[EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing

Thursday, May 21, 1998 - 1:30 p.m. (EDT)
Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD (PA) 


Q: Another House action-- an impending action -- is language in the Defense Authorization Bill to choose a backup contractor for THAAD. I was wondering if you can give us the Pentagon's position on that.

A: Well, first of all, it's one of the issues we're looking at ourselves. We are looking at ways to strengthen the THAAD program and one of the options is to bring in another contractor. That's under very active consideration right now. And I think that when push comes to shove we'd like the flexibility to run the program we think is best. But, given the problems that the program's had, we certainly think that another contractor might be one way to go, so we don't disagree with the idea of possibly naming a backup contractor or second contractor in the program.

Q: You mean a second second contractor, as opposed joint work?

A: Well, I think, the details would have to be worked out, but obviously we're looking at ways to improve the work that's being done by the current contractor and also the possibility of bringing in a second contractor.