ACCESSION NUMBER:346693 FILE ID:POL206 DATE:05/31/94 TITLE:DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, TUESDAY, MAY 31 (05/31/94) TEXT:*94053106.POL DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, TUESDAY, MAY 31 (Missile detargeting, U.S.-Russian exercise, Columbia/drug intelligence) (470) NEWS BRIEFING -- Spokesman Kathleen DeLaski discussed the following topics: U.S. DETARGETS ALL STRATEGIC NUCLEAR MISSILES The United States has detargeted all of its strategic nuclear missiles which were pointed at locations in the former Soviet Union for the first time in 15 years, deLaski said, adding that the joint U.S.-Russian decision was announced in January and implementation was completed by May 30. "Detargeting is an important symbolic point," she said, because it emphasizes "the strengthening partnership between the United States and Russia." Implementation of the detargeting agreement is "a significant milestone," deLaski said, because it indicates that the two nations "are no longer nuclear adversaries." She said the 500 older U.S. Minuteman III missiles are now aimed at oceans, while the new Trident and Peacekeeper missiles contain no targeting information at all. While detargeting cannot be "actively verified," deLaski noted, strategic missiles can be retargeted "fairly quickly" if there is a need to do so. The spokesman also said the British made "a unilateral decision" to detarget their strategic missiles and have done so. RUSSIA POSTPONES PEACEKEEPING EXERCISE WITH U.S. DeLaski said the United States has learned that the U.S.-Russian peacekeeping exercise scheduled for July in the Volga District has been postponed. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sam Nunn has proposed holding the exercise in the United States rather than in Russia. The spokesman said Nunn's idea "sounds like a good suggestion" and is being considered. She noted, however, that if the exercise occurs in the United States as Nunn is proposing, it would have to take place later in the year than everyone would like. She said the U.S. would prefer that the exercise "just be rescheduled a bit later this year in the same place (the Volga District)" where it was originally scheduled. U.S. GOVERNMENT REVIEWING DRUG INTELLIGENCE SHARING An interagency task force is reviewing U.S. government policy for sharing drug intelligence with other countries, deLaski said, pointing out that the government "implements a wide-ranging program of support to counter-drug efforts by host nations in areas where illegal drugs are produced or transported, and across the government we're all very supportive of, and strongly committed to, supporting those efforts." Questions on this subject were prompted by a recent press report indicating the United States had stopped sharing drug intelligence with Colombia and Peru following reports that those two countries were using the information to shoot down suspected drug smuggling aircraft without first determining guilt or innocence. (At the State Department, spokesman Michael McCurry said May 31 that using American intelligence information to shoot first and ask questions later violates U.S. law.) NNNN .