News

Hard.Copy - 03 April 1998

ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.

Weldon Sees No Big TMD Increases In Subcommittee Markup. 
Aerospace Daily, Apr 02, 1998, p 1
According to Curt Weldon (R-PA), no major theater missile defense
programs will receive additional funds in the FY999 defense
authorization, but increases are likely for the MEADS program and
lasers. 

BMDO Adds THAAD Tests Prior To Full UOES Funding Commitment. 
Aerospace Daily, Mar 30, 1998, pp 473-474
The US government will not commit full funding to buy 40 THAAD UOES
until two more test flights are completed. The current plan only
involves one flight test before the purchase of THAAD UOES, but the US
government is rethinking this plan after four failures to hit a target. 

BMDO Slips Test Of Boeing Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle For NMD. 
Aerospace Daily, Mar 30, 1998, p 470
BMDO has delayed an upcoming intercept test of the Boeing exoatmospheric
kill vehicle (EKV), to allow for more ground testing and modeling and
simulation of the EKV's components. 

House Authorizes $147 Million TMD Plus-Up. 
Aerospace Daily, Apr 01, 1998, p 4
The House approved a $147m authorization boost to accelerate missile
defense programs to counter an increased ballistic missile threat,
particularly from Iran. 

USAF Official Outlines Options For Use In NMD Plan. 
Aerospace Daily, Apr 01, 1998, p 5
A USAF senior official presented alternatives for a NMD architecture,
suggesting systems like an interceptor based on a Minuteman ICBM and an
upgraded Milstar satellite system. BrigGen James K. Beale, the Air Force
acquisition office's director of space and nuclear deterrence was not
making a pitch for the Air Force, but simply laying out other options
and tradeoffs for an NMD system. 

Missile Defense Riddled With Diverse Failures. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology. Paul Mann, Mar 30, 1998, pp 22-23
John E. Pike, director of space policy for the Federation of American
Scientists and a longtime critic of BMD programs, commented, "You've got
all these guys [on the Welch panel] that have actually been working on
this thing for many years...who are basically saying that the plans
coming down from the Congress and the White House aren't working, and
cannot be made to work. They are experienced professionals who are tired
of seeing competent engineers embarrassed by politicians in the White
House and on the Hill." Pike pronounced Lyles' ability to impose reform
severely limited. "Lyles doesn't pass laws," Pike observed. "In
principle he can change contracts, he can renegotiate them. But in
practice he could do so only with the greatest of difficulty, because of
the contractors' political support on Capitol Hill, which is why we've
gotten into this mess." 

Navy Begins Live Fire Track Tests For SLAM ER Missile. 
Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, Apr 02, 1998, pp 5-6
The Navy said it successfully conducted a sled test of the Boeing-built
Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM ER) missile last
Friday at the Naval Air Weapons Center Lake, CA. 

Lyles: TAMD Roadmap Out Next Month. 
Defense Daily. Greg Caires, Mar 30, 1998, p 7
An "initial" version of the Pentagon's new theater air and missile
defense (TAMD) systems "roadmap" is scheduled to be published in April.
The roadmap is the first in what BMDO hopes will be an annual review of
the Pentagon's air and missile defense efforts. It is being produced by
the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Office (JTAMDO). 

Cosumano: Software Problem To Delay Next Boeing EKV Test. 
Defense Daily. Greg Caires, Apr 01, 1998, p 4
The first flight test of Boeing's exo-atmospheric kill vehicle (EKV), an
interceptor that could one day be used by the Pentagon's National
Missile Defense (NMD) system, will be delayed due to a software
integration problem, although the exten of that delay is not yet known,
according to BrigGen Cosumano, NMD program manager. 

STRATCOM Considers Changes To Nuclear Triad. 
Defense Daily. Vago Muradian, Apr 01, 1998, p 6-7
The US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), the joint command that oversees the
nation's nuclear forces, is considering whether to change the current
air-, land-, and sea-based nuclear deterrent, called the triad,
according to the command's chief, AF Gen Eugene Habiger. 

Leaning On The Labs. 
Defense Daily, Mar 30, 1998, p 2
According to Director LtGen Lyles, BMDO plans a new initiative to work
more closely with the Department of Energy's scientific assets including
Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia National Laboratories. BMDO
has not "used [the labs] as much" since it shifted focus from the
Strategic Defense Initiative toward theater and ballistic missile
defense. 

Habiger: Despite Better Relations, Russia Remains A Threat. 
Defense Daily. Vago Muradian, Apr 02, 1998, pp 3-5
Russia is no longer an enemy of the US, but despite steadily improving
relations, the country remains a threat because of its vast arsenal of
nuclear weapons, according to the commander of US strategic nuclear
forces, AF Gen Habiger. 

Nuclear Policy Battle Looms As NATO Expansion Nears. 
Defense News. Lisa Burgess, Mar 30, 1998, p 42
A coalition of 113 countries will request that NATO adjust its nuclear
doctrine to better reflect the goals of the nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) during an April 27-May 8 NPT meeting in Geneva. 

Israel, Congress Press Pentagon For Added THEL, Arrow Funding. 
Defense News. Barbara Opall, Mar 30, 1998, p 52
Israeli defense officials and their supporters in Congress are
pressuring the Pentagon to continue multiyear funding for bilateral
cooperative development programs initially scheduled to conclude by
1999. 

Committee Proposes Missile Defense Fund Boost. 
Defense News. Lisa Burgess, Mar 23, 1993, p 10
Citing an accelerated threat to US allies, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and
Israel, from long range ballistic missiles, US lawmakers are seeking to
increase Pentagon spending on theater missile defense by $147 million in
1998. 

India To Evaluate Strategic Defense Needs. 
Defense News, Mar 23, 1998, p 2
India will establish a national security council to conduct the nation's
first ever strategic defense review, including evaluating India's stance
on nuclear policy. 

BMDO Faces Conflicting Signals. 
Defense News. Lisa Burgess, Mar 30, 1998, p 8
Pentagon's Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) is finding
itself squeezed between congressional demands to pick up the pace of
development and an internal board's warnings to slow down or fail. 

US National Guard To Participate In Bio-Chem Defense. 
Defense News. Lisa Burgess, Mar 23, 1998, p 18
The Pentagon is calling on the National Guard to help local authorities
in case of a terrorist strike involving biological or chemical weapons
on US soil. 

Noting Russian Unease With Us Plans: Key General Sees NATO Expansions As
Likely Problem For START II. 
Inside the Pentagon. Elaine M. Grossman, Apr 02, 1998, pp 1, 6-7
Air Force Gen Eugene Habiger, commander of the US Strategic Command,
believes that a vote in the US Senate, later this month to extend NATO
to Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic could undermine efforts to
persuade Russia to ratify START II. 

Envoy's Comments On Nuclear Pact With N. Korea Creates Stir In South.
Inside the Pentagon. Keith J. Costa, Apr 02, 1998, p 2
The comments of the US Ambassador to Korea that the US may consider
replacing the nuclear reactors promised to the Communist regime, with
conventional power plants has created controversy in South Korea. Under
the Agreed Framework, North Korea agreed to freeze its nuclear programs
and abide by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, with the understanding
that the US would help North Korea acquire two light-water nuclear
reactors, and help supply the North Koreans with heavy fuel for heating
and electricity production. 

Army General Takes Issue With Air Force NMD Proposal For Alaska Testing.
Inside the Pentagon. Darcia R. Harris, Apr 02, 1998, pp 7-8
In a National Defense University Foundation breakfast, Air Force BrigGen
James Beale, gave a presentation on the future NMD and alternatives that
the Air Force is proposing. One of these suggestions according to Beale,
"is to use launches coming out of Kodiak Island in Alaska." Beale also
mentioned that this is being done cooperatively with the NMD JPO.
However, according to Army BrigGen Joseph Cosumano, the Air Force did
not necessarily have the support of the NMD JPO in regards to testing in
Alaska. 

'Risky Testing' Mars Hit-To-Kill Development. 
Jane's Defence Weekly, Apr 01, 1998, p 4
According to an independent review panel report commissioned by the US
DoD (Welch Panel), the BMDO's program to develop hit-to-kill missile
technologies is flawed by a risky testing strategy. In particular, the
report said the planning and testing phases of these programs in
insufficient to match the aggressive project schedules that are being
attempted. "The general planning and execution of the THAAD and LEAP
programs are inconsistent with the difficulty of the task," said the
report. Moreover, the programs are also impacted by "inadequate design
and fabrication discipline."