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C U R R E N T N E W S E A R L Y B I R D August 1, 2001

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C U R R E N T N E W S E A R L Y B I R D
August 1, 2001

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TOP STORIES

1. Much-Maligned B-1 Bomber Proves Hard To Kill
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(New York Times)....James Dao

...But for all the B-1's shortcomings, the Bush administration, in its effort to identify savings in the $329 billion Pentagon budget, is finding it difficult to kill.

2. Chinese 'Civilian' Satellite A Spy Tool
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(Washington Times)....Bill Gertz

China's military has deployed a new reconnaissance satellite that is being used to target U.S. forces in the region, according to U.S. intelligenceofficials.

3. Macedonia Rift May Be Irreparable
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(Los Angeles Times)....Alissa J. Rubin

Macedonia is dividing along ethnic lines, and it may be too late to stop it.

MISSILE DEFENSE

4. Pentagon Predicts Clash Over ABM Is Coming In 2002
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(New York Times)....James Dao

A Pentagon agency has determined that aspects of the administration's plansto test missile defenses next year would probably clash with theAntiballistic Missile Treaty of 1972.

5. Pentagon Prepares For Missile Defense Tests
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(Washington Post)....Unattributed

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said yesterday in a letter to Sen.Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that the Pentagon is free to begin clearing ground for a missile defense test site at Fort Greely in Alaska this fiscal
year.

6. 'First Step' Voted In Missile Defense
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(International Herald Tribune)....Associated Press

A House Armed Services subcommittee on Tuesday approved billions for research and development of a missile defense system in a way that would give the general running the program great leeway in spending.

7. Zakheim: Construction Activity At Fort Greely Does Not Violate Treaty
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(Aerospace Daily)....Nick Jonson

Construction underway at Fort Greely, Alaska, doesn't violate the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treat, even though a defense official has referred to it as an "initial deployment facility," Department of Defense Comptroller
Dov Zakheim told members of a Senate Appropriations Committee panel on July 31.

8. Missile Shield Plan Risks ABM Breach
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(Washington Times)....Associated Press

Bush must alter either tests or treaty.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

9. Pentagon Stuck With Berets
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(Washington Times)....Rowan Scarborough

The Pentagon has been unable to unload more than 618,000 Chinese-made black berets banned for use by American Army soldiers, and is keeping the $4 million worth of headgear in a warehouse in Pennsylvania.

ARMY

10. The Defender Of The Corps
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(Washington Post)....Michael Grunwald

...OMB has stepped up its crusade to rein in the Corps early in the Bush administration, whacking the budget 14 percent, refusing to fund a single new project. But President Bush, under pressure from Senate Minority Leader
Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and other pro-Corps politicians, has nominated Parker to be assistant secretary for civil works, the Pentagon official overseeing the Corps. The pick could set the stage for internal administration battles.

AIR FORCE

11. Letter Bomb Injures Sergeant At Texas Base
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(USA Today)....Unattributed

A letter bomb exploded inside a security office at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, base officials said.

ASIA

12. Japan Open To US Push For Regional Alliance
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(Sydney Morning Herald)....Michael Millett

Japan has cautiously endorsed a plan to strengthen security and defence links between Washington and its key Asia-Pacific allies, despite the risk of further tension in its relationship with Beijing.

13. Downer Denies Dialogue Is Attempt To Contain China
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(Sydney Morning Herald)....Craig Skehan

A proposed new regional security dialogue linking Australia with Japan and the United States was not part of a wider strategy to contain the power and influence of China, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said in Canberra
yesterday.

14. Official: China Should Prepare Taiwan Attack
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(USA Today)....Unattributed

China's top military official urged the nation to prepare to "reunify"Taiwan by force and vowed to modernize the People's Liberation Army into a powerful, high-tech military force, the state press said today.

MIDEAST

15. Israel Attacks US Warship Ban
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(London Times)....Ross Dunn and Michael Evans

ISRAEL criticised America yesterday for banning warships of the US Sixth Fleet from docking at Haifa because of fears of a terrorist attack.

16. IAF Seeks Permanent Training Base In USA
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(Jane's Defence Weekly)....Steve Rodan

The Israeli Ministry of Defence has submitted a request to the US Department of Defense (DoD) to allow the Israel Air Force (IAF) to deploy combat aircraft in the USA for regular flight training.

17. As Iraq Steps Up Attacks, U.S. Weighs Options
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(Philadelphia Inquirer)....Warren P. Strobel

Air strikes might be needed, a Bush aide hinted. That may anger Arab nations, hurting U.S. standing in the Mideast.

18. Precarious Life In A 'No-Fly Zone'
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(Philadelphia Inquirer)....Kim Ghattas

U.S.-Iraq duels often rain death on civilians.

19. Iraq Grows More Aggressive
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(Washington Times)....Unattributed

The Iraqi military has become considerably more aggressive in targeting and shooting at patrolling U.S. and British aircraft during the past seven months, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday.

20. AWACS Pilot Says Iraq Fired Missile
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(Washington Times)....Unattributed

The pilot of a U.S. Air Force radar warning aircraft reported seeing an Iraqi anti-aircraft missile fired into the airspace of Saudi Arabia, two U.S. defense officials said yesterday.

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