Testing Missile Defense: Scientific Experts Address the 3rd Test
and Effectiveness of the System
To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor
Contact: Daryl Kimball, 202-546-0795 ext. 136,
Brett Schor, 202-547-3577;
both of the Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers
On July 7, the Department of Defense is scheduled to conduct
only the third of 19 planned tests of the Clinton administration's
proposed national missile defense system. As the President
prepares to announce his decision on whether to deploy the system,
he is under increasing pressure from independent scientists,
military and diplomatic experts, Republicans and Democrats, as well
as U.S. allies, Russia and China not to make a precipitous decision
on NMD deployment.
The President has said he will base his decision on an
assessment of four criteria: the nature of the threat; the
feasibility of the technology; the cost; and the net effect on
national and international security. The third test will be the
last before the Pentagon's Deployment Readiness Review and the
President's deployment decision. What will the third test really
tell us about the feasibility and operational effectiveness of the
system? If it can be proven to "work" as designed, is it really
capable of stopping ballistic missiles? These and other issues will
be explored at a media briefing organized by the Coalition to
Reduce Nuclear Dangers on Thursday, July 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the
Murrow Room of the National Press Club.
The panel will include:
-- Henry Kelly, PhD, is president of the Federation of American
Scientists (FAS). Kelly is a physicist and was the assistant
director of technology at the Office of Science and Technology
Policy, and has served at the Office of Technology Assessment, the
Department of Energy and the Arms Control Disarmament Agency, where
he worked on energy and arms control issues. The FAS Board of
Sponsors includes more than 50 American Nobel Laureates.
-- Lisbeth Gronlund, PhD, is a staff scientist for the Union of
Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the MIT Security Studies Program.
Gronlund is a physicist specializing in technical issues related to
nuclear arms control and international security. She is a
co-author of the UCS-MIT report, "Countermeasures: A Technical
Evaluation of the Operational Effectiveness of the Planned US
National Missile Defense System."
-- Robert Park, PhD, is a professor of physics at the University
of Maryland and director of the Washington office of the American
Physical Society (APS). APS is the leading professional
organization of physicists, with 42,000 members worldwide. It has
just developed an organizational statement on NMD technical
feasibility and deployment.
Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Dangers and experts on national
missile defense technology
The Murrow Room,
National Press Club, 529 14th St., N.W.
Thursday, July 6, 9:30 a.m.
RSVP to Brett Schor of Rabinowitz Communications, 202-547-3577
NMD Resources On-line - The Coalition's updated briefing book:
"Pushing the Limits: the Decision on National Missile Defense," and
key documents and statements on national missile defense and
nuclear weapons are available from Coalition to Reduce Nuclear
Dangers' Web site: http://www.crnd.org
/U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/
Copyright 2000, U.S. Newswire