Procurement: October 25, 1999

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing a new propellant based on water and aluminum which can provide more energy than conventional nitrocellulose-based propellants. An electrical device the size of a softball (powered by a single 1.5-volt battery) is used to detonate a shotgun-sized aluminum/water cartridge. The device can even be "dialed in" by the operator to produce various levels of energy (and lethality). Such ammunition would be safer and easier to store than conventional ammunition.--Stephen V Cole

United Defense has won a contract to upgrade another 53 Bradley fighting vehicles to the Operation Desert Storm standard for $44 million.--Stephen V Cole

The GAO has determined that no one governmental organization is responsible for checking to see if all elements of an exported system are legal for export under the Missile Technology Control Regime. Because of this, some items have been improperly exported.--Stephen V Cole

 


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