hard.copy Update 12/18/98




THAAD Survival. Aerospace Daily, Dec 21, 1998, pp 439-440

Pentagon and industry sources don't think the ongoing budget deliberations on DoD's missile defense programs will greatly alter the troubled THAAD missile program. No one expects the program to be killed, even though that option was presented at budget deliberations.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD Budget

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 01


DoD Should Invest In Quick Response, Precision Weapons, DSB Says. Aerospace Daily, Dec 22, 1998, pp 452-453

In its recent report entitled "Joint Operations Superiority in the 21st Century," the Pentagon's Defense Science Board (DSB) emphasizes 'Early and Continuous Combat Effectiveness.' On the missile defense front, the DSB recommends changes in the Pentagon's high altitude endurance UAV program; establishment of a panel, similar to the Rumsfeld Commission, to examine the cruise missile defense threat; revival of the DoD's kinetic energy boost phase intercept program (previously canceled in favor of the Airborne Laser program); and support for the MEADS program.

Descriptors, Keywords: Defense Science Board DSB Quick Response Precision Weapons HAE UAV Cruise Missile Kinetic Energy MEADS

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 02


USAF To Work On New Missile Control Technology. Aerospace Daily, Dec 22, 1998, p 453

The US Air Force is launching a research and development program into new missile control technologies, looking specifically at the use of reaction jet controls for future missiles. The service is planning a two-phase program, according to their Dec. 21 CBD announcement, with multiple awards planned for the first phase, followed by a downselect to one contractor in the second.

Descriptors, Keywords: Missile Control Reaction Jet

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 03


Correction. Aerospace Daily, Dec 22, 1998, p 453

BMDO Director LtGen Lyles, during a conference in El Paso, TX, discussed the "cost growth" in major theater missile defense efforts, not a funding "shortfall," as reported in the December 17 issue of Aerospace Daily. In addition there is no funding in the Pentagon's 2000-05 budget for national missile defense.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Budget Cost Growth

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 04


USAF Restructures Space-Based Laser Program. Aerospace Daily, Dec 24, 1998, p 467

The USAF is stretching out its space-based laser program to capture more advanced technology, even as top members of Congress have been pushing the AF to accelerate the program. Acting AF Secretary Peters announced that he intends to follow the recent advice of the AF's Scientific Advisory Board to back off from its plans for a SBL Readiness Demonstration program because the technology is too immature. A key challenge to getting a functional SBL system is developing the necessary optics.

Descriptors, Keywords: USAF Air Force Space-Based Laser SBL Readiness Scientific Advisory Board SAB Optics

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 05


Shortfall Question Sign Of AF Confidence In ABL. Defense Daily. David Atkinson, Dec 22, 1998, pp 1, 2-3

In a move that some see as a sign of confidence in the Airborne Laser (ABL) program, the Air Force is taking a closer look at what happens to the debris from a missile once it is destroyed by the system.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABL Air Force debris missile intercept consequences

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 06


Boeing Preparing For 'SLAM-ER Plus'. Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, Dec 22, 1998, p 3

Boeing is preparing to retrofit 700 Standoff Land Attack Missiles (SLAM) with an automatic target acquisition (ATA) capability, which the Navy has said will be a vital one for future weapons.

Descriptors, Keywords: Boeing SLAM ER Plus missile ATA Navy

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 07


Reporters' Notebook: Bad Omen. Defense Week, Dec 21, 1998, p 4

BMDO's National Missile Defense Joint Program Office and the Army Corps of Engineers signed a charter on December 15 formally linking the program office with the corps for the development of a future national-missile-defense capability.

Descriptors, Keywords: Army Engineers charter NMD capability

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 08


Joint Missile-Defense Requirement Takes Root. Defense Week. John Donnelly, Dec 21, 1998, pp 1, 6-7

A recently validated classified document called "The Theater Missile Defense Capstone Requirements Document," describes what the US commanders in chief (CINCS) demand from the missile-defense systems the US is developing. Now, BMDO and the services are trying to convert the new requirement into concrete acquisition plans.

Descriptors, Keywords: Joint Missile Defense Capstone Requirements Document CRD CINCs acquisition

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 09


Nuclear Simulation Program Reorganized. Defense Week. Scott Nance, Dec 21, 1998, p 3

Integrating simulation with theory and experiment under one umbrella will lead to better science and better use of the budget, according to DOE's Gil Weigand, who led the establishment of the simulation side of nuclear stockpile stewardship.

Descriptors, Keywords: nuclear stockpile simulation DOE Weigand ASCI Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 10


PAC-3, Navy Missile Defense Testing Mishaps End Troubling Year For BMDO. Inside Missile Defense. Daniel G. Dupont, Dec 23, 1998, pp 5-8

A disappointing year for the BMDO and its supporters was capped off last week by an important Patriot PAC-3 system test that was aborted when the intended target failed early in flight. Despite the challenges, delays and failures in 1998, Congress appears ready to continue to support current missile defense budgets.

Descriptors, Keywords: missile defense budget funding Congress

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 11


US Must Approve ABM Treaty Amendments, Adhere To Pact, Duma Insists. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Dec 23, 1998, pp 1, 30-33

According to the draft text of the Russian START II approval document, the Russian Duma says the US Senate approval of amendments to the ABM Treaty is a prerequisite for START II to take effect. Further, continued US adherence to the 1972 ABM pact is one of several conditions for Russia remaining bound by START II. The Russian draft resolution for START II approval is included with this article.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia US START II ABM Treaty draft resolution amendment approval Duma

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 12


BMDO: THAAD Contingency Capability Report Delayed Until March 1999. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Dec 23, 1998, pp 1, 8-9

The release of a report detailing a plan for the deployment of elements of THAAD in an emergency contingency scenario before the system itself is available in its objective configuration has been delayed because of deliberations on the future direction of the THAAD program.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD contingency capability report

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 13


Experts: US Not Prepared For Cruise Missile Attacks. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak & Daniel G. Dupont, Dec 23, 1998, pp 1, 13-15

A national cruise missile defense study that was mandated in the Quadrennial Defense Review completed in May 1997, warns that the government is ill-prepared to deal with the growing threat of cruise missile attacks on the United States.

Descriptors, Keywords: threat cruise missile defense study attack US QDR

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 14


BMDO Views Miniature Interceptor Technology As Key Research Area. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Dec 23, 1998, p 4

The Miniature Interceptor Technology (MINT) is one of 22 innovative science and technical areas listed by the BMDO research and engineering directorate in the December 2 "Commerce Business Daily" as comprising BMDO's FY99 scientific research program for which it is seeking the participation of industry and academic institutions.

Descriptors, Keywords: research engineering technology interceptor TMD NMD MINT research

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 15


DoD Planning To Overhaul THAAD, Merge Navy and Army Upper-Tier Budgets. Inside Missile Defense. Daniel G. Dupont & Thomas Duffy, Dec 23, 1998, pp 4-5

According to government and industry officials, the Pentagon is making plans to radically overhaul both the Army's THAAD and the Navy Theater Wide missile defense programs in preparation for the selection of one missile that could serve as the upper-tier interceptor for both services.

Descriptors, Keywords: Army THAAD Navy Upper Tier DoD missile defense overhaul upper tier interceptor

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 16


BMDO, Corps of Engineers Codify National Missile Defense Cooperation. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Dec 23, 1998, p 11

The National Missile Defense Joint Program Office signed a charter December 15 with the Army Corps of Engineers formally linking the two in the development and construction of NMD ground based facilities, according to a statement by BMDO. The NMD JPO is BMDO's executing agency for NMD.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD JPO Army Corps Engineers development construction ground based facilities

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 17


NMD Schedule and Deployment Funding Decisions Expected This Week. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Dec 23, 1998, pp 1, 17-19

Senior DoD officials are expected soon to announce whether they have decided to revise the current NMD timeline and whether funding has been included in the future years budgets for NMD deployment. Under the current "3+3" Deployment Readiness Program, a Deployment Readiness Review is scheduled around June 2000 at the conclusion of a three year development period to decide whether to deploy the NMD system. If the go-ahead for fielding NMD is given at that time, the system must be operational within a three year period -- in 2003.

Descriptors, Keywords: DoD NMD funding 3+3 deployment readiness review

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 18


Expanded Risk Reduction Program Intended To Silence Airborne Laser Critics. Inside Missile Defense. Gigi Whitley, Dec 23, 1998, pp 10-11

The Air Force is pursuing an aggressive effort to reduce risk in its Airborne Laser (ABL) system partly to prove to skeptics the weapon system can collect accurate data on, and compensate for, atmospheric turbulence.

Descriptors, Keywords: Airborne Laser ABL risk reduction

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 19


Joint National Test Facility Plans Next NMD War Games For November 1999. Inside Missile Defense. Michael C. Sirak, Dec 23, 1998, pp 19-20

In the wake of the recently concluded 1998 National Missile Defense war games, the Joint National Test Facility hopes to host the next NMD command and control simulation in November 1999, according to a JNTF spokesman.

Descriptors, Keywords: JNTF NMD war games command control simulation

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 20


Missile Testbed Flights Delayed; Army Demos First Gel Propellant. Inside The Pentagon, Dec 24, 1998, p 11

Although flight tests for the Future Missile Technology Integration (FMTI) program have been delayed again, the Army recently successfully tested the first-ever gel propulsion system to be implemented into FMTI testbed missiles. The FMTI program is designed to develop technologies that could be incorporated into future missiles, and gel propulsion is one of the initiative's key technology focuses.

Descriptors, Keywords: Future Missile Technology Integration FMTI gel propulsion Army Hellfire

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 21


SMDC Chief Wants Air Defense Artillery Center To Emphasize NMD. Inside The Pentagon, Dec 24, 1998, p 9

LTG John Costello, Commander, Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), wants to strengthen ties between his organization and Ft. Bliss to get the Air Defense Artillery Center there more involved in National Missile Defense (NMD). This is in contrast to Costello's predecessor, LTG Edward Anderson, who emphasized space programs at the center.

Descriptors, Keywords: SMDC NMD air defense Bliss Costello

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 22


Controversial Move Of Chem-Bio Defense Funds Under DTRA Rejected Again. Inside The Pentagon. Daniel G. Dupont, Dec 24, 1998, p 2

A controversial proposal to move the Chemical and Biological Defense Program and its substantial budget under the control of the newly established Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has once again been rejected, this time by top Pentagon officials. The Army, currently the lead agent for the CBD program, vehemently opposed the move, according to knowledgeable sources.

Descriptors, Keywords: Defense Threat Reduction Agency DTRA chemical biological CBW defense budget

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 23


DoD May Overhaul THAAD, Merge Navy And Army Upper-Tier Budgets. Inside The Pentagon, Dec 24, 1998, p 11

The Pentagon is making plans to radically overhaul both THAAD and NTW missile defense programs, in preparation for the selection of one missile that could serve as the upper-tier interceptor for both services. Such a restructuring could produce a windfall for BMDO that would allow the organization to redirect hundreds of millions of dollars to other programs such as NMD and MEADS.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD NTW upper-tier budget

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 24


Administration Drafts Plan For Interagency Terrorism Response Office. Inside The Pentagon. Elaine M. Grossman, Dec 24, 1998, pp 1, 12-13

The Clinton administration has crafted a blueprint for a new "National Domestic Preparedness Office (NDPO)" aimed at coordinating federal, state and local response to acts of terrorism on US soil. The new interagency office, led by the Dept. of Justice and the FBI, will also include the DoD, but not necessarily as a central player. National Guard officials are consciously assuming a low profile in this initiative.

Descriptors, Keywords: WMD terrorism domestic preparedness first response National Guard

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 25


DoD Secretary Creates His Own Joint Task Force On Info Warfare Defense. Inside The Pentagon. Elaine M. Grossman, Dec 24, 1998, pp 3-4

SecDef Cohen has created a unique kind of joint task force on computer network defense (JTF-CND) whose function is to serve as "the primary DoD agent for the defense of DoD computer systems and networks." The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), rather than the customary unified warfighting command, is identified as the JTF's "supporting agency" and "all directive authority will be derived from the SecDef," according to the task force's new charter.

Descriptors, Keywords: information warfare task force Cohen computer network defense CND

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 26


Navy Area Ballistic Missile Defense: Coming On Fast. US Naval Institute Proceedings. John D. Gresham, Jan 01, 1999, pp 58-63

With an appropriate interceptor surface-to-air missile---here, the Standard Missile 2 launched from the Monterey (CG-61)---the Navy's Aegis combat system is capable of engaging ballistic missiles in combat, providing deployed US forces with urgently needed protection.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy Area Ballistic Missile Defense Standard Missile 2 Monterey Aegis

UPDATE: Dec 31, 1998, No. 27