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December 01, 1999

Dec. 1, 1999 -- Although the national security community remains very reliant on the existing fleet of Delta, Atlas, and Titan space-launch vehicles to put billions of dollars worth of critical satellite constellations in place, federal officials and industry representatives have been heavily focused on terminating these programs and moving to a new family of launch vehicles, a panel of experts has concluded. This trend needs to be reversed, the panel added, to ensure the success of future space launches.

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Dec. 1, 1999 -- The Air Force and Northrop Grumman have reached a settlement on contract claims involving the production of Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, the service said in a statement.

According to a service spokesman, the U.S. government has agreed to pay the company $76.9 million to cover cost overruns on five aircraft.

"The claims were for cost overruns incurred by Northrop Grumman on initial production contracts for the refurbishment, modification and production of JSTARS aircraft," the Dec. 1 statement reads.

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Dec. 1, 1999 -- Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today called on U.S. NATO allies to contribute more of their resources to the alliance.

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November 30, 1999

Nov. 30, 1999 -- The Boeing Company announced yesterday it has been awarded a $40 million contract to add a hard-target capability to the last 50 of 322 converted Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles the defense contractor is manufacturing for the Air Force.

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Nov. 30 -- Raytheon and Airbus Industries are teaming up on a tanker aircraft proposal for the Japanese Air Self Defense Forces, according to a Raytheon statement issued today. The two companies are offering a KC-310 multi-role tanker transport to meet Japan's requirement for air refueling and troop transport.

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Nov. 30, 1999 -- As talks continue between the Clinton administration and the government of Puerto Rico over the Navy's use of the Vieques island training range, elements of the Eisenhower battle group and the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group left Norfolk, VA yesterday to take part in a fleet exercise prior to being sent overseas.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the Wasp will leave Norfolk Thursday to take part in the joint fleet exercise.

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Nov. 30, 1999 -- As talks continue between the Clinton administration and the government of Puerto Rico over the Navy's use of the Vieques island training range, elements of the Eisenhower battle group and the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group left Norfolk, VA yesterday to take part in a fleet exercise prior to being sent overseas.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the Wasp will leave Norfolk Thursday to take part in the joint fleet exercise.

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Nov. 30, 1999 -- As talks continue between the Clinton administration and the government of Puerto Rico over the Navy's use of the Vieques island training range, elements of the Eisenhower battle group and the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group left Norfolk, VA yesterday to take part in a fleet exercise prior to being sent overseas. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said today that the Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the Wasp will leave Norfolk Thursday to take part in the joint fleet exercise.

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November 29, 1999

Nov. 29, 1999 -- The Navy's Rolling Airframe Missile upgrade has passed its most recent operational evaluation test and will now be delivered to the fleet, the service said today. The final report issued by the Navy's testing command Nov. 22 said the RAM Block I ship self-defense missile is "suitable and effective."

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Nov. 29, 1999 -- A government advisory panel looking at homeland terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction will meet Dec. 13 in Santa Monica, CA, according to a notice in the Nov. 16 Federal Register.

The panel will look at how well prepared agencies at the federal, state and local level are to respond to terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction. The December meeting will place particular emphasis on state and local issues.

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November 26, 1999

Nov. 26 -- The Air Force has begun spending slightly more than $2 billion it has received from a Kosovo emergency supplemental bill Congress approved last May, according to an Air Force spokesman. The money is part of an $11.6 billion bill Congress passed to cover the costs of the Kosovo air war and to shore up the services' readiness accounts.

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November 24, 1999

Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Pentagon yesterday released its latest list of major defense acquisition program cost and schedule changes. The lists are based on the Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) submitted to Congress for the Sept. 30, 1999, reporting period.

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Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Boeing Company and the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which oversees adherence to affirmative-action guidelines, last week reached agreement on a four-year partnership plan to resolve outstanding labor issues surrounding Boeing's myriad concerns.

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Nov. 24, 1999 -- The Navy announced yesterday it has awarded Lockheed Martin a $589.7 million contract for production of the Trident II D-5 missile. The contract, paid for with fiscal year 2000 dollars, covers production of the missiles, deployed system support, and related service efforts.

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November 23, 1999

Nov. 23, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile chalked up its first engine-powered flight test today, soaring 9,500 feet above the New Mexico desert, the company announced. The flight lasted about 22 minutes. Its on-board computer controlled the missile.

An Air Force F-16, flying at 15,000 feet, launched the JASSM above the White Sands Missile Range, NM. Flying at Mach 7, the cruise missile "deployed its wings and tail, then flawlessly performed a series of maneuvers similar to those required during an attack mission," the company said in a statement.

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Nov. 23, 1999 -- The Boeing Company announced yesterday it has delivered to the Air Force the first six of the 322 converted Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missiles the contractor will produce for the service.

To restock the Air Force's inventory of CALCMs, which was depleted substantially during Operations Allied Force and Desert Fox, Boeing is converting nuclear Air-Launched Cruise Missiles to the non-nuclear CALCM AGM-86C Block 1 and Block 1A configurations.

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Nov. 23, 1999 -- The Navy yesterday awarded a $7.4 million contract for Lightweight Tactical Automated Communications Control Systems (LTACCS) to California Microwave Systems, a unit of Northrop Grumman Corporation, according to a company statement.

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November 22, 1999

Nov. 22, 1999 -- Alliant Techsystems (ATK) announced late last week that its aerospace division had successfully completed the first of three static test firings to qualify a solid rocket launch motor for the Boeing Company's new Delta IV family of launch vehicles.

In a Nov. 18 statement, Paul Ross, a senior vice president with ATK's Aerospace Company, called last Thursday's test a major milestone. "The new Delta IV family of launch vehicles provides increased launch capability at a lower cost that is passed on to the satellite industry and their customers," Ross said.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking disclosure of the fiscal year 1999 total intelligence budget.

The lawsuit, filed last year by the Federation of American Scientists against the CIA, alleged there was no compelling national security reason for denying its request for the FY-99 figure because the CIA had released the same number for FY-97 and FY-98. Also, FAS argued that because the president has said publicly that the intel budget figure could safely be released, the issue of disclosure was now moot.

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Nov. 22, 1999 -- The fiscal year 2000 omnibus appropriations bill approved by the Senate last Saturday calls for the creation of a new State Department position for arms control verification and compliance. For nearly a year, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) has been battling the Clinton administration over how arms control oversight would be carried out in the State Department. It is Helms' language in the FY-00 State Department authorization bill, which is a part of the omnibus bill, that calls for the new arms control position.

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