CONRAD AMENDMENT NO. 736 (Senate - July 08, 1997)

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(Ordered to lie on the table.)

Mr. CONRAD submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to amendment No. 696 submitted by Mrs. Hutchinson to the bill, S. 936, supra; as follows:
In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted, insert the following:

Subtitle XX--National Missile Defense

SEC. X01. SHORT TITLE.
This subtitle may be cited as the `Common Sense National Missile Defense Act of 1997'.

SEC. X02. NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE POLICY.
(a) National Missile Defense Policy: It is the policy of the United States to develop a limited national missile defense system based on the Minuteman III missile system that could be deployed by 2003 at Grand Forks, North Dakota.
(b) General Requirements: The national missile defense system developed under subsection (a) for possible deployment should include the elements set forth in section X3 in a manner which--

(1) provides for the defense of the United States against a nuclear missile attack consisting of at least five nuclear warheads;

(2) is affordable;

(3) complies with the ABM Treaty; and

(4) maximizes the utilization of missile technology and infrastructure in use as of the date of enactment of this Act
(c) Assessment of Deployment: Not later than March 31, 2000, the President shall submit to Congress a report on the deployment of the national missile defense system referred to in subsection (a). The report shall contain--

(1) the determination of the President as to the advisability of deploying the system; and

(2) if the President determines that the system should be deployed, a specification as to the preferred architecture for the system.

SEC. X3. SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE.
The national missile defense system developed under section X2 for possible deployment shall contain the following elements:

(1) An interceptor system that--

(A) utilizes a kinetic kill vehicle in development as of the date of enactment of this Act that is delivered by the Minuteman III missile system in existence as of such date;

(B) could be deployed in existing Minuteman III missile silos within the deployment area permitted under the ABM Treaty; and

(C) could consist of between 20 and 100 operational interceptors.

(2) Early warning ground-based radar utilizing ground-based radars in existence as of such date, or modifications or upgrades of such radars.

(3) To the maximum extent practicable, battle management, command, control, and communications systems in existence as of such date, or modifications or upgrades of such systems.

SEC. X4. IMPLEMENTATION OF DEVELOPMENT.
The Secretary of Defense shall--

(1) initiate promptly such preparatory and planning actions as are necessary to ensure that the national missile defense system developed under section X2 is deployable in accordance with subsection (a) of that section;

(2) not later than September 30, 2000, conduct an integrated systems test of the system; and

(3) prescribe such policies and procedures (including acquisition policies and procedures) as are necessary to eliminate unnecessary costs and inefficiencies in the development of the system.

SEC. X5. REPORT ON PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT.
(a) Requirement: Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a report on the Secretary's plan for the development and deployment of the national missile defense system referred to in section X2.
(b) Report Elements: The report shall include--

(1) the Secretary's plan for meeting the requirements of this subtitle, including a detailed description of the system architecture selected for development; and

(2) the Secretary's estimate of the funds required for research, development, test, and evaluation, and for procurement, in each of fiscal years 1998 through 2003 in order to ensure that the system is deployable in accordance with section X2(a).

SEC. X6. POLICY REGARDING THE ABM TREATY.
(a) Policy: It is the policy of the United States that--

(1) the ABM Treaty remains the foundation of stability among the nuclear powers and must not be abrogated or fundamentally altered;

(2) any United States national missile defense system raises concerns about United States compliance with the ABM Treaty; and

(3) the President should undertake such consultations with the Russian Federation as are necessary to achieve an agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation on an amendment or clarification of the ABM Treaty in order to permit the deployment of the national missile defense system referred to in section X2.
(b) Review of System: In light of the policy set forth in subsection (a), it is the sense of Congress that the President initiate immediately a full review of the implications of the development and deployment of the national missile defense system referred to in section X2 on United States compliance with the ABM Treaty. The review should address any modifications to the system that may be required in order to ensure that the system meets United States obligations under the ABM Treaty.
(c) Report on Consultations: The President shall include an assessment of the results, if any, of the consultations undertaken under subsection (a)(3) in the report submitted under section X2(c).

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SEC. X7. DEFINITION.
In this subtitle, the term `ABM Treaty' means the Treaty Between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems, signed at Moscow on May 26, 1972, and includes the Protocols to that Treaty, signed at Moscow on July 3, 1974.

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