hard.copy Update 01/08/99


US Missile Defense Programs Face Another Year Of Obstacles. Aerospace Daily, Jan 04, 1999, pp 9-10

BMDO faces a number of serious obstacles in 1999 including cost growth, technical problems, and delayed test schedules on practically all of its major programs. While Congressional funding for missile defense remains strong, it may not be enough to address the myriad of problems that have surfaced in the past year, hurting the overall credibility of the program. Specific problems with THAAD, PAC-3, NTW, NAW and NMD programs are discussed and summarized.

Descriptors, Keywords: BMDO schedule overrun delay cost growth funding THAAD PAC-3 NTW NAW NMD

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 01


$7 Billion For NMD Included In Pentagon Budget Plan. Aerospace Daily, Jan 08, 1999, p 39

DoD has included $7b in the FYDP to support a possible decision to deploy an NMD system, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon announced on January 7. The Pentagon remains on track to conduct an NMD deployment readiness review in 2000, according to Bacon. Under the Pentagon's "3-plus-3" effort, a limited NMD system may be fielded as early as 2003, although several DoD officials say that is a risky schedule.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD budget Bacon

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 02


Sea-Based NMD Would Be Diplomatic, Not Technical Challenge. Aerospace Daily. Kerry Gildea, Jan 08, 1999, p 39

The challenge in developing and deploying a sea based NMD system would not necessarily be technical, but rather in convincing Russia that the US should be allowed to pursue such an option under the terms of the ABM treaty, according to Robert Bell, special assistant to the president on national security. It has been argued that the treaty, which was signed with the former Soviet Union in 1972, is antiquated and imposes restrictions on the ability of the US to design and test more capable missile defense systems.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD ABM treaty Bell

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 03


Lott Vows To Push Again For More Aggressive NMD Program. Aerospace Daily, Jan 07, 1999, pp 27,30

With the kickoff of the 106th Congress this week, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has vowed to once again press aggressively for a National Missile Defense (NMD) system. Lott failed twice in the last session to get the needed votes to open Senate debate on a mandated NMD deployment. Sen. Thad Cochran was the leading sponsor of that legislation. It's unclear now if Lott will try to revive that same bill or perhaps push a watered-down version.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Congress Senate Lott Cochran

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 04


Curbing Spread Of WMD Will Be Top Priority For SASC, Sen. Warner Says. Aerospace Daily, Jan 07, 1999, p 31

Sen. John Warner, the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has already formed a new SASC subcommittee that will focus on proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), terrorism, information warfare and non-traditional warfare. "I consider the spread of weapons of mass destruction the most serious threat facing the US," noted Sen. Warner. Ballistic missile defense, he added, "is part of that equation..."

Descriptors, Keywords: WMD SASC Warner

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 05


Dumbing Down Missile Defense. American Spectator. Kenneth R. Zimmerman, Jan 01, 1999, pp 37-43

The author looks at the history of SDIO/BMDO, the "Star Wars" program, and missile defense in this country. The article also addresses the cuts the program has undergone, the politics about funding decisions, and the threat of an intercontinental ballistic missile's reaching the US mainland.

Descriptors, Keywords: missile defense intelligence assessment NIE long range ICBM technology transfer Rumsfeld Report North Korea China Iran cruise missile Cooper Patriot THAAD Arrow Aegis Kyl Nunn Raptor Talon Cooper EKV Brilliant

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 06


Pentagon To Add More Than $400 Million For NMD In FY00. Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, Jan 08, 1999, pp 1-2

The Pentagon is to use more than $400m of President Clinton's $12b boost to the defense budget in FY00 for the National Missile Defense (NMD) system. BMDO's final budget estimate submission for FY00 contained $864m for NMD. The more than $400m add-on for NMD comes under the so-called "revised 3+3" strategy, which calls for a deployment readiness in 2001 and a deployment of the system in 2005.

Descriptors, Keywords: Pentagon DoD FY00 defense budget boost NMD 3+3 deployment readiness FYDP ABM Treaty

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 07


Is US Security Threatened by Global Industry? Defense News. Colin Clark, Jan 11, 1999, p 1

This article gives information on a study by the Defense Secretary's Strategic Studies Group. The group examines how the US military can maintain technological superiority at a time when technology is dispersed rapidly all over the world as a result of global commerce.

Descriptors, Keywords: Technology Transfer Military

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 08


Report: US Needs To Avert Electronic Waterloo. Defense News. George I. Seffers, Jan 11, 1999, p 17

This article gives information about and contained in a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, entitled Cybercrime, Cyberterrorism, Cyberwarfare: Averting an Electronic Waterloo. The report warms of US vulnerability to cyber attacks and strategic information warfare aimed at critical infrastructure. The reports offers recommendations to protect against information warfare.

Descriptors, Keywords: Information Warfare Terrorism Critical Infrastructure

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 09


Air Force Secretary: Go Slow On Space Lasers. Defense Week. John Donnelly, Jan 04, 1999, p 3

Acting Air Force Secretary F. Whitten Peters has rebuffed several top Republican senators, including Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), by urging a go-slow approach to the Space Based Laser (SBL), a program that would develop satellites that could intercept missiles with lasers.

Descriptors, Keywords: Air Force Peters Lott space laser SBL ABL satellite

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 10


Patriot Missile Costs Double, BMDO Cracks Down. Defense Week. John Donnelly, Jan 04, 1999, pp 1, 12

The projected cost to procure each next-generation Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile interceptor has more than doubled since 1996, and BMDO director LtGen Lyles has launched "aggressive" steps to rein in the price of this and other systems. Descriptors, Keywords: Patriot PAC-3 missile Lyles cost incentive

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 11


HERA Target Missile Failure May Delay Upcoming PAC-3, THAAD Tests. Inside The Pentagon. Daniel G. Dupont, Jan 07, 1999, p 13

Missile defense officials say they may never be able to determine why a Hera target missile failed during a December Patriot test. The near-term implications of the failure include possible delays to both the THAAD and PAC-3 programs, both of which have increasingly crucial test flights scheduled over the next few months.

Descriptors, Keywords: Hera PAC-3 THAAD failure test

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 12


White House Approves Delay For SBIRS High First Launch. Inside The Pentagon, Jan 07, 1999, p 7

Pentagon officials confirm that a two-year delay in the first launch of the SBIRS High constellation appears final. The Air Force's FY00 budget estimate submission had slipped the program's first launch from 2002 to 2004 to cover a $667m budget deficit in the two-part SBIRS program. Final decision on the program's funding and schedule should occur by Jan. 22, when the Defense Acquisition Board is scheduled to meet.

Descriptors, Keywords: SBIRS launch funding budget DAB

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 13


Budget Boost May Save THAAD, Fund National Missile Defense Deployment. Inside The Pentagon. Daniel G. Dupont, Jan 07, 1999, pp 1,12-13

The addition of $110b to the FYDP and an aggressive lobbying campaign conducted by program supporters may save the THAAD program in the near term. The budget windfall may also allow the Pentagon to financially commit to the deployment of the NMD. A White House statement lists both theater and national ballistic missile defense efforts among the most crucial program requirements. However, THAAD supporters believe any reprieve will be taken back should the missile fail again to intercept a target in its next test, now set for Feb. 19 but likely to slip because of a target problem.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD NMD budget

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 14


Misfired Missile Delays Patriot Testing. Jane's Defence Weekly. George Seigle, Jan 06, 1999, p 8

A HERA missile being used as a target for PAC-3 testing misfired last month, delaying the next scheduled PAC-3 test by at least a month. The second stage of the missile failed to ignite 165 seconds into the planned 400-second flight at White Sands, NM, causing the cancellation of the PAC-3 flight. Officials destroyed the HERA five seconds after the first two stages failed to separate, and the debris landed in a pre-approved safety zone. The PAC-3 will not be tested until about 13 January, US Army SMDC officials said.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 HERA Target Failure

UPDATE: Jan 08, 1999, No. 15