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08/27/99

NMD Officials Detail Flight Test Criteria For Kill Vehicle. Aerospace Daily, Aug 26, 1999, pp 307, 310

Raytheon's Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), built for the NMD program, will be launched from Kwajalein test range in its first hit-to-kill test on Sept 29.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD flight test kill vehicle EKV Raytheon

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 01

 

Senators: Use THAAD Radar To Watch N. Korean Missile Test. Aerospace Daily, Aug 23, 1999, pp 285-286

Six Republican senators have sent a letter to SecDef William Cohen criticizing the Pentagon's decision not to deploy the THAAD radar to East Asia to monitor the expected launch of a North Korean Taepo Dong II missile. The Pentagon is citing cost and a possible violation of the ABM Treaty as reasons for their decision.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD radar North Korea missile test

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 02

 

US Army Mulls Faster THAAD Fielding With P3I Approach. Aerospace Daily, Aug 26, 1999, pp 307-308

The US Army wants to implement a phased block upgrade approach to the THAAD missile to accelerate fielding of the system by at least one year, from 2007 to 2006. BMDO, the Army and prime contractor Lockheed Martin are currently working out details for moving the THAAD program into EMD, having canceled further flight tests.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD P3I fielding

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 03

 

Pentagon Official Suggests Increasing PAC-3 Range. Aerospace Daily, Gildea, Kerry, Aug 27, 1999, pp 315-316

The range of the PAC-3 missile should be increased to provide more of an overlap with that of the THAAD system, according to Hans Mark, the Pentagon's director of defense research & engineering. Mark, who has moderated his criticism of THAAD over the past few months, is now focused on the two systems working together to provide a "leak proof" defense.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 THAAD Mark

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 04

 

US, Japan Agree On Cooperative Missile Defense. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Wall, Robert, Aug 23, 1999, p 46

The US and Japan have signed an agreement, in Tokyo last week, to cooperate on research and development for a theater ballistic missile defense program. The five year program will concentrate on enhancements to the Standard Missile SM-3, the interceptor being used in the Navy Theater Wide missile defense program. No decision has been made to move from research and development to production. That decision is up to Japan and would require a second memorandum of understanding in which issues such as space based cueing of the TMD system would be addressed, US government officials said.

Descriptors, Keywords: Japan Memorandum of Understanding Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Cooperation Research and Development

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 05

 

Spectrum Astro, TRW To Design SBIRS Low. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Wall, Robert, Aug 23, 1999, pp 37-41

The USAF has picked Spectrum Astro and TRW to design the SBIRS Low missile tracking satellite system, but it also is opening the door for losing bidder Lockheed Martin to remain in the program. Teams headed by Spectrum Astro and TRW each received $275-million contracts to refine SBIRS-Low designs during the next 38 months. At conclusion of this phase, the Air Force will pick one company to develop and build the constellation. The first satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2006. After launching the first six satellites, the Air Force will pause about a year and assess the system before launching the rest of the constellation. "If there are other qualified stakeholders out there that want to reenter the competition at [the beginning of EMD], that will be permitted," Burkett said. The Lockheed Martin team, which included Boeing and Aerojet, now will have to decide whether it wants to invest a lot of its own money and try to compete for the program in three years.

Descriptors, Keywords: SBIRS Low Design Contract Award Spectrum Astro TRW

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 06

 

Montgomery: MEADS Protest Will Not Slow Program. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, Aug 27, 1999, pp 2-3

Raytheon's decision to keep protesting its loss in MEADS development program will not derail the development of MEADS or the ultimate award of a contract to the winning team, according to BG Daniel Montgomery, the service's PEO for AMD.

Descriptors, Keywords: Army Montgomery MEADS Raytheon protest

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 07

 

PAC-3 Shot Set For Sept. 10; Target Still Under Analysis. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, Aug 26, 1999, p 1

As the analysis continues over the latest failure of a key target missile, the Army is preparing for the next test flight of its Patriot Advanced Capability, PAC-3, missile defense system to be held early next month, according to LTG Costello, commander of ASMDC.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 Costello test flight target Hera

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 08

 

Army Air Defense Viability Challenged By Funding, Threat Tech. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, Aug 27, 1999, pp 3-4

The Army's air defense artillery capability may be losing ground against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and a lack of funding for systems that are key to keeping the force "viable" into the 21st century.

Descriptors, Keywords: Army Montgomery air defense viability threat WMD

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 09

 

BMDO, Boeing Work To Downplay Expectations For Next NMD Test. Defense Daily. Atkinson, David, Aug 26, 1999, pp 3-4

NMD program officials and Boeing executives are working to downlay expectations for the upcoming Integrated Flight Test Three (IFT-3) in late September. IFT-3 is the first test flight in which the integrated NMD system will intercept a target. Two previous tests evaluated Raytheon and Boeing EKV sensor systems.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD flight test IFT-3 expectations

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 10

 

GAO Approves Of Army SOF Aviation Countermeasures Program. Defense Daily, Aug 26, 1999, pp 4-5

In a rare endorsement, GAO, in a report issued on August 23, lauded the Army's program to upgrade the electronic countermeasures of the service's special operations forces (SOF) aviation fleet.

Descriptors, Keywords: Army GAO report countermeasures SOF

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 11

 

Mark: TAMD Effectiveness Tied To Practical Experience. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, Aug 26, 1999, pp 2-3

Hans Mark, director of defense research and engineering, BMDO, told an ASMDC audience that the eventual joint interoperability and effectiveness of a land-based, sea-based, and airborne Theater Air and Missile Defense (TAMD) architecture depends on the degree to which planners incorporate real-world lessons.

Descriptors, Keywords: Mark TAMD architecture effectiveness real-world lessons

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 12

 

Keep NMD a Joint Effort. Defense News, Aug 30, 1999, p 14

This editorial urges the DoD to avoid selecting one service to control National Missile Defense. The editorial argues that NMD should be a joint force operation, with integrated sea, land, and space elements. It suggests that the US Atlantic Command could be given oversight, with BMDO invested in direct control of the program.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Joint Force BMDO

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 13

 

Isolated Taiwan Islands May Tempt Chinese. Defense News. Finnegan, Philip, Aug 30, 1999, pp 1,19

Taiwan's defense minister, Tang Fei, in an interview with Defense News, expressed concern that China may seize Taiwan's off-shore islands as a way of pressuring Taiwan. Tang does not believe that China can mount an amphibious invasion of Taiwan.

Descriptors, Keywords: Taiwan China Tang Fei

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 14

 

Report: US Navy Used Arms Effectively in Kosovo. Defense News. Holzer, Robert, Aug 30, 1999, p 6

The Navy has examined its performance in the Kosovo conflict in a classified report by RADM Joseph Sestak. The lessons learned have to do with organization, and the importance of tactics and communications vs. weapon technology. An example of the Navy's evolving concept of network centric warfare is the ability to rapidly target Tomahawks.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy Kosovo lessons learned Tomahawks Network centric warfare

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 15

 

New BMDO Director Planning Significant Structural Reorganization. Inside Missile Defense. Dupont, Daniel G., Aug 25, 1999, p 16

LtGen Ronald Kadish, the new director of BMDO, plans to streamline the agency's structure to make BMDO more efficient and improve its ability to field missile defense systems as soon as possible.

Descriptors, Keywords: Kadish reorganization

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 16

 

THAAD Program To Move Forward Faster, With Test Flights Scrapped. Inside Missile Defense. Dupont, Daniel G., Aug 25, 1999, pp 5-6

MG Peter Franklin, deputy director of BMDO, told defense reporters last week that the Pentagon had decided to allow the Army to scrap the remaining dem/val test flights and proceed to an EMD decision after the THAAD missile system scored two hits in two consecutive test flights following six straight failures.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD Franklin briefing EMD

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 17

 

US, Japan Finalize Deal On Navy Theater Wide Cooperation. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Aug 25, 1999, p 12

The US and Japan took a giant step forward in cooperative missile defense by signing an agreement last week on joint technology research for the next-generation missile for the Navy Theater Wide system.

Descriptors, Keywords: US Japan Navy Theater Wide cooperation missile defense agreement

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 18

 

Measure To Ease NMD Production Requirements Defeated In Conference. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Aug 25, 1999, pp 1, 18

Defense authorization conferees dropped a House measure that would have allowed the NMD system under development to proceed into production before completion of the normal operational testing process required by law. The conferees, also, have called on the BMDO director to submit to Congress a study by early next year that examines potential impediments in current acquisition laws and regulations to the NMD deployment schedule.

Descriptors, Keywords: Defense authorization conference House NMD testing study impediments acquisition deployment

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 19

 

Lockmart Upset Over Raytheon Decision To Appeal Denial Of MEADS Protest. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Aug 25, 1999, pp 1, 10-11

Lockheed Martin has reacted sharply to Raytheon's decision to appeal to international arbitration the choice of a Lockheed Martin-led multinational team for the next phase of the MEADS program, according to retired LTG Donald Lionetti, VP for air and missile defense at LM's missiles and fire control division.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lockheed Martin Raytheon MEADS appeal Lionetti

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 20

 

USAF Launch Gives NMD Radar Operations Practice For NMD Flight Test. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael, Aug 27, 1999, pp 14-15

A special payload aboard a Minuteman III test flight last week provided NMD program officials an opportunity to collect valuable data aimed at reducing the technical risks to the upcoming NMD flight test, according to service representatives.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD flight test USAF launch radar Minuteman III technical risk

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 21

BMDO: Only Three NMD Tests 'Likely' Before Next Year's NMD Review.

Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael, Aug 27, 1999, pp 13-14

LtCol Rick Lehner, NMD JPO spokesman, acknowledged the likelihood that only three, and not four, intercept tests will be possible before next June's review to determine whether to deploy the NMD system.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lehner NMD JPO intercept tests review NMD deployment decision

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 22

 

Boeing Refines LSI Organization As NMD Work Intensifies. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Aug 25, 1999, pp 1, 18

NMD prime contractor Boeing has made changes to its organizational structure over the past few months to strengthen management oversight of the major NMD subcontractors and better concentrate the company's efforts as the program ramps up for a series of key intercept tests, according to industry sources.

Descriptors, Keywords: Boeing LSI organization NMD oversight

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 23

 

After Months Of Debate, Pentagon Tells Congress Of New SBIRS Plans. Inside Missile Defense. Whitley, Gigi, Aug 27, 1999, pp 25-28

Six months after the Pentagon informed Congress it had delayed the launch of the SBIRS and terminated two multimillion dollar flight experiments, SecDef Cohen has explained the military's latest plans for the early missile warning program according to his letter to the chairman of the SASC. A copy of the Cohen letter is included with this article.

Descriptors, Keywords: DoD letter Cohen SBIRS SASC early missile warning

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 24

 

Republican Leadership Announces Task Force On North Korea Policy. Inside the Pentagon. Costa, Keith J., Aug 26, 1999, p 3

The House Republican leadership has announced the formation of a congressional task force, led by House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin Gilman (R-NY), to review and report on Clinton administration policy toward North Korea. Other members of the task force will be Floyd Spence (R-SC), Porter Goss (R-FL), Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Chris Cox (R-CA).

Descriptors, Keywords: North Korea congress task force Gilman

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 25

 

THAAD Program To Move Forward Faster, With Test Flights Scrapped. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Aug 26, 1999, p 5

The Pentagon's announcement last week of an early start to the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the THAAD program has left unanswered such questions as the time frame for a resumption of testing and the fielding of an emergency-use capability. Article discusses various scenarios.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD test flight EMD fielding contingency

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 26

 

Analysis: Israel's Future Forces. Jane's Defence Weekly. Eshel, David, Aug 25, 1999, p 21

The Israel Defense Force's (IDF's) long term strategic plan, IDAN (Epoch) 2010, was last week presented to Prime Minister Ehud Barak. While Israeli defense officials are reluctant to release full details of the IDAN 2010 plan, recent revelations to the media suggest five separate working groups have been formed to implement the plan. The most challenging program of the IDAN 2010 is believed to be the National Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Project. By 2010, at least three fully deployed Arrow batteries will be in service, backed by PAC-3 and other systems, including possibly the US Aegis system deployed offshore. Combined with the US-Israeli Boost Phase Intercept/Apogee Phase Intercept and anti-mobile surface-to-surface missile launcher program, some of these projects, currently considered futuristic, will by the end of the decade have matured and be developed for service, funding permitted.

Descriptors, Keywords: Israel Defense Force IDAN 2010 Long Term Strategic Plan Anti Ballistic Missile Defense Project

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 27

 

THAAD Will Take Fast Track Route To Development. Jane's Defence Weekly. Bender, Bryan, Aug 25, 1999, p 4

The DoD had decided last year that the THAAD ground based missile shield, intended to protect forward deployed troops from ballistic missiles traveling inside and outside of the earth's atmosphere, could transition to EMD after three successful intercepts. However, "during the past month, we have been reconsidering that benchmark," Pentagon acquisition chief Jacques Gansler told lawmakers in an 18 August letter. "We have found that the contractor...can make this THAAD design and the previously fabricated components work. Rather than spending months and millions of dollars on another THAAD prototype launch only to prove a point, we have decide to get on with the business of engineering development of the real thing."

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD EMD Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase Authorization

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 28

 

India Set To Introduce Agni II Intermediate Range Missile. Jane's Defence Weekly. Bedi, Rahul, Aug 25, 1999, p 15

India will soon introduce the locally developed Agni II IRBM, according to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The missile has been successfully tested to a range of over 2,000 km. He added that, despite international pressure, India had also successfully tested Agni II in April. The upgraded IRBM is capable of delivering a 1,000 kg payload to a range of over 2,000 km. The missile will form part of India's 'minimum nuclear deterrent' force.

Descriptors, Keywords: India Agni II Testing Pakistan

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 29

 

US Spending Row Puts MEADS In Jeopardy. Jane's Defence Weekly. Seigle, Greg, Aug 25, 1999, p 3

Progress on the tri-national MEADS, believed to be back on track after years of delay, has ground to a halt. The House Appropriations Committee (HAC), which oversees spending by the US federal government, has accused the US DoD of ignoring its directives in the FY99 budget and misdirecting $2 million in order to keep the program alive this year. As a result, the committee has denied any more funding for MEADS this year, and has 'zeroed' it in its FY00 budget proposal. The future of MEADS is now in doubt. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $46 million for the program in its FY00 budget, but that proposal must meet the approval of the full Congress when lawmakers finalize details during next month's budget negotiations. However, supporters of MEADS do not believe they will be able to fully fund the program much to the dismay of Berlin and Rome.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS Funding Medium Extended Air Defense System House Appropriations Committee Report

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 30

 

India Reveals Thinking On Nuclear Weapons Strategy. Jane's Defence Weekly. Bedi, Rahul, Aug 25, 1999, p 13

India's National Security Advisory Board has released proposals to guide the National Security Council (NSC) in shaping India's nuclear weapons strategy. Central to the strategy is a policy of maintaining a minimum nuclear deterrent (NMD) and a commitment to no first use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The document states that the authority to use nuclear weapons in retaliation for a nuclear strike on India rested with the prime minister or the "designated successor." The doctrine envisages an assured capability to shift from peacetime deployment to "fully employable forces in the shortest possible time and the ability to retaliate effectively even in a cast of significant degradation by hostile forces."

Descriptors, Keywords: India Nuclear Weapons Strategy National Security Advisory Board Nuclear Doctrine Policy

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 31

 

Attack On US Satellite Is Attack On United States. Military Space. Donnelly, John, Aug 02, 1999,p 1, 8

In the first update to US military space policy in 12 years, the Pentagon makes clear that an attack on US satellites is an attack on the United States. "Purposeful interference with US space systems will be viewed as an infringement on our sovereign rights," SecDef William Cohen said in a July 9 memo to military leaders accompanying the new "Department of Defense Space Policy." The "US may take all appropriate self-defense measures, including, if directed by the National Command Authorities, the use of force, to respond to such an infringement of our rights," Cohen said. "US space systems are national property afforded the right of passage through and operations in space without interference."

Descriptors, Keywords: Cohen DoD Space Policy Satellite Attack

UPDATE: Aug 27, 1999, No. 32