Update: 03/26/99


Hill Delegation Briefed Duma On BMD Threats. Aerospace Daily, Mar 24, 1999, p 438

A congressional delegation and members of the Rumsfeld Commission briefed the Russian Duma last week on the ballistic missile threat posed by rogue nations to both Russian and American citizens. Rep Curt Weldon (R-PA), chairman of the US Congress-Russian Duma Study Group, assured his Russian counterparts that NMD deployment would not jeopardize US-Russia relations.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia Duma Rumsfeld Weldon NMD

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 01


US NMD Decision Prompts Russia To Toughen Nuclear Doctrine. Aerospace Daily, Mar 25, 1999, p 446

Overwhelming support in the US Congress for NMD deployment as soon as technically possible has prompted Russia to revise its nuclear strategy, perhaps to the point of adopting a preemptive strike doctrine. Article discusses possible moves on the part of the Russian Duma.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia NMD nuclear doctrine

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 02


Support Gathers Steam For National Missile Defense. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Mann, Paul, Mar 22, 1999, p 29

A political milestone in the decades old NMD debate, last week's decisive 97-3 Senate vote fulfilled recent predictions of bipartisan support on Capitol Hill to inject momentum into deployment. If approved by Congress as a whole, the National Missile Defense Act of 1999 would codify as US policy a commitment to deploy as soon as technologically possible an effective NMD system , capable of defending the territory of the US against limited ballistic missile attack "whether deliberate, accidental or unauthorized." "Effective" is taken to mean operationally effective. "Limited attack" is generally construed as fewer than 10 warheads.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD National Missile Defense Act of 1999 Cochran Bill Landrieu Amendment

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 03


PAC-3 Missile Seeker Test Succeed. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Phillips, Edward H., Mar 22, 1999, p 30

A PAC-3 missile intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile target on Mar. 15 during tests of the seeker system at WSMR, NM. Intercept of the reentry vehicle target occurred at an altitude of 12km (7.5 mi.) after the target had flown downrange 350km (217mi.). The PAC-3 flew for about 7 sec. after launch and completed a nearly 90-degree maneuver in the final seconds prior to impact. USAF LtGen Lester Lyles, director of BMDO, views the successful test as timely validation that hit-to-kill (HTK) intercept technology is feasible.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 Seeker Test Missile Intercept HTK

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 04


New NMD Policy Will Not Hasten Technology Program. Defense Daily. Foote, Sheila, Mar 22, 1999, pp 5-6

Last week even NMD's most ardent proponents quietly acknowledge that the House and Senate's passage of bills making it US policy to deploy a NMD system will not materially advance the technology development effort.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD House Senate bills policy deployment technology

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 05


Lyles Calls For 'Lean Missile Initiative'. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, Mar 23, 1999, pp 6-7

At a breakfast meeting sponsored by the NDIA and NDU, LtGen Lester Lyles, BMDO Director, said that DoD and industry need to work together in what he calls a "Lean Missile Initiative" to drive down the cost of theater and national missile defense programs.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lyles Lean Missile Initiative DoD industry TMD NMD

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 06


After Tough Year, PAC-3 Success Boosts Lockheed Martin Morale. Defense Daily. Muradian, Vago, Mar 24, 1999, pp 5-10

The successful intercept of a test target by Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 missile on March 15 was a morale-boosting tonic for the company. Now, on March 29, the company faces an even more daunting test when the THAAD missile for the sixth time will try to intercept its test target. On five previous attempts the weapon has failed.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lockheed Martin PAC-3 THAAD intercept test

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 07


One on One: MajGen John Campbell, Commander, Pentagon Computer Network Defense Task Force. Defense News. Seffers, George I., Mar 29, 1999, p 30

Gen Campbell answers questions about defending DoD computers from cyberspace attacks. He discusses the defensive posture of the JTF, the goals of the JTF, coordination with law enforcement agencies, and the chain of command.

Descriptors, Keywords: Information Warfare Countermeasures Joint Task Force Computer Network Defense Hackers

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 08


Israel Proposes Mission To Target Missile Launchers. Defense News. Opall-Rome, Barbara, Mar 29, 1999, pp 1,28

Israel is trying to expand the US-Israeli Boost Phase Intercept (BPI) program to develop systems to kill launchers, rather than individual Scud and Shihab missiles. The Israelis call the new concept Boost Phase Launcher Intercept (BPLI). The Israelis hope that BPLI will develop into a bilateral project similar to the Arrow program, but are so committed to the concept, they may proceed unilaterally. LtGen Lester Lyles will be briefed by the Israelis in the next few weeks.

Descriptors, Keywords: Israel US BPLI BPL UAV Boost Phase Intercept Launcher

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 09


Clinton Team Jells Stance on Export Controls. Defense News. Hitchens, Theresa; Opall-Rome, Barbara, Mar 29, 1999, pp 4,27

John Holum, Acting US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Affairs, states, "We need to focus our efforts on technologies that are crucial and controllable. In essence, we need to build taller walls around smaller groups [of restricted technology]". A number of factors have combined to make the Clinton administration aware of the need for streamlining export controls. Holum is participating in the Pentagon's studies of the trans-Atlantic defense market. He thinks that many dual use technologies now controlled by the Commerce Department should be freed from license requirements.

Descriptors, Keywords: Holum Dual Use Technologies Export Control

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 10


Lyles: THAAD Success Should Follow Patriot Intercept. Defense News. Opall-Rome, Barbara, Mar 29, 1999, p 22

LtGen Lester Lyles anticipates a successful test of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system this month, based on the recent successful test of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3). LtGen Lyles would like to work on keeping manufacturing costs down. He also stated that testing should continue on Navy Theater Wide as well as THAAD, and that he does not plan to cancel either program.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD PAC-3 Lyles BMD Costs Testing Navy Theater Wide

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 11


National Missile Defense Plan 'Optimistic,' Top Tester Warns. Defense Week. Donnelly, John, Mar 22, 1999, pp 1, 14

Director of Operational Test and Evaluation Philip Coyle stated recently that even after delaying by two years a target date to deploy a NMD system, the program still runs the risk of doing too much too soon. The House and Senate last week passed bills requiring deployment of a strategic-defense system with the Senate bill calling for deployment "as soon as technologically possible." Coyle's statement provides a sobering assessment of how far off "technologically possible" may be.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD deployment Coyle risk

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 12


Analysts Debate Import Of China Nuke Spying. Defense Week. Crawley, Vince, Mar 22, 1999, p 5

According to Joseph Cirincione, director of the nonproliferation project for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, China's alleged theft of a US nuclear-warhead design has done little damage to national security. At a Carnegie briefing last week, Cirincione said that "the hysteria... is completely out of proportion to the national security issues involved." The technology in question allowed the creation of smaller but more numerous warheads for China's approximately 20 ICBMs, which are capable of reaching the US mainland.

Descriptors, Keywords: China Cirincione national security US nuclear warhead

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 13


TAMD Plan Warns Against Hastened Lower-Tier Delivery At Expense Of Upper-Tier Pace. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Mar 24, 1999, pp 13-12

The unclassified executive summary of the Pentagon's 1998 theater air and missile defense (TAMD) master plan states that military officials should carefully evaluate the operational justifications and potential impact on upper-tier TMD systems before they decide to accelerate delivery rates or increase lower-tier TMD inventories. The 1998-B TAMD Master Plan Executive Summary is included with this article.

Descriptors, Keywords: TAMD Master Plan lower-tier upper-tier executive summary

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 14


On Eve Of Meetings With Allies, OSD Vows Long-Term MEADS Commitment. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Mar 24, 1999, pp 1, 10-12

In letters dated March 10 to the German Minister of Defense and his Italian counterpart SecDef William Cohen expressed a lengthy US commitment to the MEADS program beyond the three-year risk reduction effort. Although the Germans remain skeptical over the strength of the long-term US commitment, the greatest obstacle to program progress continues to be the issue of US technology disclosure. Cohen's letter to the MEADS partners is included with this article.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS Cohen letter US Germany Italy technology disclosure

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 15


Army Prepares For PAC-3 Intercept After Seeker Characterization Test. Inside Missile Defense. Rosenfeld, Stephanie G., Mar 24, 1999, pp 2-3

As soon as data from the successful March 15 PAC-3 seeker characterization flight (SCF) has been analyzed, the Army will conduct the Developmental Test-3 (DT-3), an intercept attempt.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 intercept test seeker characterization flight DT-3

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 16


BMDO Chief Expects Briefing On Israeli 'BPLI' Concept In Next Few Weeks. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Mar 24, 1999, p 4

BMDO Director LtGen Lyles told reporters March 17 he expects to receive a preliminary analysis in the next two weeks on the new Israeli "boost phase launch intercept concept." The concept is envisioned as a possible follow-on to the current Israeli UAV boost phase intercept risk reduction effort that will conclude in December.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lyles Israel UAV BPLI briefing

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 17


THAAD Report Stresses Risk Reduction, Not Early Contingency Use. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Mar 24, 1999, pp 1, 7-9

According to BMDO and the PEO for Air and Missile Defense, a report mandated by the FY99 Defense Authorization Act will soon be sent to Congress that will formally announce the Army has canceled plans to procure 40 UOES missiles for the THAAD system and will purchase instead a more limited number of missiles at a later stage--primarily for risk reduction, but also with a residual contingency capability.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS Cohen letter US Germany Italy technology disclosure

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 18


Rumsfeld Panel To Review Draft Of Ballistic Missile Threat Estimate. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Mar 24, 1999, pp 1, 25-26

Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet has invited the nine member panel chaired by former SecDef Donald Rumsfeld whose report alerted the nation to the threat posed by ballistic missiles to the US to review a draft of the intelligence community's upcoming 1999 ballistic missile threat assessment.

Descriptors, Keywords: Rumsfeld report Congress Tenet review draft ballistic missile threat estimate intelligence community

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 19


BMDO Director Will Call On Congress To Release FY99 MEADS Funding. Inside Missile Defense. Sirak, Michael C., Mar 24, 1999, pp 13-12

LtGen Lyles is expected to send a letter to Congress shortly requesting the release of FY99 funds appropriated for MEADS. Congress enacted a stipulation in this year's defense authorization bill to withhold FY99 MEADS funding until the defense secretary certified that there would be adequate funding for the program in the outyears.

Descriptors, Keywords: Lyles Congress FY99 defense funding MEADS

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 20


THAAD Supporters Hope Successful PAC-3 Intercept Test Is A Good Omen. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Mar 25, 1999, p 3

BMDO and the Army have set aside March 29th and 31st for THAAD testing, and it is hoped that THAAD can make as good a showing as the PAC-3 in its March 15 test. Consequences of another failure could be significant, program officials acknowledge.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD PAC-3 test

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 21


Analysis Suggests PAC-3 Test A Greater Success Than First Thought. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Mar 25, 1999, p 2

The recent success of the PAC-3 missile in a seeker test that ended in an intercept may have been even more fruitful than publicly acknowledged. Industry backers of the program are lobbying Congress to credit the test toward the congressionally mandated requirement for two system hits before a low-rate initial production decision can be made. Numerous missile defense experts are quoted in the article.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 test seeker intercept WSMR

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 22


Proponents Of Sea Based NMD Brace For Battle. Jane's Defence Weekly, Mar 24, 1999, pp 24-25

While much debate in Washington centers around whether or not the US should try to build a NMD system, the US Navy is forging ahead with its area and theater wide systems. Before the Navy will even discuss a role in any NMD plans it wishes to prove its Area and Navy Theater Wide (NTW) systems. "We have got to get the area and theater systems up and running before we have that [NMD] part of the discussion," said ADM Jay Johnson, chief naval officer of the USN, on March 12. "My objective is to field those systems as fast as we can sanely and correctly do it." Testing for the USN area program is well under way, and its first scheduled deployment aboard two Hawaii-based Aegis class destroyers, the USS Lake Erie and the USS Port Royal, is on target for late 2000, according to top USN officials. The area system, which is designed to protect immediate assets such as airfields, sea ports and expeditionary forces, has incorporated an infrared (IR) tracking device, a new fuze and an improved warhead into its Block IV kill vehicle.

Descriptors, Keywords: Sea Based NMD Deployment Navy Theater Wide NTW

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 23


USA Seeks New MEAD Funding From Partners. Jane's Defence Weekly. Seigle, Greg, Mar 24, 1999, p 3

The USA, this week, is expected to firm up long range plans to develop and deploy the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) if Germany and Italy agree to increase their portion of the fledgling missile program's funding. Jacques Gansler, the US Under Secretary of Defense of Acquisition and Technology, is meeting with German and Italian officials in Bonn to finalize plans to boost the program. Up to $3b would be needed for MEADS to reach production by 2007, with the US expected to assume a 55% share, about $1.8b. Broken down over seven years, the average US commitment would be about $260m a year, compared to the $172m it has spent since 1996.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS Joint Funding Germany Italy

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 24


Russia and China Worried Over US Plans For NMD System. Jane's Defence Weekly. Seigle, Greg, Mar 24, 1999, p 5

Russian and Chinese leaders last week expressed "serious concern" over a US proposal to fund a NMD system, saying the development of such technology would threaten the global balance of power. "That poses a serious threat to the whole process of nuclear arms control, as well as strategic stability, for which major international agreements have been worked out for decades," said a Russian Foreign Ministry statement following the US Senate vote to pass a bill supporting NMD. China also reacted sharply to the idea of the USA forging ahead with NMD research. "I believe that after the Cold War, seeking development and peace are the themes of the times, and to develop TMD or NMD at this time is against the theme of the times, and counter-productive to international arms control and disarmament," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi told reporters.

Descriptors, Keywords: Russia China NMD Deployment International Arms Control

UPDATE: Mar 26, 1999, No. 25