News Briefings

DoD News Briefing

Tuesday, August 01, 2000 - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD PA

Q: Has the SecDef received the report on NMD yet? And when does he plan to report to the president? And when are we going to get a briefing on what happened and why the kill vehicle couldn't separate?

Bacon: He has not received his briefing yet. He will receive it probably in the next week or so. I don't know precisely when he plans to pass his recommendation on to the president. And I anticipate that we will be able to brief you next week or the week after on the reason why Integrated Flight Test 5 failed.

Q: In the briefing to us, do you plan on in any way letting us know what the SecDef has recommended, or will he keep that --

Bacon: No, we don't plan to tell you. I think he'll treat that as a private recommendation to the president.

Q: Does he plan to do it before he goes on holiday, I guess it would be the third week?

Bacon: His current plans are to do that; yes.