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Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing, Oct. 31


DoD News Briefing
Tuesday, October 31, 2000 1:30 p.m. EST
Presenter: Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD PA

Q: Speaking of classified information, it was reported in the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer that low-observable radar stealth technology has
been transferred to the Russians. Is the Pentagon aware of that? Any
kind of investigation going on that they have a hand in?

Bacon: I am not aware of that, but I'll check into it. I don't know
what I can tell you once I check into it, but I'll check into it. [The
Department is aware of this matter. It was a joint investigation by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Air Force's Office of
Special Investigations. No data obtained in this case indicates that
information provided to anyone outside of allowable channels was
classified, nor does any data in this case indicate that passed
information represents a degradation of the U.S. lead in the area of
stealth technology. The Russian Academy of Sciences did have access to
and use of U.S. supercomputers for the purpose of running computations
using a modeling code that the Russians developed, but at no time did
the Russians have access to classified information within the
supercomputers. It's important to note that the Russians' use of the
supercomputers was not unlawful, as current U.S. laws only cover the
export of supercomputer hardware, not the use of the supercomputers
themselves. There is no indication in this case that the Russians' use
of the supercomputers was detrimental to either the U.S. Air Force or
the U.S. government. The case opened in 1997 and closed in 1999.]

Q: Thank you.

Bacon: Sure.