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Army Has Dropped Plans To Buy 40 THAADs Early. Aerospace Daily, Mar 31,
1997, p 474-475
The Army has dropped plans to commit funds for producing 40 early prototype
Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors because of the
failure of the THAAD systems to achieve an intercept in four tries. 

BMDO Needs More Money To Keep MSX Going. Aerospace Daily, Apr 01, 1997, p 1-2
The next few weeks could be critical for the future of the Midcourse Space
Experiment (MSX) as the US Ballistic Missile Defense Oraganization
scrambles to find funds to keep data analysis and satellite operation up
and running. 

White House To Send ABM, START Changes To Senate. Aerospace Daily, Apr 02,
1997, p 12
The White House has informed Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott that it will
send proposed amendments to alter the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to the
Senate for approval. 

BMDO Establishes NMD Joint Program Office. Aerospace Daily, Apr 04, 1997, p 28
The U.S. BMDO on April 1 started up a new joint program office on National
Missile Defense (NMD). It is intended to provide management oversight for
NMD program elements from the Army Space and Strategic Defense command and
the Program Executive Office for air and missile defense. 

Hawaii Beckons As Test Requirements Grow. Aviation Week & Space Technology.
David A. Fulghum, Mar 24, 1997, p 62-64
A project quietly being considered for the Kauai range is the Army's
antisatellite program. Pentagon planners are looking at the potential of
using the BMDO's strategic target system (Stars) launcher complex for
testing kill vehicles in FY98. Stars uses Polaris A3P and A3R missiles. The
concept is to mate a satellite killing interceptor vehicle to a Stars
booster and use the facilities already in place at Pacific Missile Range
Facility. This effort is in competition with another program based at the
Army's Kwajalein Atoll Facility. 

Hawaiian Range Picked For Missile Defense Tests. Aviation Week & Space
Technology, Mar 24, 1997, p 66-67
The Navy's Area (lower tier) ballistic missile defense weapon will be
involved in more than 25 test shots at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.
A few initial launches will be conducted at White Sands, and then testing
will shift to PMRF for the bulk of the firings. The Standard SM-2 Block 4A
missiles will be fired from Aegis ships operating on the range. The two
ships currently slated for the tests are the Pearl Harbor based guided
missile cruisers USS Lake Erie and USS Port Royal. Both ballistic missile
and air defense targets will be used. 

Helsinki Summit Spurs Strategic Partnership. Aviation Week & Space
Technology. Paul Mann, Mar 31, 1997, p 24-27
Building block accords signed at the Helsinki summit Mar. 21, subject to US
Congressional and Russia Duma approval after the Standing Consultative
Commission completes it, would: ban the development, testing or deployment
of space based TMD missile interceptors, or components based on alternative
technologies that could substitute for SBIs; limit the speed of ballistic
missile targets to no higher that 5 km/sec.; limit the flight range of
ballistic missile targets to no more than 3,500 km; and require an annual
exchange of detailed information about each side's TMD plans and programs. 

Funding Worries Cloud Future Tests. Aviation Week & Space Technology. David
A. Fulghum, Mar 24, 1997, p 65-67
Will the proposed Mountain Top 2 experiments be approved by the Pentagon?
Ultimately, the goal of this Pacific Missile Range Facility would be to
develop, in phase two, an over-the-horizon doctrine and tactics,
continuation of ballistic missile defense testing and field trials of an
advanced multi-sensor/multi-site system. The effort could ultimately
involve even the THAAD program, and Army's MEADs air defense missile
system, tactical fighters and air-to-air missiles, Pentagon officials said. 

New Breaks: The Airborne Laser. Aviation Week & Space Technology, Mar 31,
1997, p 17
The Airborne Laser successfully passed a three day US Air Force Program
Requirements Review in Seattle on Mar. 21. The milestone clears the way for
the beginning of detailed design and engineering work by "Team ABL" main
contractors Boeing, Lockheed Martin and TRW. 

National Missile Defense Program Office Established. Defense Daily, Apr 04,
1997, p 29
The Joint Program Office for National Missile Defense (JPO-NMD) was
formally stood up on Tuesday according to BMDO. BrigGen Cosumano will head
the new program office. 

New Cohen Policy Demands Greater International Cooperation. Defense Daily.
Vago Muradian, Mar 31, 1997, p 495-496
SecDef Cohen last week directed the Pentagon and military leadership to
increase and broaden international cooperation on a range of defense
programs to boost interoperability and cut weapon development costs. 

Lockheed Martin Pushing THAAD For Navy Missile Defense Needs. Defense
Daily. Greg Caires, Mar 31, 1997, p 496-497
Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for Army's THAAD, is trying to
convince the Navy to use the THAAD missile in its Upper Tier ballistic
missile defense system. 

Dellums Suggests Cuts In Defense Spending. Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Apr
03, 1997, p 22-23
In a white paper entitled, "Envisioning a New National Security Strategy,"
Rep Dellums (D-CA), ranking member of the HNSC, suggests that the US could
save hundreds of millions of dollars in planned defense spending in the
next five years by reducing the nuclear arsenal, canceling Cold War
acquisition programs and relaxing requirements for responding to potential
regional crises. 

Cohen To Urge South Korea Not To Buy Russian Missiles. Defense Daily. Bryan
Bender, Apr 04, 1997, p 27-28
During a tour next week of the western Pacific, SecDef Cohen is expected to
press South Korean officials not to buy Russian surface-to-air missiles
(SAM) and instead purchase the US equivalent. 

Army To Decide Soon On THAAD Subsystem Competition. Defense Daily. Greg
Caires, Apr 04, 1997, p 29-30
The Army is expected within the next several weeks to decide whether it
will reintroduce competition into the THAAD program, according to service
officials. 

US, Israel Agree To Speed Arrow Missile. Defense Daily. Bryan Bender, Apr
04, 1997, p 27
In a meeting at the Pentagon, SecDef Cohen and Israel Defense Minister
Mordechai agreed to speed development of the joint US-Israel Arrow missile
defense system. They "agreed for the need for more money that will result
in modest new funding." 

ABM Deal Won't Halt Space Laser--For Now. Defense Week. John Donnelly, Mar
31, 1997, p 9
White House defense adviser Robert Bell said last week that the ABM Treaty
agreement President Clinton and Russian President Yeltsin signed earlier
this month in Helsinki still allows research into space-based lasers.
According to the new ABM agreement, a system necessarily complies with the
treaty if it is not tested against strategic targets. 

Patriot Shoots Down Another Scud In Data-Gathering Test At Kwajalein.
Inside Missile Defense. Daniel G. Dupont, Mar 26, 1997, p 3-4
In contrast to releases issued following the first test in early February,
the announcement that a Patriot missile shot down a missile during testing
at the Pacific Kwajalein Missile Range, identified the target as a Scud.
The specific nature of the Scud remains classified, but sources say it was
likely another Scud C.

Despite Chem/Bio Arms Problems, Russia Passes Nunn-Lugar Certification.
Inside Missile Defense. Douglas Berenson, Mar 26, 1997, p 7-8
The Clinton administration has recertified Russia under the Cooperative
Threat Reduction program. The CTR, also known as the Nunn-Lugar program
after the two senators who authored the legislation establishing it,
provides funds for the dismantlement of excess nuclear weapons and nuclear
delivery systems, as well as projects aimed at stemming the proliferation
of weapons of mass destruction. 

USSPACECOM Chief: Threat From Cruise Missiles Should Be Taken Seriously.
Inside Missile Defense. Gigi Whitley, Mar 26, 1997, p 7
Despite intelligence community findings that the threat of a cruise missile
attack remains low, Gen Howell Estes, US Space Command, told SASC he is
concerned about the US's lack of defense against such an attack.

DOE Nuclear Weapons Labs Offer Congress Expertise On Missile Defense
Development. Inside Missile Defense. John Liang, Mar 26, 1997, p 1, 13-14
In a January 30 letter, Assistant Energy Secretary for Defense Programs
Victor Reis told House and Senate lawmakers that the nation's three nuclear
weapons laboratories host a substantial amount of expertise that could be
tapped to aid in developing the Defense Department's ballistic missile
defense programs. 

Quality Control, Technology Issues Focus Of THAAD Review. Inside Missile
Defense. Daniel G. Dupont, Mar 26, 1997, p 1, 12-13
BMDO Director LtGen Lyles requested a review of the THAAD system in the
wake of the fourth intercept failure this month. The review will examine
the program from top to bottom to determine if the problems to date stem
from poor quality assurance and reliability or from over-reaching
technology requirements. 

US Trumpets Helsinki Summit As Win-Win For TMD, START II Ratification.
Inside Missile Defense. John Liang, Mar 26, 1997, p 1, 8-12
Despite Republican concerns that the US is selling out its theater and
national missile defense programs to Russia, the Clinton administration
says last week's summit meeting in Helsinki succeeded in assuaging Russian
worries about US TMD development while improving prospects that the Russian
Duma will ratify the START II Treaty. 

White House Concedes To Senate Advice And Consent On Treaty Changes. Inside
The Pentagon, Apr 03, 1997, p 1, 14
The Clinton administration has agreed to submit changes to two arms control
treaties to the advice and consent of the Senate, contrary to a course of
action it had been insisting upon for several months. 

Navy Experiment Tests Ability Of Arsenal Ship To Conduct TMD Attack
Operations. Inside The Pentagon, Apr 03, 1997, p 6
The Third Fleet Battle Experiment-Alfa conducted in conjunction with the
Marine Corps' Hunter Warrior exercise sought to integrate the notional
capabilities of the Arsenal Ship with a theater ballistic missile defense
operation. 

Joint Warrior Brings Combined Ops Closer. Jane's Defence Weekly. Stacey
Evers, Apr 02, 1997, p 25, 27
A common network will link the USA with its allies during this year's Joint
Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (JWID). DoD computer experts
installed the new Coalition Wide Area Network (CWAN) to serve all 45 sites
taking part in JWID '97 this July and to allow unencumbered combined
operations at a component level. Firewalls will continue to separate the
national networks of JWID participants, such as SIPRNET (Secret Internet
Protocol Routing Network), from the CWAN. To reach the Combined Task Force,
however, participants must go through multi-level security and onto the
common network.  

USAF Battlelab Forms Nucleus Of C2 Activity. Jane's Defence Weekly. Stacey
Evers, Apr 02, 1997, p 29-30
"The other battlelabs at some point in their process will have to come to
us to see how their ideas and innovations fit into the overall C2 scheme,"
said Col Mike Carpenter, commandant of the USAF Battlestaff Training School
and director of the C2 Battle Management Battlelab at Hurlburt Field, FL.
The other five labs will investigate space, expeditionary forces, force
protection, information warfare and uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs). Air
Force Chief of Staff Gen Ronald Fogleman wanted to establish the labs,
which will be functioning by 1 July, to help develop doctrinal innovations
and conduct proof of concept demonstrations. 

Contractors Join Up On National Missile Defense. Jane's Defence Weekly.
Stacey Evers, Mar 26, 1997, p 6
Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and TRW have formed the United Missile Defense
Company (UMDC), a joint venture created exclusively to develop, integrate,
test and deploy a NMD system. The Arlington, VA based company was formed to
defeat a Boeing North American team in the eventual Lead System Integrator
(LSI) contest. The BMDO is expected to award two six-month NMD system
concept definition contracts in May, but only one contractor will continue
work in the later phases. LSI proposals were due on 24 March. 

Japan To Test Ballistic Missile Defense System. Jane's Defence Weekly.
Joris Janssen Lok, Barbara Starr, Apr 02, 1997, p 8
Japan will conduct a live test firing of a US SM-3 Block 0 (formerly called
SM-LEAP) theater ballistic missile defense missile from one of its Aegis
destroyers next year. The test firing will be similar in objective to the
US Navy's Control Test Vehicle (CTV)-1 test firing which is planned for
this August. USN's objective is to "demonstrate the ability to put the
missile in the third stage delivery basket" from where the kinetic warhead
should be able to intercept the exoatmospheric target. That ability is
determined by the SM-3 missile guidance and propulsion, including the Mk 72
booster and Mk 104 dual thrust rocket motor, combined with the Aegis combat
system. 

Joint US Laser Test Succeeds. Jane's Defence Weekly, Apr 02, 1997, p 6
The test involved generating a megawatt-class chemical laser beam and
feeding it through a 4m diameter beam expander and beam projection system.
The one-half second test marked the first time that the TRW Alpha chemical
laser has been fed through the Large Advanced Mirror Program beam
projection telescope and the Large Optics Demonstration Experiment beam
control system developed by Lockheed Martin. 

Program and Industry Briefs. Military Space, Mar 31, 1997, p 6
Pacer Infotec Inc., Billerica, MA, won a $12m contract from Lockheed Martin
for supporting the Air Force's Space Based Infrared System High program.
The award covers a large portion of the Electronic Data and Management
system. Work will be conducted at Pacer's Santa Clara, CA operations. 

Dr. Teller Ponders Scientist's Role: Notes Consequences On Humanity.
National Defense. Dr. Edward Teller, Apr 01, 1997, p 35-37 35-37
This story is adapted from an extemporaneous talk that was delivered by Dr.
Edward Teller, director emeritus of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
at the Live-Fire test & Evaluation Conference at Livermore, CA in January
1997. Dr. Teller examines the "necessary and necessarily limited role of
the scientist."