News Briefings

DoD News Briefing

Tuesday, October 19, 1999
Presenter: Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and General Anthony Zinni


Q: Mr. Cohen, on your last visit to the region you spoke about the common early warning GCC system. What happened to your proposal?

Secretary Cohen: The shared early warning? As a matter of fact, we are moving forward with technical discussions on shared early warning with Qatar and others. And that is part of this Defense Cooperation Initiative - we have not only the shared early warning, but also share information and techniques on coping with biological or chemical weapons' attacks. It's all part of the Defense Cooperation Initiative, but we are also moving forward with the shared early warning. We have our technical experts who meet periodically and are moving forward to the satisfaction of the U.S. and also of the Qatari leadership.