokesman for Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Missile Defense Rear Adm. Rodney Rempt, told InsideDefense.com the office does not comment on flight test schedules.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Army is formulating an official policy for wireless local area networks and portable electronic devices, the service said this week in a widely distributed message. The message, which is an interim policy statement, directs all Army activities that are testing, evaluating or using wireless "solutions" of any kind to provide information on their activities to a point of contact within the office of the director of information systems for command, control, communications and computers.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Defense Department last week pulled a controversial "range rule" from review at the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), conceding that it was unable to resolve major differences with the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule would have outlined a process for cleaning up unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other contaminants at closed, transferred and transferring testing and training ranges.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Army is formulating an official policy for wireless local area networks and portable electronic devices, the service said this week in a widely distributed message. The message, which is an interim policy statement, directs all Army activities that are testing, evaluating or using wireless "solutions" of any kind to provide information on their activities to a point of contact within the office of the director of information systems for command, control, communications and computers.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Navy announced today it has awarded three separate contracts with a potential total value of $1.3 billion for shore site and surface ship communications work.

MILCOM Systems Corp., Virginia Beach, VA, ManTech Support Technology, Inc., Fairfax, VA, and Raytheon Technical Services Company, Norfolk, VA, received the contracts. Each contract calls for shore site and surface ship communications, intelligence, cryptologic and electronic warfare systems installation and technical support services.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Army is formulating an official policy for wireless local area networks and portable electronic devices, the service said this week in a widely distributed message. The message, which is an interim policy statement, directs all Army activities that are testing, evaluating or using wireless "solutions" of any kind to provide information on their activities to a point of contact within the office of the director of information systems for command, control, communications and computers.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- To encourage careers in nonproliferation for displaced Russian nuclear weapons specialists, senior Energy Department officials will commission on Saturday the "Strela" Open Computing Center in Snezhinsk, one of 10 closed nuclear cities in Russia, the department announced yesterday.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Army is formulating an official policy for wireless local area networks and portable electronic devices, the service said this week in a widely distributed message. The message, which is an interim policy statement, directs all Army activities that are testing, evaluating or using wireless "solutions" of any kind to provide information on their activities to a point of contact within the office of the director of information systems for command, control, communications and computers.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Army is formulating an official policy for wireless local area networks and portable electronic devices, the service said this week in a widely distributed message.

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Nov. 21, 2000 -- The Army is formulating an official policy for wireless local area networks and portable electronic devices, the service said this week in a widely distributed message.

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November 20, 2000

Nov. 20, 2000 -- A new Marine Corps universal need statement is expected to become the service's principal avenue for all "needs, wants and bright ideas" to be included in the service's combat development process, a change that expands the envelope to include input from all Marine Corps organizations, according to a recent administrative message from Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones.

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Nov. 20, 2000 -- Moving ahead with deployment of a national missile defense system may have some political consequences for the United States, but the impact will not be as catastrophic as opponents assert and should not dissuade the United States from fielding an NMD capability as soon as possible, a leading congressional NMD proponent said today.

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Nov. 20, 2000 -- The Energy Department, through a program designed to secure nuclear materials in Russia, has consolidated and secured an additional 10 metric tons of fissile material in Siberia, which is enough to produce more than 500 nuclear warheads, the department announced on Friday.

The nuclear material is a mixture of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, but the percentage of the composition is classified, according to a DOE spokeswoman.

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November 17, 2000

Nov. 17, 2000 -- A day after awarding a $4 billion contract for the production of the Army's first wheeled armored vehicles, a senior Army official said today that the service's fielding date for the first Light Armored Vehicles has slipped 16 months, with a corresponding slip in the vehicle's initial operational capability.

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Nov. 17, 2000 -- Two research satellites carrying U.S. missile defense-related experiments were successfully launched into orbit this week, according to a Ballistic Missile Defense Organization announcement.

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Nov. 17, 2000 -- In the midst of continued confusion over last week's election, Republican House members have begun the process of selecting the leaders and members of the committees that will determine the legislative agenda of the next Congress.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) earlier this week tapped 26 Republican members who will comprise a steering committee charged with recommending the chairmen and Republican members of all House committees. The steering committee will likely make its recommendation to the House GOP conference on Jan. 4, sources say.

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White House Announces Formal Diplomatic Ties With Yugoslavia

Nov. 17, 2000 -- The White House announced today that the United States was joining the United Kingdom, Germany and France in establishing formal diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The move comes nearly two years after the United States led a 78-day air war against Serbian forces led by Slobodan Milosevic.

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November 16, 2000

Nov. 16, 2000 -- Pentagon officials will go forward with Ukraine's latest request for U.S. help in destroying 40 Tu-22 Backfire bombers and about 200 Kh-22 air-launched cruise missiles as part of the on-going Cooperative Threat Reduction program, InsideDefense.com has learned.

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Nov. 16, 2000 -- Retired Adm. Harold Gehman, former commander-in-chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command and co-chair of the Cole Commission, said today that the bombing of the Navy destroyer Cole last month was predictable and similar attacks will happen in the future.

"I think (one of) the lessons we should learn from the attack on the Cole (is that) this is the nature of the challenge that we're going to face," Gehman said. He predicted "we will see it again. It might be five years before we see it again, it might be one year before we see it again."

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