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Space Pact Tops Clinton's Asian Agenda: Beijing and Space. 
Aerospace America. Robert F. Dorr, Jun 01, 1998, p 8
A meeting scheduled for late this month in Beijing between President
Bill Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin is unlikely to produce
significant news for the US aerospace industry. There have been no
important Chinese purchases of US aircraft and equipment recently. An
early draft of the agreement would establish a framework for cooperation
in the areas of Earth observation, climate change, and environment while
discouraging China from cooperating in military ballistic missile
development with Iran and Pakistan. 
H-2 Failure Clouds Japan's Commercial Rocket Prospects. 
Aerospace America. Neil W. Davis, Jun 01, 1998, p 6-7
The failure of an H-2 launch vehicle to place an experimental
communications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit in February
could harm prospects for Japan's drive to commercialize its launch
services. Japanese rocket engineers may become more reluctant to apply
the severe cost-cutting needed to bring down the price tag of the
next-generation H-2A. Before this fiasco, the failed second-stage engine
had a long history of success and was considered one of the most
reliable systems of the two-stage H-2 launcher. 
Pakistan, India Won't Have Nuclear-Tipped Missiles Soon. 
Aerospace Daily, Jun 01, 1998, p 339
According to US intelligence officials, Pakistan and India would have to
rely on aircraft to deliver missiles in the near term. 
Possible Arrow Variant Suggested As THAAD Replacement. 
Aerospace Daily, Jun 03, 1998, p 353
Rep Curt Weldon (R-PA), told the Israeli government that an enhanced
version of the Arrow anti-missile system may be a good alternative to
the problem-plagued THAAD program. Weldon led the House in adding an
amendment to its version of the 1999 defense authorization bill that
authorizes BMDO to place financial penalties on Lockheed Martin for
future THAAD failures. 
House Panel Cuts THAAD $406 Million, Funds Only 27 F/A-18E/Fs. 
Aerospace Daily, Jun 05, 1998, p 367, 368B
The THAAD program was cut by $406m, the largest reduction by any
congressional committee this year. Although the House Appropriations
national security subcommittee did make a large cut, they left the door
open if BMDO can make the case that THAAD will work despite its test
SAC Shifts $180 Million For 40 THAAD Test Missiles To Dem/Val. 
Aerospace Daily, Jun 05, 1998, p 369
SAC has eliminated the funds for 40 THAAD User Operational Evaluation
System (UOES) missiles, while adding funding back to the demonstration
and validation portion of the program. 
SAC Subcommittee Trims SASC ABL Cut As It Clears $250B DoD Bill.
Aerospace Daily, Jun 03, 1998, pp 351, 354
SASC cleared a $250b FY99 Pentagon money bill that endorses cuts in
THAAD and trimmed the ABL air vehicle but increased ABL ground testing.
This article also mentions Navy Upper Tier and NMD. 
House Appropriators Eye Deep THAAD Cut. 
Aerospace Daily, Jun 04, 1998, p 360A
The House Appropriations national security committee tentatively decided
to cut deeply into the THAAD program as it completed the first phase of
the FY99 defense appropriations bill. 
House Shakes Up Bungled Missile. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology. Paul Mann, Jun 01, 1998, pp 29-30
The House has ordered selection of an additional contractor and a major
funding shift in a bid to salvage and not shelve the Army/Lockheed
Martin antimissile interceptor, THAAD. Rep John M. Spratt, Jr., (D-SC)
called the action plan aggressive. "We are telling Lockheed Martin that
if they cannot fix the THAAD interceptor, the contract may be taken away
from them. The House amendment to the FY99 Defense Authorization Bill
directs DoD to modify its contract to ensure [Lockheed Martin] shares
the cost of future test failures. 
Industry Outlook: Don't Miss This Call. 
Aviation Week & Space Technology. Paul Proctor, Jun 01, 1998, p 13
US and coalition commanders in Kuwait have been equipped with
off-the-shelf pagers that warn of incoming tactical ballistic missiles.
Under the Early Warning Pager Initiative, the US Army Space and Missile
Command, working through the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command,
distributed the pagers, which leverage in-country commercial paging
capabilities. Once a TBM launch is detected and an impact point
computer-determined, a "pending impact" warning page is automatically
transmitted to all pagers within two minutes, a time considerably less
than TBM flight times in the area. The advanced warning gives troops
time to take cover and don protective gear. 
Livermore Physicist Chosen To Head DTRA. 
BMD Monitor, May 29, 1998, p 190
Lawrence Livermore National Lab has named Jay C. Davis as the director
of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. This agency will deal with
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. 
SBIRSS im Ready To Play Active Roles In RS '99. 
BMD Monitor, May 29, 1998, pp 191-192
The Space Based Infrared System Simulation(SBIRSSim) will play an active
role in exercises at Roving Sands '99. The simulation has been a passive
participant in several military exercises including the annual joint and
multinational air defense exercises held in Fort Bliss, TX. 
THAAD Second-Source Funded At $30M In House Bill. 
BMD Monitor, May 29, 1998, pp 194-195
This article discusses the House National Defense Authorization Bill for
FY99 and the need for another contractor on the THAAD program. According
to this report, $30m of the THAAD EMD money will go to support a second,
much needed, contractor. 
Loral, Hughes To Face Hearings Over China Space Tech Transfer. 
BMD Monitor, May 29, 1998, pp 187-188
Hearings concerning the alleged space technology transfer to China by
Loral Space and Hughes Space and Communications will probably get under
way some time in June. The issue will be a series of waivers granted by
the Clinton Administration for the launch of US made satellites. 
EU States Set Out Anti-Proliferation Pact. 
BMD Monitor, May 29, 1998, p 186
The states of the EU have agreed on a non-binding code of conduct on
arms sales to stop the proliferation of weapons to hostile states. This
pact sets out common criteria which could lead to the refusal of an
export license. The pact also provides eight points governments should
consider before selling arms. 
House Authorizers Want $80M For DoE, BMDO Collaboration. 
BMD Monitor, May 29, 1998, p 194
According to the HNSC defense authorization report collaboration between
BMDO and the DoE will be beneficial. The Memorandum of Agreement would
make it easier to draw on assets and expertise of the national labs for
BMD programs. 
BMDO, FORCECOM Complement Each Other At Roving Sands. 
BMD Monitor, May 29, 1998, pp 192-193
According to this article, BMDO and FORCECOM complement one another at
the joint air defense Roving Sands exercise. BMDO needs a place to look
for gaps and explore new options and FORCECOM wants to train soldiers
and look for new technologies for the fictitious WestGulfacia operation.
Kerrey Calls For Reform After India Nuke Test Intel Failure. 
Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Jun 04, 1998, p 1
Citing the failures of the US intelligence agencies in warning of
India's nuclear testing plans, Sen Bob Kerrey (D-NE) announced he will
seek changes this year in the laws governing the organization of the
intelligence community. Kerrey said he has not decided on the
legislative vehicle for his intelligence reforms, but may seek to attach
them as an amendment to the FY99 Intelligence Authorization Bill. 
GAO: Army's Year 2000 Computer Fix Effort 'Ineffective'. 
Defense Daily. George Cahlink, Jun 03, 1998, pp 4-5
A recent GAO report, "Army Needs to Strengthen Its Year 2000 Program,"
says the Army has taken several "positive actions" to make Y2K fixes a
high priority. However, the report claims that incomplete information; a
lack of contingency plans; insufficient interface agreements and
inadequate test facilities could mean problems for the Army on January
1, 2000. 
Senate Appropriators Recommend $250.3 Billion For Defense.
Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Jun 03, 1998, pp 1-3
The Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee completed work on a
$250.3b FY99 Defense Appropriations bill that shifts several billions of
dollars between program, but basically accommodates Defense Department
Pentagon To Share Early Warning Info To Avert Y2K Chaos.
Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, Jun 05, 1998, pp 7-9
As the Pentagon tries to ensure that its 2,915 "mission critical"
computer systems are free of the Year 2000 (Y2K) glitch, SecDef Cohen is
putting particular attention on nuclear command and control and is
developing a proposal this summer for the sharing of early warning
US-UK To Cooperate On Chem-Bio Protection Efforts. 
Defense Daily. Vago Muradian, Jun 04, 1998, pp 6-7
SecDef Cohen and British SecDef Robertson said they will pool their
capabilities in a cooperative effort to better protect their troops from
chemical and biological weapons. 
HAC Defense Panel Adds Funds For Upper Tier, C130Js. 
Defense Daily. Sheila Foote, Jun 05, 1998, pp 4-6
The House Appropriations defense panel completed work on a $250.5b FY99
defense spending bill that adds $150m for the Navy Theater-Wide missile
Study Recommends Joint Japan-US TMD Development. 
Defense News. Naoaki Usui, Jun 01, 1998, p 58
Japan and the United States jointly should develop a theater missile
defense (TMD) system to protect South Korea. 
Give Arrow A Shot. 
Defense News, Jun 01, 1998, p 14
Expressing their dissatisfaction that the Theater High-Altitude Area
Defense System (THAAD) has failed in five consecutive test launches, 228
members of the US House of Representatives want a new contractor to take
over the program if the problems persist. 
India To Prepare Nuclear Doctrine, Arsenal For Deployment. 
Defense News. Vivek Raghuvanshi, Jun 01, 1998, p 14
Indian leaders say the country now has stockpiled 125 nuclear warheads,
and is embarking on a program to ready them for deployment. 
US Ponders Sanctions Path: Pakistan Nuclear Tests Demonstrate
Limits On Influence. 
Defense News. Lisa Burgess, Jun 01, 1998, p 4
Pakistan's nuclear explosions late May are leading US policy-makers to
reconsider economic sanctions as a tool against weapon proliferation. 
Indian Tests Send Warning: 
US Must Reassess Intelligence, Missile Defense. 
Defense News. Philip Ritcheson, Jun 01, 1998, p 45
Indian nuclear tests stand as a warning at the threshold of the third
millennium. Geopolitical challenges to US leadership may be combined
with accelerated proliferation. To effectively contend with these
threats, and maintain its national position as a superpower, the United
States must revamp its intelligence priorities, accelerate the
development and deployment of NMD's and TMD's and reassess its
requirements for a credible nuclear deterrent. 
Israel Gives Go-Ahead For Arrow Deployment. 
Defense News, Jun 01, 1998, p 2
Israeli Arrow missile defense system is on its way to deployment
following a May 27 Israeli Ministry of Defense review of the estimated
$1.6b program. 
Lockheed Offers To Pay Some THAAD Test Costs. 
Defense News, Jun 01, 1998, p 2
US Army is assessing the reply offered by Theater High-Altitude Area
Defense (THAAD) contractor Lockheed Martin's Missiles & Space Systems to
a so-called cure notice sent May 13 that could lead to termination of
the contract. 
According To Los Alamos Missile Defense Expert: 
ABM Treaty Could Prevent US From Deploying NMD System That Works. 
Inside the Pentagon, Jun 04, 1990, p 18
"Geometry really does Count" when it comes to national missile defense.
So says Gregory Canavan, senior science advisor at the Los Alamos
National Laboratory and creator of the "Brilliant Pebbles" idea at the
heart of former President Ronald Reagan's vision of a space-based
missile defense system. 
Air Force Wary Of SBIRS Requirements Creep, Cost Increase. 
Inside the Pentagon, Jun 04, 1990, p 9
The Air Force's Space-Based Infrared system low-Earth orbit program
faces tough challenges in the future to accommodate more missions and
requirements that threaten to raise the program's costs, the Air Force's
top military acquisition officer said on May 21. 
Navy Official: Service Abandons Effort To Speed Standard Missile Buys.
Inside the Pentagon. Keith J. Costa, Jun 04, 1990, pp 13-14
The Navy will have to abandon an effort to accelerate procurement of the
block IV-A Standard Missile that the service plans to use for both the
Navy Area and Navy Theater Wide missile defense programs, a key Navy
official told Inside the Pentagon in a May 21 interview. 
Air Force Spending Plan Leaves $5 Billion In FY00 Requirements Unfunded.
Inside the Pentagon. Elaine M. Grossman, Jun 04, 1990, pp 1, 8
The Air Force's new program objective memorandum, submitted to the
Office of the Secretary of Defense last month, leaves over $5 billion in
requirements unfunded in fiscal year 2000 alone, according to Pentagon
and industry officials. Of that figure, the service reportedly believes
it has $3 billion in "critical" unfunded requirements for the fiscal
National Guard Leaders Want Changes in Pentagon's WMD Response Plan.
Inside the Pentagon. Darcia R. Harris, Jun 04, 1990, pp 5-6
The National Guard's Adjutants General Association is calling for an
increase in the number of reserve component teams tasked to provide
first military response for domestic emergencies involving weapons of
mass destruction. The state-level leaders of the Guard are also urging
Congress to vote down an amendment that would allow the Presidential
Selected Reserve Call-up to be used for ordering the reserve components
to active duty to help manage the consequences of such an incident. 
Summary Of FY99 Senate Defense Appropriations Bill. 
Inside the Pentagon, Jun 04, 1990, pp 15-16
Highlights of FY99 Senate Defense Appropriations Bill include:
Authorized level of $3.18b for Ballistic Missile Defense; Defers THAAD
EMD transition due to test failures/delays; Adds +$94m for Space Based
Laser program; Adds +$105m for Navy Upper Tier missile defense program. 
Safeguarding Old Soviet Nukes. 
Physics Today. Irwin Goodwin, Jun 01, 1998, p 53
A continuing problem in the former Soviet Union is how to safeguard
nuclear materials in territories of the former USSR. Russia had agreed
to accept some nuclear material from Kazakhstan but never retrieved the
half ton weapon's grade uranium. The US retrieved nuclear material from
both Georgia and Kazakhstan. 
Enlarging The Nuclear Club. 
Physics Today. Irwin Goodwin, Jun 01, 1998
In an April 1998 survey, American adults viewed nuclear proliferation as
a serious threat. Shortly after the survey, India conducted underground
nuclear tests close to the Pakistani border. The Asian arms race bodes
badly for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. 

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