Congress Draws Line On ABM Treaty Demarcation. Aerospace Daily, Oct 23, 1998, p 1331
The omnibus appropriations bill passed this week restricts White House ability to change the ABM Treaty. Congress wants to be rid of the ABM Treaty because members fear that it will restrict US testing, development and deployment of TMD.
Descriptors, Keywords: ABM Treaty Congress demarcation omnibus budget appropriation test deploy TMD
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 01
DoD To Name EKV Winner In March. Aerospace Daily, Nov 02, 1998, p 181
Boeing, the LSI for the NMD program, will select the contractor to design the kill vehicle for the program in March 1999. Boeing is competing against Raytheon to design the EKV for the NMD GBI; that Boeing as LSI is also selecting the winner complicates the task. Former DoD acquisitions chief Paul Kaminski will act as review authority for the selection, and the losing contractor will remain with the program until the winner successfully attempts two flight tests.
Descriptors, Keywords: Boeing Raytheon NMD LSI EKV GBI Kaminski
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 02
DARPA Picks Next Generation Internet Consortia. Aerospace Daily, Nov 02, 1998, p 181
DARPA has selected two consortia to develop advanced networking testbeds for the follow-on Internet: the Optical Networking For Regional Access With Multiple Protocols (ONRAMP); and the National Transparent Optical Networks (NTON). Each contractor will receive $10M for the three year effort.
Descriptors, Keywords: DARPA next generation Internet testbed ONRAMP NTON
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 03
Growing IR Missile Threat Drives EW Advances. Aerospace Daily, Nov 02, 1998, p 179
Increasingly sophisticated Infrared Missiles (IR) are posing serious threats to US military aircraft and driving advances in missile detection and countermeasures. Technologies under development to address this problem include multi-color IR and the Advanced Strategic / Tactical Infrared Expendables (ASTE) program.
Descriptors, Keywords: IR ASTE infrared missiles threat advances missile detection countermeasures
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 04
What's Ahead In Aerospace: NMD Site Studies. Aerospace Daily, Nov 02, 1998, p 178
The Pentagon will be announcing the sites of environmental impact studies. It is anticipated that both Grand Forks, ND and Alaska will be the selected sites.
Descriptors, Keywords: NMD environmental impact location Alaska North Dakota ABM Treaty threat
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 05
Global Hawk In 9.5 Hour Flight Test. Aerospace Daily, Nov 03, 1998, p 191
The Global Hawk UAV completed its sixth flight test on October 28, with a nine and a half hour mission at Edwards AFB, CA.
Descriptors, Keywords: Global Hawk UAV flight test
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 06
US Army Revises Division-Level Sigint / EW System. Aerospace Daily, Nov 03, 1998, p 190
The Army will launch a three year effort to develop an enhanced signals intelligence (Sigint) and electronic warfare (EW) system. This will drastically alter the Advanced Quickfix (AQE) system and the Ground Based Common Sensor Light system.
Descriptors, Keywords: Sigint signals intelligence EW electronic warfare Army AQF GBCS-L
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 07
DoD Reports Chinese ASAT, Laser Radar Development. Aerospace Daily, Nov 04, 1998, p 193-194
China is acquiring a variety of foreign technologies that could be used to develop an ASAT capability and laser radars to track satellite images, according to a Pentagon report for the HNSC. China may also be developing jammers to be used against GPS receivers, and may already possess capability to damage optical sensors on satellites.
Descriptors, Keywords: China ASAT laser radar Pentagon HNSC report GPS optical sensor satellite
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 08
Japan Plans $1.3 Billion Spysat Program To Counter N. Korea. Aerospace Daily, Nov 04, 1998, pp 193,196
Japan plans $1.3B to develop a fleet of high resolution reconnaissance satellites by 2002 to monitor North Korea, after concluding that last summer's mysterious launch by North Korea was a ballistic missile test and not a satellite launch.
Descriptors, Keywords: Japan North Korea reconnaissance ballistic missile test satellite launch
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 09
China Seen Expanding Development Of UAVs For Reconnaissance. Aerospace Daily, Nov 05, 1998, p 207
In a report sent to the HNSC detailing the state of China's military developments, DoD said it suspects China is expanding work on UAVs including a new rotary wing version for reconnaissance missions. This would provide the capability for China to conduct extended imagery reconnaissance and surveillance, electronics signals collection and electronic warfare missions
Descriptors, Keywords: China UAV HNSC Pentagon report rotary wing reconnaissance mission surveillance electronic warfare EW
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 10
Use BMD Add-On To Speed Programs, Cut Risk, DoD Official Says. Aerospace Daily, Nov 05, 1998, pp 201-202
According to Hans Mark, the Pentagon's top research and engineering official, the $1B boost to the BMDO budget should be used to reduce risk and accelerate systems.
Descriptors, Keywords: BMDO congressional funding allocation FY99 accelerate system reduce risk
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 11
Future Of Network Concentric Warfare Idea Unclear, GEIA Says. Aerospace Daily, Nov 06, 1998, pp 214-215
Network Concentric Warfare (NCW) will help DoD achieve its goals of information superiority, but determining what makes up NCW is more difficult than expected, according to the Government Electronics And Information Technology Association (GEIA).
Descriptors, Keywords: GEIA Network Concentric Warfare NCW information superiority
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 12
US Navy Seeks Communications Intelligence Improvement. Aerospace Daily, Nov 06, 1998, p 213
Navy researchers are launching a program to more accurately define the area in which an enemy communications emitter is operating to make it easier for other systems to pinpoint it. The Hostile Force Integrated Targeting System (HITS) is intended to be an add-on to existing communications location systems, for use by both aircraft and ships.
Descriptors, Keywords: HITS communications intelligence Navy
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 13
Japanese Cabinet Approves Spysats; US Said To Offer Support. Aerospace Daily, Nov 10, 1998, pp 225-226
On November 6, the Japanese government officially decided to develop and deploy four military reconnaissance satellites to monitor North Korea in the wake of last August's launch of a North Korean multi-stage ballistic missile that crossed Japanese territory.
Descriptors, Keywords: Japan spysat reconnaissance satellite North Korea ballistic missile launch
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 14
Directed-Energy Arms Sought By China. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Robert Wall, Nov 09, 1998, p 35
China is actively pursuing the development of directed energy laser and high power microwave weapons to destroy satellites, aircraft and missiles, the Pentagon has told Congress. A limited capability to damage optical sensors on satellites may already be in Chinese hands, according to a congressionally mandated report on Chinese military modernization. The Pentagon doesn't know how far China is in developing a sophisticated, laser based anti-satellite weapon, but it believes the required technical know how is being collected. Research on laser radars to track and image satellites is probably underway.
Descriptors, Keywords: China DEW High Power Microwave Weapon Development Directed Energy Weapon
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 15
Mitsubishi Recce Plan Gains Ground In Diet. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Eiichiro Sekigawa, Nov 09, 1998, p 34
A session of the Diet is expected to hear a plan late this month for Japan to fund a $1.3b, four-satellite reconnaissance network to be placed in orbit by 2002. Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Melco) proposes orbiting two pairs of satellites. The first pair would weigh about 1,870 lb. each and carry optical cameras with a 1-meter resolution. The second pair would weigh about 26,400 lb. each and carry synthetic aperture radars with a resolution of 1-3 meters. Both would be launched into 300 mile-high polar orbits.
Descriptors, Keywords: Japan Reconnaissance Satellite Network H-2A Launch Booster Mitsubishi Recce
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 16
Mark Travels To Europe To Talk Research Cooperation. Defense Daily. Vago Muradian, Nov 10, 1998, pp 4-5
Hans Mark, Director of Defense Research and Engineering, will spend the week in German and Belgium to discuss ways to boost cooperation between the US and its European allies. Certain to be broached by the German officials is the MEADS program.
Descriptors, Keywords: Mark travel DDRE MEADS cooperation research engineering
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 17
Speaker's Departure Won't Have Much Impact On Defense. Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Nov 13, 1998, pp 2-5
When rep Newt Gingrich (R-GA) resigns his post as House speaker, Congress will lose one of its most vocal advocates of a strong national defense. However, many observers believe that Bob Livingston (R-LA) who is expected to be the new House speaker, is just as committed as anyone to a strong defense.
Descriptors, Keywords: House speaker national defense Gingrich
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 18
IG Report Says DSWA Response To Y2K Problem Inadequate. Defense Daily, Nov 10, 1998, pp 6-7
An October 30th report from the Defense Department Inspector General says that while the Defense Special Weapons Agency (DSWA) has taken steps to deal with the Y2K problem, the agency has not taken many necessary actions to deal with the problem.
Descriptors, Keywords: Y2K DSWA IG DoD compliant Hamre
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 19
Key Antimissile Budget Meeting Postponed. Defense Daily. Vago Muradian, Nov 13, 1998, p 5
A key meeting of the Defense Resource Board (DRB) that was to have discussed programs such as THAAD, PAC-3, MEADS, and the Upper Tier has been postponed by the Pentagon leadership. It is unclear when the meeting of the Pentagon's top budget panel will be held.
Descriptors, Keywords: DRB Defense Resource Board THAAD PAC-3 MEADS Upper Tier budget
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 20
Hamre: Information Defense 'Akin To War'. Defense Week. David Ruppe, Nov 09, 1998, p 16
In the November issue of USIA's Electronic Journal, DSD John Hamre wrote that the defense of the Pentagon's information systems from cyber-hackers and potential saboteurs is becoming a challenge "akin to war," requiring increased attention, better management and a change of "mindset."
Descriptors, Keywords: Hamre Information system defense cyber-hackers warfare
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 21
Pentagon Looks At Chinese Modernization. Defense Week. Ron Laurenzo, Nov 09, 1998, p 7
According to a recent Pentagon report mandated by Congress, China is acquiring high-tech weapons and combat-support equipment, foreign and domestic, to prepare its forces for regional conflicts with potential opponents that could include the United States.
Descriptors, Keywords: DoD China modernization report Congress
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 22
Missile-Tracking Satellites' Costs Grow $1 Billion Plus. Defense Week. John Donnelly, Nov 09, 1998, pp 1, 12
According to Air Force official Brent Collins, the contracts to build demonstration versions of a new constellation of US missile-tracking satellites are riddled with cost growth totaling about $300m, the result of an "overly optimistic" acquisition plan.
Descriptors, Keywords: Missile tracking satellites cost growth Air Force acquisition
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 23
Missile Defense: 'Can't-Do' Attitude Is Real Enemy. Defense Week. Loren Thompson, Nov 09, 1998, p 8
This article asserts that in the years immediately following the collapse of communism, the US defense policy has shown a general lack of consensus, consistency and coherence that has dissipated much of the effort put into missile defense. The influence of the "can't-do" mind set is most apparent in the Pentagon's theater missile defense program.
Descriptors, Keywords: theater missile defense attitude post-Cold War Pentagon policy
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 24
Fathers Of Antimissile Add-On: Spend It Where It Pays Off. Defense Week. Tony Capaccio, Nov 09, 1998, p 2
As part of a $9b emergency addition last month to defense programs in FY99, Congress gave the Pentagon $1b to accelerate deployment of antimissile systems. Sen Ted Stevens (R-AK) and his House counterpart Bill Young said they weren't certain how the money should be spend, only that it should go to a program or technologies that can be deployed as soon as possible. BMDO spokesman Tom Johnson said the Pentagon's decision on where to spend the additional funding "is pending but is expected to be made over the course of the next couple of weeks."
Descriptors, Keywords: Congress Pentagon emergency funding FY99 budget deployment antimissile system Johnson Young Stevens NMD THAAD
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 25
Crunch Time For Navy Missile Defense. Defense Week. Ann Roosevelt, Nov 09, 1998, p 15
Rear Admiral Rodney Rempt, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for theater combat systems said in a recent interview that the next 24 to 30 months are a critical testing period for the Navy's theater ballistic missile defense (TBMD) programs.
Descriptors, Keywords: Navy Missile Defense TBMD Rempt testing Navy Theater Wide upper tier
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 26
RoK Plans Its First Military Satellite Launch For 2005. Jane's Defence Weekly. Robert Karniol, Nov 11, 1998, p 19
South Korea has announced plans to launch its first military satellite in 2005. Bae Mun-hwan, who heads South Korea' state run Agency for Defense Development (ADD), told legislators that the Ministry of Information and Communications Mugunghwa 4 satellite would be fitted with military communications and reconnaissance systems. He also said the ADD is developing a new medium range surface-to-air missile intended to intercept aircraft and Scud type missiles.
Descriptors, Keywords: RoK South Korea Air Defense TMD Military Satellite
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 27
Editor's View: The Principles Of A Strong Defense. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA). David Silverberg, Oct 01, 1998, p 4
This editorial discusses the principles that will best ensure a strong and secure NMD: flexibility; innovation; adaptability; deterrence; vigilance; engagement.
Descriptors, Keywords: NMD editorial
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 28
The Cold War Is Over, But The Missile Threat Isn't. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA). Anthony Kimery, Oct 01, 1998, pp 10-11
This article provides an overview of Missile Threat to the United States. The author discusses the 1995 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) and the Rumsfeld Commission Report, and summarizes threats from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan.
Descriptors, Keywords: Missile Threat National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) Rumsfeld Commission Report Russia China North Korea Iran Iraq Pakistan
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 29
Aggressive Defense: Preparing The Ground For Deployment Of The National Missile Defense System Is No Small Task. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA). Henry L. Manuel, John W. Cummings, Jr., Oct 01, 1998, pp 12-13
An NMD system is scheduled for testing in 1999, an aggressive schedule to meet. NMD architecture and site activation planning are discussed. Descriptors, Keywords: BMDO NMD JPO architecture site activation planning LSI Boeing Grand Forks Minot Air Force Base Mickelsen Safeguard Complex North Dakota Alaska
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 30
Ground-Based Defender: Taking Up Tomorrow's Missile Challenges (Interview with BG Daniel Montgomery). Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA). David Silverberg, Oct 01, 1998, pp 16-18
In this interview, BG Daniel Montgomery, Program Executive Officer Air And Missile Defense, discusses the Army's efforts to build a two-tier defense for the US forces. He discusses THAAD and PAC 3 (ERINT).
Descriptors, Keywords: Army air missile defense Montgomery TMD THAAD PAC 3 MEADS
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 31
Fighting With Light: Lasers May Hold The Keys To Superiority On Tomorrow's Battlefield. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA). Mark Doyle, Oct 01, 1998, pp 22-23
The Air Force and Army are leading the way in laser development and testing, despite funding difficulties and reluctance of the Clinton administration to proceed aggressively with laser weaponry testing and development, particularly in antisatellite scenarios. This article provides an overview of laser technology programs and the funding difficulties faced in the FY 1999 budget.
Descriptors, Keywords: laser weapons Air Force Army BMDO Lyles SBL ABL MIRACL THEL directed energy kinetic energy missiles ABL wind tunnel testing HELSTF
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 32
Program Notes: Airborne Laser Test Exceeds Power Requirements. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA), Oct 01, 1998, p 7
Team ABL, including Boeing, TRW and Lockheed Martin, produced 110 percent of the design output power for the ABL system's first laser demonstration module, exceeding energy requirements by a significant margin.
Descriptors, Keywords: ABL laser technology AF power requirement
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 33
Program Notes: Second Flight Test Of Minuteman III Guidance Replacement Program. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA), Oct 01, 1998, p 6
This article reviews the successful flight test of a Minuteman III ICBM on September 18, 1998. This was the second flight test with an upgraded guidance system, and will extend the life of the missile beyond 2020.
Descriptors, Keywords: Minuteman III ICBM flight test evaluation upgrade guidance
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 34
Program Notes: Motor For Minuteman Remanufacture Program. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA), Oct 01, 1998, p 6
Thiokol Propulsion successfully static tested a Minuteman ICBM stage 1 rocket motor, the first of eight motors to be tested for qualification of the AF Minuteman Propulsion Replacement Program / Technical Insertion Program
Descriptors, Keywords: Minuteman III ICBM test evaluation stage 1 rocket motor
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 35
Program Notes: Successful Test Firing Of Enhanced Fiber Optic Guided Missile. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA), Oct 01, 1998, p 6
The first Guided Test Vehicle (GTV) firing of the US Army Enhanced Fiber Optic Guided Missile (EFOGM) was successfully tested on September 11, 1998, at White Sands Missile Range, NM. This was the fifth of 14 planned EFOGM firings.
Descriptors, Keywords: Guided Test Vehicle GTV Enhanced Fiber Optic Guided Missile EFOGM test evaluation White Sands
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 36
Missile Defense Revue: A Big-Bucks Production, A Stage Full Of Actors Often Outside The Spotlight, A Full Cast Of Subcontractors Are Making Missile Defense Happen. Missiles Munitions Armor (MMA). John Donnelly, Oct 01, 1998, pp 8-9
This overview of BMDO contractors discusses the subcontractor role in BMD. Although no official list of subcontractors is available, a great deal is known about missile defense subcontractors. The article discusses BMDO programs NMD, THAAD, Patriot, TBMD, and ABL.
Descriptors, Keywords: BMDO subcontractor contractor NMD THAAD Patriot TBMD ABL
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 37
DoD Study: Put National Missile Defense Out To Sea. Space News. Lisa Burgess & Robert Holzer, Nov 09, 1998, p 18
According to unclassified excerpts of "The Utility of Sea-Based Assets to National Missile Defense," prepared by BMDO, an upgraded version of the Navy's Theater Wide system, called Block 2, could be redeveloped into an effective part of NMD.
Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Theater Wide Navy Block 2 classified report sea-based assets
UPDATE: Nov 13, 1998, No. 38