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May 3, 1999

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Joint-stars Changes Operational Scheme

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Launch Failures Cripple U.S. Space Prowess

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NATO Arraigned for ‘Strategic Miscalculation'

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Joint-stars Changes Operational Scheme

There’s a fundamental change underway in U.S. operations of its small force of E-8C Joint-STARS airborne radar aircraft that direct strikes against Yugoslavia. Military planners are broadening operational schemes for Operation Allied Force from supporting only the air campaign to also aiding Army ground and helicopter units now forming in Albania.

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Launch Failures Cripple U.S. Space Prowess

Can a rash of U.S. mission failures be linked to downsizing and 'faster-better-cheaper' dogma?

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NATO Arraigned for ‘Strategic Miscalculation'

WASHINGTON NATO Supreme Commander Wesley K. Clark’s admission that the air war against Yugoslavia has not broken Belgrade’s lock on Kosovo has quickened the censure of NATO’s 50th anniversary summit for not authorizing the deployment of ground forces, poised to invade Yugoslavia.

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Reservists Get the Call for Kosovo Duty

WASHINGTON Tanker aircrews and technicians are the majority of 2,100 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel placed on active duty for up to 270 days. They are part of a presidential select reserve call-up to allow acceleration of operations in the Kosovo conflict.

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Trinational Air Defense System to Boost Missile Consolidation

LONDON The U.K., France and Italy pledged to move ahead quickly on developing a new naval air defense system—which could act to spur further mergers among European missile makers—despite London’s decision to pull out of a cooperative program to build Horizon frigates.

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EC-130Hs Blanket Serb Communications

AVIANO, ITALY Three U.S. Air Force information warfare aircraft are flying missions daily to jam Yugoslav military communications, a task NATO planners consider so critical that the classified, closely guarded aircraft are expected to remain on patrol even if there is a ceasefire.

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Faulty Athena Shroud Ruins Ikonos 1 Launch

SAN FRANCISCO The failed separation of a payload shroud kept the commercial world’s first 1-meter-resolution Earth-imaging satellite from reaching orbit last week and raises questions about the business plan for Lockheed Martin Astronautics’ Athena small launcher program.

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Bomb Shortage Crimps Air War

Air Force scrambles to boost JDAM production ten-fold and start building improved, all-new Calcms

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Iridium Scrambles for Customers as Revenues Come Up Short

WASHINGTON Dismal subscriber levels revealed by the Iridium consortium last week are raising new questions about whether there is a significant market for the high-end satellite telephone service the pioneering venture is trying to sell.

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Titan Mission Probe Eyes Ius Separation Problem

U.S. Air Force investigators are beginning to narrow the inquiry into the $682-million failure of a Titan IVB Boeing Inertial Upper Stage to a possible separation malfunction between the IUS first and second stages during launch of a Defense Support Program missile warning satellite on Apr. 9.

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