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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.

 

September 10, 1999

 

DASA Sees Good International Market For Taurus Missile. Aerospace Daily, Sep 10, 1999, p 390

DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA) is talking with several western countries about procurement of the Taurus precision guided air-to-surface missile, saying the project could bring sales of about a billion Deutsch Marks for their Taurus Systems subsidiary.

Descriptors, Keywords: DaimlerChrysler DASA Taurus missile

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 01

 

Administration Opts For Alaska-Based NMD Site. Aerospace Daily, Sep 10, 1999, p 389

The Clinton administration has selected Alaska as the first site for deployment of a National Missile Defense (NMD) system -- a move that violates the ABM Treaty in its current form.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Alaska

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 02

 

Science At Its Best, Security At Its Worst. Arms Control Today, Jun 01, 1999, pp 16-18

In response to the Cox Report which found the Energy Department's security and counterintelligence apparatus completely inadequate, President Clinton asked former Sen Warren Rudman to convene a special investigative panel to assess the security at DOE's nuclear weapons labs and review the improvements made by Energy Secretary Richardson under a February 1998 presidential order. The following is the unabridged text of the Rudman Report's "Findings."

Descriptors, Keywords: DOE Cox Report Rudman Report nuclear espionage security labs

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 03

 

'Rudman Report' Adds Fuel To DOE Reorganization Fire. Arms Control Today. Diamond, Howard, Jun 01, 1999, p 21

Spurred by the Cox Report that made allegations of Chinese espionage at US nuclear weapons labs and the Rudman Report that concluded the DOE is incapable of reforming itself, both the House and the Senate are considering legislation that would create a semi-autonomous agency within DOE to manage the nation's nuclear weapons complex.

Descriptors, Keywords: DOE Cox Report Rudman Report nuclear weapons labs Congress legislation security

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 04

 

US, Russia To Begin 'Discussions' On START III, ABM Treaty. Arms Control Today. Cerneillo, Craig, Jun 01, 1999, pp 19, 24

Hoping to restart their interrupted strategic dialogue, the US and Russia held face-to-face meetings in June at the Group of Eight summit in Cologne, Germany. During talks, both sides agreed to press for ratification of START II and to hold dual-track "discussions" later this summer on both START III and possible amendments to the ABM Treaty that would allow deployment of a limited NMD system.

Descriptors, Keywords: US Russia START ABM Treaty discussions

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 05

 

Dismantling Russia's Nuclear Subs: New Challenges To Non-Proliferation. Arms Control Today. Moltz, James Clay and Robinson, Tamara C., Jun 01, 1999, pp 10-15

Nuclear-powered submarines are one of the most visible and potent symbols of the US-Soviet arms race. Now, dismantling large portions of these fleets has become a major post-Cold War challenge. The US has a complete system in place to undertake this work; by contrast, Russia does not.

Descriptors, Keywords: US Russia dismantle nuclear submarines nonproliferation

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 06

 

One on One: Gen John Tilelli; Commander in Chief United Nations Command, Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command, and US Forces Korea. Defense News, Sep 13, 1999, p 22

In this interview, Gen Tilelli discuses the possibility of a North Korean missile launch, and the general threat from N. Korea.

Descriptors, Keywords: North Korea Tilelli Taepo Dong missile Threat

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 07

 

Defeat Of Missile Defenses Not As Simple As Portrayed. Defense News. Orman, Stanley, Sep 13, 1999, p 15

The developer of Chevaline, a British missile system incorporating decoys and penetration aids, argues that such systems are very difficult to design. He argues that the existance of such systems is not a reasonable argument against developing missile defense systems for national missile defense (NMD).

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Missile defense systems Decoys Penetration

aids Chevaline

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 08

 

Smart Weapons Limitations; Enemy Armed With WMD May Not Be Deterred. Defense News. Gormley, Dennis; Mahnken, Thomas, Sep 13, 1999, p 15

The authors caution against the idea that smart weapons have become a deterrent comparable to that of nuclear weapons. They argue that such weapons have hidden costs, such as the likely reinforcement of the desire for opponents to acquire WMD as a way to prevent US intervention in what they regard as their internal affairs.

Descriptors, Keywords: Smart weapons WMD Intervention Deterrence Military policy

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 09

 

Pentagon Study Says Sea-Based System Could Contribute To NMD. Inside Missile Defense. Skibitski, Peter J., Sep 08, 1999, pp 15-16

According to a paper entitled "Summary of Report to Congress on Utility of Sea-Based Assets To National Missile Defense", the short version of a classified report sent to Congress in June 1998, the Navy Theater Wide ballistic missile defense system could play an important role in defending the US against missile attacks by "rogue" nations if it is integrated into the planned NMD system. A summary of the report's findings is printed with this article.

Descriptors, Keywords: study report NTW sea-based land-based NMD report Congress summary

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 10

 

Army, OSD Agree To Cut 3,700 Javelins; Money May Be Used For MEADS. Inside Missile Defense. Winograd, Erin Q., Sep 08, 1999, p 6

The Army and OSD have agreed to cut the number of Javelin missiles the service will procure by more than 3,000. The money saved will likely go toward paying the Army's portion of MEADS.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS funding Army Javelin missile

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 11

 

PAC-3-Based Missile Can Satisfy MEADS Operational Requirements. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Sep 08, 1999, pp 2-3

A classified study, known as the "MEADS analysis of alternatives" (AOA) is being briefed to "key leaders" in the Pentagon. The study reinforces the Army's view that the MEADS system built around the PAC-3 missile would still meet the MEADS operational requirements, at least initially, according to COL Peter Thomson, head of the combat developments directorate at the Air Defense Artillery School, Ft. Bliss, TX.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 missile MEADS Thomson study AOA Army

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 12

 

Montgomery Urges Missile Defense Community To 'Do THAAD EMD Right'. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Sep 08, 1999, pp 12-13

BG Daniel Montgomery, outgoing PEO for air and missile defense, appealed to the missile defense community to learn from past mistakes and apply lessons learned to facilitate a smooth EMD phase for the THAAD system.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD Montgomery missile defense community speech EMD

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 13

 

NMD Can Be Fielded After Two Successful Test Intercepts. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Sep 08, 1999, pp 1. 17-18

BG Willie Nance, NMD JPO program manager, said recently that according to the criteria established for next year's NMD deployment review, two successful test intercepts will be required before the go-ahead can be given to field the system.

Descriptors, Keywords: Nance NMD deployment readiness review intercept test

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 14

 

BMDO: To Field NMD In 2005, ABM Treaty Issues Must Be Resolved By April 2001. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Sep 08, 1999, pp 1, 20-22

The OSD has added a new milestone, known as the "site authorization to proceed" (ATP), to the NMD deployment schedule, according to NMD program manager BG Willie Nance. Under the new guideline, the defense secretary must authorize that NMD site construction may commence based on the decisions the US has made concerning the future of the ABM Treaty.

Descriptors, Keywords: Nance NMD deployment site construction OSD ATP milestone ABM Treaty

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 15

 

Army Official Says THAAD EMD Acquisition Strategy Ready For Review. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Sep 08, 1999, pp 1, 9-11

The Army is ready to present its acquisition strategy for the next phase of the THAAD program to the OSD for review. Approval of the acquisition strategy is the first major step in moving the program into EMD.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD OSD acquisition strategy EMD Army

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 16

 

OSD Tells Army, BMDO To Fund MEADS Program In Next Budget Cycle. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C. and Dupont, Daniel G., Sep 08, 1999, pp 4-5

DepSecDef John Hamre, in his first program decision memo laying out major budget decisions for FY2001 and beyond, directed the Army and BMDO to find sufficient funding for the development of the MEADS program, with the two departments splitting the total bill of approximately $720m.

Descriptors, Keywords: Hamre MEADS funding FY2001 budget memo

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 17

 

GAO Report: Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Will Be Unaffected By Y2K. Inside Missile Defense. Costa, Keith J., Sep 08, 1999, pp 28-30

Amid congressional concerns about the impact of the Year 2000 computer date processing problem on the nation's nuclear weapons inventory, GAO released a report, "Nuclear Weapons: Year 2000 Status of the Nation's Nuclear Weapons Stockpile", last month saying the stockpile will be completely free of any Y2K-related problems.

Descriptors, Keywords: GAO report nuclear weapons stockpile Y2K

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 18

 

Agencies Boost Counterterrorism Drills As WMD Concerns Increase. Inside Missile Defense. MacRae, Catherine, Sep 08, 1999, pp 33-34

A GAO audit found that counterterrorism exercises conducted by federal agencies have increased 250% since June 1995, largely due to a June 1995, presidential decision directive (PDD) and rising concern about terrorists threats.

Descriptors, Keywords: GAO audit counterterrorism drills WMD terrorist threat

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 19

 

Pentagon Revising Strategy For Developing THAAD, Navy Theater Wide. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Sep 09, 1999, pp 1, 16-18

DoD's strategy for developing its two upper-tier missile defense systems, just announced last January, is already undergoing significant changes. The Pentagon is now working on a revised plan that develops both the Army's THAAD and the Navy's Theater Wide (NTW) systems in parallel, potentially accelerating the fielding dates for one or both and reducing costs, according to documents obtained by Inside the Pentagon. Letter to services from BMDO Director LtGen Kadish explaining the change of plans is included at end of article, as well as a memo from UndSecDef (A&T) Jacques Gansler to LtGen Kadish.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD NTW acquisition Kadish Gansler

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 20

 

US Commander In Kosovo Sees Low-Tech Threats To High-Tech Warfare. Inside the Pentagon. Grossman, Elaine M., Sep 09, 1999, pp 13-14

A new briefing by the admiral who commanded US forces in Kosovo relates ways in which Pres Slobodan Milosevic undermined US technological advantages using rudimentary political and military tactics. In a number of findings that ADM James Ellis raises in the briefing, it is clear he and other US and NATO military leaders are just beginning to come to grips with political and strategic realities that imposed limits on the way the war was conducted. Prominent among them is what Ellis terms "self-inflicted wounds in asymmetric warfare," referring to the awkwardness of engaging in high-technology warfare against an enemy with less sophisticated hardware.

Descriptors, Keywords: Kosovo Yugoslavia high tech weapon asymmetric warfare Ellis

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 21

 

Delhi Is Finalizing Work On 'Soft Kill' Weapon System. Jane's Defence Weekly. Bedi, Rahul, Sep 01, 1999, p 13

Indian atomic scientists claim to be in the final stages of assembling a powerful electron accelerating machine, the country's first 'star wars' weapon whose beams could cripple enemy missiles and aircraft. P H Ron, head of the accelerator and pulse power division at the Bhaba Atomic Research Center in Bombay, said the KALI 5000 (Kilo-Ampere Linear Injector) will be ready for testing by year-end. Bursts of microwaves for KALI packed with gigawatts of power could "soft kill" incoming enemy aircraft and missiles by crippling their electronics systems and computer chips.

Descriptors, Keywords: India Electron Accelerator Pulse Power Weapon KALI 5000 Kilo Ampere Linear Injector

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 22

 

Analysis: Ballistics Boom. Jane's Defence Weekly. Lennox, Duncan, Sep 08, 1999, p 31

The global ballistic missile threat has in the past 18 months significantly increased with new ballistic missiles developed and seven new missiles tested. Article examines the new missiles including: Ghauri 1, Ghauri 2 and Shaheen from Pakistan; Agni 2 from India; Taepo Dong 1 from North Korea; Shahab 3 from Iran; and the Dong Feng 31 (DF-31) from the People's Republic of China (PRC). Technology transfers in the late 1980s to early 1990s from North Korea to Iran and Syria to assemble, test and eventually manufacture Scud B variant and Scud C variant liquid propellant missiles has also led to further cooperation in the design of the No Dong missile. North Korea, Pakistan and Iran are believed around 1992 to have agreed to collaborate on a joint program, based upon the No Dong 1 design. The April 1998 test of a Ghauri 1 missile in Pakistan, followed by the Shahab 3 test in Iran in July 1998, marked the successful completion of the first phase of this joint program.

Descriptors, Keywords: Global Proliferation Ballistic Missiles China India Pakistan North Korea Iran

UPDATE: Sep 10, 1999, No. 23