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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.

 

07/23/99

 

HAC Kills MEADS, Restricts THAAD. Aerospace Daily, Jul 21, 1999, p 106

The House Appropriations Committee, in its FY00 defense bill, has zeroed funds for MEADS, claiming that it has not received the required commitment from any of the three countries involved. The committee's report also prohibits THAAD from moving into engineering, manufacturing & development (EMD) until certain milestones are met.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS THAAD funding budget House appropriations defense FY00

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 01

 

DARPA Begins Work On Supersonic Cruise Missile Interceptor. Aerospace Daily, Jul 21, 1999, p 106

DARPA has awarded Teledyne Ryan a $14.1m contract to prototype and fly a Miniature Air-Launched Interceptor (MALI) with supersonic capability to kill cruise missiles. The project is a spin-off of another Teledyne Ryan product, the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD).

Descriptors, Keywords: DARPA cruise missile MALD MALI Teledyne Ryan

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 02

 

Washington Outlook: Missile Defense. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Asker, James R., Jul 19, 1999, p 23

Kenneth R. Timmerman of the Middle East Data Project Inc. told the House space and aeronautics subcommittee that Iran is getting "direct assistance from Russian aerospace entities." The assistance is coming from "individual scientists and engineers and entrepreneurs," he added. The technology flow is helping Iran develop "Kosar," a ballistic missile capable of striking the U.S., he said. At issue is U.S. assistance to Russia for the International Space Station. A bipartisan Iran Non-proliferation Act introduced in the House would block payments to Russian unless the president certifies Moscow isn't aiding Iran's missile program.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russian Technology Transfer Iran Kosar Non- Proliferation Act

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 03

 

Navy, BMDO Formalize Navy Area TBMD Cost Sharing. BMD Monitor, Jul 23, 1999, pp 9-10

The Navy and BMDO have signed a memorandum of agreement on TBMD Navy Area Wide (NAW) program cost sharing and budget responsibilities. Article outline details of agreement.

Descriptors, Keywords: TBMD cost sharing NAW

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 04

 

HAC Boosts BMD, Buries MEADS. BMD Monitor, Jul 23, 1999, pp 6-7

In their version of the FY2000 defense bill, the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) provides $3.89b for BMD, while denying the MEADS budget request of $48.5m. Article provides details of funding for other BMDO programs, including a table of all missile defense funding.

Descriptors, Keywords: HAC BMD TMD THAAD MEADS funding

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 05

 

Costello: SMDC To Publish Space Master Plan This Summer. BMD Monitor. Roosevelt, Ann, Jul 23, 1999, pp 1-3

The Army's Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) plans to publish a Space Master Plan, the first in a decade, later this summer, according to Commander LTG John Costello. The congressional defense committees are showing more interest in the military uses of space now, and more money has been authorized for that purpose in the FY2000 defense bill, he said. Article discusses details of the new plan.

Descriptors, Keywords: Costello SMDC Space Master Plan

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 06

 

Export Controls Slow WMD. BMD Monitor, Jul 23, 1999, p 3

A declassified CIA report to Congress concludes that tight export controls are a factor in slowing the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by nations such as Libya and Syria. One way such underdeveloped countries are able to produce their own WMD is through the purchase of dual-use equipment. Russia is the primary supplier of such equipment because of ineffective export controls, according to the report.

Descriptors, Keywords: WMD export control CIA

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 07

 

Report Finds WMD A 'Chilling Challenge'. BMD Monitor, Jul 23, 1999, p 4

Former CIA Director and deputy SecDef John Deutch, as head of a bipartisan commission which also includes Sen Arlen Specter (R-PA), has submitted a report to Congress on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The commission proposes a new national director to combat proliferation, in order to unify the nearly 100 current government efforts.

Descriptors, Keywords: WMD Deutch Specter commission proliferation

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 08

 

DoD To Be 100 Percent Y2K Ready By December, Cohen Says. Defense Daily. Baumgardner, Neil, Jul 23, 1999, p 2

DoD has 92 percent of its mission critical computer systems currently ready for the Year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem, and will be fully ready by December SecDef Cohen said yesterday.

Descriptors, Keywords: computer Y2K Cohen

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 09

 

HAC Criticizes Air Force, Army For Improper Use Of Funds. Defense Daily, Jul 20, 1999, pp 4-5

In language accompanying its version of the FY00 defense appropriations bill HAC blasted the Air Force and the Army for misusing funds in both previous years and the current budget request. OSD is charged with acknowledging and then ignoring congressional directives regarding the international MEADS system.

Descriptors, Keywords: HAC defense appropriations FY00 AF Army MEADS

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 10

 

GOP Tax Cut Could Dock DoD $1 Trillion, Dems Say. Defense Week. Donnelly, John, Jul 19, 1999, pp 1, 12

The GOP plan to use the projected federal budget surplus to fund a massive tax cut could shortchange the Pentagon between $471b and $1t over the next decade, according to a new internal analysis by the Democratic staff of the Senate Budge Committee.

Descriptors, Keywords: GOP Democrats Senate Budget Committee budget surplus tax cut DoD

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 11

 

Reporters' Notebook. Defense Week, Jul 19, 1999, p 4

In its report on the global spread of weapons of mass destruction, the Deutch commission recommended reorganization of the executive branch and Congress so the government can keep track of what it is doing to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons technology.

Descriptors, Keywords: Deutch commission report WMD proliferation technology reorganization

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 12

 

House Appropriators' Fiscal 2000 Defense Bill Approved. Defense Week, Jul 19, 1999, pp 2-3

This article highlights the recommendations of the House Appropriators for defense programs including the missile defense program.

Descriptors, Keywords: HAC defense appropriations FY00

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 13

 

Deutch: Pentagon Needs Overhaul To Deal With WMD. Defense Week. Laurenzo, Ron, Jul 19, 1999, p 7

In its report, the primary recommendation of the Deutch commission was the appointment of a national director to coordinate the government's counterproliferation efforts.

Descriptors, Keywords: Deutch commission Pentagon Overhaul WMD director

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 14

 

Lawmakers Oppose 'Ill-Conceived' Nuke-Security Plan. Defense Week. Crawford, Mark, Jul 19, 1999, p 5

Seven House GOP and Democratic leaders are urging Speaker Dennis Hastert to oppose "ill-conceived" legislation to restructure the Energy Department to address nuclear weapons security problems.

Descriptors, Keywords: House Senate GOP Democrats Hastert legislation DoE restructure nuclear weapons security

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 15

 

Information Warfare No Longer Just Defense. Defense Week, Jul 19, 1999, pp 8-9

In this interview, Capt Jim Newman told report David Abel how internal saboteurs represent the greatest danger to Navy information systems, how the Navy is shoring up its vulnerability to cyber-attacks and generally assessed the threat of cyber-war to the US.

Descriptors, Keywords: interview Newman Abel information warfare Navy

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 16

 

House Amendment Places Conditions On Nuclear Aid To North Korea. Inside the Pentagon. Costa, Keith J., Jul 22, 1999, pp 1, 16-17

The House has approved an amendment to its version of the FY2000 State Dept authorization bill that predicates US nuclear aid to North Korea on whether Pyongyang is abiding by proliferation constraints. Amendment is sponsored by International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) and Rep Edward Markey (D-MA). A letter describing the amendment is printed with the article.

Descriptors, Keywords: North Korea nuclear aid amendment Gilman Markey

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 17

 

Missile Defense Officials Weigh A 'Contingency Capability' For THAAD. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G.; Sirak, Michael C., Jul 22, 1999, pp 1, 9-10

DoD and BMDO officials are considering developing a small number of missiles that could be ready for contingency deployment before THAAD is ready to be fielded. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have reportedly been asked to respond to a series of questions regarding the feasibility of such a plan.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD contingency

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 18

 

Rep. Gilman Growing Weary Waiting For Perry Report On North Korea. Inside the Pentagon. Costa, Keith J., Jul 22, 1999, pp 17-18

In a letter sent last week to Pres Clinton, House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) indicates he is growing weary over the time former SecDef William Perry is taking to finish a report on US policy toward North Korea. A State Dept official contacted this week could not say when Perry will finish his report.

Descriptors, Keywords: North Korea Gilman Perry

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 19

 

THAAD Engineering and Manufacturing Development Funds Cut In House. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Jul 22, 1999, pp 10-11

The House Appropriations Committee has cut $83.8m requested for THAAD engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD), directing the Pentagon to continue to hold the program to current requirements before EMD can begin. Pentagon officials had previously discussed modifying program requirements to perhaps allow for an EMD decision sooner than currently planned.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD EMD funding

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 20

 

House Passes Bill To Prohibit US-Backed Atomic Energy Funds To Iran. Inside the Pentagon. Costa, Keith J., Jul 22, 1999, pp 1, 18

The House has overwhelmingly passed the "Iran Nuclear Proliferation Act of 1999," a bill prohibiting US financial assistance to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) programs that benefit Iran's construction of nuclear power plants.

Descriptors, Keywords: Iran atomic energy funding IAEA

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 21

 

Future of MEADS Again In Doubt As House Appropriators Cut Funding. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Jul 22, 1999, pp 11-12

The House Appropriations Committee has voted to terminate the Army's MEADS, putting the future of the program again in doubt. This decision is another in a long series of setbacks for a program once held up by the Pentagon as an example of how future cooperative international programs should be developed.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS funding

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 22

 

Will Europe Invest In Missile Defense?. Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies. Fox, E. & Orman, S., Mar 01, 1999, pp 3-16

This article is a reprint. It compares and contrasts American and European views of missile defense and examines the underlying reasons for European reluctance to acknowledge and plan to counter the growing missile and warhead threat. Suggestions are made as to how European efforts might be redirected into more profitable directions.

Descriptors, Keywords: Europe ballistic missile defense NATO US threat

UPDATE: Jul 23, 1999, No. 23