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Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REGULAR BRIEFING

BRIEFER: KENNETH BACON, SPOKESMAN

1:45 P.M. EST

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2000


Q: Ken, have any decisions been made for further tests in the new year
of the ballistic missile defense system?


MR. BACON: I'm sure they have been made. The next test - I'm saying
this from memory so I don't have the specific date, but I think the
next test is in late January or early February. I'm not certain of the
date, we can check that, but it's around there.


And obviously, these test dates are subject to change because of
weather; because of last-minute glitches in the preparations. But
there's supposed to be a test early in the year. And there's actually
supposed to be a number of tests in this coming year.


And one of the decisions that the President made when he decided not
to go ahead with a specific deployment or pre-deployment decision, was
to continue a robust development program. And Secretary Cohen said at
the time that he would assure that a robust development program
continued.


So, we'll get you the date of the - the current date of the next
test. In fact, we'll get you the date of all the - dates of all the
tests currently planned in the year 2001.


Okay, thank you. Thank you, Charlie.