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Update 02/19/99


Lockheed Martin, DASA In Joint Venture For German PAC-3 Work. Aerospace Daily, Feb 17, 1999, p 245

Lockheed Martin Vought Systems and Daimler Chrysler Aerospace AG (DASA) have established a joint venture company for PAC-3 missile work in Germany. New company will be known as Air Defense Systems Co.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 Germany Lockheed Martin DASA

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 01


AF's New DEW Line Is For The Net. Aerospace Daily, Feb 16, 1999, p 235

US Strategic Command is getting ready to test a next-generation intrusion detection system that could provide early warnings of cyberattacks against the US military. Effort is part of an $11m Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD).

Descriptors, Keywords: Strategic Command intrusion detection early warning cyberattack ACTD

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 02


Patriot Missiles Seen Ready For Any Iraqi Attack. Aerospace Daily, Feb 17, 1999, p 242

Patriot missiles have been deployed to Turkey and Saudi Arabia to protect those countries from possible attacks by Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said.

Descriptors, Keywords: Patriot Iraq Turkey Saudi Arabia

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 03


ABL Testing Concerns Seen. Aviation Week & Space Technology, Feb 15, 1999, p 31

In his annual report to Congress, the Pentagon's director for operational T&E, Philip Coyle, cited a series of hurdles for the Boeing 747 mounted laser which is being developed to destroy ballistic missiles immediately after launch. ABL concerns in Coyle's report include: a limited ability to destroy missiles that use countermeasures; the need to develop a laser system light enough for use on the 747 yet powerful enough to destroy a missile; the requirement to improve the missile tracking and laser pointing accuracy needed to keep the laser on the target, and the demand to integrate all components into an aircraft with weight and space constraints.

Descriptors, Keywords: ABL Coyle EMD Phase Mountain Top Test WSMR

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 04


Washington Outlook: Look Out. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Asker, James R., Feb 15, 1999, p 21

DoD is forming a Space Launch Monitoring Division with a cadre dedicated to making sure sensitive technology doesn't leak when US build satellites are launched from China. That and other changes the Administration will make are detailed in a 31 page response to congressional recommendations to tighten satellite export controls. A select House committee chaired by Christopher Cox (R-CA) made the recommendations, but its report had still not been declassified late last week.

Descriptors, Keywords: Space Launch Monitoring Division Sensitive Satellite Launch Technology China

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 05


Anti-Terrorism Efforts Boosted To $10 Billion. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Mann, Paul, Feb 15, 1999, pp 63-64

The President's FY00 budget proposes nearly $3b for domestic preparedness against WMD attacks, including computer security. The White House has asked Congress for about $7b for conventional counterterrorism security program, bringing to $10b the money invested next year against the terrorist threat. Of the $2.85b WMD request, $1.38b would be allotted to domestic preparedness and $1.46b to protect against cyber-terrorist assaults on the nation's computer systems and critical infrastructure. That represents a doubling of WMD defense funds and a 40% hike in federal expenditures for cyber defense over the levels of 2 years ago, according to Richard A. Clarke, the President's national coordinator for security, infrastructure and counterterrorism.

Descriptors, Keywords: Anti Terrorism WMD Federal Response Budget FY00

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 06


NMD Model Defeats 'Attack'. Aviation Week & Space Technology, Feb 15, 1999, p 64

A simulated ballistic missile attack on the US was thwarted by a computer modeled NMD system during a demonstration of Wargame 2000 at the Joint National Test Facility. Wargame 2000 will integrate several NMD related systems, such as a BMC3 prototype and its off-line test exerciser, a model of the SBIRS and other software. New tools will enable near real-time analysis during a wargame. the first NMD C2 simulation to use Wargame 2000 is scheduled for later this year.

Descriptors, Keywords: Wargame 2000 JNTF NMD C2 Simulation

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 07


Weldon: Cancel Proposal To Redirect Missile Defense Funds. Defense Daily. Wolfe, Frank, Feb 19, 1999, pp 3-5

Rep Curt Weldon (R-PA) has asked SecDef William Cohen to stop the Clinton administration's proposed diversion of $230m from the $1b FY99 emergency supplemental for BMD to implement the Wye River peace initiatives.

Descriptors, Keywords: Weldon Clinton Wye River peace initiative BMD divert FY99 emergency supplemental

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 08


Senators Urge Air Force To Suspend SBIRS Decision. Defense Daily, Feb 19, 1999, p 7

Three of the Senate's most influential senators on space policy are urging the Air Force to withhold implementation of any changes to the SBIRS until Congress reviews the proposed restructuring.

Descriptors, Keywords: Senate AF SBIRS decision changes

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 09


PAC-3 Test Postponed Due To High Winds. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, Feb 19, 1999, p 5

The first seeker-equipped Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) test, scheduled for 02/18/99 at White Sands Missile Range, was called off due to "high upper level winds," according to the Army SMDC.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 test postponement WSMR SMDC

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 10


Seven SASC Democrats Spell Out Dissent On NMD Bill. Defense Daily. Foote, Sheila, Feb 18, 1999, pp 1-2

Seven of the nine Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) have signed a detailed dissent of the panel's recommendation to report an NMD bill to the Senate. In their written opinion the Democrats say that "S.257 would needlessly make a premature NMD deployment decision and jeopardize our ongoing work cooperatively with Russia on possible changes to the ABM Treaty..."

Descriptors, Keywords: Senate SASC Democrat dissent NMD S.257 ABM Treaty US Russia

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 11


DoD Stirs Debate Over Arms Export. Defense News. Clark, Colin, Feb 22, 1999, p 1, 50

The Pentagon's Defense Science Board's task force on globalization has begun to study the impact of globalization of the defense industry. The chief concern is technology transfer, and which agencies will control that. The task force has made some preliminary recommendations, and the Aerospace Industries Association has also made recommendations.

Descriptors, Keywords: Technology Transfer Globalization Defense Industry Export Controls

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 12


One on One: Lt Gen George Macdonald. Defense News. Pugliese, David, Feb 22, 1999, p 54

Deputy Commander in Chief of NORAD, Canadian LtGen Macdonald discusses the role of NORAD and ballistic missile defense (BMD).

Descriptors, Keywords: United States Canada NORAD BMD Macdonald

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 13


NMD Costs Understated. Defense Week. Donnelly, John, Feb 16, 1999, pp 1, 14-15

The baseline cost of developing and deploying a NMD system is $2.5b higher than officials acknowledge and for numerous reasons is likely to rise still higher.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD costs deployment development

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 14


'Highly Unlikely' NMD Will Meet Testing Goals. Defense Week. Donnelly, John, Feb 16, 1999, pp 1, 15

In his latest annual report to Congress, Philip Coyle, (DOT&E), claims that it is "highly unlikely" the NMD testing program will have finished the testing it plans to do by June 2000 when President Clinton is scheduled to conduct the first review of whether to deploy the system.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD testing deployment decision Clinton Coyle

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 15


Pentagon Plan To Pick Single Upper Tier Leader Greeted With Skepticism. Inside the Pentagon. Duffy, Thomas, Feb 11, 1999, pp 8-9

The Pentagon's plan to choose either the Navy Theater Wide or the Army's THAAD system as the upper tier missile defense program "leader" is coming under scrutiny by former service officials and industry sources who say the plan makes little sense based on the operational needs of both services. Retired Army LTG Jay Garner, former head of SMDC, is among those who disagree with the Pentagon's plan.

Descriptors, Keywords: NTW THAAD upper tier Garner

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 16


Appropriators Likely To Block Use Of FY-99 Emergency Funding For Wye. Inside the Pentagon. Duffy, Thomas, Feb 11, 1999, pp 1, 8

Pres Clinton is running into stiff opposition on Capitol Hill over his attempt to use almost $900m from two emergency appropriations bills Congress passed last October -- one covering missile defense programs, the other covering intelligence efforts -- to pay for implementing the Wye River peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Descriptors, Keywords: Wye Agreement NMD funding

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 17


Army Set To Test PAC-3 Today Despite Questions About Intended Target. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Feb 18, 1999, pp 3-4

The Army will conduct a key test of the PAC-3 missile on Feb 18, despite continued confusion over why a target missile failed in a previous test attempt. Last December the Army was forced to abort a PAC-3 seeker characterization test after the intended target, a Hera missile, failed. Article discusses numerous concerns surrounding both PAC-3 and THAAD test failures.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 THAAD HERA target test failure

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 18


DoD To Spend $1 Billion On Information Systems Security Program In FY-00. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 11, 1999, p 26

DoD has set aside roughly $1b in its FY2000 budget request for the Information Systems Security Program (ISSP), a defense-wide effort that provides "the financial and manpower resources for efforts directed toward protecting" DoD information systems.

Descriptors, Keywords: information system security ISSP

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 19


Weldon To Form Advisory Group For Review Of Missile Defense Programs. Inside the Pentagon. Duffy, Thomas, Feb 18, 1999, p 5

Rep Curt Weldon (R-PA), chairman of the House Armed Services R&D subcommittee, has asked Alexander Flax, former AF chief scientist and former president of IDA, to form an advisory group to review the work of contractors developing and building the DoD's missile defense systems. Weldon is talking with BMDO about forming the group, which is expected to comprise about 15 members.

Descriptors, Keywords: Weldon Flax advisory missile defense

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 20


Gary Bauer Begins Attacking Clinton/Gore National Security Policies. Inside the Pentagon. Duffy, Thomas, Feb 18, 1999, p 5

Conservative Republican Gary Bauer, considered a likely presidential candidate in 2000, is attacking the Clinton administration's missile defense policy. Over the next few months Bauer will issue position papers on defense and foreign policy issues, with military readiness and missile defense expected to be near the top of his priority list.

Descriptors, Keywords: Bauer Clinton Gore national security policy

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 21


Senate Armed Services Chairman Cautions DoD on SBIRS Delays. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 18, 1999, p 7

SASC Chairman Sen John Warner (R-VA) is urging SecDef William Cohen not to delay the SBIRS High and Low programs until Congress has an opportunity to debate the proposed changes.

Descriptors, Keywords: SBIRS Warner

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 22


Experts Say DoD Is Beginning To Take Urban Operations More Seriously. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Feb 18, 1999, pp 1, 10-11

Based on recent experiences in such places as Bosnia and Haiti, DoD has begun to rewrite doctrine, modify training, and experiment with new concepts and methods for operations in urban areas. Army SMDC officials believe space-based systems can play an important role in this new environment, dubbed Military Operations in Urban Terrain, or MOUT. SMDC Paper "Space Support to Urban Warfare" is synopsized.

Descriptors, Keywords: urban warfare MOUT SMDC

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 23


Lawmaker Calls For Renewed 'Brilliant Pebbles' Program. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Feb 11, 1999, p 9

Rep Bob Schaffer (R-CO) is urging DoD to redirect funds away from a ground-based NMD system and towards an accelerated NTW program and space-based interceptors like the now defunct Brilliant Pebbles effort. Schaffer also supports developing the SBL Readiness Demonstrator and modifying the ABM Treaty.

Descriptors, Keywords: Brilliant Pebbles Schaffer ABM Treaty SBL

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 24


Air Force Kills Space-Based Missile Tracking Demos. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 11, 1999, p 11

Having already sunk up to $750m in the program, the USAF has terminated two SBIRS demonstrations aimed at reducing risk in the space and missile tracking system. In response to questions on the unexpected move, the USAF said it intends to strengthen its commitment to the SBIRS Low program. Congressional aides and staffers on defense committees have expressed their strong disagreement with the terminations.

Descriptors, Keywords: SBIRS demonstrations termination

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 25


DoD Starts To Refine Upper-Tier Missile Defense Approach. Inside the Pentagon, Feb 18, 1999, p 7

Top Pentagon missile defense officials were scheduled to meet on Feb 12 to discuss the restructuring of the NTW and THAAD programs in the wake of the recent announcement to select a "lead" system in the year 2000.

Descriptors, Keywords: NTW THAAD

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 26


Iran's Shehab 4 Is Soviet SS-4, Says US Intelligence. Jane's Defence Weekly. Beal, Clifford; Blanche, E., Feb 17, 1999, p 5

Iran's next ballistic missile, the Shehab 4, is largely derived from the 1950s-era Soviet SS-4 'Sandel' medium range ballistic missile, says US intelligence officials. This confirms previous reports from Israel about the genesis of Shehab 4. The SS-4, designed and built in Ukraine by NPO Yuzhnoye, had a maximum range of 2,000km, and a circular error of probability of around 2,400m. Iran's defense minister announced last week that Shehab 4 is now in production as a space launcher. Iran has been striving for several years to develop its own telecommunications satellite.

Descriptors, Keywords: Iran MRBM Shehab 4 SS-4 Space Launcher

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 27


USA Likely To Delay Various High-Priority Anti-Missile Systems. Jane's Defence Weekly. Bender, Bryan, Feb 17, 1999, p 3

DoD's anti-missile system delays stem from technical difficulties with development, inadequate testing regimes and budget cuts, according to a report compiled by Philip Coyle, the DoD's director of operational T&E in his FY98 round-up of key DoD weapons projects. The production schedule for the THAAD system, could be delayed by up to 7 years as it failed all 5 of its intercept attempts. The report also names the Army's PAC-3 as being delayed by "more than one year" and the Navy Area Wide system, also called Navy Lower Tier "will likely be delayed about 18 months" because of difficulties in developing the Aegis Baseline VI program.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD Navy Area Wide PAC-3 Production Delay Philip Coyle Report

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 28


'Russia, China Still Main WMD Suppliers'. Jane's Defence Weekly. Seigle, Greg, Feb 17, 1999, p 3

CIA Director George Tenet told the US Senate Armed Services Committee recently "the restructuring of China's defense industrial bureaucracy holds the potential to create confusion and incentives that would impede the effectiveness of this system. In short, our guard remains up." Tenet's remarks preceded a biannual report released by the CIA last week that accuses Moscow and Beijing of being the top exporters of WMD assets to Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, and even North Korea. The CIA report also pointed to North Korea as a key WMD supplier, particularly of missile related technologies.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia China WMD Missile Technology Transfer Proliferation

UPDATE: Feb 19, 1999, No. 29