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PAC-3 Seeker Test Set For Today. Aerospace Daily, Dec 14, 1998, p 402

BMDO and the Army plan to test the PAC-3 missile at White Sands Missile Range, NM, on December 14. The "seeker characterization" test, slated for 7 AM MST, is intended to analyze the system's ability to detect, track and close on a target, and to collect seeker data in a flight environment.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 Seeker Test BMDO White Sands Intercept Hera Evaluation

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 01

 

Too Many Programs, Not Enough Money Force Cuts In Weapon Plans. Aerospace Daily, Dec 14, 1998, p 402

A new GAO report criticizes the Dept. of Defense for its plans to spend about $16.6 billion between FY98 and FY07 on weapons, almost doubling the current inventory. Report is entitled "Weapons Acquisitions: Guided Weapon Plans Need to be Reassessed" (NSIAD-99-32).

Descriptors, Keywords: GAO NSIAD-99-32 Defense Budget Guided Weapons Procurement Programs Acquisition

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 02

 

Sea Based NMD. Aerospace Daily, Dec 14, 1998, p 400

BMDO Director LtGen Lyles has expressed reservations regarding the use of the SPY-1 radar in a sea-based NMD. In his recent report to Congress, Gen Lyles also questioned the capability of the Navy Upper Tier system for the NMD job.

Descriptors, Keywords: Sea-Based NMD SPY-1 Radar BMDO Lyles Upper Tier Congress

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 03

 

DoD Report Says Hughes Data Helped China On Rockets. Aerospace Daily, Dec 14, 1998, pp 401-402

A Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) report to Congress (December 1998) has found evidence of wrongdoing in the transfer of technology from Hughes Corporation to the Chinese government. Transfer took place during an investigation of the 1995 failure of a Long March rocket carrying a Hughes satellite. Hughes has denied any violation.

Descriptors, Keywords: Hughes China Rockets Technology Transfer Long March Investigation Defense Threat Reduction Agency DTRA Congress

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 04

 

USAF Eyes Conventional ICBM Penetrator. Aerospace Daily, Dec 18, 1998, pp 436-437

The US Air Force Research Laboratory wants proposals from industry that would allow ICBMs to precisely strike buried, hard targets with conventional warheads. In a Dec 18 CBD announcement, the AFRL listed several research areas of interest, including reentry guidance, smart fuzing, G-tolerant explosives, and anti-jam GPS receivers.

Descriptors, Keywords: ICBM Penetrator Warhead

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 05

 

Group Calls For Clearer US Policy On Cyberwarfare. Aerospace Daily, Dec 16, 1998, p 419

A special task force has called on Pres Clinton to issue an executive order requiring a review of U.S. information warfare policies and plans. The group, which includes five former directors of central intelligence, has issued a report, being released by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, entitled "Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism, Cyberwarfare -- Averting an Electronic Waterloo."

Descriptors, Keywords: Information Warfare Security Cybercrime Cyberterrorism Cyberwarfare Security Deterrence Computer Hackers Strategic International

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 06

 

Funding Problems Said To Be Forcing NMD Overhaul. Aerospace Daily, Dec 17, 1998, pp 423-424

Defense Secretary William Cohen next week is expected to announce a restructuring of the NMD program because of a $7.8B funding shortfall projected for FY 2000-2005. The NMD shortfall is part of a more than $200B shortfall for a number of MDAPs. Sources said all funding decisions are being made at the OSD level, leaving BMDO program managers out of the loop.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Funding Shortfall

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 07

 

Presidential Umbrella. Aerospace Daily, Dec 14, 1998, p 399

The Pentagon will be conducting exercises with three minimum engagement capability Patriot missile units in Israel just as Pres Clinton travels to the country.

Descriptors, Keywords: Patriot Clinton Israel

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 08

 

MEADS Need. Aerospace Daily, Dec 14, 1998, p 400

MG Dennis D. Cavin, commanding general of the Army Air Defense Artillery Center, has announced that, should the Pentagon kill the MEADS program, the U.S. Army won't stop pushing to fill the requirement. The technology of the future is in low-cost engagement, he says.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS Cavin Acquisition

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 09

 

US Army Starts Planning Successor To FOTT. Aerospace Daily, Dec 18, 1998, p 435

The US Army Aviation and Missile Command, Huntsville, AL, has published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Dec 17 issue of the CBD asking for industry input on a FOTT replacement program called TOW Fire and Forget. The original FOTT program was terminated earlier this year.

Descriptors, Keywords: FOTT TOW Fire Forget

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 10

 

ICBM/SLBM Propulsion Industrial Base At Risk, DSB Says. Aerospace Daily, Dec 15, 1998, p 408

In its recent report entitled "Nuclear Deterrence," the Pentagon's Defense Science Board (DSB) cited the possibility of shortfalls in the propulsion industrial base for future ICBMs and SLBMs. Other long-term plans of Air Force and Navy missile programs are discussed.

Descriptors, Keywords: ICBM SLBM Propulsion Defense Science Board DSB Industrial Base Minuteman Trident D-5A Nuclear Deterrence Joint Strike Fighter

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 11

 

Russia In Sixth And Final Test Flight Of Topol-M ICBM. Aerospace Daily, Dec 18, 1998, p 436

Russia test launched its sixth Topol-M Dec 8, according to the Itar-TASS news agency. The Russian Strategic Missile Troops (RSVN) is scheduled to receive ten more Topol-Ms next year. Annual production is slated to ramp up to 40 by the year 2000.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia Topol-M ICBM

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 12

 

Hera Target Fails During PAC-3 Seeker Test. Aerospace Daily, Dec 15, 1998, p 410

Failure of a Hera target in its boost phase during a Dec 14 test of the PAC-3 missile's seeker prompted the U.S. Army and the BMDO not to launch the PAC-3. The test, at White Sands Missile Range, NM, would have been the first flight of a PAC-3 with a seeker. The Army and BMDO intend to reschedule the test after completion of the target failure analysis.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 Seeker Test BMDO White Sands Intercept Hera Failure Target Coleman Lockheed Vought Raytheon

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 13

 

USAF Should Hold Off On Space-Based Laser Demo, Panel Says. Aerospace Daily, Dec 15, 1998, p 412

The USAF's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) recommends the Air Force back off from plans for a Space-Based Laser Readiness Demonstrator because there are still too many questions surrounding the technology. In contrast to the SBL, the advisory board is promoting the Space-Based Radar (SBR) program. Additional recommendations of the panel's are listed in the article.

Descriptors, Keywords: USAF Air Force Space-Based Laser SBL Readiness Radar SBR Scientific Advisory Board SAB Satellite

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 14

 

Ambassador Richard Butler: Keeping Iraq's Disarmament On Track. Arms Control Today, Sep 01, 1998, pp 3-7

In this interview UNSCOM Executive Chairman Richard Butler discusses the ongoing efforts to keep Iraq's disarmament efforts on track. Specifically he is asked about the scope and status of UNSCOM's monitoring and verification processes, lists of outstanding issues, the threat by Baghdad to refuse UNSCOM entry into Iraq, Iraqi concealment activities, allegations made by Scott Ritter about Iraq nuclear capability and ambitions, and the prospects for successfully completing the investigation.

Descriptors, Keywords: Iraq Butler UNSCOM Ritter disarmament VX biological weapon chemical warfare monitor verification intelligence activity international relations politics foreign affairs IAEA

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 15

 

NMD Bill Stalled In Senate; New Bill Introduced In House. Arms Control Today. Craig Cerniello, Sep 01, 1998, p 25

On September 9 the Senate Republicans fell a vote short of forcing a floor vote on the American Missile Protection Act of 1998, introduced by Thad Cochran. The bill proposes to deploy as soon as possible a national missile defense program to protection the US against limited ballistic missile attacks.

Descriptors, Keywords: Cochran NMD cloture Weldon Rumsfeld Commission North Korea Taepo Dong-1 Inhofe Shelton 3+3 ABM Treaty compliance

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 16

 

Framework Funds Endangered By N. Korean Missile Test, Digging. Arms Control Today. Howard Diamond, Sep 01, 1998, p 29

The North Korean rocket launch over Japanese territories combined with the North's massive construction on an underground project raises the specter that the US Congress will not provide the funding for the US-North Korean Agreed Framework. Congress tied funding to certification that Korean was neither conducting nuclear activities outside the accord or selling ballistic missiles to terrorist states.

Descriptors, Keywords: DPRK US congress funding nuclear framework missile sale KEDO Clinton Albright budget

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 17

 

N. Korea Launches Staged Rocket That Overflies Japanese Territory. Arms Control Today. Howard Diamond, Sep 01, 1998, pp 28-29

North Korea's rocket launch of a satellite by the Taepo Dong missile raises many issues. Among them are whether it was launched when it was to extract more money from the US in the nuclear agreement; the increased threat of exporting DPRK missile technology; and the potential rise in defense activities by the Japanese and South Korean governments.

Descriptors, Keywords: DPRK Iran Pakistan US Japan Korea missile launch nuclear reactor agreement compensation TMD overflight satellite Taepo Dong MTCR China

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 18

 

Washington Outlook: Antimissile Missiles. Aviation Week & Space Technology. James R. Asker, Dec 14, 1998, p 21

Secret codicils to the Israeli-Palestinian Wye agreement obligate the U.S. to pay a major share of the R&D cost for an Israeli system that can strike incoming ballistic missiles within 90 sec. of launch. The system is expected to use a UAV to orbit over Israel carrying missiles - one type to strike boosters in flight and possibly a second type to hit mobile missile launchers before they flee. The funding is to move research on boost phase intercepts from paper studies to hardware testing. The system would likely build on concepts developed for the Israeli-designed MOAB/IBIS UAV and missile combination proposed a few years ago.

Descriptors, Keywords: MOAB IBIS UAV Israel Israeli Palestinian Wye Agreement

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 19

 

ABL Program Adds Risk Reduction Tests. Defense Daily. David Atkinson, Dec 17, 1998, p 4

In response to a congressional funding cut that has forced a reprogramming of the development schedule, the Airborne Laser (ABL) program at Kirtland AFB has added several steps to the development program to reduce risks, according to the program manager.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABL risk reduction funding development schedule budget

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 20

 

SBIRS-Low DAB Scheduled For January. Defense Daily. David Atkinson and Frank Wolfe, Dec 15, 1998, pp 5-6

The Defense Acquisition Board meeting to determine the winners for the Space-Based Infrared System-Low (SBIRS-Low) competition has been scheduled tentatively for January 22. The meeting will follow an Integrated Process Team (IPT) meeting on January 5, an Overarching IPT meeting on January 7, and a DAB Readiness Meeting on January 13.

Descriptors, Keywords: SBIRS-LOW DAB meeting OSD NMD

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 21

 

Germans Question US Motives On Pressing PAC-3 For MEADS. Defense Daily. Vago Muradian, Dec 17, 1998, pp 7-8

German and Italian officials increasingly believe that the Pentagon is seeking to secure support for the mobile PAC-3 to help defray cost growth in the overall PAC-3 effort. The PAC-3 missile has struggled in its development, and sources have said that cost growth has been an issue in the program. As for MEADS, although the program is a top priority for Germany and Italy, which regard the system also as a means of national missile defense, the Pentagon, citing budget problems, appears ready to terminate the effort.

Descriptors, Keywords: Germany Italy US PAC-3 MEADS budget

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 22

 

PAC-3 Seeker Test Aborted. Defense Daily. Hunter Keeter, Dec 15, 1998, p 1

The first seeker-equipped PAC (Patriot Advanced Capability)-=3 ballistic missile interceptor test was aborted yesterday when its Hera target missile malfunctioned, according to the Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM).

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 seeker test AMCOM

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 23

 

DoD: Raytheon Revamp Snarls Antiair Plan: Standard Missile Testing is Focus of Concern. Defense News. Robert Holzer, Dec 14, 1998, p 4

Pentagon officials are worried that Raytheon's reorganization of its Standard missile program will result in delay of testing and deployment of theater missile defense (TMD). As a result of the purchase of the Texas Instruments' defense business, portions of the SM-2 Standard antiair missile will be moved from Massachusetts to Arizona. LtGen Lester Lyles has written to the chairman of Raytheon ,inquiring about cost growth and testing issues.

Descriptors, Keywords: Raytheon Standard TMD Area Wide Navy Lyles

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 24

 

Money: Cut Plethora of Cyber Defense Offices. Defense News. George I. Seffers, Dec 14, 1998, p 4

DoD may cut back of the increasing number of offices defending military computer networks against cyber attack. There are currently about 20 DoD Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). DoD also works with the FBI National Infrastucture Protection Center. Arthur Money, Pentagon chief of command, control, communications and intelligence is looking into streamlining and reducing CERT centers.

Descriptors, Keywords: Cyber War Infrastructure DoD CERT

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 25

 

Missile Defense Folly: Violating ABM Treaty Creates More Instability. Defense News. Sha Zukeng, Dec 14, 1998, p 15

This Inside View column, written by the director general of the Department of Arms Control and Disarmament in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, maintains that US theater missile defense (TMD), and the National Missile Defense system undermine the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty. The author says that such programs will erode the global strategic balance and create mistrust among nations and less security for the US. He states that the US-Japanese development of a TMD program will lead to an arms race in Western Asia, and that US TMD assistance to Taiwan is a violation of the 1982 arms agreement between the US and China, and will complicate security situation in the region.

Descriptors, Keywords: China US Taiwan TMD ABM Violations

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 26

 

Pentagon May Cancel THAAD. Defense News. Lisa Burgess, Dec 14, 1998, p 6

Due to DoD budget shortfall, senior Pentagon officials are considering termination of Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). Secretary of Defense William Cohen has not yet made a decision on THAAD. The poor performance of THADD in all of its five tests has made it a candidate for cancellation.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD Budget Cohen

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 27

 

BMDO's Lyles Vents Spleen. Defense Week. Ann Roosevelt, Dec 14, 1998, p 6

LtGen Lester Lyles told several hundred people attending the seventh annual Association of the United States Army missile defense conference in El Paso, Texas, that he is angry. He make it clear to military leaders and defense contractors that he's angry about threat, about robbing money from technology to pay for current problems, and about programs slipping and he wants deeds, not words.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lyles missile defense conference

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 28

 

PAC-3, Navy Missile Defense Testing Mishaps End Troubling Year For BMDO. Inside The Pentagon. Daniel G. Dupont, Dec 17, 1998, pp 1, 13-14

A disappointing year for the BMDO and its supporters was capped off this week by an important Patriot PAC-3 system test that was aborted when the intended target failed early in flight. The PAC-3 test occurred just days after the Navy experienced two separate failures in tests of its missile defense systems. Notwithstanding the challenges, delays and failures this year, Congress appears ready to continue to support -- and even augment -- current missile defense budgets.

Descriptors, Keywords: Patriot PAC-3 Navy Area Theater Wide NTW Test Failure Delay Termination Budget Funding BMDO

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 29

 

Pentagon Still Seeks NMD Deployment Funds For Out-Year Budget. Inside The Pentagon. Elaine M. Grossman, Dec 17, 1998, pp 1, 14-15

The Pentagon's civilian and military leadership have been unable to win a commitment from OMB for the approximately $7.5B they seek to inject into the FYDP for deployment of a national missile defense (NMD) system. The Pentagon is allowing the services to program bogus higher figures over the FYDP using an accounting device called a "negative wedge," according to a key DoD official. The Clinton administration has said it will decide by next summer whether the ballistic missile threat to the U.S. justifies NMD deployment. Descriptors, Keywords: NMD OMB Funding Negative Wedge

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 30

 

Pentagon Blasts Technology Aid To China. Jane's Defence Weekly. Bryan Bender, Dec 16, 1998, p 3

A classified US DoD study has concluded that Hughes transferred satellite launch data to China that could be used to advance the People's Liberation Army's ICBM force, according to a senior DoD official involved in drafting the report. The DoD official said the report details how Hughes officials provided Chinese engineers with documents that included technical information that might be applied to Chinese ICBMs.

Descriptors, Keywords: Hughes Satellite Technology Transfer China ICBM

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 31

 

The Changing Face Of China. Jane's Defence Weekly, Dec 16, 1998, pp 20-22

Chinese defense planners are scrutinizing possible US and Japanese efforts to develop a TMD system. The system was proposed following North Korea's test firing of its long range Taepo Dong 1 missile in August but China believes the range of this system could be extended to cover Taiwan. Taipei has said it is interested in participating in the TMD, especially the naval version of the system, to protect its key cities from Chinese missile strikes. Pro-Taiwan supporters in the US Congress are pushing the government to include the island in a regional TMD system. If the USA and Japan were to decide to deploy a TMD system, China could respond by boosting its modest strategic missile capabilities. Development of the 8,000 km Dongfeng-31 and the 12,000 km Dongfeng-41 ICBM is reportedly advanced and the Dongfeng-31 could be ready for production in the next two to three years.

Descriptors, Keywords: China ICBM Dongfeng 31 Taiwan Sea Based TMD

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 32

 

Indian Prepares For First Test Of Extended Range Agni. Jane's Defence Weekly. Rahul Bedi, Dec 16, 1998, p 3

India is preparing a new missile test range to ensure greater security and secrecy to test an extended range version of the Agni intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) some time over the next few months. Defense sources said the new range, at Wheelers Island in the Bay of Bengal, will enable the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to launch Agni to a range of 2,000 to 2,500 km. Although no test date has been fixed, the recent visit to Wheelers Island by Dr. A.J.P. Abdul Kalam, DRDO head, scientific adviser to the defense minister and architect of India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Program, has fueled media speculation that it may be imminent.

Descriptors, Keywords: India IRBM Agni Adbul Kalam DRDO Wheelers Island

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 33

 

US Airborne Laser Test Schedule Being Restructured. Jane's Defence Weekly. Greg Seigle, Dec 16, 1998, p 9

The USAF is anxious to resume its airborne laser testing but the program's schedule is being restructured after the US Congress cut $25m, almost 10%, from its FY99 funding. "I would like to see ABL tested as quickly as possible. [Its] has the potential to revolutionize the way we target various enemy assets," said F. Whitten Peters, Acting Secretary of the USAF. "Ultimately, the test is flying it and trying it," in 2002, Peters said. "Once you can establish the principal of how it works, using directed energy has all sorts of other applications against all sorts of threats, conceivably national missile threats and other kinds of things which are hard to hit."

Descriptors, Keywords: ABL Funding FY99 F Whitten Peters ABL Mission

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 34

 

Russia's Nuclear Attack On Its Conventional Forces. Jane's Intelligence Review. Mark Galeotti, Dec 01, 1998, pp 3-4

In early October, the new Deputy Prime Minister used a press conference to signal a shift in official policy, apparently endorsing continued nuclear downsizing. While warning that natural obsolescence and inadequate maintenance meant that not a single Soviet nuclear missile, submarine, or bomber will remain in service, he was actually calling for greater spending on strategic forces. Specifically he wanted the Russian government to guarantee funding to increase the annual production of SS-27 missiles from 25 to 35-45 per year.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia nuclear weapon attack conventional forces TCSN strategic rocket forces Maslyukov START-2 Sergeyev treaty ratification Primakov budget obsolescence

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 35

 

Ballistic Missile Proliferation And The Geopolitics Of Terror. Jane's Intelligence Review. Ben Sheppard, Dec 01, 1998, pp 40-44

Typically, the argument is made that ballistic missile are important as a geopolitical tool. The author maintains that the missiles can also serve as a weapon of terror. The writer identifies three significant ballistic missile launches this past year (Pakistan's Ghauri/Hatf, Iran's Shehab-3, and North Korea's Taepo-Dong rocket). The SSM threat is enlarging and now threatens part of Western Europe and the US. In addition, there is significant information and equipment transfer among the states and between China and Russia, speeding up the development and distance of the SSMs.

Descriptors, Keywords: North Korea DPRK Pakistan Iran Ghauri Shehab-3 Taepo Dong SSM research test fires terrorism CBW WMD ICBM ballistic missile MTCR city target terrorism PSYOPS threat stability civil defense

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 36

 

Uphill Struggle: Scott Ritter And The Search For Saddam's Weapons. Jane's Intelligence Review. Al J. Venter, Dec 01, 1998, pp 16-21

The author spoke at length with Scott Ritter about the results of the time he spent as a UNSCOM weapons inspector. Ritter maintains that Iraq houses a large cache of illicit weapons and that there is nothing anyone can do about, short of violence. With Ritter's departure, much of the efforts at uncovering WMD assets and information has been thwarted. Ritter claimed that in the period when there were no UN spot checks, Saddam may have resuscitated his biological warfare program, and produced tons of anthrax and botulinum toxins.

Descriptors, Keywords: Iraq Ritter UNSCOM WMD mass destruction interview NBC intelligence biological warfare sarin VX anthrax botulism al-Hussayn missile

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 37

 

Ghadaffi's Libya: The Patient Proliferator. Jane's Intelligence Review. Joshua Sinai, Dec 01, 1998, pp 27-30

Libya is on the verge of developing weapons of mass destruction capability in the form of chemical and biological weapons and the ballistic missiles to deliver them. This has occurred because of the amount of attention being focused on Iran, Iraq, and Sudan, so that Libya is being effectively ignored. Libya already has two of the largest CW production complexes in the developing world. Further, Middle Eastern proliferation states are sending their own scientists to Libya for training.

Descriptors, Keywords: Libya Ghadaffi proliferation WMD mass destruction chemical weapon Biological weapon UNSCOM Rabta Tarhunah ballistic missile LRBM

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 38

 

South Asia Faces The Future With A Clean Strategic Slate. Jane's Intelligence Review. Ehsan Ahari, Dec 01, 1998, pp 31-35

Since the detonations in the spring of nuclear devices by both India and Pakistan, some of the furor is dying down. However India, Pakistan, and even China are in the process of reviewing their strategic thinking. At least three reasons exist for India's decision to detonate a nuclear weapon now. They include the desire to obtain a permanent membership on the expanded UN Security Council; the sense that no major power considers Indian strategic concerns to be of importance without nuclear weapons; and the lesson learned from the Gulf War that nuclear capabilities are significant for Third World nations.

Descriptors, Keywords: India Pakistan China Southeast Asia nuclear weapon detonation UN Security Council NPT nuclear doctrine strategy minimum deterrence

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 39

 

Time To Trash The ABM Treaty? Jane's Intelligence Review. David J. Smith, Dec 01, 1998, pp 31-35

While the US continues to work on several theater missile defense programs, it has been less successful in undertaking a national missile defense program. This is at a time when North Korea launched a Taepo Dong missile that nearly reached the coast of Alaska. Estimates as to when Iran was expected to get longer range ballistic missiles have also been moved forward. All of this raises the issue of whether the ABM Treaty is relevant.

Descriptors, Keywords: US ABM DPRK Iran North Korea weapon proliferation Rumsfeld Commission Alaska Shehab-3 Scud technology transfer Russia China MTCR

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 40

 

US Boosts Counter Battery Sensor Capabilities. Jane's International Defense Review, Dec 01, 1998, pp 5-6

An alternative approach to battlefield weapon location is being explored by the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), under its Battlefield Ordnance Awareness (BOA) program. According to SMDC the BOA system exploits space based or aircraft mounted IR sensor technology to collect and process 'ordnance event' data, including time, type, rate, and precise location and provide this to a ground station in real-time. A senior official said the BOA concept is an outgrowth of ballistic missile defense research and exploits particular IR bands to detect the launch and impact of battlefield weapons (provided enough energy is released).

Descriptors, Keywords: Battlefield Ordnance Awareness Program BOA Launch Location

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 41

 

Standard Missile To Extend European Navies' Air Defense. Jane's International Defense Review, Dec 01, 1998, p 11

Raytheon Systems Company is negotiating with Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain to put together an offset package associated with the three countries' combined buy of up to 400 Standard Missile SM-2 Block IIIA surface-to-air missiles. The SM-2s are to equip three F-124 frigates in Germany, four LCF-type frigates in the Netherlands, and four F-100 Aegis Frigates in Spain, giving these new ships an area air defense capability out to more than 150 km when they enter service starting in 2002.

Descriptors, Keywords: Germany Netherlands Spain SM-2 Block IIIA SAM Naval Air

UPDATE: Dec 18, 1998, No. 42