Christopher J. Castelli

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Daily News | September 5, 2001

The Defense Department and industry have failed to produce weapons for the military "faster, better and cheaper" because the Pentagon is buying more systems at once than it can afford, according to retired Air Force Gen. Larry Welch, president of the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Daily News | August 29, 2001

Navy Secretary Gordon England is balking at calls to reopen an investigation into the Israeli attack on the U.S. Navy surveillance ship Liberty (AGTR-5) that occurred off the Sinai coast on June 8, 1967.

Daily News | August 22, 2001

The Navy has decided that Navy Secretary Gordon England should recuse himself from matters involving General Dynamics' $2.6 billion bid to buy Newport News Shipbuilding, but declared he is free to make decisions about the DD-21 destroyer GD and other companies are vying to design and build, a spokesman for England told Inside the Navy.

Daily News | August 15, 2001

Pentagon acquisition executive Pete Aldridge said today he needs more time to decide if the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft can be made safe enough for use by the U.S. military.

Daily News | August 1, 2001

Eight senators, including Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), sent a missive to the Pentagon in June urging Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld not to support General Dynamics' $2.6 billion bid for Newport News Shipbuilding.

Daily News | June 26, 2001

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has cut funding for the LPD-17 amphibious ship program by $670 million in fiscal year 2002, deleting from the Navy's budget two ships the service planned to purchase that year, Inside the Navy has learned.

Daily News | May 29, 2001

SAN DIEGO -- As part of Operation Southern Watch over Iraq, a U.S. military aircraft launched a Joint Direct Attack Munition on May 18 against a target and destroyed it, according to the Navy's program manager for the JDAM weapon, Capt. Bob Wirt.

Daily News | April 5, 2001

The Marine Corps today released the findings of its judge advocate general investigation into the fatal Dec. 11, 2000, crash of a V-22 Osprey, raising questions about the adequacy of the design of the V-22's hydraulic system and the testing of the aircraft's flight control software.

Daily News | March 19, 2001

A rotorcraft industry association is protesting what it says are NASA's plans to cancel funding for rotorcraft technology in the fiscal year 2002 budget.

Daily News | March 1, 2001

Marine Corps judge advocate general investigators raised concerns about the maintenance of the V-22 Osprey in a report on last April's fatal V-22 crash, but senior Marine Corps officials dismissed the concerns as irrelevant, according to documents obtained by Inside the Navy.

Daily News | February 14, 2001

Eager to boost spending on military readiness but concerned the Bush administration is not interested in near-term funding boosts, senators may put senior military leaders on the spot this month by asking them about budget concerns and a potential defense supplemental appropriations package for fiscal year 2001.

Daily News | January 24, 2001

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones has asked the Defense Department inspector general to assume control of the investigation into possible falsification of maintenance records at Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204, Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC.

Daily News | January 24, 2001

National Semiconductor Corporation today announced the election of former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig to its board of directors.

Daily News | December 12, 2000

Eyewitnesses say the MV-22 Osprey that crashed in North Carolina last night was in helicopter mode when it went down, according to an internal Marine Corps message reviewed by Inside the Navy.

Daily News | December 5, 2000

Navy acquisition executive Lee Buchanan today postponed a decision on whether to proceed with full-rate production of the MV-22 Osprey by several weeks because he wants more information on the program, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

Daily News | November 14, 2000

The Navy's Operational Test and Evaluation Command declared last Wednesday that the MV-22 Osprey is operationally effective and suitable and recommended approval for full-rate production, the Marine Corps announced today.

Daily News | October 11, 2000

Navy testers found the V-22 Osprey operationally suitable and operationally effective, but have recommended the program office complete some additional testing, sources tracking the issue told

Daily News | October 4, 2000

Navy Secretary Richard Danzig is preparing to depart in a matter of days on a major trip to China, where he will meet with top military officials in Shanghai and Beijing, has learned.

Daily News | September 29, 2000

U.S. officials are considering a Russian proposal to forge a new bilateral agreement designed to prevent dangerous submarine incidents at sea, an arrangement that would build upon a 1972 pact that covers surface ships but not submarines, a Navy spokeswoman told

Daily News | September 28, 2000

In talks this week with U.S. officials, Russian diplomats proposed a new bilateral agreement designed to prevent dangerous submarine incidents at sea, an agreement that would build upon a 1972 pact that covers surface ships, but U.S. officials declined the offer, a Navy spokeswoman told

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