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Hard.Copy - 19 December 1997

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PAC-3 Test Fired At White Sands. 
Aerospace Daily, Dec 16, 1997, p 411
A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile was successfully test
fired from White Sands Missile Range. The test included a demonstration
of in-flight communication between the ground system and the missile and
missile integration with the existing Patriot System. 

Russian Policies Put Nunn-Lugar Funding At Risk, CRS Says. 
Aerospace Daily, Dec 16, 1997, p 413
According to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) many
in the House were in favor of linking US assistance under the
Cooperative Threat Reduction programs to a number of foreign and defense
policies. Among these is Russia's compliance with arms control
agreements and nuclear weapons modernization programs. CRS has concluded
that as long as Russia continues to pursue programs and policies that
run counter to the US, many in Congress are likely to question the net
value of US assistance to Russia and other nuclear former Soviet
Republics. 

Army Readies For Contract Award In Cruise Missile Sensor Program.
Aerospace Daily, Dec 15, 1997, p 388
The US Army's Space and Strategic Defense Command plans to award a
contract early next year for development of an airborne sensor platform
to detect and track over-the-horizon cruise missile targets. 

Take Strategic Nuclear Forces Off Alert, Experts Urge. 
Aerospace Daily, Dec 15, 1997, pp 405-406
Three nuclear arms experts advocated taking the US and Russian strategic
forces off alert. A few of the proposals are: de-alerting the 50 MX
missiles of the US by removing their warheads and putting them in
storage, de-alerting all silo-based missiles, including the 500
Minuteman III missiles of the US and 105 Russian SS-19 missiles that
will remain under START II, downloading warheads on US submarine based
missiles, and reducing readiness of 1,000 warheads on US submarines. 

Don't Dismiss Chinese Weapon Developments, Panelists Say. 
Aerospace Daily, Dec 12, 1997, pp 391-392
A panel of experts on US-China relations believe China will not be the
next Soviet Union, but its fast paced military modernization,
particularly in ballistic and cruise missile developments, information
warfare and anti-satellite technology, should not be dismissed. 

Block Upgrade Approach Considered For Navy Upper Tier. 
Aerospace Daily, Dec 11, 1997, pp 388-389
BMDO and the Navy are considering a block upgrade approach to speed
initial deployment of the Navy Upper Tier system. 

Raytheon Radar Would Bolster Navy's Theater Wide System. 
Aerospace Daily, Dec 17, 1997, pp 421-422
The US Navy plans to award Raytheon a contract to develop a high power
discrimination radar to improve the performance of the Theater Wide
missile defense system. 

Cohen Responds To National Defense Panel Report. 
Aerospace Daily, Dec 17, 1997, p 417
US Defense Secretary William Cohen declined an opportunity to object to
the NDP's suggestion to kill some Pentagon programs. Cohen did disagree
with the NDP's call to abandon the strategy of being able to fight in
two regional wars at the same time. This article describes Cohen's
response to the NDP report. 

Beyond Missiles, Directed Energy? 
BMD Monitor, Dec 12, 1997, pp 405-406
This story comes from the Association of United States Army Symposium on
Space and Missile Defense, held Dec 2-4. This article discussed how
technology is heading in the direction of directed energy. BMDO Director
LtGen Lyles believes that missiles will not be eliminated from the
weapons industry because of costs and the situations where missiles
would still be needed. SBL program officials are evaluating options for
continued R&D and plans to launch or test a readiness demonstrator in
space. Although the SBL program is technically immature, it has a lot of
congressional support and is heading in the right direction for future
weapons technology. 

JTAMDO Acquisition Road Map Due In January. 
BMD Monitor, Dec 12, 1997, pp 406-407
The major product of the Joint Air and Missile defense Organization , an
acquisition road map can be expected in January, according to BMDO
Director LtGen Lyles. The map is an investment strategy for Cruise
Missile Defense and sets the tone for the Program Objective memorandum. 

NDP Recommends Retaining Option To Deploy NMD. 
BMD Monitor, Dec 12, 1997, pp 413-414
The change in the threat type and degree is the primary reason for an
increased emphasis on homeland defense, according to the NDP. According
to the NDP report, the US will need a comprehensive approach to
countering weapons of mass destruction, which starts with intelligence
and includes an effective missile defense that might reduce the risk of
a limited missile strike. Therefore the NDP recommends retaining the
option to deploy NMD. 

White Sands Works On Green River Launch Proposal. 
BMD Monitor, Dec 12, 1997, p 422
White Sands Missile Range officials have been talking with the Army
Space and Missile Defense Command Targets Office about the possible use
of the Green River Launch Complex for extended testing of missile
systems. According to Jim Noble, chief, range programs at White Sands
the range could be suitable for targets for PAC-3, THAAD, Navy Upper
Tier and possible MEADS missiles. 

HELSTF To Propose New Satellite Data Collection Test. 
BMD Monitor, Dec 12, 1997, pp 407-408
HELSTF managers will propose within a month additional data-collection
tests in space to learn more about the use of high-energy lasers and
satellite vulnerability, according to Col. Larry Anderson. 

Weldon Gives Everybody Hell On Missile Defense. 
BMD Monitor, Dec 12, 1997, pp 412-413
In a speech at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, Rep Curt Weldon
(R-PA), detailed his frustrations and anger over missile defense, saying
it is the constitutional duty of Congress to raise and maintain an Army.
Weldon claims his concerns are with changing budget numbers for programs
such as THAAD, THEL, and MEADS and his frustration and anger is with the
White House and with the administration. 

ABL Chief Refutes Details Of Recent GAO Report. 
BMD Monitor, Dec 12, 1997, pp 409-411
Col Michael Booen, head of the ABL Program Office, has taken on issues
with the General Accounting Office, who had questions about the
capabilities of the ABL program. 

Army Conducts Second Successful PAC-3 Test. 
Defense Daily. Brian Shannon, Dec 16, 1997, p 1
According to an Army statement, the service conducted the second
successful test of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile at
White Sands Missile Range. The flight test did not involve an intercept
attempt. 

US Looks For Assist To Keep MEADS Going. 
Defense News. George L. Seffers; Brooks Tigner, Dec 15, 1997, p 10
US military officials are looking at other missile defense programs and
foreign governments for funds to continue the MEADS program. 

Proposed MEADS Cuts Would Cost Years Of Delay. 
Defense Week. John Donnelly, Dec 15, 1997, p 1, 15
The proposed reductions in the five-year defense budget starting in
FY2000, would cause yet another in a pattern of delays in such major
missile defense programs as MEADS. The cutback could throw a wrench in
the plans of Germany and Italy, the two allies now sharing development
costs with the US.

In Response To National Defense Panel Report: Cohen Creates 'RMA
Oversight Council' To Monitor 'Transformation'. 
Inside the Pentagon. Douglas Berenson, Dec 18, 1997, pp 3-4
Defense Secretary William Cohen announced in his official response to
the NDP report that he is creating a RMA oversight council to review the
"transformation activities." 

BMDO Preparing For Competition In New Advanced Kill Vehicle Program.
Inside the Pentagon, Dec 18, 1997, pp 7-8
BMDO is preparing to allow industry bid on a new project to develop an
Advanced Kill Vehicle that could one day serve as a common interceptor
for several missile defense interceptors. 

NATO Growth 'Increases Russian Nuclear Threat'. 
Jane's Defence Weekly. Barbara Starr, Dec 17, 1997, p 4
Russia's reliance on nuclear weapons as an instrument of national
security is likely to increase if NATO is expanded, the US intelligence
community is warning Congress. The finding comes in the latest
publicly-available joint assessment by the CIA, the State Department and
the DIA. In the report, the State Department said Russian was still
unlikely to actually launch nuclear weapons.