hard.copy Update 12/04/98



Raytheon Wins EKV Competition. Aerospace Daily, Dec 03, 1998, pp 343, 346

Raytheon has won the competition to build the EKV for the NMD system, defeating Boeing. However, Boeing will be kept in the EKV program at a low funding level so that an alternative design will be available in the event that Raytheon's design encounters problems.

Descriptors, Keywords: Raytheon EKV NMD Boeing LSI

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 01


Pentagon Considers First NMD Procurement Funds. Aerospace Daily, Dec 03, 1998, pp 343, 344

The Pentagon is considering budgeting the first procurement money for the NMD program, as a result of North Korea's recent tests of a Taepo Dong ballistic missile, and anticipated future tests.

Descriptors, Keywords: Pentagon NMD Procurement Funding North Korea Taepo Dong Ballistic Missile Test Threat

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 02


Seven Competitors Chase Discoverer II. Aerospace Daily, Dec 03, 1998, p 348

Seven companies have announced their intention to compete for the SAR/GMTI capability known as Discoverer II, administered by DARPA. These are Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Loral Space Systems, TRW, and teams of Boeing/Motorolla and Northrop Grumman/Hughes.

Descriptors, Keywords: Synthetic Aperture Radar Ground Moving Target Indicator Discoverer II

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 03


Missile Defense Inoperability Shortfalls Are Highlighted. Aerospace Daily, Dec 02, 1998, pp 351-352

Planners at the US Atlantic Command (ACOM) have highlighted interoperability problems between key missile programs developed by BMDO and JTAMDO. One difficulty is the requirement that the missile system must be capable of firing on an incoming ballistic missile that it cannot see. This requires a data-sharing network capable of passing real time targeting quality tracks of incoming missiles, specifically medium range ballistic missiles with stealth capabilities which most potential enemies will be capable of developing within a few years.

Descriptors, Keywords: BMDO JTAMDO ACOM Capstone Requirements Document Missile Defense Firing Unit Inbound Ballistic Missile Line-Of-Sight Communication Network Target Quality Tracking

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 04


First Operational Arrow Missile Is Delivered In Israel. Aerospace Daily, Dec 02, 1998, pp 351-352

The first operational Arrow missile was delivered to the Israeli Ministry of Defense on November 29, with additional missiles to be delivered in the near future. The missile will be used for firing tests, but is ready for use against other missiles in any attack on Israel, according to the Israel Aircraft Industries.

Descriptors, Keywords: Arrow Missile Delivery Israel

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 05


US Navy Ships Use AEGIS Radars To Track Targets. Aerospace Daily, Dec 01, 1998, pp 351-352

The US Navy completed the first live target tracking exercise involving Aegis radars at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy Aegis Radar Live Target Tracking Kauai Hawaii

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 06


Cut Immediately To Proposed START III Levels, Sen. Kerrey Urges. Aerospace Daily, Dec 01, 1998, pp 351-352

Sen J. Robert Kerry (D-NB), has advocated that Pres Clinton and Congress work toward removing Congressional restrictions on reducing deployed US strategic forces below the START I level, and reduce the US arsenal to the level proposed for START III.

Descriptors, Keywords: Kerry Clinton Congress START I START III Reduce Warheads

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 07


Second Global Hawk Completes First Flight. Aerospace Daily, Nov 24, 1998, pp 351-352

The second prototype Global Hawk UAV flight test took place on November 20, reaching an altitude of 50,000 feet. This prototype will be used for payload testing.

Descriptors, Keywords: Global Hawk UAV Flight Test Payload Testing

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 08


Washington Outlook: Communications Gap?. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Bruce D. Nordwall, Nov 30, 1998, p 23

The General Accounting Office (GAO) is worried that limitations of the Pentagon's MILSTAR satellite communications system could make it difficult for military commanders to confer during a potential ballistic missile attack. In a new report, the GAO said low data rate limitations of the initial two MILSTARs now in orbit result in poor voice quality and signal delays.

Descriptors, Keywords: MILSTAR Early Warning Low Data Rate Limitation BMD

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 09


North Korea Plans Booster Tests Soon. Aviation Week & Space Technology. David A. Fulghum, Nov 30, 1998, pp 24-25

The Taepo Dong 1 booster was used as the basic space launch vehicle to carry the Kwangmyongsong (Bright Star) No. 1 satellite. The fact that it had been modified to three stages was a surprise, and all of them particularly the third, still hold some mysteries. Charles Vick, senior research scientist at the Federation of American Scientists suggests that the first stage was the basic nodong booster. It was married to a Korean-modified Scud C or D booster as a second stage. The third stage, he believes, may have been a 15,000-45,000 lb.-thrust solid motor from an SA-2 antiaircraft missile system modified for vacuum-thrust operations. David Wright, a physicist at MIT, believes other options may have been available. For example, "The French Stromboli SW motor...was developed for a French sounding rocket and is believed to have been copied by Pakistan for its Hatf 1 and 2 missiles and could have been passed to the North Koreans," he said.

Descriptors, Keywords: North Korean Bright Star No. 1 Satellite Launch Sites Taepo Dong 1 Charles Vick David Wright

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 10


BMDO Exercise And Test Directorate Focuses On Interoperability. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, pp 395-396

This interview with Deputy Director Lloyd Stoessel, of the BMDO BMC4 office, discusses the program's emphasis on interoperability.

Descriptors, Keywords: BMDO BMC4 Stoessel Interoperability

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 11


Russian Duma May Take Up START II Treaty In December. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, p 397

The Russian Duma may begin debate on ratifying START II in December.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia START II Ratification

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 12


India Tests Trishul Missile. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, p 397

This article announces India's successful testing of the sea-skimming Trishul missile, with a distance of five and one half miles. The missile can carry a 33 pound warhead.

Descriptors, Keywords: India Trishul SRBM

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 13


US, North Korea Talks On Underground Construction Stall. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, p 397

According to the State Department on November 18, the US is not satisfied by North Korea's response to concerns about underground construction.

Descriptors, Keywords: North Korea Underground Construction Missile Threat

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 14


Senators Tour US Funded Nunn-Lugar Sites. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, p 398

Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), Richard Lugar (R-IN), and former Senator Sam Nunn toured decommissioning sites in UK and Russia.

Descriptors, Keywords: Levin Lugar Nunn START II Missile Decommissioning UK Russia Foreign Aid

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 15


NDIA Study: Third World Countries Can Achieve LRBM Capability. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, p 400

According to the newly released study by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), "Feasibility of Third World Long Range Ballistic Missile Threat, the time between the "inescapable evidence of a developing threat to when the threat is fielded may be less than the time in which we can respond."

Descriptors, Keywords: NDIA Study Third World Countries Long Range Ballistic Missile Threat LRBM Response Time

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 16


BMDO To Consider Sites In Alaska, North Dakota For NMD Elements. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, pp 401-402

The BMDO NMD JPO plans public meetings in preparation for an Environmental Impact Statement of potential sites for the NMD system deployment. The EIS is planned for August 1999.

Descriptors, Keywords: BMDO NMD JPO Environmental Impact Statement EIS Public Meetings Alaska North Dakota

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 17


Final Design Review For BMDO Move Comes In December. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, p 402

The final design review for BMDO's move from the Pentagon to FOB-2 will be in December, followed by the delivery of construction drawings in January 1999, and selection of a contractor in March 1999.

Descriptors, Keywords: BMDO Move Design Review

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 18


AFRL Space Laser Study Pinpoints Eight Critical Concepts. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, pp 404-405


The AF is studying best ways to employ its rapid advances in lasers and space optics, which will allow the emerging space force to project directed energy anywhere on earth or in space to support its mission. This article details the eight critical concepts pinpointed by the AFRL Lasers and Space Optical Systems Study: chemical warfare agent detection/identification; theater wind profiling; tunnel and underground structure detection and camouflage detection; penetration; laser communications; imaging; laser fence; and illuminator for night active imaging.

Descriptors, Keywords: AFRL Space Laser Study Chemical Warfare Theater Wind Profile Structure Detection Camouflage Penetration Laser Communication Imaging Laser Fence Illuminator

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 19


India, Russia Set To Increase Missile Defense Cooperation. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, p 397

India and Russia plan to increase missile defense cooperation over the next decade. Russia will help India set up a missile defense system around its major cities.

Descriptors, Keywords: India Russia Missile Defense Cooperation

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 20


Cohen: Future NATO Needs Capabilities, Enablers. BMD Monitor, Nov 27, 1998, p 397

SecDef Cohen, in an address to NAOT representatives, has said that NATO must transform its strategic vision and adjust the future beyond defending against Warsaw Pact aggression. Core capabilities recommended by Cohen include mobility, effective engagement, survivability, sustainability.

Descriptors, Keywords: NATO Strategic Vision Cohen Core Capabilities

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 21


Arrow Missiles Delivered To Israel. Defense Daily, Dec 02, 1998, p 5

Israel Aircraft Industries delivered to the Israeli government on Sunday the first in a series of operational Arrow anti-ballistic missile systems. The new missiles, according to a recent Israeli Ministry of Defense press release, are intended for test firing, but could be used operationally if needed.

Descriptors, Keywords: Arrow missile Israel

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 22


Gehman: New Systems Needed To Kill Missiles Without Seeing Them. Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, Dec 02, 1998, pp 3-4

The military's capstone requirements document for theater ballistic missile defense (TBMD) mandates that fire units be able to destroy incoming ballistic missiles without seeing them--a vital future need, according to Adm. Harold Gehman, the commander-in-chief of US Atlantic Command who was responsible for drafting the document.

Descriptors, Keywords: Gehman military capstone requirements document TBMD Gehman ballistic missiles

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 23


Cohen: Pentagon Hopes To Resolve MEADS Issue Soon. Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, Nov 25, 1998, p 1

The Pentagon is trying to come to agreement with Germany and Italy on the MEADS program, SecDef Cohen told reporters yesterday at a joint news conference with new German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping. German and Italian officials are debating whether to continue with MEADS, now that the Pentagon is urging its partners to adopt a modified version of the PAC-3 missile, instead of developing a new weapon as planned.

Descriptors, Keywords: Cohen US Germany Italy MEADS PAC-3 missile

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 24


Navy Looking For Other Countries' Help On Missile Defense. Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, Dec 02, 1998, p 2

The Navy wants to encourage industry to examine radar developments in other nations to help the service develop its theater wide missile defense system. R/A Huchting, Navy's PEO for Theater Surface Combatants said, "I'm going to incentivize these companies to look for technology in other countries."

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy radar development theater wide missile defense Huchting

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 25


Taiwan Resists Call to Embrace TMD. Defense News. Barbara Opall-Rome, Nov 30, 1998, p 4, 36

The Taiwanese government does not wish to commit to the US Congress proposal for theater missile defense (TMD) capability on Taiwan. The government believes that TMD is still too conceptual, and possibly too expensive for Taiwan to commit to participation at this time.

Descriptors, Keywords: Taiwan TMD Technology Transfer

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 26


UAE to Buy Advances With British OK: US Officals Continue to Cite MTCR Concerns Over Sale. Defense News. Douglas Barrie, Nov 30, 1998, pp 3, 34

Britain and France have decided to sell to the United Arab Emerates the Black Shahine, an advanced cruise missile system developed by Matra BAe Dynamics, a joint British and French venture. The US has objected on the grounds that such a sale is a departure from the MTCR agreements and it may have adverse impact on the stability of the region.

Descriptors, Keywords: US France Great Britain Cruise Missile Black Shahine MTCR

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 27


Joint Chiefs Inaugurate Information Combat Era. Defense News. George I. Seffers, Nov 09, 1998, pp 1,44

The Joint Chiefs of Staff will release to regional commanders the Joint Doctrine for Information Operations, which contains the official doctrine on the US military's strategy and operational concepts for conducting computer warfare. Information operations include operations security, computer network attacks, military deceptions, psychological operations, electronic warfare, physical attack, and special information operations.

Descriptors, Keywords: Information Warfare JCS Computer Warfare Network Attacks

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 28


Theater Wide Proponents Seek Quicker Deployment: US Navy Hinges Funding Request on Testing Success. Defense News. Robert Holzer, Nov 16, 1998, pp 1, 34

The US Navy has proposed a plan to speed up the development of the Navy Theater Wide antimissile system. The Navy is asking for an extra $288 million in new funding until 2000, at which point a decision would be made about deployment. Navy Theater Wide is seen as a potentially important element in the National Missile Defense Program. The proposal for more money asks for $130 million initially, with the rest to be granted if the system successfully hits its target in testing next year.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy Theater Wide Antimissile National Missile Defense Program budget ABM

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 29


Navy Launches New Missile-Defense Tests. Defense Week. John Donnelly, Nov 30, 1998, pp 1, 9

Earlier this month, the Navy fired two tactical ballistic missile targets off the coast of Hawaii and tracked their flight from Aegis ships. This was the first of a series of important missile-defense dress rehearsals.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy missile defense test Aegis tracking

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 30


Missile-Sensing Satellites May Be 'Untestable'. Defense Week. John Donnelly, Nov 23, 1998, pp 1, 14

The US is developing two multi-billion-dollar constellations of missile-sensing satellites. But in neither case have developers shown that they can prove the systems will work, the Pentagon's top testing official says.

Descriptors, Keywords: missile sensing satellites testable

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 31


President Lacks Power To Recognize ABM Treaty Partners, Experts Claim. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Nov 25, 1998, pp 6-7

A forthcoming legal study on the ABM Treaty will argue the 1972 pact did not survive the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union and that the president possesses no authority to recognize successor parties to the treaty without the Senate's consent. It is expected to be released in the next two to four weeks.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABM Treaty Soviet Union dissolution Clinton legal study

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 32


Lyles: Response To Senators' Omnibus Recommendations Due Next Month. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Nov 25, 1998, p 2

In a November 16 correspondence to acknowledge receipt of the letter, BMDO Director LtGen Lyles wrote that SecDef Cohen is expected to respond by mid-December to a bipartisan group of senators who made recommendations on how a portion of the $1b provided for missile defense in the FY99 omnibus appropriations package could best be spent.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lyles Cohen response letter senators omnibus recommendations FY99 appropriations

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 33


Clinton Soon To Make Decision On NMD Deployment, Think Tank Reports. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Nov 25, 1998, pp 1, 10-11

In a November 17 "decision brief", Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy, wrote that President Clinton intends to change course and announce shortly his decision to deploy NMD. Administration and BMDO officials deny that a change of course is in the works and insist the administration is sticking to the 3+3 time line.

Descriptors, Keywords: Gaffney Clinton NMD JPO decision time line 3+3 deployment think tank

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 34


Key Democrat Hints At National Missile Defense Support. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Nov 25, 1998, pp 1, 8-9

In a speech calling for the US to take a new course of action to reduce the risks posed by nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War age, Sen Bob Kerrey (D-NE), hinted that he might support accelerated NMD deployment should his Republican colleagues cooperate with him in seeking significant reductions in the US and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD acceleration deployment risk nuclear weapons arsenals US Russia reduction Kerrey

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 35


Navy Testing Shows Linebacker Ships Can Detect, Track Ballistic Missiles. Inside Missile Defense. Thomas Duffy, Nov 25, 1998, pp 1, 22

Following the success of two separate target flight tests that showed the ability of two Aegis "Linebacker" ships to detect and track ballistic missile targets and share that information with each other, Navy missile defense officials said they are ready to go to sea with an Area missile defense system once they take delivery of the interceptor, scheduled for late 2000.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy missile defense test Aegis tracking ballistic

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 36


BMDO Issues Notice Of Intent For NMD Environmental Impact Statement. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Nov 25, 1998, pp 3-6

As an important initial step in completing all of the necessary environmental work related to NMD before the summer 200 Deployment Readiness Review, BMDO announced last week its intent to produce an environmental impact statement for potential NMD ground sites in Alaska and North Dakota, according to a BMDO official and documents. A map showing the deployment sites accompanies this article.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD deployment location site EIS environmental impact statement Alaska North Dakota

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 37


Missile Defense Gaps Hurt Ability To Effect National Military Strategy. Inside Missile Defense. Daniel G. Dupont, Nov 25, 1998, pp 14-15

As in years past, the Army's air and missile defense master plan for FY99 warns that projected spending over the next decade is insufficient to ensure the service can adequately defend troops and key assets in wartime.

Descriptors, Keywords: Missile Defense gap Army National Military Strategy

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 38


USA Seeks Defense 'Shield' Sites. Jane's Defence Weekly. David Mitchlovitz, Nov 25, 1998, p 5

US BMDO has begun analysing potential locations for the deployment of the NMD system. This article lists the locations being studied for siting of the NMD components: ground based interceptor, battle management command and control system, in-flight interceptor communications system, and the X-band radar.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Deployment Sites Alaska South Dakota Environmental Assessment GBI BMC2 X-band Radar In Flight Interceptor Communication Systems

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 39


Israel Relaunches Work To Develop Anti-Missile UAV. Jane's Defence Weekly. David Eshel, Nov 18, 1998, p 20

It has been reported in the Israeli media that a delegation of experts left for Washington on 6 November for preliminary talks with US DoD officials which would include a UAV boost phase intercept concept. Although neither funding details nor technical specifications are available, the project is expected to become a joint Israeli-US development, bearing the name HA-10. Initial cost estimates for the program are $b. According to informed sources in Israel, the cost of developing a prototype could come to several hundred million dollars. The Israeli concept will need to overcome difficulties in developing long-endurance, long-range loitering UAVs.

Descriptors, Keywords: Israeli UAV IBIS HA-10 Boost Phase Intercept

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 40


USA-Japan Talks Advance On Sea Based Shield. Jane's Defence Weekly. Bryan Bender, Nov 18, 1998, p 5

According to US RADM Rodney Rempt, program executive officer for theater air defense, the US and Japan are expected to finalize a memorandum of understanding by mid-1999. They would then begin development of key components for a three-stage version of the Standard Missile, called the SM-3, capable of intercepting ballistic missiles above the atmosphere. The missile would be launched from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force's Aegis class cruisers. The US Navy plans to field a similar system, which it calls Navy Upper Tier.

Descriptors, Keywords: Sea Based Ballistic Missile Defense SM-3 Blk 2 Standard Missile Japan Aegis Cruiser

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 41


North Korean Missile Program Threatens American Interests. National Defense. Greg Alan Caires, Dec 01, 1998, p 33

Some members of Congress have shifted their support for the airborne laser to the more ambitious space based laser demonstration program under the misconception that there is only enough defense funding to explore one anti-missile laser design. They contend developing the airborne laser now will help resolve the technical challenges a SBL will face in the future. If Congress would provide the ABL program with solid support during its development phase, the USAF will be able to field seven ABL's during the next 10 years, giving the US the ability to deter both the launch of theater ballistic missiles, and to defend against them if they are fired into orbit. The US's commitment to develop the ABL, furthermore, may cause potential enemies to reconsider their investment in ballistic missiles.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABL Airborne Laser Boost Phase TMD Defense

UPDATE: Dec 04, 1998, No. 42