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September 03, 1999




Army, Israel Study Mobile THEL Variant For South Korea. Aerospace Daily, Aug 30, 1999, p 326

Israel and the US plan to study development of a mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL) that could be used in places like South Korea for defense against possible short range missile launches from North Korea.

Descriptors, Keywords: Israel THEL South Korea laser

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 01


Top NMD Official Won't Guarantee EKV Flight Test Success. Aerospace Daily. Gildea, Kerry, Aug 31, 1999, p 336

There's no guarantee the NMD kill vehicle will hit its target on the first try, according to BG Willie B. Nance, NMD Joint Program Office director. The program office and lead system integrator Boeing are planning the first intercept test of the NMD Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) in late September.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Nance exoatmospheric kill vehicle EKV intercept test

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 02


US Army Sees Growth In Cruise Missile Threat. Aerospace Daily. Gildea, Kerry, Sep 02, 1999, p 352

A US Army intelligence officer reported growth in the number of land attack cruise missiles around the world, and said proliferation and use of the weapons could increase significantly in the next decade. Article includes table of "Global ICBM Arsenal."

Descriptors, Keywords: cruise missile

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 03


Pentagon Official Touts Sea-Based Missile Defense. Aerospace Daily, Sep 01, 1999, p 344

The US Navy's Aegis ships would give warfighters a significant edge in the BMD mission, according to Hans Mark, the Pentagon's director of defense research & engineering, who was speaking at a conference in Washington this week.

Descriptors, Keywords: sea based missile defense Aegis Mark

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 04


USAF To Test Early Warning Radar System. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Smith, Bruce A., Aug 30, 1999, p 59

The booster launched from Alaska, as part of the USAF's atmospheric interceptor technology program, is scheduled to be conducted on September 11 on a 120 degree azimuth from Kodiak Island. The test vehicle will reach a maximum altitude of 1,060 nautical miles about 9 minutes after launch. The final ocean impact of the vehicle will be about 300 miles off southern Oregon. The mission is intended to provide the precision acquisition, phased array radar facility at Beale AFB, CA, with more than 13 minutes of viewing time of incoming objects on a ballistic trajectory. During that time, the PAVE PAWS (phased array warning system) radar will be used to detect and track several target objects.

Descriptors, Keywords: AIT Program PAVE PAWS Langmuir Probe Boston Rocket Ionospheric Tomography Experiment Brite Interceptor Seeker

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 05


Smarter TBMs On Horizon. Aviation Week & Space Technology, Aug 30, 1999, pp 30-31

US intelligence officials are expecting to see a host of advances made in foreign ballistic missiles, but at the same time they are concerned they won't be able to track all the changes. Technologies previously associated with strategic missiles, such as jammer, decoys and radar absorbing materials, are expected to find their way onto TBMs. Solid propellant motors producing a higher burn rate and faster acceleration will lower infrared signatures. Forwarded based platforms, indigenously developed upgrades to ballistic missiles, fewer test flights and proliferation of guidance technology are some of the trends that concern intelligence officials.

Descriptors, Keywords: TMD Countermeasures Indigenous Technology Threat Proliferation

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 06


Missile Defense Changes Emerge. Aviation Week & Space Technology. Wall, Robert, Aug 30, 1999, p 30

Army officials want to adopt a building block strategy for THAAD that would allow the system to become operational a year or more ahead of schedule. The plan would take "software for advanced threats that won't [be needed] immediately and put them in a Block 2 program," said A.Q. Oldacre, the Army's deputy program executive officer, Air and Missile Defense. "There is no intent to back off and get a less-capable system," he added. The Army's PAC-3 thinking is leaning toward defining a service-life extension program. The system will be in use within the Army until at least 2025 and Army officials feel that they need to upgrade hardware to reach that point. The SLEP effort would focus on upgrading ground equipment, not however, the interceptor missile or PAC-3 radar.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD PAC-3 Service Life Extension Enhanced Counter Air Capability Solid State Laser Technology

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 07


Paul: Single Integrated Air Force S&T Plan Close To Release. BMD Monitor. Roosevelt, Ann, Sep 03, 1999, pp 1-2

The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) will soon release a single integrated AF Science & Technology (S&T) plan, according to lab commander Maj Gen Richard Paul. Emphasis will be on technologies that will enable the AF to move to full Expeditionary Aerospace Force (EAF), and will include a considerable budget increase for space technology. The plan will be posted on the lab's web site as soon as security reviews are completed.

Descriptors, Keywords: AFRL Paul science technology expeditionary force

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 08


Brig Gen Dodgen Moves Up In Joint Staff. BMD Monitor, Sep 03, 1999, p 14

BG Larry Dodgen is assigned as Director, JTAMDO, The Joint Staff. Dodgen was previously deputy director.

Descriptors, Keywords: JTAMDO Dodgen

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 09


Taiwan Plans Own TMD System. BMD Monitor, Sep 03, 1999, p 5

Taiwan plans to build a low-altitude missile defense to counter any threat from China, according to the country's defense minister. This is not part of the US-led TMD project with Japan, he said, but is a program that will be part of a national missile defense (NMD) project.

Descriptors, Keywords: Taiwan TMD NMD

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 10


NMD Briefing For Potential Construction Work. BMD Monitor, Sep 03, 1999, p 13

An NMD strategy has been developed for deploying a ground-based missile defense system, and multiple sites are being considered. Estimated construction cost of these projects is $400-$500m, with an award anticipated in Nov 2000.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD site construction

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 11


AFRL Outlines Technology Thrusts. BMD Monitor, Sep 03, 1999, pp 2, 4

Article elaborates on AFRL's new technology thrusts, including space technologies and the development of an Expeditionary Aerospace Force (EAF).

Descriptors, Keywords: AFRL space technology expeditionary force

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 12


THAAD Prepares For EMD. BMD Monitor, Sep 03, 1999, p 14

Plans are underway now to move the THAAD program into engineering, manufacturing & development (EMD). Writing an acquisition plan, preparing a draft RFP and undergoing scrutiny by a Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) are all required before official approval.

Descriptors, Keywords: THAAD EMD

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 13


Navy, Army Ballistic Missile Defense Programs Not In Competition. Defense Daily. Keeter, Hunter, Aug 30, 1999, pp 7-8

Despite the rivalry perceived between the Navy Theater Wide (NTW) and the Army's THAAD system, the services are not in competition to field an effective upper-tier ballistic missile defense system, according to senior officials. The Pentagon plans to select either NTW or THAAD as the lead upper-tier system in December and move funding for the programs into one pool by 2002.

Descriptors, Keywords: Navy Army ballistic missile defense competition THAAD NTW upper-tier

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 14


DoD Elevates Cost Focus; Rates Weapon Price With Performance Requirements. Defense News. Clark, Colin, Sep 06, 1999, pp 1, 36

A recent memo from Jacques Gansler, U.S. undersecretary of defense for acquisition and technology and Gen Joseph Ralston, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has changed the way weapons systems will be developed. The memo makes the weapons system's price as important as its performance. The goal is to reduce the time needed to field a new system, while limiting the cost.

Descriptors, Keywords: Gansler Ralston Weapons Cost Requirements

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 15


Report: Sea-Land Combo Best NMD For US. Defense News. Holzer, Robert, Sep 06, 1999, pp 3, 36

An unclassified version of a report sent to Congress, "Summary of Report to Congress on Utility of Sea-Based Assets to National Missile Defense", concludes that a combination of a sea-based and land-based antimissile system would provide the best protection against ballistic missiles.

Descriptors, Keywords: NMD Navy Theater Wide ballistic missile defense Army

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 16


Hacker Offers, Claims Pique Mixed Response; Proposed Volunteer Force To Detect Security Gaps. Defense News. Seffers, George I., Sep 06, 1999, pp 4, 34

Siri Security Research, a group of international hackers, has proposed creating an international corps of volunteer hackers who would scan the entire Internet and warn countries of potential security vulnerabilities. Reaction to Siri's claims of scanning and finding thousands of security holes has been mixed. Some doubt the claims, and others question the value of an Internet security project conducted by amateurs. More information on the claims is available at

Descriptors, Keywords: Siri Security Research Internet Network security Information security Computer security

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 17


Hacker Offers, Claims Pique Mixed Response; DoD Is Unable To Verify Probes. Defense News. Seffers, George I., Sep 06, 1999, pp 4, 34

Defense Department spokesmen are unable to confirm or deny claims by Siri Security Research that it scanned 85 percent of the Internet for security vulnerabilities. The group claims that it scanned U.S. military computer systems and found vulnerabilities.

Descriptors, Keywords: Siri Security Research Internet Network security Information security Computer security

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 18


One On One: Tang Fei, Taiwanese Minister of National Defense. Defense News, Sep 06, 1999, p 38

In an interview with Defense News, Tang Fei, Minister of Defense of Taiwan, discusses possible Chinese aggression, Taiwan defenses and ballistic missile defense.

Descriptors, Keywords: Taiwan, China, Tang Fei, ballistic missile defense

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 19


Army To Test PAC-3 Again On Sept. 15; Worries Over Targets Continue. Inside the Pentagon. Dupont, Daniel G., Sep 02, 1999, p 4

The Army is expected to attempt another test of the Patriot PAC-3 missile system on Sept 15, nearly a month after a problem with the intended target missile forced the service to abort the flight. Problems with the Hera target have service officials increasingly concerned about the possibility that missile defense systems may continue to suffer setbacks related solely to the targets they are designed to shoot down.

Descriptors, Keywords: PAC-3 flight test Hera target

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 20


MEADS Gets New Life As Pentagon Directs Army, BMDO To Fund It. Inside the Pentagon. Sirak, Michael C.; Dupont, Daniel G., Sep 02, 1999, pp 3-5

The Pentagon has directed the Army and BMDO to find $720m in funding for the development of MEADS, giving new life to a cooperative international program many thought would die because of a lack of Pentagon support. The program decision memorandum laying out the new arrangement was a topic of discussion at last week's Space & Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville, AL.

Descriptors, Keywords: MEADS funding

UPDATE: Sep 03, 1999, No. 21