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$1 Billion Boost For Missile Defense Clears Congress. Aerospace Daily, pp 121, 124, Oct 22, 1998

By a vote of 65-29, the Senate gave final approval to an omnibus appropriations bill for FY99, which included $1b in supplemental spending for BMD.

Descriptors: Senate BMDO Lyles Clinton FY99 appropriations supplemental spending

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 01

 

Air Force Grounds All Titan Launch Vehicles. Aerospace Daily, p 176, Oct 30, 1998

The AF has officially grounded all Titan space launch vehicles, as a result of a spectacular failure over Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL.

Descriptors: Titan IVA space launch vehicle failure

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 02

 

CENTCOM Chief Warns Iran Nuclear Capability 5 Years Away. Aerospace Daily, p 123, Oct 22, 1998

Iran could have nuclear capability in five years, placing it ahead of Iraq as a top threat to the US. Iran is testing significant delivery systems, including the Shahab-3 missile, and has invested in a very effective and cleverly designed navy.

Descriptors: Iran nuclear capable threat WMD asymmetrical warfare Shahab-3 missile production

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 03

 

China Benefited From Tech Transfer, Adm Prueher Says. Aerospace Daily, pp 139-140, Oct 26, 1998

Adm Prueher, the top military officer overseeing the Pacific Theater, says China's missile and rocket industry benefited from recent unauthorized disclosures of findings of launch failure reviews. While the technology transfer helped accelerate a solution of a technical guidance problem for one missile, the information solved one specific problem with one missile and has limited utility in China's broader missile program, which is particularly strong and lags behind only US and Russia missile programs.

Descriptors: China technology transfer missile test military capabilities US Russia Japan

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 04

 

Cohen To Make Another Push For TMD Cooperation With Japan. Aerospace Daily, p 156, Oct 28, 1998

SecDef Cohen intends to reiterate the Clinton Administration's desire to cooperate with Japan on TMD research and development during a trip to Asia next week. No formal agreement on TMD will be signed at this meeting.

Descriptors: Japan US TMD cooperation Cohen North Korea missile launch

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 05

 

Even After Rebaslining, Questions Remain About IDECM, CMWS. Aerospace Daily, p 106, Oct 20, 1998

The Navy's Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) program and the Army's Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) may face several more months before they are considered in good shape. Both electronic warfare programs had cost overruns and were rebaslined.

Descriptors: Army Common Missile Warning System CMWS electronic warfare EW cost overrun rebasline Navy Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures IDECM

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 06

 

Funding Shortfall Forces USAF To Propose SBIRS Slips. Aerospace Daily, pp 169, 172, Oct 30, 1998

The AF will need $200m to avoid a two year slip in SBIRS Low and SBIRS High missile launch detection programs.

Descriptors: SBIRS Low SBIRS High missile launch detection funding shortfall AF

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 07

 

MEADS Review Slated For Next Month. Aerospace Daily, p 160, Oct 28, 1998

The Pentagon's Defense Resources Board (DRB) will decide the fate of the MEADS program on November 10. Initially, it was to be reviewed as a separate program issue, but now, will be considered with a number of BMDO budget issues, including THAAD and PAC-3 programs.

Descriptors: MEADS THAAD PAC-3 Defense Resources Board requirements

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 08

 

North Korea Retains Punch As Capabilities Degrade. Aerospace Daily, pp 138-139, Oct 26, 1998

Although North Korea's military potential is seen as eroding, it retains the ability to lash out against South Korea and inflict wide spread damage. US military planners face two major problems effecting US readiness: first, Pyongyang appears to be an irrational planner, most recently in testing the Taepo Dong missile; second, North Korea is establishing underground nuclear facilities. US capabilities include improved communications, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Descriptors: North Korea Taepo Dong underground nuclear facilities US readiness capabilities communication surveillance reconnaissance South Korea

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 09

 

Supplemental Conference Report Doesn't Earmark BMD Funds. Aerospace Daily, p 116, Oct 21, 1998

The defense supplemental conference report providing $1b additional funds for BMD does not earmark any of the money. Its purpose is to accelerate development and enhance testing of TMD and NMD programs.

Descriptors: defense FY99 appropriations conference BMD funding NMD TMD

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 10

 

What's Ahead In Aerospace: Selecting SBIRS. Aerospace Daily, p 137, Oct 26, 1998

The AF is expected to downselect two contractors for the concept definition phase of SBIRS-Low. The contract is valued at $100m.

Descriptors: SBIRS low AF contract concept definition

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 11

 

White House Told To Review North Korean Weapons Policies. Aerospace Daily, p 139, Oct 26, 1998

Congress included in the omnibus appropriations for 1999 a provision calling for the White House to fully review US policy toward North Korea on nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other security measures. The bill calls for the President to name a North Korea Policy Coordinator. This will help restore confidence in US North Korea policy, and engage the North Korean government at most senior levels.

Descriptors: North Korea nuclear weapon ballistic missile security US appropriations FY99 policy coordinator position

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 12

 

EELV Win Boosts Boeing Launch Plans. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Joseph C. Anselmo, p 71, Oct 26, 1998

Several surprises emerged when Air Force officials made the contract announcements at the Pentagon on Oct 16. Among them: the Air Force's heavy tilt in favor of Boeing. Of 28 missions awarded between FY 02-06, Boeing's Delta 4 won 19 launches worth $1.37b. Lockheed Martin received nine launches worth $650m; the decision by both contractors - with Air Force acquiescence - to drop small derivatives from their final EELV designs; and the award of no heavy lift contracts to Lockheed Martin, whose Titan 4 is currently the Air Force's sole heavy lift provider. Boeing received two heavy lift missions.

Descriptors: EELV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Contract Award Initial Launch Services SBIRS GEO

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 13

 

Locass Attack System Development Advances. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Craig Covault, pp 52, 55, Oct 26, 1998

Locass is designed to be a small, winged submunition which could loiter over a battlefield using its laser radar sensor to identify and strike targets autonomously. Each Locass will use GPS navigation to fly into a target area and establish a search pattern coordinated with the patters of other Locass dropped at the same time. It will carry a 17 lb. warhead. The system will be designed to revolutionize how tanks, enemy air defenses or small ballistic missiles such as Scuds are attacked by strike aircraft.

Descriptors: Scud Transporter Locass Low Cost Autonomous Attack System Air Launched Smart Weapon Attack Operations

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 14

 

Missile Defense Boosted, Despite Weak Management. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Paul Mann, pp 34-35, Oct 26, 1998

Prior figures indicated BMDO would like to have close to a $500m add-on for an array of programs. Instead, House/Senate conferees doubled the total without earmarking monies for individual accounts, giving BMDO maximum flexibility despite a military finding early this year of weak program management. A score of military experts led by former Air Force Chief of Staff Larry D. Welch faulted BMDO for inadequate design and fabrication discipline and unsatisfactory flight test preparations, including a need for more active management.

Descriptors: FY99 Federal Budget BMDO Management BMD Funding

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 15

 

Prueher: Global Demand Stresses Comm., Intel For Korea. Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, pp 3-4, Oct 26, 1998

Competing demands on communications and intelligence assets from commanders-in-chief across the globe have stressed the ability of US forces in Korea to gain and transmit information on North Korea, according to NADM Joseph Prueher.

Descriptors: Taepo Dong 1 missile satellite military infrastructure North Korea economic capability poverty

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 16

 

SBIRS Decision Coming Soon. Defense Daily, p 1, Oct 26, 1998

A very short article on the Oct 30 announcement of the two winners for SBIRS.

Descriptors: space based infrared system Low SBIRS Low ballistic missile

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 17

 

Triad To Dyad?. Defense Daily, p 2, Oct 26, 1998

A START III treaty between the United States and Russia "should advocate the concept of qualitative parity in lieu of strict quantitative parity," according to a paper by Army LTC Kevin Johnson and published by the Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare.

Descriptors: SLBM D-5 Trident submarine B-52 B-2 Bomber Minuteman III START III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 18

 

US Firms Marginally Helped China ICBMs. Defense Week. Tony Capaccio, p 10, Oct 26, 1998

US satellite industry use of Chinese missiles to launch commercial payloads has resulted in only marginal improvements to China's intercontinental ballistic missile capability, said top military officer in the Pacific.

Descriptors: marginal payloads intercontinental ballistic missile capability military officer technology ICBM6 satellite

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 19

 

Army Hopes To Test Patriot Anti-Cruise Missile Concept This Fiscal Year. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, pp 1, 14-15, Oct 28, 1998

In FY99, with a series of four technology demonstration flights at WSMR, NM, that will show the enhanced capability of the Patriot weapon system with a modified seeker to engage and destroy hostile cruise missiles, the Army hopes to prove the Patriot Anti-Cruise Missile concept.

Descriptors: Army Patriot anticruise missile FY99 WSMR flight test

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 20

 

DoD Acquisition Chief Assures Congress Of BMDO's Status Within DoD. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, pp 1, 22, Oct 28, 1998

In testimony earlier this month, USD for A&T Jacques Gansler assured Congress that the BMDO still reports directly to his office and has not been demoted in any way or placed under the management oversight of an underlying office responsible for research and engineering headed by Dr. Hans Mark.

Descriptors: Gansler Mark Lyles DDR&E DoD acquisition status Weldon management oversight

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 21

 

MEADS Officials Frustrated Over DoD's Stance On Program. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, pp 1, 12-14, Oct 28, 1998

In an atmosphere of uncertainty over whether the US will proceed in the development of the MEADS with its German and Italian allies, three officials from one of the contracting teams involved in the program called on DoD leadership to realize the broad significance of the program and continue funding it in future years.

Descriptors: MEADS DoD Germany Italy development contractor funding

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 22

 

To Prevent Multilateralization Without Senate Consent: Omnibus Act Blocks US Funding For ABM Treaty's Administrative Body. Inside Missile Defense. Gigi Whitley, pp 1, 18, Oct 28, 1998

The Republican-led Congress, in an effort to stymie what it sees as attempts by the Clinton administration to implement multilateralization of the 1972 ABM Treaty without first seeking Senate advice and consent, included a provision in the FY99 omnibus appropriations act prohibiting funding for US participation in the ABM Treaty's administrative body unless the president certifies that no such implementation will occur before the Senate has voted on the multilateralization issue.

Descriptors: Clinton ABM Treaty multilateralization Senate funding

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 23

 

Clinton Signs DoD Spending Bills, Criticizes Satellite Control Language. Inside The Pentagon. Keith J. Costa, pp 3-5, Oct 22, 1998

Pres Clinton praised the FY99 defense authorization and appropriation bills for providing a strong national defense, but criticized them for a provision to transfer satellite exports over to DOC in March 1999.

Descriptors: Clinton FY99 defense authorization appropriation national defense satellite export DoD DOC

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 24

 

Clinton Statement On FY99 Defense Appropriations Act. Inside The Pentagon. William J. Clinton, p 5, Oct 22, 1998

This article contains President William J. Clinton's statement on the FY99 Defense Appropriations Act of 1999. The President praises military readiness.

Descriptors: Clinton defense appropriations FY99 military readiness

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 25

 

Clinton Statement On FY99 Defense Authorization Act. Inside The Pentagon. William J. Clinton, pp 5-6, Oct 22, 1998

This article contains President William J. Clinton's statement on the FY99 Defense Authorization Act of 1999, dated October 17, 1999. The President praises military readiness.

Descriptors: Clinton Defense Authorization FY99 national defense CTBT satellite export

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 26

 

Commission Study Mandated In '97, Finally Under Way: Congress, DOE Search For Ways To Preserve Nuclear Weapons Expertise. Inside The Pentagon. Niels C. Sorrells, pp 1, 16, Oct 22, 1998

DoE Secretary Bill Richardson told the SASC that he is concerned about recruiting skilled personnel to work with nuclear weapons. DoD is having similar difficulties. The congressionally established Commission On Maintaining US Nuclear Weapons Expertise, chartered in FY97 Defense Authorization Act, is studying how to build DoE's scientific and technical workforce and will report on March 15, 1999.

Descriptors: DoD DoE Commission Maintaining US Nuclear Weapons Expertise technical scientific work force

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 27

 

DoD Considers Evaluations Unnecessary: Risk, Threat Assessments Will Be Added To Terrorism Preparedness Plan. Inside The Pentagon. Niels Sorrells, pp 18-19, Oct 22, 1998

FBI will be required to explore the benefits of risk and threat assessments as part of an expanded program to help educate communities across the United States in the best ways to prepare against terrorist attacks. Risk and threat assessments were pushed by the GAO in a study on combating terrorism, but the Pentagon, which still coordinates the community preparedness aspects of counterterrorism, has declined to implement such studies, calling them unnecessary.

Descriptors: counterterrorism DoD GAO FBI WMD plan assessment FY99 Defense Authorization Act Clinton DoJ

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 28

 

Readiness Y2K, Bosnia Bills Also Addressed: FY-99 Emergency Appropriations Bill Adds $1 Billion For Missile Defense. Inside The Pentagon. Keith J. Costa, pp 1, 11-12, Oct 22, 1998

Lawmakers included a provision in the FY99 supplemental appropriations bill that adds $1 billion in emergency spending to the Pentagon's budget for BMD. Recent launches of longer range and increased payload rockets by Iran and North Korea have highlighted ballistic missile threat, and called in to question the Clinton administration's commitment to missile defense.

Descriptors: FY99 appropriation funding BMD Clinton administration threat

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 29

 

Weldon's Recommendations For FY-99 Missile Defense Spending Boost. Inside The Pentagon, p 13, Oct 22, 1998

This article lists Weldon's recommendations for FY-99 Missile Defense Spending, including NMD; Navy Theater Wide; THAAD; PAC-3; SBIRS-Low; ARROW; ABL; MEADS; and technology base.

Descriptors: Weldon FY-99 missile defense spending NMD Navy Theater Wide THAAD PAC-3 SBIRS-Low ARROW ABL MEADS technology base

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 30

 

White Sands Computer Test Shows Progress Being Made In Beating Y2K Bug. Inside The Pentagon. Niels Sorrells, p 2, Oct 22, 1998

A successful test of the White Sands Missile Range computer determined that the systems which run the base's infrastructure are resistant to the Y2K bug.

Descriptors: White Sands Missile Range Y2K infrastructure

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 31

 

Satellites, Missile Defenses Stalled By Frequency Jams. Jane's Defence Weekly. Greg Seigle, p 7, Oct 28, 1998

Overloaded frequencies and incompatible radio waves are incapacitating almost 100 vital US weapon systems deployed overseas, according to a recent US study. The affected systems include Patriot missile batteries in Korea, Predator UAVs in Europe and key surveillance aircraft and satellites worldwide. In the 9 October audit to assess the US DoD's ability, the Inspector General discovered that overloaded frequencies limit the use of 89 US systems - and in some cases, prevented their use completely.

Descriptors: Korea Patriot Battery Frequency Overload Jam

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 32

Long Wait For Long Endurance: The Progressive Rise Of HALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Jane's International Defense Review. Bill Sweetman, pp 61-63, Oct 01, 1998

Both DarkStar and Global Hawk have demonstrated unintentionally that UAVs still face a major challenge: their susceptibility to problems which, on a manned aircraft, would be minor. This is at the root of a frustrating paradox in automated aircraft design: although a fully loaded airliner may perform a mission from brake release to the end of a landing roll without the pilots touching the controls, UAVs still cannot function as reliably as manned aircraft. The challenge is to develop automated flight control and vehicle management systems that can identify unexpected problems and take corrective action.

Descriptors: DarkStar HALE UAV Global Hawk HAE High Altitude Endurance Unmanned Air Vehicle ASAR-2 Reliability

UPDATE: Oct 30, 1998, No. 33