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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.

 

08/06/99

 

 

 

Industry Outlook: Mighty Mouse. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Proctor, Paul, Aug 02, 1999, p 13

The US Defense Department has begun development of a supersonic version of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy to be known as the Miniature Air Launched Interceptor. Mali will be developed and demonstrated by Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, San Diego, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. One planned use of the system is as a low cost cruise missile interceptor.

Descriptors, Keywords: MALI Miniature Air Launched Interceptor CMD

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 01

 

Growing Intelligence Operation Focuses On New Types Of Signals. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Fulghum, David A., Aug 02, 1999, pp 50-51, 54-55

Development of the secrecy-shrouded data collected from heat patterns, electronic emissions and previously unused dimensions of radar reflections are the technologies involved and are being overseen by the seven year old Central Measurement and Signature Intelligence (masint) Organization (CMO). Data can be collected by sensors on aircraft, ships, satellites and the ground. More importantly, new technology allows specialists to combine the products of several sensors and closely examine thin slices of the electro-magnetic spectrum - a process called multi- or hyperspectral sensing - to produce distinct signatures of almost anything of military importance. There are sensors available that can look through clouds, camouflage and foliage. The improved technology also examines less obvious products given off by a target such as reflective color, chemical discharges or radar polarization.

Descriptors, Keywords: MASINT Measurement and Signature Intelligence CMO Spectral Imaging Lansat Camouflage Vegetation

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 02

 

New Satellite Sensors Will Detect RF, Laser Attacks. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Scott, William B., Aug 02, 1999, pp 57-58

The USAF Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate is developing minimally invasive technologies for sensors that are designed to detect intentional interference with a satellite, then alert ground crews to take action. Although the low profile work is highly sensitive and most information about it is classified, AFRL scientists and engineers acknowledged that an active technology development effort is underway. They are focusing on systems that would fly on board military and civilian satellites, detecting, identifying, characterizing and reporting any radio frequency and laser interference with U.S. and allied spacecraft. In general, these are known as satellite threat warning systems.

Descriptors, Keywords: Satellite Vulnerability Satellite Threat Warning and Attack Reporting STW/AR Laser Threat Detection

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 03

 

THAAD Hit May Portend Acceleration Into EMD. Defense Daily. Wolfe, Frank, Aug 03, 1999, p 1

Yesterday's successful exoatmospheric intercept of a Hera target by the Army's THAAD missile may accelerate the missile's entrance into engineering and manufacturing development (EMD). The program is now in program definition and risk reduction to prove the intended "hit to kill" technology. THAAD must achieve three intercepts before a decision is made on EMD.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD missile intercept flight test EMD

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 04

 

House-Senate Bill Authorizes $4.6 Billion More For Weapons. Defense Daily. Foote, Sheila, Aug 06, 1999, pp 1-2

The House and Senate finished conference on August 5 on a $288.8b FY00 defense authorization bill that authorizes$8.3b more than requested by the Clinton administration. The conferees authorized $3.7b for ballistic missile defense spending, $367.7m more than the DoD's request.

Descriptors, Keywords: FY00 defense authorization conference ballistic missile DoD budget funding

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 05

 

Costello Confident JROC To Name Army Lead Service For NMD. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, Aug 06, 1999, pp 4-5

According to LTG John Costello, SMDC chief, the JROC is expected to meet Aug 30 to determine the lead service for NMD. The Army is expecting to get the nod as the lead service for executing the NMD mission.

Descriptors, Keywords: JROC NMD lead service Army Costello

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 06

 

Raytheon: THAAD Radar Performed 'Flawlessly' In Flight Test 11. Inside the Pentagon. Sirak, Michael C., Aug 05, 1999, p 18

Hoping to put to rest concern over its performance during a June intercept test, Raytheon officials assert the THAAD radar performed its tracking and discrimination tasks perfectly during this week's more challenging test. BMDO Director LtGen Ronald Kadish gave the radar high marks during a briefing the day of the test.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD radar Raytheon intercept test Kadish

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 07

 

Second THAAD Hit May Move DoD, Congress To Accelerate Development. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G.; Sirak, Michael C., Aug 05, 1999, pp 1, 16-17

This week's second successful THAAD intercept test may encourage the Pentagon and Congress to consider the program's early entry into the engineering, manufacturing & development (EMD) phase. More serious consideration may also be given to developing an early emergency-use contingency capability for the system. Dropping the THAAD-NTW upper-tier competition is also under discussion now.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD intercept test contingency EMD NTW

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 08

 

DoD Considering Additional Funds For Cooperative Threat Reduction. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Aug 05, 1999, pp 2-3

The Pentagon is considering increasing spending on Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) activities, in response to requests from Ukraine and Russia for assistance in dismantling nuclear warheads and other defense equipment.

Descriptors, Keywords: CTR threat reduction funding Ukraine Russia

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 09

 

House Subcommittee Approves Iran Nonproliferation Bill By Wide Margin. Inside the Pentagon. Costa, Keith J., Aug 05, 1999, p 21

The House Science space and aeronautics subcommittee last week overwhelmingly passed the "Iran Nonproliferation Act of 1999, " which includes provisions that could cut off funding to Russia for space station activities. Funding can only be restored if President Clinton certifies that Russia is taking steps to stop the proliferation of sensitive technology to Iran.

Descriptors, Keywords: Iran Russia nonproliferation WMD technology

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UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 10

 

White House Offers Arms To Taiwan; Gilman Drops 'Hold' On Transfers. Inside the Pentagon. Costa, Keith J., Aug 05, 1999, pp 1, 20-21

After the Clinton administration announced last week that it will offer $550m in arms sales to Taiwan, House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) decided to drop the "hold" he had placed on all US arms sales. Gilman's earlier protest was related to Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui's controversial comment on "state-to-state" relations with China.

Descriptors, Keywords: Taiwan Gilman arms transfer

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 11

 

China Flexes Muscles In Missile Exercise. Jane's Defence Weekly. Beaver, Paul, Aug 04, 1999, p 5

Official news sources have indicated that the first JL-2 (NATO designation: CSS-NX-5) submarine launched intercontinental range ballistic missile (IRBM) will soon become operational with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. China's Central Military Commission is seeking to have nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine patrols as a matter of routine by 2005, according to the Beijing-based sources. US intelligence reports indicate that China is preparing to launch the first operational DF-31 IRBM. It is believed Beijing will test launch the first operational DF-31 (CSS-X-9) at the Lop Nor test site in central China this month.

Descriptors, Keywords: CSS-NX-5 China DF-31 CSS-X-9 Test Launch IRBM

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 12

 

Japan Outlines Missile Threat From N Korea. Jane's Defence Weekly. Ebata, Kensuke, Aug 04, 1999, p 12

A Japanese Defense White Paper published last week suggest that a pre-emptive strike would not be unconstitutional in the event of a likely attack. However, it concedes that launching such an operation would be difficult. The paper estimates the maximum range of North Korea's No Dong 1 at 1,300 km, contrary to last year's estimate of 1,000 km. The missile is now believed to be capable of reaching anywhere in Japan, including Okinawa. However, Japan believes the accuracy of the No Dong 1 to be poor as a consequence of its underlying 'Scud' technology.

Descriptors, Keywords: Japan Defense Agency White Paper No Dong 1 Threat

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 13

 

Pentagon Gets Mixed Results From Tactical Missile Efforts. National Defense. Erwin, Sandra, Aug 01, 1999, p 34

Following six consecutive misses, the Army's THAAD scored a successful hit by colliding with its target , Hera, at an altitude of about 60 miles over White Sands Missile Range, NM. AF BrigGen Richard Davis, deputy for theater air and missile defense at BMDO, said, ''This[test] demonstrates that the technology can be made to work...that allows us to hit a bullet with a bullet."

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD test flight intercept target Hera Davis

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 14

 

Treaty Snarl Nags Anti-Missile Effort. National Defense. Erwin, Sandra, Aug 01, 1999, pp 27-41

Less than a year away from making a firm commitment to deploy an antimissile system to shield the US from enemy strikes, Clinton administration and DoD officials face daunting technological hurdles and foreign policy dilemmas. There also appears to be disagreement within the defense establishment on whether the probability of a missile attack against the US is high enough to merit a multibillion-dollar effort.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABM Treaty deployment NMD hit-to-kill technology

UPDATE: Aug 06, 1999, No. 15