Military News Briefs for the Week Ending Sept. 29, 2000
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2000
(This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service stories for the week ending Sept. 29, 2000.)
CHIEFS TELL SENATE DOD NEEDS MONEY FOR MODERNIZATION
“We cannot mortgage future readiness,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Henry Shelton told the Senate Armed Services Committee Sept. 27.
Current funding levels are short-changing long-term readiness, to pay for current readiness, Shelton said. The chairman testified along with other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They stressed shortfalls in modernization accounts throughout DoD.
The members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff say current readiness is fine, but the military will need more money to fund modernization programs.
COHEN, DE LEON TO HOLD ELECTRONIC TOWN HALL OCT. 4
Defense Secretary William S. Cohen will be interviewed on the Defense Reform Initiative as part of an interactive broadcast Oct. 4.
Following the taped Cohen interview, Deputy Defense Secretary Rudy de Leon will participate in a live, interactive presentation during the broadcast. Stan Soloway, deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition reform, will MC the program that begins at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
This is another in a series of “Electronic Town Halls” spotlighting the Defense Reform Initiative. This episode is entitled, “Into the Future of Defense Reform: The Mission and the Challenge.”
The broadcast is available via satellite and via Webcast.
HISPANIC-AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT HIGHLIGHTED AT DOD CEREMONY
Hispanic Americans -- traditional supporters of defense and valued contributors to the nation’s cultural heritage -- are poised for an expanded role on the national stage in the 21st century.
Senior DoD leaders highlighted Hispanic-American achievement -- past, present and future -- at the National Hispanic Heritage Month Observance ceremony held Sept. 26 at the Pentagon.
The annual observance, which celebrates the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the culture and accomplishments of the nation, began Sept. 15 and continues through Oct. 15.