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May 14, 1999

 

 

Senate Committee Calls For New Satellite Launch Policy. Aerospace Daily, May 10, 1999, p 211

The Senate Intelligence Committee has called on the Clinton Administration to reappraise its policy of allowing US satellites to be launched from China, given evidence that sensitive technology transferred to China has helped its ballistic missile development.

Descriptors, Keywords: China satellite technology transfer

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 01

 

Army Sees JLENS As Low-Cost Way To Extend Defensive Range. Aerospace Daily, May 10, 1999, p 212

The Army's Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) sees its program to base lightweight phased-array radars on aerostats as a low-cost way to take full advantage of its defensive weapons at a cost roughly one-tenth that of aircraft-based radars. The Joint Land-Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) is primarily intended to tackle the growing threat of cruise missiles to US forces deployed abroad.

Descriptors, Keywords: SMDC JLENS cruise missile cost

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 02

 

Washington Outlook: Detailing NMD. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Mann, Paul, May 10, 1999, p 27

The Pentagon is scrubbing the requirements of its NMD system in anticipation of the mid-2000 deployment go-ahead review. The scrub has just begun and has focused so far on adding greater detail to existing requirements, not major changes to the requirements themselves, said LTG John Costello, commander of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. The Pentagon is supposed to decide shortly which service will be in charge of the ground based portion of the program. The Army has been lobbying hard for the role and is likely to get the nod later this month, Costello predicted. The service already has plans to assign some 450 Army National Guard and contractor personnel to the program.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Requirements Deployment Ground Based Personnel Costello

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 03

 

Washington Outlook: Freeing MEADS. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Mann, Paul, May 10, 1999, p 27

The political wrangling over the trinational MEADS has been largely resolved, allowing the program to move forward. Italy and Germany have accepted the US proposal to use the PAC-3 missile as the air defense interceptor for MEADS, said LTG John Costello, commander of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Costello is urging Army leaders to strengthen their support of MEADS.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS PAC-3 International Participation

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 04

 

Upper Tier TMD Will Spur Cruise Missile Threat After 2010. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, May 12, 1999, p 5

BG Larry Dodgen, deputy director of JTAMDO, recently said that the military will need both cruise missile and ballistic missile defenses by 2010 because that is when the threat of coordinated attacks using both kinds of missiles will be greatest.

Descriptors, Keywords: Upper Tier TMD cruise missile threat Dodgen Navy Theater Wide Army

THAAD

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 05

 

ABL Program Focuses On CDR After Turbulent Months. Defense Daily. Atkinson, David, May 13, 1999, pp 3-4

The Air Force's Airborne Laser (ABL) program, which over the past six months has been embroiled in controversy over its technical maturity, is focusing on next April's Critical Design Review (CDR) as the top priority.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABL Air Force CDR

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 06

 

Hamre: DRI Still Struggling To Make Headway. Defense Daily. Atkinson, David, May 14, 1999, pp 7-8

The Defense Reform Initiative (DRI) ordered by SecDef Cohen in late 1997 is still struggling in some areas, according to DSD John Hamre.

Descriptors, Keywords: DRI Hamre Cohen Defense Reform Initiative

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 07

 

House Approves Intelligence Bill With Increase For UAVs. Defense Daily. Foote, Sheila, May 14, 1999, pp 1-3

The House approved yesterday by voice vote the FY00 Intelligence Authorization Bill (H.R. 1500) which recommends adding $25m to the Global Hawk High Endurance UAV and $20m to the Predator UAV.

Descriptors, Keywords: H.R.1500 FY00 Intelligence Authorization Global Hawk Predator UAV

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 08

 

PAC-3 Delayed Due To Increased Wildfire Risk. Defense Daily, May 14, 1999, p 4

The latest flight test of the PAC3 missile has been rescheduled for "midsummer" due to the threat of forest fire near WSMR.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 test flight delay wildfire risk

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 09

 

Gansler Issues Timetable For Fielding Navy's NTW. Defense News. Holzer, Robert, May 17, 1999, pp 1, 42

Jacques Gansler, Pentagon acquisition chief, has approved continued development of the Navy's Theater Wide(NTW) missile defense system, but has set out specific tasks for the Navy and BMDO to achieve during the next year. Primary among the tasks is to develop a single mission feasibility study for NTW. This is based on the idea of mounting NTW on cruisers independent of the Aegis suite in order to field NTW in advance of its current projected date of 2007.

Descriptors, Keywords: NTW Gansler Aegis

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 10

 

Army Ties Balloon Radar to Missile Defense. Defense News. Mulholland, David, May 17, 1999, pp 1, 42

The budget for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensors (JLENS) has been increased as the high altitude radar bearing balloons are considered an integral part of Theater Missile Defense. The balloons, which are called aerostats, are shaped like blimps, and carry tracking and search radar which could look over hills to see incoming cruise missiles.

Descriptors, Keywords: TMD Army Aerostats Balloons JLENS Radar

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 11

 

Disputes Mushroom Over Prospect Of Joint Russian Nuclear Command. Defense News. Saradzhyan, Simon, May 17, 1999, p 36

Russian military leaders are divided about creating a joint command for Russia's strategic nuclear forces (SNF). Currently there are four separate nuclear command chains. Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev strongly supports the idea. The Russian Navy is strongly opposed to consolidation of command. Other critics point to the lack of interoperability as the chief barrier to integration in a time of depleted financial resources for the Russian military.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia Sergeyev Strategic Nuclear Forces SNF Interoperability

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 12

 

US Army Confronts Wave of Computer Intrusions. Defense News. Seffers, George I., May 17, 1999, p 36

The Army is implementing its Network Security Improvement Program ahead of schedule in order to deal with up to 1M intrusions alarms monthly.

Descriptors, Keywords: Army Network Security Improvement Program Information Warfare Hackers Network Security Computer Security

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 13

 

Arms Control Group Urges Clinton To Resist Unwarranted NMD Deployment. Inside Missile Defense, May 05, 1999, p 37

In an editorial piece soon to be published in the journal "Arms Control Today", Spurgeon Keeny, president and executive director of the Arms Control Association, calls on President Clinton to resist the push by NMD enthusiasts for what he views as an unwarranted deployment of NMD.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD deployment Keeny editorial

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 14

 

In NMD Test, Beacon Will Help Position EKV Until Booster Release. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., May 05, 1999, pp 19-20

NMD program engineers will use a C-band beacon on a target during the upcoming NMD flight test in order to help guide an interceptor missile to the correct point in space where its kill vehicle can dispense and hit the mark. The flight test-- referred to as integrated flight test-3 (IFT-3)--will be the first actual intercept attempt with the NMD system the US is currently developing.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD beacon EKV flight test interceptor missile IFT-3

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 15

 

BMDO Finalizes Criteria For Upcoming NMD Deployment Milestone Reviews. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., May 05, 1999, pp 21-22

BG Willie Nance, who heads the NMD JPO, told reporters at a SMDC media event last week that his staff is in the process of providing DoD leadership a list of the criteria to be used at the NMD deployment readiness review next year and two Defense Acquisition Board meetings to follow.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD criteria deployment milestone DAB DRR Nance JPO

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 16

 

Experts: Missile Defense Plan Neglects Countermeasures. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., May 05, 1999, pp 1, 23-24

In order to address the countermeasures challenge, the technical experts are calling for modifications in the design of current US missile defenses as well as a change in the attitude of government officials when considering the countermeasures threat.

Descriptors, Keywords: missile defense countermeasures modification threat

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 17

 

Acquisition Chief Expected To Give Approval To Navy Theater Wide Plan. Inside Missile Defense. Skibitski, Peter J., May 05, 1999, p 12

Defense acquisition chief Jacques Gansler is expected soon to approve an acquisition decision memo making the Navy's Theater Wide ballistic missile defense system a program with an official development and test and evaluation schedule.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy Theater Wide Gansler DAB Milestone I

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 18

 

BMDO Confirms Multiple Site National Missile Defense Options. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., May 05, 1999, pp 1, 26-27

Senior NMD program and defense industry officials confirmed last week they are exploring multiple site alternatives as possible deployment options of a land-based NMD program even though with the NMD deployment readiness review, DDR, a little more than a year away, BMDO's mandate remains to prepare for fielding at one site in either Alaska or North Dakota.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD deployment DDR one multiple site

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 19

 

Weldon: Conferees To Meet Soon On National Missile Defense Legislation. Inside Missile Defense. Dupont, Daniel G., May 05, 1999, p 22

Rep Curt Weldon (R-PA), sponsor of a House NMD bill passed in March said last week that he expects that lawmakers will soon start hammering out a conference bill calling for the deployment of a NMD system. The House and Senate NMD bills vary slightly.

Descriptors, Keywords: Weldon NMD conference legislation deployment

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 20

 

NATO Agrees To Strategy On Threat From Weapons Of Mass Destruction. Inside Missile Defense. Costa, Keith J., May 05, 1999, pp 32-33

Details of the initiative to address threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation that NATO leaders agreed to last month at the NATO Summit in Washington, DC, are included in this article.

Descriptors, Keywords: NATO Summit initiative WMD proliferation weapons mass destruction

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 21

 

MEADS Partners Working Toward A Contractor Downselect This Month. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael S., May 05, 1999, pp 2-5

German, Italian, and US representatives are continuing efforts to resolve several administrative issues so they may choose the contracting team for the upcoming three-year risk reduction effort for the MEADS system. In a April 21 letter to German national armaments director Kaempf, Jacques Gansler USD(A&T) said the US is "making efforts to arrange a meeting of the tri-nation source selection committee to finalize the downselect decision by the end of May." A copy of this letter is included with the article.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS Kaempf Gansler downselect contractor letter

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 22

 

Army Geared For First 'Advertised' PAC-3 Intercept Attempt Next Week. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael S., May 05, 1999, pp 5-6

The first official intercept attempt with the PAC-3 missile will take place at WSMR with May 13 as the target date. The primary purpose of the test, known as developmental test-3 (DT-3), will be to intercept the target missile, Hera.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 intercept flight test DT-3 Hera WSMR

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 23

 

National Missile Defense Program Hit By Delays. Jane's Defence Weekly. Seigle, Greg, May 12, 1999, p 8

The fledgling US NMD program is suffering test delays and accusations that its proposed tests do not simulate realistic conditions. USA had planned to conduct four NMD intercept test between next month and June 2000, but has postponed the first test by two months because the EKV sprang a fuel leak during a November hover test. The first test of the NMD system, an actual 'hit-to-kill' attempt, is now scheduled for 12 August. David Wright, a senior fellow at the MIT, told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 4 May: "If the US is serious about deploying a defense against ballistic missiles launched at its territory, then it should be serious about finding out if the technology is ready. The only way to find out is by a rigorous and realistic testing program."

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD EKV Test Delay Nance

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 24

 

Russia's Military Decaying Rapidly; Former Superpower's Clout Stems From Large Nuclear Arsenal, Studies Say. National Defense. Kennedy, Harold, May 01, 1999, pp 26, 27

Recent studies of Russia's military show that as a result of greatly reduced spending and the effects of severe inflation, Russian military capabilities have declined enormously. Equipment has deteriorated, fuel is in very short supply, strength is down, and military pay and pensions are months in arrears. In addition, the break up of the Soviet Union has resulted in many of the most important military facilities no longer being under Russian control. For instance, important naval bases are now under the control of Lithuania, Latvia, and Ukraine. Another concern is the large quantity of nuclear weapons, both within Russia's borders, and in countries of the former Soviet Union. The US has tried to ensure that these weapons do not migrate to rogue states by spending $4b to help Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine destroy nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. Part of the US strategy is to encourage Russia to become a modern democratic state. The admission of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary into NATO, and the recent NATO bombing of Yugoslavia have been seen as threatening by Russia.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia Belarus Ukraine Kazakhstan Nuclear Weapons WMD NATO

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 25

 

US Needs Non-nuclear Deterrence; Former Administration Officials Say Poor Planning Places U.S Troops at Risk. National Defense. Erwin, Sandra I., May 01, 1999, pp 28, 29

Ashton B. Carter and William J. Perry, former Carter administration officials have recently

published a book titled "Preventive Defense." They call for the development of non-nuclear responses to attacks by rogue states or terrorists. One suggestion is better planning and more effective intelligence collection. Pentagon leaders are also concerned about the threat of chemical and biological weapons.

Descriptors, Keywords: WMD Biological Warfare Chemical Warfare Carter Perry

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 26

 

Anti-Germ Warfare Keyed To Quick Warning Alarms. National Defense. Erwin, Sandra I., May 01, 1999, pp 29, 30

The Pentagon is developing defenses against chemical and biological attacks. Six new systems will be fielded this year, and research continues. Defenses may be in the form of detection devices or protective garments and other protective gear.

Descriptors, Keywords: Biological Warfare Chemical Warfare Detection Protective Garments

UPDATE: May 14, 1999, No. 27