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Article Citations Below Are Gathered From Published Journals and Newsletters Which Are Held In the BMD TIC Collection. These Materials May Be Protected By Copyright Restrictions.

 

06/25/99

UAV Programs Learn Lessons From New Equipment. Aerospace Daily. Drake, Jessica, Jun 22, 1999, pp 435, 438

Much of the new equipment installed on US UAVs during NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia is providing lessons for the Pentagon's three major operational UAV programs: Army Hunters, AF Predators and Navy Pioneers. Article provides details on equipment and missions.

Descriptors, Keywords: UAV Hunter Pioneer Predator Yugoslavia

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 01

 

Navy In Plan To Reduce Area Wide TMD Funding Shortfall. Aerospace Daily. Gildea, Kerry, Jun 23, 1999, p 442

The Navy has settled on a plan to reduce a $38m FY00 funding shortfall to $16m on its Navy Area Wide (NAW) TMD program while maintaining an initial fielding date of 2003.

Descriptors, Keywords: NAW TMD funding

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 02

 

Roving Sands Test SBIRS High Capability. Aerospace Daily, Jun 23, 1999, p 446

Participants in the US Army's Roving Sands TMD exercise in New Mexico this week will test the capability of the SBIRS High in a battlefield environment.

Descriptors, Keywords: SBIRS High Roving Sands

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 03

 

BMDO, Air Force Reviewing Scorpius Role. BMD Monitor, Jun 25, 1999, p 9

Microcosm's revolutionary Scorpius Low Cost Launch Vehicle program is moving ahead smoothly, according to Microcosm President, James Wertz. While the program has suffered from funding limitations up to now, that may change following a proposed $5m plus-up in BMDO and an $8m plus-up in AFRL. Article outlines progress to date on the Scorpius program.

Descriptors, Keywords: Scorpius funding Microcosm

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 04

 

Maui Moves Toward AFRL Takeover. BMD Monitor, Jun 25, 1999, p 10

AFRL's Directed Energy Directorate will take over the Maui Space Surveillance System atop Mt. Haleakala in Oct 2000. Currently a part of the AF Space Command's operational complex on the mountain, the surveillance system will shift toward more research under AFRL. A 4-day conference is planned for the end of August on Maui to discuss the system's new direction.

Descriptors, Keywords: Maui AFRL directed energy

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 05

 

DE: A Technology Whose Time Has Come. BMD Monitor, Jun 25, 1999, pp 12-13

Directed energy weapons are the weapons of the future, according to the deputy chief of staff of the AF. Maj Gen Bruce Carlson used the ABL program as an example of the speed of light opportunities, the focused power and the precision strike without collateral damage that directed energy weapons can provide.

Descriptors, Keywords: directed energy weapon ABL Carlson

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 06

 

Israeli Missile Defense Just Months From Field. BMD Monitor, Jun 25, 1999, pp 4-5

After decades of vulnerability to ballistic missile attack from its neighbors, Israel will have a national missile defense system operational within a year, according to an interview with Israeli officials at the Paris Air Show. Speaking privately, other officials disclosed that the Arrow weapon system is expected to be fielded by early 2000.

Descriptors, Keywords: Israel Arrow missile

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 07

 

Raytheon Protests As MEADS International Readies For Program Development. BMD Monitor, Jun 25, 1999, p 5

MEADS International, a joint venture made up of Lockheed Martin, DaimlerChrysler and Alenia Marconi, was chosen in May to lead the $300m three-year MEADS program, a joint effort of the US, Germany and Italy. Raytheon has protested the award, although the protest has not held up work on the contract.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS Raytheon

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 08

 

Navy Working TBMD, Not NMD. BMD Monitor, Jun 25, 1999, p 7

There is no work going on in the Navy with respect to National Missile Defense, according to RADM Rodney Rempt, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy. Navy Area and Theaterwide programs remain the Navy's top priority, he said. The US is preparing to sign an MOU with Japan in July for cooperative NTW research for the Block II program.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy TBMD NMD NAW NTW Rempt

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 09

 

US, Russia Continue ABM Treaty Commitment. BMD Monitor. Roosevelt, Ann, Jun 25, 1999, pp 1, 8

In a joint statement on strategic weapons issued by the US and Russia on June 20, the two nations reaffirmed their commitment to continued nuclear disarmament, combating nuclear proliferation and the ABM Treaty. Discussions on START III are planned for later this summer.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABM START treaty Russia

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 10

 

Space Technology Alliance Effective So Far, Conference Shaping Up. BMD Monitor, Jun 25, 1999, p 2

The Space Technology Alliance is a consortium of eight government organizations with space interests: BMDO, NASA, DARPA, NRO, DoE and the military services. Meeting every six weeks since their formation, the alliance covers five technology areas: space power, hyperspectral imaging, microsatellites, space-based communications, and space-based optics.

Descriptors, Keywords: space technology conference imaging optics microsatellites

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 11

 

THAAD Hits, But Lockheed Martin 'Not Out Of Woods' Yet. BMD Monitor, Jun 25, 1999, p 3

The seventh THAAD intercept test, a high endoatmospheric intercept of a unitary target, resulted in success on June 10. But prime contractor Lockheed Martin must make a second successful intercept by July 16 or face the loss of $20m. Another $20m will be forfeited if the company fails to complete three successful target intercepts by October.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD intercept test Lockheed Martin

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 12

 

Lieberman Cautiously Hopeful On ABM Talks With Russia. Defense Daily. Foote, Sheila, Jun 25, 1999, p 5

Like many in Congress. Sen Lieberman (D-CT) believes the ABM Treaty is outdated and should be renegotiated to accommodate the development of missile defense systems. He believes the recent announcement that Russia is willing to renegotiate amendments to the ABM Treaty is "hopeful," but should be taken with a grain of salt.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lieberman ABM Treaty Russia G-8 summit

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 13

 

ABM Statement May Open Door For Missile Defense Programs. Defense Daily. Atkinson, David, Jun 25, 1999, pp 1-3

A joint statement issued Sunday by President Clinton and Russian Federation President Yeltsin both affirms the need for an ABM system treaty and may open the door for modification of the treaty for future deployment of ABM systems, according to some experts.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABM Treaty Russia Clinton joint statement modification

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 14

 

Energy Pulses Called An Overlooked Threat. Defense News. David, Leonard, Jun 20, 1999, p 17

According to testimony during a hearing of the House Small Business subcommittee on government programs and oversight, there is a growing possibility that terrorists could disable satellites and ground systems with the powerful burst of energy produced by a nuclear detonation, but little is being done to counter the threat.

Descriptors, Keywords: hearing testimony House threat EMP energy pulse nuclear bomb detonation

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 15

 

Israeli Missile Defense Just Months From Field. Defense Week. Donnelly, John, Jun 21, 1999, pp 1, 14

Israel's national missile defense system, called the Arrow Weapon System, is on track to become the first fielded western system designed and developed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, probably within a year.

Descriptors, Keywords: Israel Arrow missile defense fielding

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 16

 

Patriot PAC-3 Missile 37 Percent Over Budget. Defense Week. Capaccio, Tony, Jun 21, 1999, p 7

Lockheed Martin is two years late and 37% over budget in developing the third generation of a missile, PAC-3, used to protect US troops on battlefields, according to Pentagon officials.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missile fielding

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 17

 

Russians On The Tarmac May Bode Ill, Experts Say. Defense Week. Laurenzo, Ron, Jun 21, 1999, p 16

Russia's claim of squatters' rights at Pristina airport in Kosovo was just a sympton of far more serious problems: Relations between East and West are deteriorating, and Russia's domestic situation is getting more unstable.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia Kosovo relations deterioration

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 18

 

Raytheon Protests Lockheed Martin's MEADS Win. Defense Week. Capaccio, Tony, Jun 21, 1999, p 3

Raytheon, the number three US defense contractor, has protested NATO's choice of a team led by Lockheed Martin to continue the development of MEADS, the missile defense system designed to protect NATO and US soldiers. Raytheon would like a response to the protest within 30 days, company spokesman Dave Shea said.

Descriptors, Keywords: Raytheon MEADS protest missile defense Lockheed Martin

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 19

 

DoD Urged To Improve Documentation Of Suspected Chem-Bio Attacks. Inside the Pentagon. Costa, Keith J., Jun 24, 1999, pp 6-7

Under Secretary of the Army Bernard Rostker, in speaking to an industry conference at Aberdeen Proving Ground, said the Army must improve efforts to document suspected chemical & biological weapons attacks. Rostker serves as special assistant to the DepSecDef for Gulf War-related illnesses.

Descriptors, Keywords: chemical biological warfare Gulf War Rostker

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 20

 

Presidential Panel Recommends Path For Investigation Of W-88 Theft. Inside the Pentagon. Costa, Keith J., Jun 24, 1999, pp 16-17

The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, chaired by former Sen Warren Rudman, has conducted a "limited review" of the FBI's handling of the theft of W-88 nuclear warhead designs by China.

Descriptors, Keywords: W-88 nuclear warhead China espionage Rudman

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 21

 

In 1999, Patriot's Gulf War Performance Vs Iraqi Scuds Still In Doubt. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Jun 24, 1999, p 5

A new article written by a panel of physicists commissioned by the American Physical Society finds an "absolute contradiction" between the Army's scores for Patriot's performance in the Gulf War and the scores developed by two MIT scientists using new media video tapes. Article is in the latest issue of "Science and Global Security" (available on the Internet at www.gbhap-us.com/journals/709/patriot).

Descriptors, Keywords: Patriot Scud missile American Physical Society

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 22

 

THAAD Supporters Want To Move Ahead After Two Intercept Successes. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Jun 24, 1999, p 4

Following the system's first successful intercept test, THAAD officials are now hoping that only one more success (rather than two more, as currently required) would allow the program to move on to the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. The next test, scheduled for July 9, will be more difficult than the last, calling for an exoatmospheric intercept.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD intercept test

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 23

 

Arrow, Citron Tree Debut. Jane's Defence Weekly. Seigle, Greg, Jun 23, 1999, p 12

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Tadiran Electronic Systems brought full scale mock-ups of the Arrow Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missile (ATBM) and launcher as well as the Citron Tree battle management system to the Le Bourget air show for the system's first international appearance. Jane's Defence Weekly has learned new details about the system and its operation. Although incoming targets are only acquired close to apogee, the Arrow interceptor possesses good controllability even in thin air, according to a Tadiran source. This means that the missile retains near exoatmospheric engagement capabilities for high altitude threat destruction.

Descriptors, Keywords: Arrow Citron Tree Israel Anti Tactical Ballistic Missile ATBM

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 24

 

National Missile Defense Delays Intercept Tests. Jane's Defence Weekly. Seigle, Greg, Jun 23, 1999, p 9

US NMD program officials had originally hoped to conduct the first intercept test of the NMD system this month but they delayed the test date until August after the EKV sprang a fuel leak during a hover test. Now officials have discovered other problems related to the EKV's hardware forcing them to delay the test until mid or late September. "We're looking at what it takes to correct the problems in the hardware," said Tom Johnson, spokesman for the BMDO. "Our intention is not to fly until we're ready."

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Test Delay EKV Fuel Leak Software

UPDATE: Jun 25, 1999, No. 25