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Hard.Copy - 13 March 1998

ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.

Senate Critics Rap Defense Supplemental, Concede Its Passage. 
Aerospace Daily, Mar 11, 1998, p 370
This article mentions BMDO Director LtGen Lester L. Lyles' request for
$50m in the defense supplemental to provide for greater testing of
theater missile defense systems to deal with the expected threat posed
by the Iranian Shahab-3. 

Washington Outlook: A Wakeup Call From Iran. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology. David Hughes, Mar 09, 1998, p 21
Iran's Shahab-3 missile with its 1,300 km range should achieve "limited
capability" by 2000. So USAF LtGen Lester L. Lyles, director of BMDO,
asked the House Appropriations Committee's national security panel last
week to spend $50m to deal with the threat to US troops in the Middle
East and Israel. Lyles wants to spend the $50m to test the PAC-3 system
and Navy Lower Tier TMD systems against a surrogate Shahab-3. BMDO
officials hope to get the money in a FY98 supplemental, but Lyles is
ready to take it out of BMDO's FY99 budget if necessary. 

Newsbreaks: Missile Defense Targets. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology, Mar 09, 1998, p 18
Missile defense targets worth $1b will be competed by the US Army
between Coleman Research Corp., Lockheed Martin and Orbital Science
Corp. in the next 10 years. The companies will fight for contracts to
provide up to 300 target missiles scheduled to be used by BMDO to test
missile defense systems. The competing targets are Coleman's HERA,
Lockheed Martin's Multi Service Launch System (MSLS) and Orbital's
STORM. Near term plans call for the Army to buy five targets this year,
35 in FY99 and 44 in FY00. 

Weldon, Hunter Call For Realism In DoD Budget.
BMD Monitor, Mar 06, 1998, pp 75-76
Reps. Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) are looking for
realism in defense spending, claiming that while money exists for
missile defense in the short-term, the future defense budget may not
support planned programs. For example, the Theater High Energy Laser has
no budget request and a budget plan does not exist for MEADS. As to the
issue of NMD, there seems to be a real division between the White House
and Congress. 

Units Gear Up For Roving Sands '98. 
BMD Monitor, Mar 06, 1998, p 83
This articles discusses the world's largest combined air defense
training exercise which will take place this year in New Mexico and
Texas. All facets of TMD, will be included in the exercise and this year
a THAAD Patriot Task Force will combine an upper tier missile defense
and a Patriot for lower tier defense. 

ABL Sim Exercise Goes Dutch This Year. 
BMD Monitor, Mar 06, 1998, pp 82-83
The Airborne Laser Program will not take part in the joint exercise
Roving Sands 98, but will instead take a trip to the Netherlands for
exercise Optic Windmill. 

TMD Seminars Slated This Month. 
BMD Monitor, Mar 06, 1998, p 82
This article provides a listing of the 1998 Congressional National
Security Breakfasts which cover a number of different topics related to
theater missile defense and BMD's role in counterproliferation, arms
control, and deterrence. 

T&E Modernization Essential For Proper TMD, NMD Testing. 
BMD Monitor, Mar 06, 1998, pp 85-86
According to an unclassified report released in February, the DoD test
and evaluation network can not do its job in proving TMD and NMD
technologies and systems because of a lack in funding. 

Gansler Details Administration's Latest BMD Plans. 
BMD Monitor, Mar 06, 1998, pp 76-77
Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, Jacques
Gansler, outlined his priorities for BMD recently to the House
procurement and R&D subcommittees. According to Gansler, TMD remains the
first program priority and NMD the second program priority. This year,
the TMD program includes integration and cruise missile defense. This
article also briefly highlights the progress of several other programs
such as MEADS, THAAD, and PAC-3. 

On The ALERT To Protect The Troops In Gulf. 
BMD Monitor, Mar 06, 1998, p 85
The ability of the US to protect its troops in the Persian Gulf region
is much better today than it was in the Gulf War, according to this
article. The means of detecting missile launches and impact points is
more precise. A key tool in this increased ability to detect missile
launches is due to the Attack and Launch Early Reporting To Theater
(ALERT) system. 

Hera Target Missile Launch Successful After Previous Mishaps.
BMD Monitor, Mar 06, 1998, pp 83-84
A Hera target missile was launched from Fort Wingate to White Sands
Missile Range, NM, the first successful flight for the Patriot and THAAD
target missile. 

Air Force, Navy Should Seek Common Strategic Missile. 
Defense Daily, Mar 11, 1998, p 3-4
According to the top military officer, for maintaining nuclear weapons
the AF and Navy should develop a common design for the next generation
of nuclear land-based and sub-launched intercontinental ballistic
missiles (ICBM). 

HNSC Members Lobby Clinton To Support Third Arrow Battery. 
Defense Daily, Mar 10, 1998, pp 4-5
Members of the House National Security Committee are lobbying in support
of Israel's request for aid in developing a third Arrow missile defense
battery. Although the US is not buying the Arrow it does plan on using
some of its technologies for other missile defense efforts such as
THAAD. Rep. Curt Weldon, (R-PA), has also suggested investigating the
possible use of Arrow as part of the NMD system. 

Kern: Army Eyes Plan To Use PAC-3 Missile With MEADS. 
Defense Daily, Brian Shannon, Mar 09, 1998, pp 4-5
The Army is considering using the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3)
missile with the international Medium Extended Air Defense System
(MEADS). The PAC-3 missile is a high-velocity, hit-to-kill missile that
is being developed to provide increased capability against theater
ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. To date, PAC-3 has had
two successful test flights. MEADS is envisioned as a highly mobile air
defense system to protect forward-based troops stretched over vast areas
from a range of threats including aircraft, and ballistic and cruise
missiles. 

Air Force's Ryan Says Airborne Laser Developing As Planned.
Defense Week, Patrick Kelly, Mar 09, 1998, p 9
At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the FY99 Air Force
budget plan, Gen Michael Ryan said the development of the airborne Laser
"is on track, is meeting its milestones and will demonstrate its lethal
ability with a planned theater ballistic missile shoot-down in 2002." 

Israel's Missile Defense Shield Is Strengthened. 
Jane's Defence Weekly, Ed Blanche, Mar 11, 1998, p 18
Israeli Air Force commander Maj Gen Eitan Ben Eliahu has said that the
IAF has the satellite capability to detect a hostile missile launch
within five to seven minutes. "We also have the ability to locate almost
exactly where it came from. We can also, within those minutes, predict
where it will land in Israel," he said in Tel Aviv. Gen Ben Eliahu said
the new development stemmed from recent testing of Israel's satellite
deterrence system. A US source suggested that this capability makes
Israel one of just a few close US allies to gain US space intelligence
data, and perhaps the only ally to gain direct downlink capability. 

New Concepts Aim For A More Affordable MEADS. 
Jane's Defence Weekly, Barbara Starr, Mar 11, 1998, p 11
A study by BMDO and the US Army is examining new concepts for the
employment of the MEADS should make the proposed system more affordable,
according to LtGen Paul Kern, the director of the US Army's acquisition
corps. One idea being considered is the feasibility of fielding
composite units. This could include combined units of MEADS, Patriot
PAC-3 missile batteries and THAAD systems. Another idea being considered
is whether the Patriot PAC-3 missile could be deployed on a
still-to-be-developed MEADS launcher. 

New US-Russian Arms Control Talks Imminent. 
Jane's Defence Weekly, Barbara Starr, Mar 11, 1998, p 3
The US plans to be ready to begin negotiating a START III arms control
agreement with Russian possibly as early as April, according to a senior
Clinton administration official. The US is pressing Russia on several
key arms control matters. In particular, the US has proposed a "laser
clearinghouse" in which the two nations would coordinate operations of
ground based lasers capable of striking satellites. The proposal calls
for the US Space Command and Russian military space authorities to
establish a coordinating authority to ensure laser operations are
conducted safely.