May 1997 United States Special Weapons
Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Missile
- NEWS AND VIEWS Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries, including: NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAM AND THE QDR, May 16, 1997.
- SPACE STATION SCHEDULE THE DELAY IN CONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WILL NOT BE AS LONG AS ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED BY THE U-S SPACE AGENCY NASA LAST MONTH. Voice of America 5/15/97
- SHUTTLE LAUNCH THE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS IS SAFELY IN ORBIT AFTER A PERFECT LAUNCH. ATLANTIS IS HEADED FOR THE RUSSIAN MIR SPACE STATION AFTER A PERFECT LAUNCH FROM FLORIDA. THIS IS THE SIXTH, AND POSSIBLY MOST IMPORTANT, JOINT SHUTTLE MISSION WITH MIR. Voice of America 5/15/97
- SPACE STATION CONTROL BOARD APPROVES NEW ASSEMBLY SCHEDULE The International Space Station Control Board has approved a new baseline schedule that keeps the assembly sequence intact and targets the first station launch for June 1998 -- an eight-month delay from the previous schedule. NASA NEWS RELEASE: 97-98 May 15, 1997
- AIR FORCE - Contract Number: No. 243-97 Lockheed Martin Corp., Denver, Colo., is being awarded a face value increases to a firm fixed price contract to provide for modifications required to integrate one Titan IV-B.
- [EXCERPTS] ACDA DIRECTOR HOLUM REMARKS TO CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT Geneva -- A key U.S. arms control official has urged members of the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament (CD) to begin negotiating two important arms control treaties -- the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty and a ban on anti-personnel landmines. 15 May 1997
- [EXCERPTS] HOLUM MAY 15 NEWS CONFERENCE IN GENEVA Geneva -- John Holum, director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, says the United States strongly believes the time is ripe for the CD to begin negotiating a ban on the production of fissile materials used in nuclear weapons and a ban on anti-personnel landmines. But the work of the conference has become "immobilized by the concept of linkage," Holum said, in apparent reference to demands from India, Pakistan, and other non-aligned states that the CD also begin negotiations on nuclear disarmament.
- [EXCERPT] WHITE HOUSE MESSAGE TO SENATE ON CFE May 15, 1997 - Clinton discussed some of the conditions attached to the resolution of ratification, noting that he will interpret them "in a manner consistent with the responsibilities entrusted to me as Pesident under the Constitution. Nevertheless, without prejudice to my Constitutional authorities, I will implement the Conditions in the resolution." One of the conditions calls for the president to submit modifications to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to the Senate for its approval.
- SENATE / CFE TREATY THE U-S SENATE HAS UNANIMOUSLY RATIFIED A SET OF POST-COLD WAR CHANGES TO THE TREATY ON CONVENTIONAL ARMED FORCES IN EUROPE. THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL CONDITION REQUIRES THE WHITE HOUSE TO LET THE SENATE VOTE ON A DIFFERENT ISSUE -- WHETHER THE 1972 ANTI-BALLISTIC MISSILE TREATY COVERS ALL THE SOVIET UNION'S SUCCESSOR STATES. THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION HAD NOT WANTED TO SUBMIT THAT QUESTION FOR RATIFICATION, BUT WENT ALONG. Voice of America 5/14/97
- Hard.Copy ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS. May 14, 1997.
- GLENN SAYS DEEPER NUCLEAR ARMS CUTS COULD SAVE U.S. $22 BILLION BY 2010 May 14, 1997 News Release - Senator Issues New CBO Budget Numbers On Maintaining Nuclear Weapons Stockpile
- Subject: NEW!! CONFERENCE AGENDA IR AND SECURITY ISN - International Relations and Security Network As part of its electronic services, the ISN has newly established the following directories: 1) An electronic CONFERENCE AGENDA in the field of international relations, regional security, as well as peace and conflict studies (including both physical and virtual conferences). Conference announcements are accepted independently from having an own home page.
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing This joint press conference follows the signing of a statement of military cooperation in areas of mutual interest between Secretary Cohen and Minister Rodionov in the Pentagon Briefing Studio. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen Tuesday, May 13, 1997 - 11:50 a.m.
- [EXCERPTS] Visit Of Russian Defense Minister Rodionov Background Briefing Q: You mentioned Russia's declining military. Can you provide any context for us at all on this CIA report that was published in today's Washington Times, which cites a deteriorating command-and- control system of Russian nuclear weapons, and whether or not it presents any danger or concern of any sort of unauthorized strike? May 12, 1997 - 10:30 a.m.
- WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PARTICIPANTS IN A CONFERENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE DANGER OF THE PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION HAS INCREASED, AND IS LIKELY TO INCREASE. Voice of America 5/12/97
- [EXCERPT] U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing RUSSIA Stability/Control of Nuclear Forces QUESTION: Is there an investigation underway of the
reports about the Russian missile system malfunctioning with their nuclear weapons pointed in this direction? Briefer: Nicholas Burns Monday, May 12, 1997
- THE ILLUSORY GAME OF ARMS CONTROL - a pro-Reagan Era approach to missile defense and other arms control issues, by Sven Kraemer, Washington Times, May 11, 1997.
- THE NEW NUKEFIX VERSION 1.13 RELEASED From: Ike Jeanes It provides many new features to assess and reduce the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. Sun, 11 May 1997
- Single-site missile defense would expose Alaska, Hawaii to attack A national missile defense built at a single site as required by an international arms treaty will not totally protect Hawaii and Alaska from long-range missile attack, according to Pentagon documents. Bill Gertz WASHINGTON TIMES 09 May 1997
- Air Force Laying Groundwork for Early NMD?? May 9, 1997
- NEWS AND VIEWS Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries, including: New U.S. spy satellite system to rely on smaller, cheaper satellites, House Republicans push bill to close Energy Dept. May 9, 1997
- Hard.Copy ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY
PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS. May 9, 1997
- NEWS AND VIEWS Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries, including: Goldin says space station `back on track', South Korea sees Red Cross talks with North resuming. May 8, 1997.
- Trophies go to Guardian Challenge winners VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Five teams were recognized as the "best of the best" Friday morning during Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Sheila E. Widnall and Air Force Space Command Commander Gen. Howell M. Estes III were on hand to present trophies to the winners. Released: May 7, 1997.
- NEWS AND VIEWS Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries, including: Got an Earthly Cause? New Satellites to Help, Syria's deadly secret, The deterrence triad, Mixed signals to Iran, INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR NOMINEE GEORGE TENET, CIA nominee warns of unprecedented terror threat, CHEMICAL WEAPONS * SESSION * RUSSIA. May 7, 1997.
- Pentagon behind schedule, short on funding for national missile defense President Clinton's plan to build a national missile defense in six years is seriously flawed, and Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is adding $2 billion to the program to rescue it, according to Pentagon officials and documents. By Bill Gertz THE WASHINGTON TIMES - 06 May 1997
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD(PA)
Tuesday, May 6, 1997 - 1:30 p.m. Q: Can you say whether or not three plus three is still the position of the Administration, will stay that way, or is that something that also could be opened for another look in terms of this whole debate about more money? Q: Could you address especially those soldiers and what the United States or what the international community should do with the army of North Korea problem?
- Air Force labs to reorganizeThe Air Force recently announced that it will consolidate command of its laboratories and research facilities into a single “super lab” headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Brian Barr ASC Public Affairs
- Air Force Materiel Command consolidates research labs WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- The Air Force Materiel Command streamlined its laboratory structure April 8 by forming a single Air Force laboratory. The new organization places the four existing labs and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under a single commander. Released: May 5, 1997
- NEWS AND VIEWS Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries, including: Getting ready for the wrong war?, Iran running into difficulties in push for nuclear capability, Poor man's nukes, Russia: Yeltsin Signs Law On Chemical Weapons' Destruction, RUSSIA - PRESIDENT - LAW - CHEMICAL WEAPONS. May 5, 1997
- NEWS AND VIEWS Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries, including: Reaction to Korean threat confusing, Arms-Control Fetish, Scuds rising again, Army uses Russian Scuds to test, Patriot missile crews, Germ warfare, we're ready Marines practice for an emergency, Space station's fate in the hands of Gore and Russians, Iraqi sanctions retained intact after U.N. review, Australian named U.N.'s Iraq disarmament chief, Lawsuit to Block Costly Nuclear Weapons Program, May 2, 1997
- SUBJECT: Nuclear Designs and Nuclear Policy FROM: Bruce D. Larkin DATE: 30 April 1997 This note marks the issuance on the Web of Herb York's 1970 work Race To Oblivion: A Participant's View of the Arms Race.
- NEWS AND VIEWS Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries, including: "Patterns of Global Terrorism 1996" released 30 April 1997, The Helsinki Summit: Fiction Vs. Fact, Levy, Mordechai warn Syria over nerve gas, Syrian chemical-war threat? May 1, 1997
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