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May 31, 1999

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Spying Debacle for U.S., But Great Leap for China?

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Cox: Companies Broke Law—and Knew It

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Panel Says Spying Aided Conventional Weaponry

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Spying Debacle for U.S., But Great Leap for China?

Beijing's ability to capitalize on treasure trove of U.S. nuclear secrets remains to be proven

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Cox: Companies Broke Law—and Knew It

WASHINGTON American satellite manufacturers deliberately skirted U.S. laws to help China improve its faltering Long March rocket, but some of the technology transfer allegations leveled in Congress last year were inaccurate, according to the conclusions of the Cox report.

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Panel Says Spying Aided Conventional Weaponry

WASHINGTON China’s conventional weapons program received a substantial boost when intelligence efforts yielded vital information on anti-satellite technology and stealth design, a congressional panel investigating the theft of U.S. technology by China has found.

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Air War Drives EA-6B Upgrades

WASHINGTON EA-6BS operating over Yugoslavia are among the allied aircraft potentially most at risk to attack from optically guided surface-to-air missile attacks, but upgrades funded by the Kosovo emergency supplemental should provide added protection and mitigate equipment shortages.

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Missile Defenses Face Funding Difficulties

WASHINGTON Congress is expected to rebuff a Pentagon request to move forward on only one of its Upper Tier missile defense programs, leaving the Defense Dept. scrambling to find ways to fund both the Army’s Theater High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) and Navy Theater-Wide effort.

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France Assesses Kosovo Lessons

PARIS The French Defense Ministry plans an immediate review of lessons gained from its contribution to Operation Allied Force. The operational knowledge gathered in the last few weeks could provide firsthand input for the ministry’s next multiyear plan, scheduled for the early 2000s.

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Agencies Ease Bell 407 Airspeed Restriction

DALLAS After extensive flight testing in the wake of three accidents, Transport Canada and the FAA have approved an increase in the Bell 407’s maximum speed to 130 kt. from 100 kt., and company officials expect to restore the light helicopter’s 140-kt. never exceed speed (Vne) by the third quarter of this year.

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Hst Unlocking Hubble Constant

LOS ANGELES A team of astronomers has completed a large project to reduce the uncertainty in the Hubble constant, using the unmatched resolution and photometry of the Hubble Space Telescope for one of its intended goals. However, a separate team using other techniques with Hubble observations has come up with a different value for the astronomical constant.

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Titan Succeeds in Nro Flight

CAPE CANAVERAL The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have conducted their first fully successful Titan IV mission in four flights by launching an unusual National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. The secret payload was launched on May 22 into an initial 125 X 186-mi. orbit inclined 63.4 deg.

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Eutelsat Cuts Yugoslav Link

Paris European TV satellite operator Eutelsat has pulled the plug on broadcasts to a Yugoslav TV channel, RTS Sat, after weeks of diplomatic pressure from NATO member countries. NATO had complained that the network was using spacecraft operated by Eutelsat, in which the Yugoslav telecom ministry is a shareholder, to beam “government propaganda” throughout the Balkans, defeating the purpose of air strikes intended to knock out the network’s transmission facilities.
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