1998 Missile Defense Program News
- hard.copy Update 31 December 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
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- Airborne laser program wins 100-percent award fee (AFPN) 10 Dec 1998 -- The Air Force has given the airborne laser team -- Boeing, TRW and Lockheed Martin -- a $6.1 million award fee amounting to 100 percent of the available funds for achievements on the Air Force program.
- hard.copy Update 04 December 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- AST participates in Navy missile tests December 1998 - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s Airborne Surveillance Testbed, or AST, based at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, participated in the Navy Theater Wide Autumn Events. There were two launches during these events, the Terrier Missile Target-2 (TMT-2) and the AEGIS LEAP Intercept (ALI) program Target Test Vehicle-1 (TTV-1).
- Anthrax Online: Straight Shooting from DoD American Forces Press Service 25 November 1998 -- You can find answers to many other questions at "Countering the Anthrax Threat," a new Web site highlighted on "DefenseLink."
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- BMDO NOTICE OF INTENT PUBLISHED November 17, 1998 -- The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) National Missile Defense Joint Program Office announced today it has published a notice of intent in the Federal Register to begin public scoping meetings in conjunction with its plan to conduct an environmental impact analysis of candidate locations for elements of a potential National Missile Defense (NMD) system.
- hard.copy Update 06 November 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Anthrax Vaccine Called Effective Force Protection American Forces Press Service 05 November 1998 -- Despite a few well-publicized attacks against DoD's mandatory anthrax vaccination program, a senior defense health official said the vaccines are safe, effective and necessary.
- hard.copy Update 30 October 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Secretary Cohen's Trip to the Far East Background Briefing , October 27, 1998 -- What details can you give us, if any, with regard to what Japan now is seeking in the way of missile defense, specifically anything about hardware, how much they might want to spend. Just where are they? Are they really motivated by the North Korean missiles?
- DOD'S SCARLET-II SUCCESFULLY LAUNCHED ON DEEP SPACE 1 October 26, 1998 -- The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) announced today that its SCARLET II solar array was successfully launched Saturday morning from the Cape Canaveral Air Station on the NASA Deep Space 1 (DS1) spacecraft.
- hard.copy Update 23 October 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- SMDC's Airborne Surveillance Testbed observes French rocket launch 22 October 1998 -- On Oct. 21, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s, or SMDC’s, Airborne Surveillance Testbed, or AST, successfully supported the launch of an Ariane 5 rocket.
- Development of airborne laser gives Air Force futuristic weapon 22 October 1998 -- The next step for the ABL is to put it on an airplane. "So the next step is to integrate this thing in an airplane -- put it on a 747 -- go fly it, and then test it in different environments, and prove that it really works," said Gen. Dick Hawley, Air Combat Command commander. "We plan to shoot down a theater ballistic missile in 2002.
- DoD News Briefing , October 20, 1998 -- The real aim of Congress here, I believe, is to position the Department to be able to fund a deployment decision for national missile defense if one is made in the year 2000. I'm sure that given the technological complexities and the demanding financial needs of both theater and national missile defense programs, that we will be able to spend this additional $1 billion.
- Navy Linebacker ready for sea Navy Office of Information 19 October 1998 -- The U.S. Navy and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization are one step closer to deployment of the first Navy Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD) capability after recent successful LINEBACKER
sea trials. LINEBACKER missiles will begin delivery and undergo testing in 2000.
- DoD Deals New Hand to Reserve Forces By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 21 October 1998 -- Changes to homeland defense, the stand-up of new reserve teams to combat weapons of mass destruction and the continuance of reserve component integration with the active force are in the cards for reservists in the next year.
- Pentagon's Drought Is Relieved in Budget By PAUL RICHTER, Los Angeles Times, Saturday, October 17, 1998 -- Unexpected jump in spending may reverse years of decline and benefit Southern California. Analysts noted that the next Congress is likely to be more inclined to vote for this outgrowth of Reagan-era "Star Wars" technology. Though the technology is unproved, "it's beginning to look like a done deal," said John Pike, an analyst at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington.
- hard.copy Update 16 October 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen News Briefing , October 12, 1998 -- Q: Mr. Secretary, I just wanted to ask you about the proposed regional defense missile system. What sort of response have you had from the Gulf countries you've visited so far? What's the estimated cost of such a system? And what missiles would it use? A: As I've indicated to all of the Gulf states that I've visited so far, there is a proliferation of missile technology
that is starting to spread here in the Gulf Region.
- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen News Briefing, October 11, 1998 -- It will be important for the Gulf States also to
participate in some fashion, in either the research and development stage, or in the acquisition phase, to protect their people - their soldiers - from this growing threat. So we will be looking to be as helpful as we can as we proceed down the path of really evolving our research and development programs.
- DoD News Briefing SECRETARY OF DEFENSE October 10, 1998 -- Q: Sir, on the regional missile defense system, can you tell us what the position of Bahrain and other GCC states is on it and how it will work, how it will be financed? Secretary Cohen: We had general discussions about the need to share information and possibly technology in the field of missile defense.
- MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS October 6, 1998 -- The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the U.S. Army have announced that the next flight test of the THAAD system is expected to take place during the first quarter of Calendar Year 1999.
- Caldera visits Bliss, supports THAAD by Spc. Patrick Curtin (Army News Service, Oct. 5, 1998)--Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera visited the Air Defense Artillery Center Friday for an overview of the new role of the
Army Missile Defense Command and a briefing on the Theater High Altitude Area Defense system. Caldera met with soldiers of a THAAD battery and talked about the importance of this new air defense technology.
- hard.copy Update: 02 October 1998 -- ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.
- WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION RESPONSE TEAM LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED October 1, 1998 -- Secretary of the Defense William S. Cohen announced today, along with 10 state governors, the specific locations of the 10 National Guard Rapid Assessment and Initial Detection, or RAID, teams being established during the next fiscal year. The teams are part of the Department of Defense's overall efforts to support local, state and federal civil authorities in the event on an incident involving weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, on U.S. soil.
- hard.copy Update 25 September 1998 -- ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.
- Raytheon wins AIT contract On Sept. 21, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, or SMDC, awarded a potential $345 million – if all options are exercised – contract to Raytheon Missile Systems Company of Tucson, Ariz., for an Atmospheric Interceptor Technology, or AIT, interceptor testbed effort.
- hard.copy Update 18 September 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- THAAD Flight Test to be Delayed MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS No. 151-98 September 18, 1998 - The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Army were advised by Lockheed Martin Wednesday of a component problem involving the missile seeker that could affect the timing of the next Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) flight test (FT-09).
- Airborne Laser produces 110 percent power : 17 Sep 1998. (AFNS) -- A laser being developed for the Airborne Laser has produced 110 percent of the power it was designed to generate, demonstrating the maturity of laser technology. The power was achieved recently for the Air Force by TRW of Redondo Beach, Calif., in a flight-weighted laser module.
- hard.copy Update 11 September 1998 -- ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.
- Anthrax vaccination plan being developed for Reservists U.S. Army Reserve Command News Release (Army News Service, Sept. 8, 1998) -- A program to vaccinate all Reservists for anthrax is being developed in conjunction with the Department of Defense Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Plan. The DoD plan is being implemented in three phases.
- hard.copy Update 04 September 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Undersecretary of defense addresses anthrax
immunizations issues : 4 Sep 1998 (AFNS) -- As anthrax vaccinations start this week for service members in Korea, a Department of Defense official addressed two concerns over the vaccine.
- hard.copy Update 21 August 1998 ARTICLE CITATIONS FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Total-Force Anthrax Shots Start By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 17 August 1998 -- Anthrax vaccinations start this week for service members deploying to Southwest Asia and Korea, and shots for those already in Korea will begin in early September.
- Medical Force Protection DoD News Briefing, August 14, 1998 -- Update of Defense Department's on-going Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program
- TOTAL FORCE ANTHRAX VACCINATIONS TO BEGIN August 14, 1998 -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today that Phase I of the Total Force Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program will begin next week with Service members deploying to Southwest
Asia and Korea. There have been seven adverse reaction reports following receipt of the anthrax vaccine, out of 133,870 anthrax immunizations (.005 percent).
- DoD News Briefing , August 11, 1998 -- Lockheed Martin's theater missile program has been pretty much of a disaster. There is a big cost overrun. My understanding is that the overrun is $732 million so far, and that largely results from the delays.
- DoD News Briefing, August 6, 1998 -- Q: What do you think about this legislation apparently a one-sentence bill on missile defense that has been moving through Congress that essentially said it should be a policy of the United States to deploy national missile defense? A: Our policy is to develop a national missile defense program and to deploy it when necessary.
- Missile contractor to share test costs Laura Myers ASSOCIATED PRESS 28 July 1998 -- Lockheed Martin will pay up to $75 million of the Army's investment should trials continue to fail. Tests thus far have been a complete bust. Keith Bickel, a defense spending expert with
the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, called the $75 million a "token amount" compared with the $3.2 billion the government has given Lockheed to date in developing the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system for the Army.
- THAAD COST-SHARING AGREEMENT ANNOUNCED July 27, 1998 -- The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the U.S. Army announced today that a contractual agreement has been reached between the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system Prime Contractor, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space (LMMS), and the Government concerning incentives to improve missile performance. The agreement calls for cost-sharing of up to $75 million if LMMS fails to achieve three body-to-body hits over the remainder of the Program Definition & Risk Reduction (PDRR) phase of the THAAD contract.
- NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE INTERCEPTOR BOOSTER SELECTED July 27, 1998 - The Department of Defense announced today the selection of booster rocket motors for the National Missile Defense (NMD) Ground-based Interceptor (GBI). The booster will be assembled by the Boeing Corp., the lead system integrator contractor for the NMD program. Alliant Tech Systems, Magna, Utah, and United Technologies Chemical Systems Division, San Jose, Calif., are the subcontractors for the booster stages and motors.
- SECOND FORCE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATION ANNOUNCED July 24, 1998 The Department of Defense announced today that a second Force Protection Equipment Demonstration is scheduled May 3-6, 1999 at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va.
- hard.copy Update: 07/24/98 ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Beam control demonstrator shows Airborne Laser lethality in simulated atmospheric testing Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space News Release, July 21, 1998 -- Team ABL recently completed a successful series of tests demonstrating the Airborne Laser (ABL) weapon system will provide lethality consistent with the Air Force's concept of operations when performing in real theater atmospheres.
- New Defense Threat Reduction Agency Takes the Lead By Linda D. KozarynAmerican Forces Press Service 21 July 1998 -- Threat reduction now represents a primary defense mission, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said, and this fall, a new agency will lead DoD's threat reduction program.
- Lyles Announces THAAD Program Changes By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 21 July 1998 -- DoD hopes to overcome a series of failures and get the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense missile system back on track for fielding in fiscal 2006, the department's top missile defense official said July 9.
- hard.copy Update 07/17/98 ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM
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- NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE: STILL A BAD IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS NOT COME Council for a Livable World 15 July 1998 - The report of the Rumsfeld Commission established by Congress to assess the ballistic missile threat to the United States makes a
case why a ballistic missile threat to the United States could develop more quickly than had been anticipated by the intelligence community. With little doubt, proponents of national missile defense deployment will seize upon the report to advocate quick deployment of a defensive missile system. National Missile Defense remains a bad idea whose time has not come.
- DOD LAUNCHES THREAT REDUCTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
July 15, 1998 -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today the establishment and inaugural meeting of the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC).
- Airborne Laser gets approval to begin next phase : Jul 15, 1998 -- Technical progress made toward producing the world's first operational laser-carrying warplane has earned it a "green light" to move into the next phase of the program and begin finalizing the system's design.
- DoD News Briefing Tuesday, July 14, 1998 - A new advisory committee will hold its first meeting. This committee has been set up by Secretary Cohen to look at the plans that have been announced under the Defense Reform Initiative to create a Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
- The Persistence of the Missile Defense Illusion Joseph Cirincione Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Presentation to the Conference on: Nuclear Disarmament, Safe Disposal of Nuclear Materials or New Weapons Development? Como, Italy July 2-4, 1998 "In short, there is a concerted effort by the right-wing of the Republican Party to use these events and this new unease to promote,
yet again, a vision that has assumed almost religious stature in conservative circles despite years of failed tests, bloated budgets and dashed expectations. Will it work this time? It might."
- hard.copy Update: 07/10/98 -- ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.
- Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Program
Lieutenant General Lester Lyles, Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Office, Thursday, July 9, 1998 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) "most of the THAAD system, the overall system, when you consider both the missile, the radar, the battle management command and control, the launcher, most of the system has worked extremely well. The part that's probably the most critical, however, the part that we're very concerned about, is the missile, and that's the one we've had difficulty with. The five intercept failures we've had on the THAAD missile have all been from different failure mechanisms... "
- Theater High Altitude Area Defense program progress update - July 8, 1998 Lt. Gen. Lester Lyles, director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, will provide a Theater High Altitude Area Defense program progress update.
- National Missile Defense Program Remains High Risk
Levin and Bingaman Release New GAO Report 07 July 1998 -- Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today released a report they requested from the General Accounting Office on the U.S. National Missile Defense (NMD) system. The report determined that despite an addition of 100% in planned funding and an unrequested addition of $700 million for previous "risk reduction," the program's schedule and technical objectives remain high-risk.
- hard.copy update: 07/03/98 ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Airborne laser given approval to begin next phase Released: Jul 2, 1998 (AFNS) -- Technical progress made toward producing the world's first operational laser-carrying warplane has earned it a green light to move into the next phase of the program and begin finalizing the system's design.
- Hamre: Ancient Tactics, Modern Strategy By Linda D. Kozaryn American Forces Press Service 30 June 1998 -- The Defense Department is taking
more steps to protect service members and folks at home from the growing threat of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, according to John Hamre.
- Anthrax Shots Needle Troops, Protection Is Upshot
By Douglas J. Gillert American Forces Press Service 30 June 1998 --
In December 1997, DoD announced plans to inoculate all service members -- including future recruits -- with the six-shot regimen. The course of shots requires 18 months to complete.
- Future Perils Call for Allied Effort American Forces News Service 28 June 1998 -- Defense officials have also launched a new program dubbed "homebase defense" to protect citizens at home. National Guard teams are being trained to identify, diagnose and contain chemical and biological weapon attacks.
- hard.copy Update: 06/26/98 CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Directed Energy Study Kicks Off Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Public Affairs - June 26, 1998 - DE RELEASE NO. 98-32 – Looking at new airborne uses for laser weapons is among the aims of a new Air Force study that kicked off recently, headed by retired Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman.
- Irate Senate Supporters of the 'AEGIS Option' for Missile Defense Demand Release of Favorable Pentagon Study Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 119 25 June 1998 -- In the course of Senate debate on the Fiscal Year 1999 Defense Authorization bill, Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and John Warner (R-VA)(1) -- raised hell about the Clinton Administration's apparent, deliberate withholding of a study that addresses the contribution that the Navy's AEGIS fleet air defense system could make to national missile defense.
- Critical Mass: The Republican Party Joins Burgeoning Effort to Defend America Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 116 22 June 1998 -- Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson Sunday invited "President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and other Democrats to join [the Republican Party] and make safeguarding America [against ballistic missile attack] a bipartisan project." In his op.ed. article published in the Washington Times, Chairman Nicholson solemnly declared: "If they will not, the Republican Party is prepared to have this become a political issue."
- Theater Missile Defense: A Limited Capability Is Needed by Charles V. Peña Cato Policy Analysis No. 309 June 22, 1998 -- There is no need to acquire all the systems in the current TMD program.
Theater High-Altitude Area Defense is designed primarily to protect allies and other friendly nations. Medium Extended Air Defense System is plagued with fiscal uncertainty. The Airborne Laser is fraught with technical uncertainty. Eliminating those systems would save an estimated $30 billion. A "common-sense" approach is to acquire the Navy Area Defense and the Navy Theaterwide Defense (with a wider area of defense) systems to provide TMD capability for U.S. forces. To protect important military targets that might be beyond sea-based TMD systems, the transportable PAC-3 system should also be acquired.
- Missile Defense Imperatives By Jim Nicholson The Washington Times 21 June 1998 Rogue nations like Iran may not find the logic of MAD persuasive. And clearly MAD has no application where terrorist organizations are concerned. The obvious alternative is for the U.S. government to do its job and provide for the national security by building a shield to protect us from nuclear missile attack.
- hard.copy 06/19/98 ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.
- National Guard preparing for the worst by Master Sgt. Bob Haskell (Army News Service, June 15, 1998) -- National Guard officials were all ears as experts from across the country studied the ways and means of dealing with weapons of mass destruction June 8 and 9 here.
- The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the End of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile
Treaty: A Memorandum of Law Prepared for The Heritage Foundation By David B. Rivkin, Jr., Lee A. Casey, and Darin R. Bartram -- Hunton & Williams June 15, 1998 A comprehensive review of both domestic and international shows that the United States no longer is bound by the treaty. The treaty expired when the only other treaty partner, the Soviet Union, ceased to exist. If the Clinton Administration wishes to revive the ABM Treaty with Russia or some of the other states that emerged from the collapse of the USSR as partners, it must submit the agreements to the Senate for its advice and consent.
- Personnel Most Exposed to Get Anthrax Vaccine First By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 12 June 1998 -- Service members most vulnerable to an anthrax attack will be the first inoculated against the biological weapon, the Army's top doctor said here recently.
- Force Protection Covers All Aspects of Troop Health By Douglas J. Gillert American Forces Press Service 12 June 1998 -- In the anthrax vaccination program, we're spending a great deal of time explaining to people why we're doing this. Anthrax is a kind of poster child for force health protection.
- Air Force test laser technology for use on warplanes, The Associated Press June 12, 1998 -- The Air Force says it has successfully conducted its first tests of a laser designed for warplanes to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, an important first step toward launching an airborne defense system within a decade.
- MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS No. 099-M -- June 12, 1998 -- The Department of Defense announced today the possible sale to the Government of Israel of PATRIOT Missile System equipment including three AN/MPQ-53 radar sets, three AN/MSQ-104 engagement control stations, three M983 tractors, nine M931A2 trucks, and other equipment. The estimated cost is $73 million.
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- The Tide Rises Further: Bill Safire Calls for Missile Defense Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 105 11 June 1998 : Today New York Times syndicated columnist William Safire, weighed in with a powerful call for defending America against missile attack. Mr. Safire describes -- with characteristic eloquence and intellectual verve -- the changed circumstances that have made the deployment of effective national missile defenses a question of when, not if.
- Stop the 'Incoming!' By William Safire The New York Times 11 June 1998 -- Even within the Clinton Defense Department, support is growing for deploying the Navy's Aegis fleet air defense system, a step toward serious missile defense. Secretary Bill Cohen's choice for chief technical adviser, the former NASA hand Hans Mark, was welcomed last week by Senate
Armed Services as the harbinger of a new Administration attitude toward countering missile
dangers. The center of gravity in the old "Star Wars" debate has moved. Ronald Reagan turns out not to have been deranged on defense -- only ahead of his time.
- Deputy Secretary of Defense John J. Hamre DoD News Briefing Thursday, June 11, 1998 " We believe that there was no more important national security mission that we faced in the next decade than threat reduction and counter proliferation and we were poorly organized to deal with it.... So we set about the process of creating this new organization called the Defense Threat Reduction Agency....
- Missile Defense: Ending U.S. Vulnerability Issues '98: The Candidate's Briefing Book The most dangerous security threat facing the United States today comes from long-range, nuclear-armed missiles that could reach U.S. soil from locations around the world. The danger stems not only from the fact that these weapons are the most destructive man has ever created, but also from the decision by American leaders to adopt a posture of purposeful vulnerability to these weapons.
- Rising Tide: Who Will Catch the Wave of the Growing Demand for the Prompt Deployment of U.S. Missile Defenses? Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 104 10 June 1998 : In recent days, some of the finest minds in the United States have used the editorial pages of the Nation's leading newspapers to make a strikingly similar appeal: The time has come to deploy effective national defenses against the growing threat posed by ballistic missile-borne weapons of mass destruction.
- DoD Drill Tests Response to Terrorist Attack -- 08 June 1998 -- American Forces Press Service -- The "terrorist attack" on the Pentagon May 30 was exercise Cloudy Office, which simulated an armed assault on the office of Defense Secretary William Cohen. The exercise of Pentagon force protection measures and the responsiveness of civilian emergency services involved more than 500 people from federal, state and local agencies.
- PRESIDENT REQUESTS ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR PROTECTION AGAINST
BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL TERRORISM -- 08 June 1998 -- As part of the Administration's ongoing fight against terrorism, President Clinton has asked the Congress to provide an additional $294 million to deter and respond to terrorist incidents involving the use of
biological or chemical weapons.
- DoD News Briefing - 04 June 1998 -- Recently you held some drills on the possibility of biological/chemical attacks here in the United States. But what is the Pentagon or the Department of Defense doing to prepare for such an attack? Would it be possible? What are you doing to prevent such an attack?
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- Army, Navy, and Marines join hands in air warfare -- June 1998 -- The Navy’s Cooperative Engagement Capability, or CEC, Program Office, the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, Project Office, and the Marine Corps’ CEC ashore node successfully demonstrated tomorrow’s technology today during Joint Task Force Exercise 98-2.
- One Step Forward, Two Back on U.S. Vulnerability: Clinton Announces Defenses, Limits Their Effect -- Perhaps Fatally Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 91 27 May 1998 : In a commencement address to the U.S. Naval Academy last Friday, President Clinton announced steps to mitigate the Nation's assured vulnerability to attacks using such techniques as germ or information warfare. Unfortunately, in two important respects, the effectiveness of these measures seems likely to be seriously compromised, and perhaps largely undermined, by the blinders imposed by the Administration's ideological commitment to arms control.
- Update on Medical Force Protection Programs
-- Background Briefing Attributable To: Senior Military Officials Friday, May 22, 1998 - Our purpose here today is to provide you some background information on military medical force protection programs and the role of the Department in integrating National Guard and Reserve forces into our response to incidents involving potential terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction.
- PREPAREDNESS FOR A BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ATTACK WHITE HOUSE FACT SHEET Office of the Press Secretary - May 22, 1998
- TOTAL FORCE ANTHRAX VACCINATION DECISION ANNOUNCED
May 22, 1998 - Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has directed the military to proceed with the previously publicized plan to vaccinate all active duty personnel and Selected Reserves with the FDA-licensed Anthrax vaccine. Total Force vaccinations for about 2.4 million military Service members are expected to begin this summer.
- DOD decides on total force anthrax vaccination : May 22, 1998 (AFNS) -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has directed the military to proceed with the plan to vaccinate all active-duty people and selected reserves with the Food and Drug Administration-licensed anthrax vaccine.
- REGIONAL RAPID ASSESSMENT ELEMENT STATIONING PLANS ANNOUNCED May 22, 1998 -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen today announced the stationing plan for 10 recently announced rapid assessment elements using National Guard personnel. The teams, expected to be activated Oct. 1, 1998, are part of Department of Defense's overall effort to support local, state and federal civil authorities in the event of an incident involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) on U.S. soil.
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing Thursday, May 21, 1998 -- Q: It was recently reported that the Department of Defense will start stockpiling vaccines for biological weapons. A: There are several million doses, I think maybe as many as seven million doses already available. The vaccination process takes 18 months and it involves six shots.
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing Thursday, May 21, 1998 -- Q: I was told that Turkey and Israel were developing a new antiballistic missile system, and that Arrow program with DoD approval. Is it correct? A: I don't believe we've received any information from either Turkey or Israel that that's the case.
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing Thursday, May 21, 1998 -- The Pentagon's position on language in the Defense Authorization Bill to choose a backup contractor for THAAD.
- India’s Nuclear Blasts: A Reminder of America’s Vulnerability Richard D. Fisher Heritage Foundation Executive Memorandum No. 527 May 19, 1998 -- India's five underground nuclear test explosions on May 11 and 13 were a startling reminder that America remains vulnerable to missile attack—a vulnerability that is increasing rapidly due to the growing proliferation of weapons in unsettled regions of the globe.
- The Moral Foundations for Strong National DefenseGary Bauer Heritage Foundation Lecture No. 614 May 15, 1998 -- The evidence is overwhelming that ballistic missiles pose a very real threat to the United States and that the technology to defend America exists and is affordable. Incredibly, however, the country remains unprotected. Reversing this intolerable situation, says Family Research Council President , is a moral imperative as powerful as the defense of the unborn and the fostering of the family.
- THAAD FAILS TO INTERCEPT TARGET May 12, 1998 --
The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the U.S. Army said today that a Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile failed to intercept a target ballistic missile in a test at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This was the eighth test of the THAAD System and the fifth flight test for interception.
- Shame, Shame: By One Vote, Minority of Senators Perpetuate America's Vulnerability to Missile Attack Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 84 14 May 1998 : Yesterday, forty-one Senators -- all Democrats -- voted to block a motion to permit debate on S. 1873, the American Missile Protection Act of 1998. This bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Daniel Inouye (D-HI), would, for the first time in history, make it the policy of the U.S. government "to deploy effective anti-missile defenses of the territory of the United States as soon as technologically possible."
- Facility providing realistic chemical training - 13 May 1998 - (Army News Service) -- Since its opening in 1987, the Chemical Defense Training Facility has served as the principle training center in the area of realistic NBC defense to help American citizens and their allies combat such threats at home.
- Missile Defense Testing Update 13 May 1998 --
From: Michael Jones -- This is an update on the PMRF Enhanced Capability EIS and related
- THAAD to defend against ballistic missile attacks - 13 May 1998 - (Army News Service) -- The Theater High Altitude Air Defense system was tested Tuesday by soldiers from Fort Bliss. Although the THAAD failed to intercept a target ballistic missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., ADA soldiers are still optimistic about the weapon system. Rep. Curt Weldon said the problems with the prior flight tests all involved quality control problems and have been fixed. "Over the past five years we have made tremendous progress...the THAAD is an example of how far we have come."
- DoD News Briefing - 13 May 1998 - The latest THAAD test today. Does this less than successful test indicate that THAAD is in fact as troubled a program as its critics say?
- SENATE - MISSILE DEFENSE - Voice of America 13 May 1998 - A NATIONWIDE MISSILE DEFENSE PROPOSAL HAS FAILED A CRUCIAL TEST IN THE U-S SENATE. BY THE NARROWEST MARGIN (ONE VOTE), THE PLAN'S OPPONENTS BLOCKED AN ATTEMPT TO PUSH THE MEASURE THROUGH.
- Hera target successful again - 12 May 1998 - The Hera target system is now the proud owner of nine missions of an extremely successful targets program. A Hera flew at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., on 12 May, as the target for the Theater High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile intercept attempt, which, by the way, was unsuccessful.
- Theater Defense Missile Fails 5th Test
By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 14 May 1998 - Bacon said every piece of intelligence indicates the United States needs a system to protect U.S. service members from theater ballistic missile attack.
- ANTI-MISSILE FAILS - Voice of America 12 May 1998 - U-S MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THE ARMY'S NEW MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM FAILED TO HIT ITS TARGET -- AGAIN.
- Hit or Miss Tomorrow, T.H.A.A.D. Must Go Forward Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 81
11 May 1998 -- What will happen if the test tomorrow proves to be another partial success,
like the previous four THAAD intercept experiments? The answer should be: Press on. After all, there will still be an urgent requirement to field effective anti-missile defenses.
- Airborne Laser Passes Design Milestone May 4, 1998
DE RELEASE NO. 98-18 – Following a week-long intensive review of the program here, the Air Force has notified the Boeing Company to proceed with work on the Airborne Laser.
- Airborne Laser Gets Beam-Control System May 1, 1998
DE RELEASE NO. 98-17 -- A military and industry team announced this week that a Lockheed Martin-built system here can control a laser beam to the levels needed for the U.S. Air Force’s Airborne Laser to kill attacking missiles.
- CONTRACT AWARDED FOR NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAM April 30, 1998 - The Department of Defense and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) National Missile Defense (NMD) Joint Program Office announced today the award of the Lead System Integrator (LSI) contract for the NMD program to Boeing North
American of Seattle, Wash. The contract provides $1.6 billion for a three-year development program.
- [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing / Secretary Cohen
Thursday, April 30, 1998 - We're confident that we are devoting the level of resources necessary to produce a system that will work. But to mandate that it be deployed without consideration of either the intelligence assessment or considerations as far as arms control are concerned I think would be a mistake. The ABM Treaty is designed, obviously, to encourage restraint in the proliferation of offensive systems as well.... to the extent that one were to suddenly say that that no longer is the goal in terms of trying to reduce the level of offensive capability, that we're going to start increasing our defenses, and then think that other countries won't simply try to overwhelm that with greater numbers I think is mistaken.
- BALLISTIC MISSILE CONTRACT 30 April 1998 Voice of America PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE TAKING A BIG STEP TOWARD DEFENDING ALL 50 AMERICAN STATES FROM A BALLISTIC MISSILE ATTACK. THE BOEING COMPANY WON THE COMPETITION FOR THE CONTRACT.
- Pentagon to award missile-defense contract By Charles Aldinger
(Reuters) April 30 - - The Defense Department will announce Thursday the initial winner in a multibillion dollar aerospace industry battle to develop a space-age system to defend the United States against ballistic missile attack. "There is no room for error. This thing has to work the first time (against an attack) or it's worth nothing at all," said John Pike, a
skeptical analyst with the private Federation of American Scientists in Washington.
- PRESS ADVISORY No. 104-98 April 30, 1998 -- Department of Defense and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's National Missile Defense (NMD) Joint Program Office will announce today the award of a contract for the NMD Lead System Integrator. A news conference by Lt. Gen. Lester L. Lyles is scheduled for 5 PM.
- New unit controls air defense artillery assets in Southwest Asia (Army News Service, April 30, 1998) -- Ranging in rank from specialist to colonel, approximately 30 soldiers can normally be found in the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command force protection tactical operations center at any one time, monitoring the airspace over Southwest Asia via computer.
- MISSILE DEFENSE VOA 29 April 1998 CRITICS OF THE PENTAGON, LIKE JOHN ISAACS OF THE COUNCIL FOR A LIVABLE WORLD, SAY IT MAKES NO SENSE TO SPEND HUGE SUMS OF MONEY TO DEPLOY "THAAD" OR ANY OTHER WEAPON UNTIL IT PROVES IT CAN WORK RELIABLY.
- ESC deploys missile tracking system 27 April 1998 -- (AFNS) -- Two prototype missile tracking systems developed by Electronic Systems Center are being deployed for use by the 7th Air Force in the Republic of Korea.
- Vaccine is Safe, Cohen Assures Troops
By Linda D. Kozaryn American Forces Press Service 20 April 1998 -- Anthrax vaccinations are safe, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen assured service members here April 18.
- DoD Anthrax Vaccination Program Proceeds Well
By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 20 April 1998 -- With more than 25,000 service members started in the anthrax vaccination program in the Persian Gulf region, officials said it is going well.
- COHEN / ISRAEL / ARROW 20 April 1998 Voice of America -- ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYS HE IS MORE THAN PLEASED THE UNITED STATES HAS AGREED TO PAY MUCH OF THE RESEARCH COST FOR SOME NEW ANTI-MISSILE MISSILES.
- Press Availability Ministry of Defense, Tel Aviv
DoD News Briefing April 20, 1998 -- Secretary Cohen: "We agreed that Israel needs a third Arrow battery to improve its defenses against missile attacks, and that's why
we are helping to develop the Arrow anti-theater ballistic missile system. "
- Lockheed's star war is dud so far By Greg Schneider The Baltimore Sun, 4/19/98 Anti-missile missile hasn't hit a thing in four expensive tests; It may lose program to rival; Firm's reputation is on the line in bid for even larger program.
"The thing has consumed 50 percent more than the stealth bomber program and they've got nothing to show for it. We're talking nothing," said John Pike of the Federation of American Scientists, who has long criticized the effort.
- SMDC proposes Force Design for NMD SMDC PAO 17 April 1997 -- A proposal for deploying and manning a future ground-based National Missile Defense system was presented recently by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, or SMDC.
Submitted to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the proposal is called a Force Design Update, or FDU.
- PMRF Enhanced Capability EIS Michael Jones 17 April 1998 -- The 10 April 1998 Federal Register has the U.S. Navy's Notice of Public Hearing on its "Pacific Missile Range Facility Enhanced Capability" Draft
Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
- Hard.Copy - 17 April 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- MISSILE DEFENSE: A 21st CENTURY STRATEGY
Remarks By The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler Under Secretary of Defense
Acquisition and Technology BMDO-NDIA Forum ’98 Alexandria, Virginia April 16, 1998
- BMDO Forum 98 - Questions and Answers April 16, 1998
Questions and answers are available from the following BMDO Forum 98 Panels.
- Flouting the Constitution: Clinton's New ABM Treaty Lacks Senate Consent Thomas Moore Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 1174 April 23, 1998 From the time of its signing, the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty has crippled America’s missile defense program, and it continues to be the primary obstacle to protecting Americans from attack by the world’s deadliest weapons. The United States should no longer be bound by the treaty since its partner, the Soviet Union, no longer exists.
- Hard.Copy - 10 April 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- Pagers used as early warning system for ballistic missile attacks by Spc. Michael Scott - (Army News Service, April 6, 1998)
- Hard.Copy - 03 April 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- ARROW MISSILE VOA 3/28/98 DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM COHEN SAYS THE UNITED STATES WILL SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF MORE MISSILE DEFENSES IN ISRAEL. ISRAEL IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON THE ARROW ANTI-MISSILE MISSILE. THE NEW PLAN CALLS FOR THREE BATTERIES OF MISSILES INSTEAD OF TWO
- Hard.Copy - 27 March 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- DEFENSE SEC COHEN, ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER DISCUSS MISSILES By William B. Reinckens USIA 27 March 1998 - Cohen supports Israel's request for third Arrow Missile battery.
- Hard.Copy - 20 March 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- NEEDED: SPACE DEFENSE AGAINST MISSILES AND ASTEROIDS The Washington Inquirer, Mar. 17, 1998 by Albert L. Weeks - Besides intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), whether launched accidentally or intentionally, our country is likewise defenceless against an asteroid headed in Earth's direction.
- Hard.Copy - 13 March 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD DAVIS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR,
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE ORGANIZATION, SPECIAL DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS MEDIA BRIEFING DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, 3:00 P.M. EST TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 1998
- Hard.Copy - 06 March 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- Hera is flying from Wingate Army SMDC PAO 3/2/98
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command's Ballistic Missile Targets Joint Project Office, in support of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's Consolidated Targets Program, successfully tested a newly configured ballistic missile target vehicle launched from Fort Wingate to White Sands Missile Range, N.M., on March 2.
- Hard.Copy - 27 February 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- SMDC soon to be in the Observatory business
SMDC PAO - 23 Feb 98 -- A state-of-the-art optical observatory may soon be built atop the Magdalena Mountains in central New Mexico, near Socorro.
- Hard.Copy - 20 February 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- Hard.Copy - 13 February 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- TEXT: PATRIOT-ROLAND AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN U.S., GERMANY USIA 09 February 1998
- Hard.Copy - 06 February 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- Cruise Missile Defense Contract Awarded to Raytheon
SMDC PAO - 2/2/98 On Jan. 30, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) awarded a big contract for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor, or JLENS, system to Raytheon Company in Huntsville, Ala.
- Hard.Copy - 30 January 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- AIRBORNE LASER COMPONENTS PROVE SUCCESSFUL January 29, 1998
DE RELEASE NO. 98-7 -- A series of wind tunnel tests, just completed, by Boeing in Seattle, Wash., has proven that the components critical to the performance of the Air Force’s Airborne Laser will work as they were designed.
- Hard.Copy - 23 January 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- Integrated Flight Test advances National Missile Defense program Army SMDC PAO - 1/23/98 - The National Missile Defense (NMD) deployment readiness program scored another success on Jan. 15. The second flight test of a candidate infrared sensor – this one built by Hughes (now Raytheon) – went off without a glitch.
- TEXT: SECOND U.S. BALLISTIC MISSILE FLIGHT TEST IS SUCCESSFUL US Information Agency 16 January 1998 (Data analysis will determine utility for NMD program)
- MISSILE TEST SUCCESSFUL January 16, 1998 - The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's National Missile Defense Joint Program Office conducted the second successful flight test last night of a candidate infrared sensor designed for possible use with the National Missile Defense (NMD) program. No intercept attempt took place during this mission.
- Hard.Copy - 16 January 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
- Hard.Copy - 09 January 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
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