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Hard.Copy - 30 January 1998

ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.


DCI: Security Threat Has Increased Since Last Year.
Aerospace Daily, Jan 29, 1998, pp 139, 142
According to the Director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet, the
problem of weapons of mass destruction has worsened, especially in the
Middle East. 

Specifics Of Interceptor Plan To Follow Award Of NMD LSI Contract.
Aerospace Daily, Jan 26, 1998, p 118
Even after the Pentagon selects the lead systems integrator (LSI) for
the national missile defense (NMD) program, it will be another few
months before the winner will know exactly how to proceed with the
ground based interceptor (GBI) portion of the system. 

Levin Says North Korean Response On Missiles 'Worth Pursuing'. 
Aerospace Daily, Jan 26, 1998, p 121
Sen Carl Levin believes that the US proposal to reduce economic
sanctions in North Korea in return for North Korea terminating its
missile programs is 'worth pursuing'. The US is mostly concerned about
the North Korean No Dong missile and the Taepo Dong I and II missiles in
development. 

MIRACL Test Verifies Shockware Damage Theory. 
Aerospace Daily, Jan 26, 1998, p 119
The Army confirmed that the damage to the Mid Infrared Chemical Laser
(MIRACL) that resulted when it was tested against an Air Force satellite
was due to a shockware in the laser cavity. 

US Army Would Reduce THAAD, PAC-3 To Keep MEADS Alive. 
Aerospace Daily, Jan 27, 1998, pp 123, 127
The US Army wants to cut $600 million in outyear funding from programs
like THAAD and PAC-3 in order to keep MEADS, the international
cooperative effort between the US, Germany and Italy alive. The fate of
MEADS has been up in the air because the Pentagon has not programmed
outyear funds to continue the effort. 

Missile Sensor Flyby Boosts NMD Outlook.
Aviation Week & Space Technology. 
William B. Scott, Jan 26, 1998, pp 24-25
In a second flyby test of the BMDO's NMD Integrated Flight Test program,
a Raytheon sensor was launched on a Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space
Payload Launch Vehicle (PLV) from Kwajalein Missile Range on Jan 15. The
PLV crossed the flight path of the Lockheed Martin Astronautics
Multi-Service Launch System (MSLS) that had been fired from Vandenberg
AFB, CA, approximately 21 min earlier. The MSLS carried nine targets -
one simulated reentry vehicle and eight decoys. Preliminary results
indicated the EKV sensor successfully imaged the targets. 

Newsbreaks: The Ballistic Missile Defense. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Jan 26, 1998, p 21
BMDO said it will have to delay the fifth intercept test of its THAAD
anti-missile system to replace faulty components. A malfunctioning
communications transponder on board the interceptor and possibly faulty
thrust vector control firmware will force an undetermined delay of the
test, which had been set for March. BMDO said it will set a new test
date within a month. 

Russian Missile Tests Yield Mixed Results. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology. 
David A. Fulghum, Jan 19, 1998, p 30
The Russians are testing the SS-NX-28, designed for firing from a new
class of submarines, but so far "there has not been a single successful
test," said a US analyst. "The missiles are just barely getting above
the water before crashing or being purposefully destroyed." However, the
Russians have worked through similar difficulties. By late summer 1997,
they had overcome major problems with the SS-X-27 that had caused the
warhead to tumble and break up on reentry. 

GAO Raises Concern With NMD Schedule, Technical Risk. 
BMD Monitor, Jan 23, 1998, p 26
This article discusses a recent GAO report (NSIAD-98-28) which claims
the NMD program faces "significant challenges" due to a compressed
schedule. 

Lyles Calls 1998 A Year Of Opportunity. 
BMD Monitor, Jan 23, 1998, pp 19-21
BMDO Director LtGen Lester Lyles looks forward to 1998 as a year of
opportunity with a dozen flight tests of TMD and NMD systems, as well as
several high-profile program and contract decisions which will move
programs closer to deployment. 

UMDC Ready For Discussions On NMD LSI Contract. 
BMD Monitor, Jan 23, 1998, pp 26-27
This article is about the critical discussions between UMDC and BMDO
concerning the LSI contract. The LSI contractor will be responsible for
the integration of the components of NMD into a total system which can
defend against limited ballistic missile threats. 

Boeing Prepares For Key NMD LSI Discussions. 
BMD Monitor, Jan 23, 1998, pp 27-28
Boeing is prepared for its discussions with BMDO and the NMD Joint
Program Office on the LSI contract. Once the discussions with BMDO are
over both Boeing and UMDC will await the governments request for the
BAFO. 

NMD Program Scores Second EKV Test Success. 
BMD Monitor, Jan 23, 1998, p 25
A test of the infrared sensor for the NMD program was successful. This
test proves that the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) sensor could
identify and track objects in space. 

Cohen: China Says No Missile, Tech Exports To Iran. 
BMD Monitor, Jan 23, 1998, p 22
This articles discusses the reaffirmed agreement between the US and
China concerning the export of missile and nuclear technology to Iran.
During SecDef Cohen's visit Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian said
they would work to maintain stability in the Middle East. However, the
most sensitive issue between China and the US is Taiwan. 

Report Examines Future Navy BMD, CMD And Laser Weapons. 
BMD Monitor, Jan 23, 1998, pp 28-29
This article discusses a recent report "Technology for the US Navy and
Marine Corps, 2000-2035." The weapons section of the report agrees with
Navy plans for short and long range TMD, recommending specific area for
action. 

Senators Say Congress Must Consider Weapons Cancellations. 
Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Jan 28, 1998, pp 7-8
Two senators, Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Daniel Coats (R-IN), said
Congress must look seriously this year at potential weapons
cancellations to free funds for other modernization priorities. They
have been pushing the Pentagon and Congress to reform defense to better
position itself for new threats. 

Senate Leaders Want To Keep Defense Spending At Agreed Levels. 
Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Jan 30, 1998, pp 4-5
Republican Senate Leaders, Trent Lott (R-MS) and Don Nickles (R-OK),
said although they both would like to see more spending on defense, they
indicated that the more important priority is sticking with the budget
agreement. 

Defense Watch: On The Witness Stand. 
Defense Daily, Jan 26, 1998, p 1
When Congress returns on January 27 from its winter recess, defense
committees will kick off the year with hearings on the National Defense
Panel's recommendations for reforming defense. Some defense experts have
criticized the NDP as tending to offer vague generalizations rather than
specific recommendations for reforming defense. 

Gingrich Wants Defense Spending Boost In Next Five Years. 
Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Jan 28, 1998, pp 1-3
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is advocating increasing defense
spending over the next five years beyond the levels called for in last
year's budget agreement because he believes the US faces "myriad
adversaries" that threaten national security. 

Army, Lockheed Martin Officially Delay PAC-3 Test. 
Defense Daily. Brian Shannon, Jan 30, 1998, p 2
In order to avoid the same types of problems that have plagued the THAAD
missile defense program, the Army and Lockheed Martin have decided to
postpone the first intercept attempt of the PAC-3 missile until software
integration problems can be resolved. 

Financial Squabbling Adds To Arrow Delays. 
Defense News. Steve Rodan, Jan 26, 1998, p 8
Due to a fire at Israel's Aircraft Industries' Arrow production plant,
the Arrow missile program may be delayed for as much as a year as their
government decides who will pay the $100m in damages. 

Army Still Confident In Lockheed, Despite THAAD Delays. 
Defense Week. John Donnelly, Jan 26, 1998, p 2
Two Army missile defense programs, THAAD and PAC-3, set back by problems
could fire their next intercept attempts as early as April or as late as
June, according to BrigGen Montgomery, the Army's program executive
officer for air and missile defense. 

Joint Staff Expects Strategy To Implement JV 2010 Will Be Published By
Summer. Inside Missile Defense. Thomas Duffy, Jan 21, 1998, pp 1, 16-17
The Joint Staff expects to publish a plan by this summer for turning the
four services into the universal fighting force described in the Joint
Staff's Joint Vision 21 document. A key part of the plan is to take all
of the services' missile defense weapons and create a joint protective
force against ballistic and cruise missiles. 

Rep Weldon To Press Ahead With Impact '97 Missile Defense Legislation.
Inside Missile Defense. John Liang, Jan 21, 1998, pp 1, 20
Despite some analysts' doubts about the immediacy of the Iranian
ballistic missile threat, HNS research and development subcommittee
chairman Curt Weldon (R-PA) will press ahead this year with supplemental
legislation that would add an extra $325m to speed the development and
deployment of TMD programs. 

BMDO Officials Race To Finish Technology Plan By February. 
Inside Missile Defense. John Liang, Jan 21, 1998, pp 1, 14
BMDO officials are planing to complete an early draft technology master
plan by the end of January. The technology road map is the first to be
prepared under a new technology planning process devised by officials in
BMDO's technical operations deputate. 

In Draft PA&E Memo On 'Front-End Assessments': MEADS, JSTARS Among
Issues Identified As Crucial To Next Spending Plan. 
Inside the Pentagon. Daniel G. Dupont, Jan 29, 1998, pp 1, 7-8
The future of the Medium Extended Air Defense System, and several other
issues have been nominated as crucial to the development of the
2000-2005 spending plan.