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DOD Domestic Preparedness Background Briefing -
Wednesday, April 16, 1997 - 1 p.m. (EDT) 
http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/offdocs/clinton7/dod_970416dom.htm
"... background briefing is to give ... some information on
a coordinated interagency program responding to the
Nunn/Lugar/Domenici legislation in the FY97 Defense
Authorization Bill. This legislation is designed to enhance the
capability of federal, state, and local emergency response
agencies to prevent and respond to domestic terrorist incidents
involving weapons of mass destruction." 

* RUSSIA * NATO * SMF * SERGEYEV * IN CASE OF NATO'S
EASTWARD EXPANSION THE STRATEGIC MISSILE FORCE
IS READY TO ENSURE THE COUNTRY'S SECURITY
MOSCOW, APRIL 23. /FROM RIA NOVOSTI
CORRESPONDENT GENNADY ABALOV/ E X C L U S I V E 
http://www.russia.net/ria/hotline/hc23048.htm

Russia will remain a space power
http://www.fas.org/news/kovalenok_970412.htm
Moscow Pravda Pyat - 12 April 97 pp 1-2
[interview with professor Vladimir Kovalenok, pilot-cosmonaut of
the USSR and head of the Zhukovskiy air force academy]
"As regards cooperation, my view is unequivocal: the Americans are
trying at all costs to oust us from the leading position which Russia 
occupies today in the sphere of world cosmonautics.... Having worked
with the Americans, I realized that the methods and approaches they
were using were nothing less than provocation pure and simple....
The Americans are insisting that it is necessary to change the
station's ideology, architecture, and design ..."

Space station Mir may have to be abandoned 
http://www.nando.net/newsroom/ntn/world/042397/world29_15738.html
MOSCOW (April 23, 1997 02:13 a.m. EDT) -- The
Russian-American crew on the space station Mir is
struggling to plug a leak of a toxic cooling fluid and may
have to abandon ship, a senior Russian space official said
Tuesday in the first public acknowledgment by Moscow
that its 11-year-old space station may have become unsafe.

Mir repairs difficult, crew may have to evacuate
http://www.merc.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2566810-65a
The Russian-American crew on Russia's 11-year-old Mir space station
are struggling with a leak of antifreeze vapor and may have to abandon
ship, mission control said Tuesday. Spokesman Viktor Blagov said that
at the moment there was no reason to evacuate Mir, but added: "The
team is continuing its repairs. It's a difficult task and if it cannot
be solved Mir might be abandoned by the cosmonauts." Speaking from
space, NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger said he and his Russian
colleagues had almost abandoned ship twice in recent months.

Cheyenne Mountain Additional Security Measures Removed
http://www.spacecom.af.mil/usspace/new6-97.htm
4/21/97 PETERSON AFB, COLORADO -- The additional 
security measures at Cheyenne Mountain initiated April 14th 
have been removed. After receiving updated details on the
information that prompted the heightened security measures, 
Maj Gen Jeffrey R. Grime, Cheyenne Mountain Operations 
Center Commander, determined that the security concerns 
are no longer significant and the heightened security measures
are no longer required.