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July 14, 1997

HEADLINE NEWS

U.S. Plays Out Merger Endgame

HEADLINE NEWS

Clinton, Senate Duel Over NATO Expansion

HEADLINE NEWS

Europe Ups Ante Over Boeing Merger

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HEADLINE NEWS

U.S. Plays Out Merger Endgame

‘Preemptive’ move on Northrop Grumman is likely to spark a vigorous debate over remaining competition

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HEADLINE NEWS

Clinton, Senate Duel Over NATO Expansion

WASHINGTON Predictions concerning next year’s Senate vote on NATO expansion run the gamut from “it’ll be a squeaker” to “overwhelmingly in favor.” In any case, President Clinton concedes he must mount an intense lobbying effort to prevail when the Senate votes, probably in mid-1998, on the NATO proposal he championed to admit Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to the alliance.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Europe Ups Ante Over Boeing Merger

PARIS The European Commission, as expected, is threatening to penalize Boeing and McDonnell Douglas if they follow through with their merger as currently envisioned. According to U.S. experts, however, the merger clearly is a U.S. transaction and it would be “contrary to reasonable expectations” for the EC to take enforcement actions.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Nato Keeps Door Open as It Expands Eastward

LONDON NATO has signed a special partnership agreement with Ukraine and inaugurated a new consultative council encompassing neutral countries such as Switzerland, Russia and other Eastern European countries, including Romania and Slovenia, whose quest for full membership in the alliance was put off for at least a year.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Mir Repair to Yield Only Partial Power

CAPE CANAVERAL MOSCOW The emergency repair of the Mir station scheduled to begin late this week is now expected by Russian managers to recover only about 20% of the electrical power lost during its space collision. This will leave the orbital base somewhat short of power for normal operations even if the repair is successful.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Acquisition Would Create Formidable Ew Giant

Washington Lockheed Martin will become a super-giant in the electronic warfare field if its proposed acquisition of Northrop Grumman is approved. A decade ago, the several billion dollar a year EW market was divided among about a dozen medium-size suppliers, each with annual sales of $200-300 million.

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RETURN TO MARS

Mars—a Big Bounce Back

In first of nine Mars missions over next decade, NASA’s low-cost bet on novel technologies pays off

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International Product News

Industry Changes Spur Award-winning Innovations

NEW YORK The pace of technological innovation and new product development is increasing as companies strive to introduce new equipment and processes that are both more capable and cost efficient. That was the consensus of officials responsible for strategic planning and developing new technology at a variety of large and small companies.

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FUEL TANK EXPLOSIONS

Accidents Drive NTSB Push for New Rules

LOS ANGELES Fuel tank design assumes that explosive fumes are present, and safety is based on precluding ignition sources. But as shown in a series of 26 accidents and incidents cited by the FAA, this principle does not always work. The National Transportation Safety Board’s position, expressed in Dec. 13 recommendations to the FAA, is that ignition sources are so insidious that industry should also make the fumes nonexplosive.

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CRUISE MISSILE DEFENSE

Classified Projects Drive Defense Schemes

WASHINGTON Researchers say there are three basic ways to attack the technical problems of detecting small and perhaps stealthy cruise missiles. Scientists can build a radar with greater power output to obtain stronger signal returns, use lower frequencies that demand larger antennas, or develop more efficient computer processors that can better pick small targets out of background clutter and electronic jamming.

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