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Military News Briefs for the week of June 29, 2001

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2001 – (This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service articles for the week ending June 29, 2001.)

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RUMSFELD UNVEILS $329.9 BILLION DoD BUDGET

The fiscal 2002 DoD budget request totals $329.9 billion, a $38.2 billion increase from fiscal 2001 and $18.4 billion more than the "blueprint" submitted by the Bush administration in February.

Defense officials said the request concentrates on service members, who would receive at least a 5 percent pay raise, further reductions in out-of-pocket housing expenses, and better housing and facilities.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the budget marks the largest increase since the Reagan-era budget of 1985. The goals of the amended budget, he said, are to restore military morale, bolster readiness, begin the military transformation process, streamline and upgrade DoD's infrastructure, and reform DoD's organization, facilities and processes.

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See also, DoD Budget Concentrates on People Programs

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INFORMATION OPS REDUCE THREATS FROM 'THUGS, MUGS, WACKOS'

The United States isn't under the constant threat from communism that the last generation dealt with. Instead, we're dealing with less traditional threats -- terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, computer network attacks.

The U.S. military is developing new ways to deal with these nontraditional threats. Information operations is one of those ways. "You have to understand a lot more than how many tanks and how many infantry regiments your adversary has," said Army Lt. Col. Dane Reves, operations officer for the Land Information Warfare Activity at Fort Belvoir, Va.

"Militaries and armies have been doing information operations since the dawn of military operations -- things like deception, trying to influence your adversary," he said. "We've been doing this for centuries. Now we've brought them all under one umbrella so they're synchronized and coordinated."

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CONVENTIONAL FORCES GROUP MAKES REPORT TO RUMSFELD

DoD officials are looking into the capabilities that will be important to the department in the future and what systems DoD should invest in.

A group of high-level advisors recently completed a study of conventional forces at the request of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. David C. Gompert, president of Rand Corp. Europe, chaired the group. Rumsfeld used the group's conclusions to help frame the debate within the Quadrennial Defense Review.

"Our contention is that there is a lot of wasted potential," he said. "There are a number of areas where DoD failed to exploit the technology available," Gompert said. One of those areas is information technology. He said DoD has been slow in applying these technologies to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets and slow in using them to "network" forces.

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MARINES WIN 2001 ARMED FORCES TRIATHLON

The Marine Corps won the 2001 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., June 16 in the face of 58-degree water temperatures, rough surf and overcast skies.

The 72 military triathletes from all the services vied for one of the top six spots in either the men's or women's category that would allow them to compete July 2-7 in the Conseil International du Sport Militaire World Triathlon Championships in Murska, Slovenia.

Top male finishers were Army Maj. Michael Hagen, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., 1:59:35; 1st Lt. Matthew Nuffort of Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., 2:01:27; and Lt. j.g. Stephen Fisher, Naval Station Bangor, Wash., 2:01:29. Top six women were Marine 1st Lt. Susan Stark, Camp Lejeune, N.C., 2:12:23; Maj. Karen Krajicek, Marine Corps Reserve Support Command, Kansas City, Mo., 2:13:36; Maj. Heidi Grimm, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., 2:14:49.

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SOLDIERS PACE MILITARY WRESTLERS IN WORLD TEAM BIDS

Army Sgt. Keith Sieracki won convincingly at the World Team Trials June 22-24 in Cincinnati and is headed to wrestling's World Championships in New York.

Sieracki and Sgt. Dominic Black led a powerful soldier squad in Cincinnati. Six Army wrestlers went to the finals of the team trials and eight placed on the U.S. national team.

Marine Sgt. Marcel Cooper also grabbed gold in Cincinnati in the Greco-Roman 152-pound weight class finals.

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