ACCESSION NUMBER:302703 FILE ID:POL407 DATE:09/09/93 TITLE:DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 (09/09/93) TEXT:*93090907.POL DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 (Aspin/Europe, Aspin/SDI, Aspin/Grachev, arms sales) (700) ASPIN TO VISIT BELGIUM, GERMANY, ITALY Defense Secretary Aspin will travel to Belgium, Germany and Italy during his European visit September 10-13, the Defense Department said September 9. Earlier, spokesman Kathleen deLaski said that Aspin will meet in Brussels with European security experts and U.S. military commanders in Europe in the first of several planned regional defense policy conferences. He also will address the International Institute for Strategic Studies on the implications for Europe of the U.S. Defense Department's Bottom-Up Review, she said. The department said September 9 that Aspin will depart Belgium for Germany, probably September 12, to visit U.S. troops supporting humanitarian airdrops over Bosnia-Herzegovina. Aspin will then continue to Rome where he will meet with Italian Defense Minister Fabio Fabbri and with Admiral Jeremy Boorda, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's commander-in-chief of allied forces in southern Europe, the department said. Aspin will return to Washington September 13. REPORT ON 1984 STRATEGIC TEST RESULTS CALLED ACCURATE Defense Secretary Aspin said September 9 that a 1984 test of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), predecessor of the new Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), produced a report that was accurate to the test results. Press reports said the test results may have been falsified to make the SDI program appear more formidable in its ability to shoot down Soviet missiles. Such results also might have misled Congress into funding less effective programs, Aspin told reporters. But the defense secretary said the report accurately portrayed test results, even though he said U.S. officials attempted to mislead Soviet intelligence about the effectiveness of SDI. Further, he said, more recent law requires the Defense Department to notify Congress when it intends to distribute misinformation to an adversary about such tests. Congress is to receive the accurate test results, the law states. 1 ASPIN, GRACHEV, OTHER OFFICIALS SIGN PACTS Defense Secretary Aspin and Russian Defense Minister Grachev signed a memorandum of understanding September 8 that sets up a framework for further cooperation between the U.S. and Russian military services, a Defense Department news release said. Last week, Defense Under Secretary Frank Wisner and Russian Minister of Atomic Energy Viktor Mikhailov signed two implementing agreements to help Russia dismantle old Soviet weapons of mass destruction, the Defense Department announced. The Aspin-Grachev memorandum was drafted in accordance with directives from President Clinton and Russian President Yeltsin at the Vancouver summit for their governments to broaden contacts in defense and security matters. The memorandum contained several specifics, including: -- establishing a schedule for yearly exchange visits between the defense secretary and the defense minister; -- setting up alternating, bilateral working group meetings in Washington and Moscow to explore new means of increasing contacts; -- creating an exchange program between the military chiefs of staff of the two countries and their subordinate commanders and staffs; and -- promoting a plan for U.S.-Russian information exchanges and cooperation in training for international peacekeeping roles. The two Wisner-Mikhailov agreements signed September 2 implement parts of the U.S. law that commits $800 million in American resources to free Russia and other former Soviet states from Soviet arsenals. One agreement provides $75 million for a storage facility for radioactive material taken from dismantled Soviet nuclear weapons. The other provides $10ÿ20million in technical assistance to improve safeguards against contamination from such materials. SOUTH KOREA, TURKEY ASK TO PURCHASE SPARE PARTS, MISSILES The Defense Department told Congress September 8 that South Korea has asked to purchase $92 million in spare parts for U.S.-manufactured combat and support aircraft and for radar navigation systems, and that Turkey has asked to purchase $47 million in advanced, medium range, air-to-air missiles. Seoul would use the parts to maintain its air force. The sale would help South Korea remain "an important force for political stability and economic progress in Northeast Asia," said the Defense Department. Turkey would use the missiles to bolster the capabilities of its fleet of U.S.-manufactured F-16 fighter aircraft. The sale would not damage U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question, the Defense Department said. NNNN .