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Hard.Copy - 06 February 1998

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Missile Defense Programs Get Slight Boost In FY99. 
Aerospace Daily, Feb 02, 1998, p 158
The Pentagon has requested $4b in FY99 for ballistic missile defense,
which includes enough to give a little extra to the NMD program and keep
the THAAD program on track. 

DoD Program Acquisition Costs By Weapon System. 
Aerospace Daily, Feb 02, 1998, pp 156-157
This is a chart of the combined procurement and RDT&E costs of major
programs in the DoD 1999 budget request. Included are the figures for
BMDO programs. 

PAC-3 Cost Overrun Estimated At $42 Million. 
Aerospace Daily, Feb 05, 1998, p 185
The estimated PAC-3 cost overrun is expected to cost $42m and to be
funded by existing resources. 

Russian Missiles Will Be Dismantled By Manufacturers. 
Aerospace Daily, Feb 05, 1998, p 183
The Russian Government has adopted a proposal by the Ministries of
Economy and Defense to create elimination facilities for solid-fuel
missiles. Under the START-2 Treaty which Russia has not yet ratified,
hundreds of ICBMs and SLBMs will have to be dismantled. 

BMDO Anticipates PAC-3 Cost Overrun. 
Aerospace Daily, Feb 03, 1998, p 165B
BMDO anticipates a contract overrun at the completion of the PAC-3
missile development contract. The money for the overrun will come from
existing sources, according to BMDO. The FY99 budget request provides
$343m for PAC-3 procurement and $137m for PAC-3 engineering and
manufacturing development. 

BMDO Speeds TAMD Integration, CMD In Latest Budget Request. 
BMD Monitor, Feb 06, 1998, pp 35-38
The FY99 DoD budget request includes $3.6b for BMDO, an increase from
last year. The increase reflects an effort to implement the Quadrennial
Defense Review, the National Defense Panel recommendations and the
transformation strategy for "Joint Vision 2010." This article includes a
chart which shows the funding of all BMDO programs from 1997- the
estimated 1999 funding. The article also includes a pie graph of FY99
funding by executing agent and a pie graph of FY99 BMDO funding. A chart
also maps BMDO from 1985-1998. 

BMDO Funding Request Tops $4 Billion On FY99. 
Defense Daily, Feb 03, 1998, p 3
The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization , BMDO, has asked for over $4
billion in FY99 for its programs, $1b of which is for the National
Missile Defense, NMD, system. While the Pentagon's ballistic missile
defense priorities have not changed since the FY98 request, emphasis has
been shifted within certain areas of the missile defense effort. For
example, BMDO will support a "more robust Theater Air and Missile
Defense, TAMD, Integrated program, including the development of a Single
Integrated Air Picture and cruise missile defense-related efforts. 

BMDO Studying Integration Of Air And Missile Defense Assets. 
Defense Daily. Brian Shannon, Feb 06, 1998, p 6
BMDO is studying how best to integrate all of the services' air and
missile defense assets to meet an evolving cruise missile threat. A DoD
official said the goal of the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense
(JTAMD) Joint System Effectiveness (JSA) program is to consolidate
disparate cruise missile defense functions including surveillance,
combat identification, fire control, and weapons and to "make sure we
can integrate those into where all the joint services play and integrate
with the BMC4I." 

Pentagon Budget Holds QDR Line.
Defense Week, Feb 02, 1998, pp 1, 12, 15-16
The Pentagon fiscal 1999 budget released today holds tight to the
Quadrennial Defense Review recommendations, with a generous increase for
weapons procurement. The missile defense budget is about $3.9b, with
$3.6b in the BMDO budget and $300m in the Air Force budget for the
Airborne Laser. 

Congressional Dollars Speed Up Navy's Theater Wide Risk Reduction Work
In FY98. Inside Missile Defense, 
Thomas Duffy, Feb 04, 1998, pp 1, 13
When Congress added hundreds of millions of dollars to the BMDO's FY98
budget for the Navy's Theater Wide missile defense program, it gave
service officials the opportunity to accelerate risk reduction work for
one year, according to RADM Rod Rempt, the Navy's program executive
officer for theater air defense. 

Pentagon Unveils $257 Billion FY99 Budget; Key Tenets Of QDR Included. 
Inside Missile Defense, Feb 02, 1998, pp 1-10
Defense Secretary William Cohen today unveiled the Pentagon's budget
request for fiscal year 1999, a $257.3b package that begins implementing
key tenets of last year's Quadrennial Defense Review. This report
includes charts and documents prepared by DoD detailing the FY99 budget.

Pentagon Gives Reserves $147 Million For Regional WMD Incident Response.
Inside Missile Defense, Pamela Hess, Feb 04, 1998, pp 1, 15
The Defense Department, heeding warnings from experts that an attack on
the US homeland by a terrorist armed with nuclear, biological or
chemical weapons is dangerously possible, is pumping $142m over the next
five years into an invigorated weapons of mass destruction incident
response program. 

Pentagon To Spend $3.6 Billion On BMDO Programs In '99. 
Inside Missile Defense, Daniel G. Dupont, Feb 04, 1998, pp 1, 7-10
The Department of Defense has submitted to Congress a fiscal 1999
defense budget that requests $3.6b for BMDO while doubling funding for
THAAD and earmarking more funds for NMD, two programs due for crucial
milestones in the coming months. This article contains reprints of
charts showing funding requests by program and state, as well as, an
overview of the BMDO FY99 budget request. 

Looking Ahead To START IV Treaty, STRATCOM Eyes 1,500-Warhead Limit.
Inside Missile Defense, Elaine Grossman, Feb 04, 1998, pp 1, 13-14
According to a recent briefing by STRATCOM, while the Russian parliament
has not yet ratified the START II arms control agreement, which would
reduce the US and Russian nuclear warheads from the current 6,000 down
to 3,500, the US Strategic Command is wasting no time in planning for
the day when the two former enemy nations are two steps further down the
road and a START IV treaty is struck. 

Proposed MEADS Funding Solution Requires Cuts To Army, BMDO Programs.
Inside Missile Defense, Daniel G. Dupont, Feb 04, 1998, p 2
The Army's Air Defense Center and School has developed a proposal for
funding the MEADS that involves shifting funds from both Army and BMDO
programs to save the beleaguered international effort. Sources say it
involves the transfer of substantial sums from other theater missile
defense systems and army programs to pay for MEADS, which is currently
unfunded beyond FY99. 

Major DoD Procurement Requests For FY99. 
Inside the Pentagon, Feb 05, 1998, pp 13-14
This article includes several charts for procurement requests for FY99.
A chart on Joint Vision 2010 Programs includes missile defense, BMDO,
and the Airborne Laser. 

THEL Is Given The Go-Ahead For Field Testing. 
Jane's Defence Weekly, Feb 04, 1998, p 6
TRW has been awarded a contract modification to a tactical high energy
laser (THEL) development program. The crucial $21m modification to the
existing $131m project will allow field testing of the joint US-Israeli
THEL by year-end. The THEL aims to counter short-range artillery and
rockets. It is expected to be tested at the US DoD's High Energy Laser
Systems Test Facility (HELSTF) at White Sands Missile Test Range, NM. 

Ofeq-4 Failure Leaves Gap In Israel's Security. 
Jane's Defence Weekly, Ed Blanche, Feb 04, 1998, p 18
Israel's drive to build an anti-missile shield received a new setback on
22 January when a secret attempt to launch a new surveillance satellite,
Ofeq-4, to spy on Syria, Iran and Iraq failed because of a malfunction
shortly after lift-off aboard a Shavit rocket. The Ofeq-4 failure means
there will be a significant gap in the satellite series that was
designed to give Israel a surveillance capability independent of the
USA.