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US Defense Budget Reaches $280.8 Billion. Aerospace Daily, Feb 01, 1999, pp 153-154

The president's budget for DoD, submitted to Congress on Monday, is discussed in some detail, including the funding for BMD programs.

Descriptors, Keywords: defense budget funding

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 01


Cohen: OSD Eyeing NMD Funds To Pay For Wye Agreement. Aerospace Daily, Feb 02, 1999, pp 161-162

Just days after announcing a new budget plan for NMD and the Administration's bolstered commitment to the program, SecDef Cohen has confirmed that some NMD funding is being considered for cuts to pay for implementation of the Wye Agreement.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD funding Wye Agreement

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 02


BMDO Budget Pushes NMD Forward, Keeps TMD On Track. Aerospace Daily, Feb 03, 1999, p 172

DoD decided in January to add $6.6b in its five-year plan to support possible NMD deployment, with a decision on that slated to be made in 2000. One factor due to impact the NMD debate will be a separate Administration report, due to the Hill early this month, that provides a global threat assessment update.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD funding budget

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 03


GOP Lawmakers Angry That DoD Is Turning To NMD For Wye Dollars. Aerospace Daily, Feb 05, 1999, p 188

HASC chairman Floyd Spence (R-SC) and HASC member Curt Weldon (R-PA) have voiced strong objection to an Administration budget proposal to use $230m in NMD dollars to cover the cost of implementing the Wye peace accord.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD funding Wye Agreement Spence Weldon

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 04


Lawmakers Draft Two Versions Of NMD Deployment Bill. Aerospace Daily, Feb 05, 1999, pp 185, 188

HASC members Curt Weldon (R-PA) and John Spratt (D-SC) have introduced a bill (H. 4) that would make NMD deployment an official US policy. Meanwhile the Senate has been threatened with a White House veto if they try to push forward a similar bill of their own. SASC member Carl Levin (D-MI) yesterday offered an alternative bill that is also considered likely to fail.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD deployment legislation HASC SASC Weldon Spratt Levin

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 05


Lockheed Martin Delivers 23rd IR Seeker For THAAD. Aerospace Daily, Feb 05, 1999, p 186

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 23rd Infrared Seeker for the THAAD missile test flights, the company reported yesterday.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lockheed THAAD seeker

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 06


Lawmakers Trying Again To Mandate NMD Deployment. Aerospace Daily, Feb 04, 1999, pp 177-178

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) is scheduled today to mark up a bill mandating deployment of an NMD system as soon as technologically feasible. SecDef Cohen has said that his staff is working with Senate staff to try to find a bipartisan approach to the bill, which is sponsored by Sen Thad Cochran (R-MS).

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD SASC Cochran legislation

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 07


Missile Threat To US, Allies Is 'Here And Now'. Aerospace Daily, Feb 05, 1999, p 190

Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet, briefing the SASC this week, said the nuclear and ballistic missile threat to the US and allies from countries like North Korea, Iran and Iraq is here and growing rapidly. Article summarizes main points of speech.

Descriptors, Keywords: Tenet intelligence nuclear missile threat

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 08


Reconnaissance, Missile Defense Deemed Most Crucial Israeli Needs. Aviation Week & Space Technology, David A. Fulghum, Feb 01, 1999, pp 66-65

The Pentagon and Israeli defense planners are looking at a missile defense designed around high-speed interceptor missiles carried by unmanned aerial vehicles. However, the HA-10's payload is considered to be too small to meet U.S. requirements. Instead, U.S. defense officials are talking to the Israelis about adapting Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical's Global Hawk for the mission by adding missiles carried in wing pods and a wide-area infrared seeker. Israeli officials are resisting saying they would rather develop a larger version of the HA-10. The Israeli wish list also includes buying 3-5 electronic intelligence aircraft, something akin to the U.S. Air Force's RC-135V/W Rivet Joint.

Descriptors, Keywords: Israel Unmanned Aerial Vehicle HA-10 UAV Global Hawk

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 09


In Orbit: Forced Merger. Aviation Week & Space Technology, Bruce A. Smith, Feb 01, 1999, p 23

Competitors for the USAF Space Based Laser Demonstration program have been lumped into one large team after the service backed off plans to orbit a demonstration system in 2008. The "Community Team" comprises Boeing, Lockheed Martin and TRW. The team will receive a sole-source contract for what is now called the SBL Integrated Flight Experiment. That work will lead to an on-orbit laser experiment around 2010-12. The 2008 launch was deemed too risky and unaffordable. The Air Force has increased funding for the program to ensure the new program can be executed.

Descriptors, Keywords: SBL Space Based Laser Integrated Flight Experiment

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 10


DoD Budget Plan Includes $28 Billion More For Modernization. Defense Daily, Sheila Foote, Feb 01, 1999, pp 1-3

The Clinton administration today will deliver to Congress a six-year budget request that includes $28 billion more for DoD modernization than had been planned last year. The $28b for procurement is part of a $112b defense budget increase over six billion for NMD that was announced by the Pentagon last month.

Descriptors, Keywords: Clinton budget increase DoD modernization NMD procurement

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 11


US Government To Boost Non-Proliferation Spending. Defense Daily, Vago Muradian, Feb 05, 1999, pp 3-4

The US government --including the Departments of Defense, State and Energy--plans to boost spending on programs aimed at stopping weapons technologies from migrating from Russia to potential adversaries such as Iran and Iraq.

Descriptors, Keywords: US government boost nonproliferation spending technology transfer

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 12


Cohen Hopes For Agreement With GOP On NMD Legislation. Defense Daily, Sheila Foote, Feb 04, 1999, p 1

In another indication of the new commitment the Clinton administration has to deploying a NMD system, SecDef Cohen yesterday said he hopes to reach an agreement with congressional Republicans sponsoring NMD legislation. As he did last year, Sen Cochran (R-MS) intends to introduce a bill mandating deployment of an NMD system as soon as it is technologically feasible.

Descriptors, Keywords: Cohen Clinton NMD legislation deployment GOP

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 13


NMD Leads BMDO Funding Request For FY'00. Defense Daily, Frank Wolfe, Feb 01, 1999, p 7

Research and development for Boeing's NMD is the largest dollar request for any program funded by BMDO in FY00 of a total budget request of $3.3b. Defense officials have called NMD a high risk program and have likened it to the Manhattan Project, the effort to develop the atomic bomb in the 1940s.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Boeing research development budget funding FY00

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 14


House members Introduce Bipartisan NMD Bill. Defense Daily, Sheila Foote, Feb 05, 1999, pp 2-3

Two main sponsors, Rep Curt Weldon (R-PA) and Rep John Spratt (D-SC) introduced in the House a bipartisan bill (H.R. 4) calling for deployment of an NMD system. A similar Senate bill has become embroiled in partisan controversy, spawned by that bill's calling for NMD deployment "as soon as technologically feasible."

Descriptors, Keywords: House NMD bill legislation bipartisan HR 4 Weldon Spratt deployment missile threat

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 15


White House Threatens Veto Of Cochran's NMD Bill. Defense Daily, Sheila Foote, Feb 05, 1999, pp 1-2

President Clinton is threatening a veto of NMD legislation (S.257) sponsored by Sen Thad Cochran (R-MS) "because it suggests that our decision on deploying this system should be based solely on a determination that the system is 'technologically possible.'"

Descriptors, Keywords: Clinton Cochran NMD bill S.257 legislation deployment

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 16


USAF Awards Satellite Laser Project To All 3 Bidders. Defense News, Warren Ferster, Feb 08, 1999, p 19

The Air Force has awarded a contract to develop an experimental space-based antimissile laser to a team made up of the three firms competing for the contract. Boeing, Lockheed Martin Corp., and TRE, Inc. will be required to demonstrate the appropriate technology on the ground. This approach was developed in response to criticism that the Space Based Laser (SBL) program must be refined before a $2 billion full scale demonstration.

Descriptors, Keywords: Space Based Laser SBL Contract Award

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 17


US Navy Rips Missile Merger: Blasts Pentagon Proposal To Tie Theaterwide, THAAD. Defense News. Robert Holzer, Feb 08, 1999, pp 3,19

Navy officials criticize the Pentagon's plan to merge the Navy's Theaterwide antimissile program with the Army's Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile program. Under the Department of Defense new plan, a joint program office would manage the combined Army and Navy program, starting in 2001. DoD officials believe this will cut costs. Both systems would continue testing until one or the other is found to be superior. Navy officials argue that the new plan will waste money and delay deployment.

Descriptors, Keywords: Theaterwide THAAD Theater Missile Defense TMD

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 18


Special Report: Department Of Defense Budget For FY2000. Inside Missile Defense, Feb 01, 1999, pp 1-11

Secretary of Defense William Cohen today released details of President Clinton's FY2000 defense budget. The budget requests $267.2b in budget authority and $260.8b in outlays for the DoD.

Descriptors, Keywords: DoD defense budget FY00 Clinton Cohen

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 19


Joint Staff Gets Closer To Settling Air, Missile Defense Doctrine Debate. Inside the Pentagon, Richard Lardner, Feb 04, 1999, pp 2-3

Members of the Joint Staff are reported to be putting the finishing touches on Joint Publication 3-01, "Joint Doctrine for Countering Air and Missile Threats," a document which has been in development for nearly four years. The only critical issue still requiring consensus, according to a memo from J-7 Director Maj Gen George Close, is the question of interoperability of "supported and supporting" forces from the various services.

Descriptors, Keywords: Joint Staff publication doctrine missile threat Close

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 20


Energy Department Ups FY-00 National Security Budget To $6.2 Billion. Inside the Pentagon. Keith J. Costa, Feb 04, 1999, pp 4-5

The Dept of Energy announced this week it is seeking a FY2000 budget of $6.2b for national security efforts, an increase of $244m over its FY99 funding level. $4.5b of this is slated for the agency's nuclear stockpile stewardship and weapons programs. The stewardship program is considered a precondition for US adherence to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Descriptors, Keywords: DOE budget national security CTBT treaty

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 21


DoD Move To Cancel DarkStar UAV May Run Into Opposition. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 04, 1999, p 9

OSD and the USAF have agreed to cancel the DarkStar UAV program, but their decision to kill the military's only unmanned reconnaissance aircraft designed to penetrate deep behind enemy lines may run into serious opposition on Capitol Hill.

Descriptors, Keywords: DarkStar UAV cancellation

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 22


Congress Critical Of USAF Decision To Put Off SBIRS High Launch. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 04, 1999, p 9

Missile defense advocates in Congress are pressuring USAF leaders to reverse their decision to delay launch of the SBIRS High satellites until 2004, warning of severe cutbacks in service programs if they refuse.

Descriptors, Keywords: USAF Congress SBIRS High launch delay

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 23


Air Force Slashes Common Missile Warning System Budget. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 04, 1999, p 10

USAF is cutting $38m from the CMWS budget in FY2001, citing delays and technical problems, in addition to cost overruns on the part of contractor Lockheed Sanders.

Descriptors, Keywords: CMWS budget

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 24


Army Weighs Options For Tactical UAV, As Key Review Approaches. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 04, 1999, p 10

The Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) will convene in March to decide the fate of the Army's Tactical UAV (TUAV) program, several months later than service officials had hoped. However, the Army is pushing ahead with the development of options for continuing Outrider (the current TUAV effort) or recompeting the program.

Descriptors, Keywords: Tactical UAV TUAV Outrider DAB

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 25


Decision On SBIRS Low Program Delayed Until Funding Is Found. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 04, 1999, p 10

USAF officials have been told they cannot proceed to the next phase of the SBIRS Low-Earth-Orbit satellite effort until they fully fund the LEO demonstration programs. The move is preventing USAF from awarding two program definition contracts.

Descriptors, Keywords: SBIRS Low funding

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 26


MEADS Decision Puts Maneuver Forces At Risk For At Least Next Decade. Inside the Pentagon. Thomas Duffy, Feb 04, 1999, pp 16-17

The Clinton administration has decided it does not have the money to continue the MEADS program -- a cooperative effort with Germany and Italy -- beyond FY99, and will now spend $150m on a technology development project to meet the mobile missile defense requirement. Had MEADS continued as planned it would have seen an initial fielding by FY07. However, a fielding date for the system that will emerge from the ashes of the MEADS program cannot be predicted because the DoD does not even know what that system will be, according to a BMDO official.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS funding

UPDATE: Feb 05, 1999, No. 27