UK France, Italy Agree On Horizon Air Defense Missiles. Aerospace Daily,
Apr 07, 1997, p 35
Britain, France and Italy resolved their differences on requirements for an
advanced ship-based air defense missile system. Main PAAMS components will
be based on Aerospatiale's hypervelocity Aster 15 and Aster 30
vertically-launched surface-to-air missiles. 

ABL Could Defend Hawaii From North Korea Long Range Missile. Aerospace
Daily, Apr 07, 1997, p 35B - 36
The US Air Force's Airborne Laser could defend Hawaii from a limited number
of North Korea long range missiles, a capability that would defer for
several years the need to deploy a National Missile Defense. 

Russian Navy Destroys SS-N-20s By Low Level Launches. Aerospace Daily, Apr
07, 1997, p 40
The Russian Navy has completed elimination of 20 of the SS-N-20 SLBMs on
one of its Typhoon submarines by launching the missiles and then destroying
them at low altitude, reducing its nuclear force delivery capability by 200

Washington Outlook: Bug Zapper. Aviation Week & Space Technology. James R.
Asker, Apr 07, 1997, p 31
Air Force officials are studying the YAL-1A airborne attack laser's
potential for shooting down surface-to-air missiles, zapping the
electronics of air defense complexes and surveilling missile launch sites,
according to Col. Mike Booen, the program's new manager. 

International BMD Cooperation Reflects World Concerns. BMD Monitor, Apr 04,
1997, p 109-112
BrigGen Emery, BMDO deputy for Theater Air and Missile Defense told the
House National Security subcommittees that international participation in
BMD reflects the growing international concern with proliferation of
ballistic missiles and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. This
article includes examples of BMD cooperative activities with allied nations. 

Bell Dispels Misconceptions About Helsinki Agreement. BMD Monitor, Apr 04,
1997, p 113-114
At a March 25 White House briefing Bob Bell, senior director at the
National Security Council for Defense Policy and Arms Control, dispelled
several misconceptions about the agreements reached in Helsinki on the ABM
Treaty. Among the misconceptions is that the demarcation means reducing the
capabilities of the TMD systems, and that the Clinton Administration did
not consult Congress on the issues. 

Robinson: The Issue For START III Revolves Around Confidence. BMD Monitor,
Apr 04, 1997, p 114
At Helsinki, Presidents Clinton and Yeltsin agreed to pursue a START III
Treaty with a nuclear weapons ceiling of between 2,000 and 2,500 for each
side by 2007. C. Paul Robinson, a member of the Strategic Advisory Group,
said his gut feeling is that a START III level somewhere in the thousands
is probably a good level. 

Cohen: Helsinki Agreements Don't Hold Back TMD Systems. BMD Monitor, Apr
04, 1997, p 112-113
SecDef William Cohen said the Helsinki agreements on the ABM Treaty "do not
impinge on the development, testing or deployment of any of our planned TMD
systems." Cohen identified the planned systems as Hawk, Patriot, MEADS,
THAAD, Navy Area and Navy Theaterwide for an audience at the Navy League's
Sea-Air-Space Systems and Technology Exposition recently. 

Cooper: Major Hurdle For Missile Defense Is Political. BMD Monitor, Apr 04,
1997, p 117
At the fifth annual missile defense seminar, Henry Cooper, former SDIO
director, said politics is holding back deployment of missile defense and
keeping the country vulnerable to attack. 

Missile Defense Is A Key Issue During Defense Secretary's Trip To Asia.
Inside Missile Defense. John Liang, Apr 09, 1997, p 2-3
With Japanese defense officials nearing completion of a study of whether or
not the nation should field a national missile defense system, SecDef Cohen
made missile defense a key issue in talks with his Japanese counterparts
during his first official trip to northeast Asia. 

THAAD Officials Expect Review Results Soon; No 'Smoking Guns' Apparent.
Inside Missile Defense. Daniel Dupont, Apr 09, 1997, p 4
The review teams set up by BMDO Director LtGen Lyles to examine the THAAD
system from top-to-bottom in the wake of THAAD's fourth failure in four
attempts to intercept a target missile are expected to reveal initial
results of their review very soon. 

Demarcation Agreement Should Have Little Effect On Navy TMD Programs.
Inside Missile Defense. Thomas Duffy, Apr 09, 1997, p 708
An agreement reached by US and Russian negotiators on March 21 at Helsinki
to set a specific demarcation line between theater missile defense systems
and strategic missile defense systems--centered on the speed of the missile
interceptor--should have no effect on the Navy's continued development of
its two theater missile defense systems. 

Administration Confident That ABM Demarcation Deal Can Be Finalized. Inside
Missile Defense. Douglas Berenson, Apr 09, 1997, p 8-9
Clinton administration officials are confident they can successfully turn
last month's understanding with Russian President Yeltsin on demarcation
between theater and strategic anti-ballistic missile systems into a formal
agreement because of Yeltsin's personal commitment. 

White House Concedes To Senate Advice And Consent On Treaty Changes. Inside
Missile Defense. Douglas Berenson, Apr 09, 1997, p 9-11
The Clinton administration has agreed to submit changes to two arms control
treaties to the advice and consent of the Senate. As a result, changes
negotiated to the so-called "flank limits" under the 1990 Conventional
Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, and agreements on demarcation between
theater and strategic ballistic missile interceptors under the 1972 ABM
Treaty, will be submitted for a two-thirds vote by the Senate, rather than
a simple majority vote in both houses of Congress. Berger's letter to Lott
on treaty change approval is included in this article. 

OSD Considering Two Cruise Missile Defense Efforts For FY98 ACTD Dollars.
Inside Missile Defense, Apr 09, 1997, p 1, 14
Two advanced concept technology demonstrations (ACTD) of cruise missile
defense concepts are under consideration for continued funding from the
Office of the Secretary of Defense, according to a list of FY98 ACTD

Systems Engineering Team To Study Common Technologies For Navy, Army
Interceptors. Inside Missile Defense, Apr 09, 1997, p 1, 12
RADM Rempt, the Navy's point man on missile defense, and officials from
BMDO appear to have reached some common ground in seeking basic
technologies for use in the interceptors for the Navy's and the Army's
theater wide missile defense programs. 

Army 'Space and Missile Defense Command' To Take Over NMD Office. Inside
Missile Defense. Daniel G. Dupont, Apr 09, 1997, p 1, 4-5
With a national missile defense joint program office now officially up and
running, the Army will take steps to streamline the NMD acquisition chain
by moving its own NMD shop from the program executive office for air and
missile defense to the Space and Strategic Defense Command. 

Second Increment Of NMD Communications System Nears Completion. Inside
Missile Defense. John Liang, Apr 09, 1997, p 1, 15
The nearly completed second increment of the system that will coordinate
and control all aspects of the developing national missile defense
architecture is due to be delivered in June, according to Defense
Department and industry officials. 

US-Israel Talks Extend Missile Development. Jane's Defence Weekly. Barbara
Starr, Apr 09, 1997, p 4
Israeli Defence Minister Itzchak Mordechai and US Defense Secretary William
Cohen agreed to extend work on two key weapons programs. The US government
agreed to a 25% increase in its annual $200m contribution for the joint
Arrow anti-ballistic missile project. The US and Israel also extended work
on the development of a tactical high energy laser to counter Katyusha
rockets. This accord was scheduled to expire early next year.