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Hard.Copy - 05 September 1997

ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.


Hughes Demonstrates Ovalized AMRAAM Motor. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 02, 1997, p 328
Hughes Aircraft, along with Raufoss Technology and Alliant Tech 
systems, has demonstrated an ovalized rocket motor for the AMRAAM 
which could boost the performance in air-to-air and air-to-ground 
modes.

Air Force Assesses High Energy Laser Options For SBL Program. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 02, 1997, p 326
The AF intends to use an Alpha hydrogen laser for the SBL development 
program, but has not ruled out other high energy laser options.

USAF, In New Program, Would Jam Tracking Radar, Not Missile. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 03, 1997, p 338
The USAF plans to invest about $1.5m in a program to counter some 
enemy surface-to-air missile threats by jamming the tracking radar 
rather than the missile.

US Navy Wants To Pursue New Tactical Tomahawk. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 03, 1997, p 334
The Navy is asking Congress to approve a plan to develop and build a 
new tactical Tomahawk cruise missile that will replace the Tomahawk 
Block IV program.

Tactical Tomahawk Would Be Able To Loiter Over Target Area. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 04, 1997, p 346
The Tactical Tomahawk that the Navy would like to pursue would feature 
in-flight retargeting which would allow the missile to loiter over a 
target for up to two hours before committing to an attack.

Air Launched Targets Sought For TMD Tests. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 02, 1997, p 332
The AF Space and Missile Systems Center's launch test program has 
released a RFP for the Long Range Air Launched Target (LRALT) program. 
The LRALT program will provide air-launched ballistic boosters to 
support TMD.

Darkstar Flight Testing To Resume In December. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 02, 1997, p 331
The Darkstar low-observable high altitude endurance UAV is expected to 
resume its flight test program in December.

NMD Sensor Test Successful. 
Arms Control Today, Jun 01, 1997, p 28
After several aborted tests and other delays, BMDO conducted the first 
flight test of an exoatmospheric kill vehicle sensor for NMD. The 
test's objective was to assess the ability of the sensor to track and 
identify objects in outer space.

Chronology Of US-Soviet-CIS Nuclear Relations. 
Arms Control Today, Jun 01, 1997, pp 29-30
This article is a chronology of key developments in nuclear relations 
between the US and the former Soviet Union since 1994.

Indian, Pakistani Missile Activities Accelerate
As Bilateral Talks Continue. 
Arms Control Today, Howard Diamond, Jun 01, 1997, p 24
India recently moved a number of its Prithvi short-range ballistic 
missiles near its border with Pakistan and started a new round of 
missile related activities.

Space Warfare Center Aims To Be 'Nellis of Space'. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology, 
William B. Scott, Sep 01, 1997, pp 49-51
During the last two years, the SWC has assumed a diverse set of 
missions, but now parallels the activities of other military warfare 
centers. Specifically, its leaders have been charged with developing 
SWC into the "Nellis of Space" by doing what is necessary to integrate 
air and space operations. That means developing space tactics, crew 
manuals and training courses for USAF personnel who use space derived 
information to enhance combat mission effectiveness, as articulated
in Multi Command Manual MCM 3-1. 

USAF Space Battlelab Assessing New Concepts. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology, 
William B. Scott, Sep 01, 1997, pp 51-52
The Air Force Space Battlelab will focus on innovative space 
operations and logistics concepts, quantify their potential for 
helping the Air Force fulfill its "core competencies," then test the 
concept in operational situations. This evaluation phase will rely on 
modeling and simulation, as well as field-level prototyping and 
trials. Battlelab's homepage: www.fafb.af.mil/swc/battlelab.

Washington Outlook: Modern Missiles. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology. James R. Asker, Sep 01, 1997, p 21
Russia's new single warhead SS-27 ICBM (Topol-M) is ready to enter 
production and scheduled for deployment by the end of the year, 
according to the Arms Control Assn. The US-based, private research 
outfit says the mobile and silo-based SS-27 made its fourth flight 
test in early July. An upgrade of the SS-25, the SS-27 would become 
the centerpiece of Russia's ICBM nuclear arsenal, replacing the 10 
warhead SS-18s that would be eliminated under the START 2 treaty.

'Milspace' Maturing Into Warfighter Roles. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology, 
William B. Scott, Sep 01, 1997, pp 46-48
"There was a time when, if you said 'space weapons,' you were so 
politically incorrect you were forever condemned," said GEN Howell M. 
Estes, 3rd, today's commander-in-chief of US Space Command. "But now, 
people talk about it...and it's accepted that we should be pursuing 
enabling technologies so we're better prepared [if] and when the 
threat materializes." Technology and cost reductions that enable 
operations such as "launch on demand" is being explored by the 
Pentagon's Space Architect----are central to the idea of space
weapons being deployed.

News Breaks: The Ballistic Missile Defense. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Sep 01, 1997, p 19
The BMDO has delayed the fifth test of the THAAD anti-missile system 
from December to an unspecified date in early 1998. The delay was 
ordered to replace an inertial measurement unit that was giving 
abnormal readings.

Australia, US Eye Future TMD Links. 
Defense New, George Ferguson, Sep 02, 1997, pp 1, 26
US and Australian scientists will test the ability of the Jindalee 
radar to detect missile launches. These tests could eventually lead to 
a larger joint project to link Australian sensors to US satellites and 
missile detection networks.

Nuclear Industry Fusion? ICBM Contract 
May Narrow Field Of Rocket Firms. 
Defense News, Jeff Erlich, Sep 02, 1997, pp 1, 27
Although the US no longer makes ICBMs, six major companies continue to 
maintain the 500 Minuteman II and 50 Peacekeeper ICBMs. A 
consolidation of these separate efforts to a prime contractor would be 
worth about $800m a year. This work would include general maintenance, 
engine and guidance system replacement, and system integration. The 
field for this contract has narrowed to two major companies TRW Inc. 
and Alliant Techsystems Inc. and the winner would maintain all the 
ICBMs and possibly even retire the Peacekeepers if Russia's parliament 
agrees to the START II.

Israel's Arrow Missile Fails To Intercept Target In Third Test. 
Inside Missile Defense, Daniel G. Dupont & John Liang, Aug 27, 1997, p 31
After two successful intercept attempts, the Arrow 2 test program had 
a setback recently when an August 20 test went awry. The Arrow 2, a 
smaller version of the earlier Arrow 1 missile, is intended for 
Israel's NMD program

Lead System Integrator Request For Proposals 
Requires Two Booster Options. 
Inside Missile Defense, John Liang, Aug 27, 1997, pp 1, 22
The recently released final version of the National Missile Defense 
lead systems integrator (LSI) request for proposals specifies that 
competitors offer two possible booster alternatives--one using the air 
Force's Minuteman rocket and the other a commercial booster. The 
language in the RFP leaves open the question as to whether the BMDO 
may require the two companies competing for the NMD LSI contract to 
factor in the original acquisition costs of Minuteman ICBM boosters 
that have been converted to serve as interceptors. This article 
contains a copy of the NMD RFP.

BMDO May Count Minuteman Acqu;isition Cost In NMD Competition. 
Inside Missile Defense, Elaine M. Grossman, Aug 27, 1997, pp 27-28
BMDO has signaled it may take into account the original costs of 
Minuteman ICBM boosters "recycled" into propulsion systems for NMD 
interceptors, when the ICBM parts are included in a design competing 
against boosters that would be newly built to power NMD interceptors, 
according to defense officials. The move could portend a serious 
setback for the Air Force, which has long held that the ICBM boosters 
could save DoD considerable funds. The Army has resisted using the 
Minutemans, preferring instead to invest in a commercial booster.

Former SecDef Rumsfeld To Chair Commission To Assess Missile Threats. 
Inside Missile Defense, Daniel G. Dupont, Aug 27, 1997, pp 1, 20
CIA Director George Tenet has appointed former SecDef Donald Rumsfeld 
to chair a congressionally mandated commission that will study the 
ballistic missile threat to the United States. Tenet named Rumsfeld 
and eight other members to the commission created by the 1997 Defense 
Authorization Act.

USAF Looks Favorably On Canceled Rivet Joint Technology Transfer. 
Inside Missile Defense, Gigi Whitley, Aug 27, 1997, pp 13-14
The promise of congressional funding has resuscitated the Air Force's 
plan to pursue equipping Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft with the 
Theater Airborne Warning system--an effort DoD officials canceled 
earlier this year. Known as the Rivet Joint Technology Transfer, the 
project would migrate an improved medium-wave infrared array sensor 
from Cobra Ball to Rivet Joint and fuse the MIRA sensor with data from 
the space-based Defense Support Program.

Second Draft Of Air And Missile Defense Plan To Be Ready By October. 
Inside Missile Defense, John Liang, Aug 27, 1997, pp 3-4
The second draft of the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Master 
Plan is due to be completed by October. As the nascent JTAMDO works 
with US Atlantic Command officials and other commanders-in-chief to 
define joint requirements for theater air and missile defense, system 
interoperability is turning out to be a "critical part" of TMAD, 
according to a senior Joint Staff official.

BMDO Releases Proposal Request For Long Range Air Launch Target. 
Inside Missile Defense, John Liang, Aug 27, 1997, pp 5-6
In August, BMDO released a request for proposals to build a Long Range 
Air Launch Target to test upper tier theater missile defense systems. 
The launch vehicle is supposed to have a range of 3,500k, according to 
the system's statement of objectives. A copy of the statement of 
objectives for the long range air launch target is included in this 
article.

Atlantic Command Plays Key Role In Identifying Missile Defense Needs. 
Inside the Pentagon, Elaine M. Grossman, Sep 04, 1997, pp 2-3
USACOM is taking the lead in designing the capstone requirements 
document for an integrated theater defense architecture to protect US 
forces from ballistic and cruise missile threats.

Syria To Make Chemical Bomblets For 'Scud Cs'. 
Jane's Defence Weekly. Paul Beaver, Sep 03, 1997, p 3
According to BMDO officials, Syria will begin producing chemical 
bomblets for Scud C ballistic missiles "within months" at a chemical 
agent production line set up near Damascus. The Syrian chemical 
production plant, although not publicly identified, is co-located with 
the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche Scientifique (CERS), according to 
Israeli intelligence. The bomblets can be loaded as cargo into the 
884mm warhead compartment of the missile to create a cluster warhead.