DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REGULAR BRIEFING BRIEFER: ADM. CRAIG QUIGLEY, SPOKESMAN PENTAGON BRIEFING ROOM, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA 1:30 P.M. EDT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2000 Q: What are the reasons for the postponement of the THEL test in New Mexico? Quigley: I think that the partial success of the THEL test caused our engineers to think that it's more prudent to pause for a little bit, make sure we find out why it was not 100 percent successful before we try again. If it's something that could be corrected with a minimal amount of effort and time, we'll do it. And we'll think that that would be much more productive, to hold off for that small amount of time, make that correction and then do the test again. If it proves to be something more substantial, again that would be not a -- it just doesn't make sense to hold the test until we have a better understanding of why it was not more successful than it was. Partially successful. We got the first missile on the first test. But on the second one, we only got one of the two. Why? And we're not sure why yet. So rather than charge ahead with the test again, we're going to hold off for a little while, at least, until we can see what we can learn and what might be a better way to correct that. Q: Therefore, I assume that no date has been fixed for a new testing. Quigley: No. We don't anticipate it be lengthy, but no specific date.