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Hard.Copy - 19 September 1997

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Interview: Conversations With Paul Kaminski. 
Aerospace America. Johan Benson, Sep 01, 1997, pp 16-18
In this interview, Paul Kaminski, former Undersecretary of Defense for 
Acquisition and Technology, discusses progress made in acquisition 
reform; maintaining a responsive industrial and technology base; and 
logistics, support, and environmental security during his tenure.

Policy Experts Dispute White House Assessment Of China Threat. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 19, 1997, p 430
A group of policy experts told the Senate Intelligence Committee that 
China is still continuing the effort to export nuclear weapons 
technology to Iran and Pakistan. According to former US Ambassador, 
James Lilley, China continues to pursue an active military advancement 
and weapons procurement and he suggests the US increase its 
intelligence collection initiatives to keep up with their 
proliferation and modernization progress.

Stevens 'Inclined To Review' JASSM Funding, Aide Says. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 16, 1997, p 409
Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee chairman Sen. Ted Stevens 
is "inclined to review" the issue of funding the Air Force's JASSM.

GAO Urges Expansion Of Test Target Program For THAAD. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 16, 1997, p 404
According to GAO, the Pentagon needs new targets to test THAAD 
system's effectiveness against longer range missiles. GAO suggests 
that BMDO should establish a new THAAD acquisition plan that includes 
funding for a long-range missile target program.

BMDO Revises NMD Plan To Beef Up Testing. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 17, 1997, pp 411, 413A
BMDO has revised the test schedule to develop and deploy a national 
missile defense, to make use of an added $2.1 billion called for by 
the QDR.

Russian Space Agency Rejects Charge Of Aiding Iran On Missiles. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 17, 1997, p 412
The Russian Space Agency denies the charge that it has aided Iran in 
the development of ballistic missiles.

South Korea Picks AGM-142 As Standoff Missile. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 19, 1997, p 427
South Korea's Air Force has picked Lockheed Martin/Rafael AGM-142 
standoff missile to equip its F-$E fighter bombers. The sale, worth 
about $125 million, includes delivery of about 116 missiles and 
involves modification of 30 F-4Es.

Appropriators Send B-2 Plan Top Cohen. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 19, 1997, p 428
In the defense appropriations conference several decisions about 
funding were made concerning: THAAD, Navy Lower Tier, SBIRS, and boost 
phase intercept. THAAD was funded at $440 million, which is closer to 
the House appropriation than the Senate's $353.4 million.

USAF Sees Signs JASSM Funding Will Be Partially Restored. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 18, 1997, pp 419, 421A
The USAF believes House and Senate cuts in the budget for JASSM may be 
partially restored and allow the program office to avoid an early 
downselect until at least April.

Alliant, TRW Compete For $5 Billion ICBM Sustainment Contract. 
Aerospace Daily, Sep 19, 1997, p 431
Alliant Techsystems and TRW are competing for a $5 billion ICBM 
sustainment program contract to be awarded Dec. 19, 1997.

ABL Team Demonstrates Fuel-Making Ability For Airborne Laser. 
Defense Daily. Greg Caires, Sep 18, 1997, p 463
Boeing, Lockheed Martin and TRW have demonstrated their ability to 
make fuel for the Airborne Laser (ABL). They hope to test this ability 
on the flight-weighted laser module (FLM) in March 1998.

Air Force Conducts Successful Peacekeeper ICBM Test. 
Defense Daily, Sep 18, 1997, p 462
The Air Force successfully launched a Lockheed Martin Peacekeeper 
intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on 9/17/97. This launch was 
part of the Air Force's Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation 
program

Orbital Sciences To Convert Missile Motors To Launchers.
Defense News. Warren Ferster, Sep 15, 1997, p 18
Orbital Sciences has won a contract worth $206 million to convert 
excess ballistic missile motors into small orbital and suborbital 
launchers.

Official Denies Russia Transfers Missile Technology To Iran. 
Defense News. Anne Eisele, Sep 15, 1997, p 8
Yuri Koptev, Director General of the Russian Space Agency denies 
claims that they were helping Iran with technology needed to build 
scud-type missiles. China also denies the transfer of missile 
technology to Iran.

Airborne Laser Tests: Once Touted, Now Downplayed. 
Defense Week. John Donnelly, Sep 15, 1997, p 15
The GAO's draft report, "Theater Missile Defense: Significant 
Technical Challenges Face the Airborne Laser Program," says the only 
way the Airborne Laser program can predict the atmospheric turbulence 
the system will confront is to fire lasers between flying aircraft. 
The draft report also questions the Air Force decision to shift to 
"optical," or non-laser, data.

Joint Staff Leads Study Of Alternate Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Payloads. 
Inside the Pentagon. Douglas Berenson, Sep 18, 1997, p 3
The Joint Staff is coordinating an analysis of payloads for use with 
UAV's that may enable them to perform missions other than 
reconnaissance and surveillance.

ABL Program Performs Risk Reduction To Prepare For
Spring '98 Milestone. 
Inside the Pentagon. Douglas Berenson, Sep 18, 1997, p 8
Officials working on the ABL program are conducting a series of risk 
reduction activities. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and TRW are teamed on 
the ABL program which seeks to integrate a one million watt laser 
aboard a Boeing 747 that will be capable of shooting down a ballistic 
missile in the boost phase of flight.

US May Terminate MEADS Funding After 1999: NATO Envoy: As 'Most 
Promising' Allied Effort, MEADS Must Be Funded. 
Inside the Pentagon. Daniel G. Dupont, Sep 18, 1997, pp 1, 12-13
If the US wants its allies to share future weapon system development 
costs, it must first demonstrate a greater commitment to MEADS. The 
OSD is currently debating whether it can continue to fund MEADS beyond 
FY99. NATO Ambassador Robert Hunter believes the US cannot afford to 
allow MEADS to be terminated because it is the last hope for future 
allied armaments cooperation.

Ballistic Simulation Tests Australian Radar System. 
Jane's Defence p, Sep 17, 1997, p 15
Four unarmed modified Terrier-Improved-Orion rockets simulating 
ballistic missiles have been fired in northern Australia as part of an 
evaluation of the Jindalee over-the-horizon radar. Jindalee is based 
at Alice Springs in central Australia and is the prototype for two 
other sites which will make up the Jindalee Operational Radar Network 
(JORN). Australian Minister for Defense Ian McLachlan said Australia 
faced no immediate ballistic threat and has no plans to develop a 
theater ballistic missile defense system.

Low-Cost US Laser Seeker Can Identify Targets In Real-Time. 
Jane's Defence Weekly. Stacey Evers, Sep 17, 1997, p 4
An autonomous USAF laser radar (LADAR) seeker has identified Scud-type 
targets in real time during captive flight tests at Eglin AFB in 
Florida. The two week test series was the first time the USAF tried 
out Low Cost Autonomous Attack System's (LOCAAS) three-dimensional 
model matching algorithms for identifying targets.

Iran's Nuclear Ambition: Innocuous Illusion Or Ominous Truth? 
Jane's International Defense Review. Al J. Venter, Sep 01, 1997, pp 29-31
Article examines the evidence that Iran is engaged in a nuclear 
weapons program and is making considerable progress.

Eyes For MOAB: US To Test Sensors For Israeli BPI Weapon.
Jane's International Defense Review, Sep 01, 1997, p 9
US Office of Naval Research (ONR), with technical support from the 
Naval Air Warfare Center's Weapons Division at China Lake, plans to 
conduct flight trials of a target acquisition and fire control system 
that can detect and track theater ballistic missiles (TBMs) during 
their boost phase. The sensor package will comprise an infrared search 
and track (IRST) set having separate apertures with wide and narrow 
fields of view, the latter being shared by an eye safe laser 
rangefinder. The ONR plans to conduct up to 15 trial flights aboard an 
E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning and control aircraft.

Koptev Dismisses Claim He Provided Missile Aid To Iran. 
Space News. Anne Eisele, Sep 15, 1997, pp 1, 34
The director of the Russian Space Agency, Yuri Koptev, has stated that 
he is not involved in transferring missile technology to Iran. This is 
in response to allegations in a 9/10/97 article in the Washington 
Times.

Minuteman Deal Expands Orbital's Launch Capability. 
Space News. Warren Ferster, Sep 15, 1997, pp 4, 32
Orbital Sciences Corporation recently won an Air Force contract to 
convert excess military ballistic missile motors into small orbital 
and suborbital launchers. Orbital will convert as many as 24 Minuteman 
2 missiles for launch between 1999 and 2004.

Cohen Likely To OK Plan To Fire Laser At Satellite. 
Space News. Warren Ferster, Sep 15, 1997, pp 1, 34
SecDef Cohen is expected to approve a controversial plan to fire a 
ground based laser at a working US military satellite. The purpose is 
to test the vulnerability of US satellites to this type of attack.

Missile Tracking Tops Military Space Plan. 
Space News. Warren Ferster, Sep 15, 1997, pp 8, 14
The DoD is developing procurement plans for new missile tracking, 
communication and launch systems. Mentioned is the Space Based 
Infrared (SBIR) Low missile tracking system.