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NSC Official Backs China Policy As 'Non-Proliferation Tool'. Aerospace
Daily, Jun 19, 1998, pp 449-450
Gary Samore, NSC senior director, says that the 10 year old US policy of
allowing US satellite makers to launch their spacecraft on Chinese
rockets has been an effective tool in encouraging China to follow
international guidelines on the proliferation of ballistic missile
technology. The China-launch encourages "openness" between the US and
China, and discourages the export of Chinese missiles by offering an
alternative source of revenue and the threat of sanctions. 
Industry Groups Oppose China Launch Legislation. Aerospace Daily, Jun
09, 1998, pp 383, 386
Officials of the Aerospace Industries Association and the Satellite
Industry Association said their memberships want the Senate to reject
the House language, which grew out of charges China gained access to
data useful in ballistic missile targeting from US experts helping it
investigate the 1996 failure of a Long March 2C launch vehicle. The
industry organization wants senators to await the outcome of a Senate
Intelligence Committee probe into the charges headed by the panel
chairman, Sen Richard Shelby (R-AL). 
Indigenous SAM Upgrades Worry USAF, Hawley Says. Aerospace Daily, Jun
09, 1998, p 388
According to Gen Richard Hawley, wide proliferation of older SAMs is a
problem because modifications are being made indigenously, rather than
by the original SAM manufacturers; this tends to make the SAM
country-unique and difficult to keep up with. 
Senate Panel Examines Satellite Licensing; House Gears Up Probe.
Aerospace Daily, Jun 11, 1998, pp 399, 403
The Senate Intelligence Committee opened hearings on the effects of US
national security of satellite technology exports to China with GAO
testimony. According to witness, Katherine V. Schinasi, technical
information may not be clearly controlled under the Commerce system
because unlike the Dept of State, the Dept of Commerce does not require
a company to obtain an export license to market a satellite.  Chairman
Richard Shelby said China Aerospace builds civilian space launch
vehicles and also intercontinental ballistic missiles targeted on the US
and other countries. 
What's Ahead In Aerospace: Pecking Order. Aerospace Daily, Jun 15, 1998,
pp 415-416
According to Air Force officials, ABL is being designed to establish a
pecking order to attack higher threat systems first. ABL may forego
earlier, less lethal targets, to deal with high threat first. 
DARPA Picks Boeing For Hypersonic Missile Development. Aerospace Daily,
Jun 15, 1998, p 416
DARPA has selected BOEING to pursue development of the hypersonic
Advanced Rapid Response Missile Demonstrator (ARRMD). ARRMD is intended
to be a low cost hypersonic missile approach to engage time critical
targets at ranges in excess of 400 nautical miles. Operational
capability is projected for 2010. 
Service Disputes Set Back JROC Review Of SBIRS-Low. Aerospace Daily, Jun
15, 1998, p 417
The Pentagon has pushed back a high-level review of the SBIRS-Low system
until July 1998, due to inter-service disputes over requirements. The
Navy and BMDO rejected the Air Force's position on some SBIRS-Low
Team ABL Conduces 'First Light' Test For Airborne Laser Program.
Aerospace Daily, Jun 15, 1998, p 420
Team ABL, composed of Boeing, TRW and Lockheed Martin has conducted the
fist test of the flight weighted laser module (FLM), a
multi-hundred-kilowatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL), at
TRW's Capistrano Test Site. FLM is the fundamental building block for
HEL, and this test is the latest of a series of successful risk
reduction activities by Team ABL which has kept the ABL program on cost
and on schedule. 
Boeing Taps Three Northrop Grumman Units For NMD Team. Aerospace Daily,
Jun 15, 1998, p 420
Three units of Northrop Grumman Corp will participate in Boeing's NMD
team. These are Logicon, the Electronic Sensors and Systems Division,
and Marine Systems, with a total value of $70m over the first three
years of the program. 
ATACMS Penetrator Development Slips From 2001 Until 2005. Aerospace
Daily, Jun 12, 1998, pp 413-414
The US Army has delayed development of a penetrator variant of the
ATACMS until 2005 due to lack of funding. ATACMS Block 3 is being
considered jointly by the Army and Navy. The missile is expected to
weigh about 3000 lbs. 
CNO Wants Rapid Deployment of Aegis Based TMD. Aerospace Daily, Jun 11,
1998, p 401
CNO Adm Jay Johnson wants to equip the US Navy's Aegis ships with TMD
systems as soon as possible. The first two Aegis cruisers will be
equipped with the Lower Tier system in Hawaii in 1999. 
Predator UAV Problems Detailed. Aerospace Daily, Jun 16, 1998, p 428
The Army has retained rated pilots to fly the Predator UAV, which is
difficult to handle and not yet achieving some advertised performance
characteristics. The system is underpowered for some environments and
tends to lose altitude in clouds or rain. It also is vulnerable to
unintentional jamming, and is difficult to land in twilight conditions. 
Lockheed Martin's THAAD Cure May Not Be The Answer, Kern Says. Aerospace
Daily, Jun 15, 1998, p 420
Lockheed Martin proposed that the Army share some test costs if THAAD
fails again in future tests, and additionally will restructure its
management team. LTG Paul Kern, the Army's top acquisitions officer,
noted that THAAD problems have been quality issues rather than technical
hurdles, but the THAAD problems remain a working issue. 
Simulation May Replace Starstreak Stinger, Shoot-Off. Aerospace Daily,
Jun 11, 1998, p 405
A lack of funds may restrict possibilities for a side by side comparison
of the Shorts Starstreak laser guided missile and the air-to-air
Stinger, despite congressional interest. 
New Mirror Performs Well In High-Energy Laser Test. Aerospace Daily, Jun
12, 1998, p 408
On June 9, BMDO conducted the fourth high energy laser test of the
uncooled deformable mirror (UDM) for the ALPHA Large Advanced Mirror
Program (LAMP). The test ran for five seconds with 4.5 seconds of
closed-loop wavefront and jitter control accomplished. 
Stinger Follow-On Choices Seen Wide Open. Aerospace Daily, Jun 11, 1998,
pp 401-402
The US Army plans to keep Stinger missile viable until 2015 or later,
while the Army tries to define a follow-on to the surface to air and air
to air Stinger missile. 
Helms: White House Shielded Loral, Hughes From China Sanctions.
Aerospace Daily, Jun 12, 1998, pp 407-408
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) charged the Clinton
Administration with shielding US satellite manufacturers and China from
US sanction, but other committee members question the effectiveness and
wisdom of sanctions. The House Rules Committee has put off until next
week consideration of a House Republican leadership resolution creating
a special committee to investigate alleged transfer of launch technology
to China. 
North Korea Says It Won't Stop Selling Missiles Overseas. Aerospace
Daily, Jun 17, 1998, p 432
North Korea has admitted for the first time that its selling missiles
abroad, and plans to continue developing, testing and selling the
missiles. US has evidence that North Korea has sold Scud missiles to
Iran and Syria but efforts to halt the transfers have failed. 
Raytheon Builds Test Center For IR Sensor Satellite Payloads. Aerospace
Daily, Jun 17, 1998, p 437
Raytheon is preparing a test center to test the infrared sensor payloads
it is providing for the US AF SBIRS-Low flight demonstrations program
Russian Nuclear Cruise Missile Development Slower Than Expected.
Aerospace Daily, Jun 17, 1998, p 435
Russian development of a future air launched nuclear cruise missile is
proceeding slower than expected. 
Hamre Warns Lawmakers Of Cyber Attack Vulnerabilities. Aerospace Daily,
Jun 12, 1998, p 409
DepSecDef Hamre described Pentagon vulnerability to cyber attacks in a
closed door session with the HNSC. Rep Weldon (R-PA) urged other members
to request a classified briefing. In open prepared testimony Hamre
described examples of how digital technology failures have unanticipated
and widespread repercussions. In related GAO testimony, the Director of
Defense Acquisition told HNSC that DoD has initiated a project to
develop standard methodology and management to identify vulnerabilities
in systems and networks. 
GAO: China Could Use US, EU Systems To Improve Military. Aerospace
Daily, Jun 19, 1998, pp 452-453
According to a new GAO report, (GAO/NSIAD-98-176), China could use
limited military deliveries from the US and EU to improve its military
capabilities. Since June 1989 the US has allowed wavers for delivery of
military items valued at $36.3m, and licensing of commercial military
exports of $313m. An accounting of military items delivered to China
from the US and EU is included. 
Payload Options Emerge For Global Hawk. Aerospace Daily, Jun 16, 1998, p
A wide variety of payloads are being considered for the Global Hawk UAV,
including signals intelligence (SIGINT), a package to fire missiles for
BPI, or a payload with capability to replace a GPS satellite. 
House Establishes Special Panel To Investigate China Tech Transfer.
Aerospace Daily, Jun 19, 1998, p 448
The US House voted 409 to 10 to pass a resolution creating a panel to
investigate allegations that Loral Space and Communications transferred
sensitive technology to China. The main focus of the group is to
determine if national security was compromised Rep Christopher Cox
(R-CA) asked the House Rules Committee to give his panel primacy over 8
other house committees with jurisdiction for a six-month investigation,
to determine if national security was compromised. NRO added two senior
Pentagon officials to its staff. MajGen Robert S. Dickman, became
director of plans and analysis with NRO. Gil Klinger will be the NRO's
new policy director. 
AFRL Works To Improve Tech For BMDO. BMD Monitor, Jun 12, 1998, pp
Air Force Research Laboratory is working in several areas to determine
which technologies and programs will help BMDO programs. 
AFRL Works Closely With BMDO. BMD Monitor, Jun 12, 1998, pp 199-200
The consolidation of Air Force labs into the Air Force Research Lab has
resulted in improved communication with BMDO. 
BMDO Tech Links To Business. BMD Monitor, Jun 12, 1998, p 209
This article discusses how BMDO as well as other advanced technology
companies are making necessary preparations towards the millennium. 
Senate Panel Gives And Takes. BMD Monitor, Jun 12, 1998, pp 204-205
This article focuses on briefs that detail the funding the Senate
Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee recommended from
specific BMD programs. The full committee has yet to complete action on
the FY 1999 National Defense Appropriations bill. 
Schafer Provides THAAD Tech Support. BMD Monitor, Jun 12, 1998, p 210
Under A $540,000 contract, Schafer Corp. will provide technical support
and assistance for the THAAD Integrated Product Development
Implementation and Integration. 
Senate Subcommittee Pushes PAC-3 ADSAM/ADAAN Tests. BMD Monitor, Jun 12,
1998, p 206
Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee wants DoD to research using a
sensor on an aircraft to do targeting and fire control for missiles
launched from the ground or another aircraft. 
Senate Panel Pares BMDO R&D $442,000. BMD Monitor, Jun 12, 1998, pp
The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee barely touched BMDO's
Fiscal Year 1999 research request, shaving only $442,000 from the
$3.178b request. 
BMDO Interested In Navy Module After Successful Exercise. BMD Monitor,
Jun 12, 1998, pp 207-208
The Area Air Defense Commander module - a prototype of a new joint
theater air and missile defense planning and coordination capability -
was used for the first time in the Fleet Battle experiment (FBE) Charlie
on May 1-5 during the Joint Task Force Exercise 98-2, in the western
Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. BMDO and JTAMDO are interested in the
prototype and will be getting briefings about it next month. 
Sanders Demos Missile Warning/Jamming Systems. BMD Monitor, Jun 12,
1998, p 210
Sanders demonstrated the first fully integrated development model of the
tri-service AN/AAR 57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) and the
AN/ALQ-212 Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures/Common Missile
Warning System (ATIRCM/CMWS) before more then 100 DoD officials and
contractors earlier this spring. 
HAC Approves Defense Spending Bill. Defense Daily. Frank Wolfe, Jun 18,
1998, pp 7-8
The House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved the work of its
defense panel on a $250.5b FY99 defense spending bill that represents a
$621m net increase over the administration's budget request for
Israel May Get More Patriot Equipment. Defense Daily, Jun 15, 1998, p 5
Israel may purchase three more support units for Patriot surface-to-air
missiles from Raytheon worth $73m under a proposed foreign military
Senate May Add $37 Million For Arrow, Other Israel Defense Programs.
Defense News. Barbara Opall-Rome, Jun 08, 1998, p 4
US Senate appropriators are proposing that the DoD spend at least an
additional $37m on Israel-related programs in their 1999 Pentagon
spending bill which $12m went towards the US-Israel Arrow program, $10m
for the US BMDO Boost Phase Intercept and $15m for THEL. 
THAAD Failure May Cost Contractor $15 Million. Defense News, Jun 15,
1998, p 2
Lockheed Martin Corp. has offered to reimburse the Defense Department
$15m in the event its next five Theater High Altitude Area Defense
(THAAD) missile intercept attempts fail, a congressional source said. 
Failures Cost THAAD In Congress. Defense News. Philip Finnegan, Jun 08,
1998, pp 4, 58
Unless the US Department of Defense comes up with an acceptable way to
restructure the Army's Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
program, it faces severe delays and financial setbacks from Congress. 
India May Boost 1998 Budget. Defense News. Vivek Raghuvanshi, Jun 08,
1998, p 56
Not only has the new Indian government bolstered defense, space and
nuclear budgets, but officials here also promise to consider midterm
increases in 1998 defense spending. 
Space-Based Tracking Debate Follows Israeli Arrow Decision. Defense
News. Steve Rodan, Jun 08, 1998, p 8
Israel's defense establishment is quietly debating whether the country's
next step in missile defense should be a space-based tracking system.
The debate comes on the heels of the Defense Ministry's approval of a
$1b plan to deploy the Arrow antimissile system, now know as Homa (for
Great Wall). Under the plan, the Homa system will be operated under what
officials termed emergency deployment in late 1999 The first two
batteries of the Arrow 2 will be deployed in 2000, and a third the
following year. 
Britain, US To Join On Chemical Defense. Defense News, Jun 08, 1998, p 2
The UK and US jointly will develop chemical and biological weapon
Converted Minuteman To Launch Satellite. Defense News, Jun 15, 1998, p 2
The first Minuteman missile converted for small satellite launches will
lift off in late 1999 from the planned commercial spaceport at
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. 
Japanese Interest Rises In TMD. Defense News. Naoaki Usui, Jun 15, 1998,
p 10
The eruption of a new nuclear arms race in South Asia has spurred the
Japan Defense Agency (JDA) to bolster its hitherto modest research on
possible US collaboration in theater missile defense (TMD). 
Israel Plans New Launch Of Arrow Interceptor. Defense News, Jun 15,
1998, p 2
Israeli officials, confident they have eliminated the glitches that
resulted in an Aug. 20 test failure, plan to launch another Arrow
antimissile interceptor in the next two weeks. 
Albright Urges Flexibility For Nuke Sanctions. Defense News. Barbara
Opall-Rome, Jun 15, 1998, pp 4, 28
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has joined the chorus of
influential voices clamoring for legislative relief form sanctions
imposed on India and Pakistan after last month's nuclear tests by the
South Asian rivals. 
Shake Up Missile Defense: THAAD Failures Underscore Deployment Rush.
Defense News. Gene Fox, Stanley Orman, Jun 15, 1998, p 19
Repercussions from the latest test failure of the Theater High-Altitude
Area Defense (THAAD) system may extend beyond a single troubled program,
and shake up the organization that spawned THAAD and their approach to
missile defense. 
DoE May Consolidate Nuke Weapon Production Contracts. Defense News. Lisa
Burgess, Jun 15, 1998, p 12
The US Department of Energy is considering consolidating as many as six
contracts at its nuclear weapon production facilities into a single
contract worth as much as $1b, a top. 
US To Share Year 2000 Missile Glitch Plans. Defense News, Jun 08, 1998,
p 2
This summer, the United States will present to Russia and other
countries a plan for sharing early-warning and missile-launch
information if computers running nuclear missile systems go haywire Jan.
1, 2000, as a result of the so-called year 2000 problem. 
N. Korea Speeds New Missile: Possible Pakistan Aid May Allow Pyongyang
To Skip Test Phase. Defense News. Barbara Opall-Rome, Jun 15, 1998, pp
4, 27
As US and South Korea leaders consider easing sanctions against North
Korea, intelligence analysts are warning of Pyongyang's plan to deploy
its new Taepo-dong 1 missile without the testing that would provide
Western militaries with early warning. 
Pending Chemical Weapons Legislation Could Weaken Treaty. Defense Week,
Jun 15, 1998, p 15
Legislation passed by both houses of Congress would seriously undermine
the international treaty, Chemical Weapons Convention, that seeks to ban
chemical weapons production, stockpiling and use, arms control advocates
say. The bill contains a number of exemptions for the US that encourages
other governments to adopt their own particular exceptions to the
Albright Calls For Increased Arms Export Control. Defense Week. David
Ruppe, Jun 15, 1998, p 7
At a June 10 Stimson Center conference on the security crisis in South
Asia, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright praised the European Union's
decision to adopt a Code of Conduct restricting arms transfers and said
more attention should be paid to controlling conventional arms exports. 
Lockheed Martin Won't Lose US Missile Job, Top Aide Says. Defense Week,
Jun 15, 1998, p 13
Lockheed Martin will not be fired as prime contractor on THAAD, the
Pentagon's top anti-missile system for protecting soldiers, even though
five straight tests have been failures. THAAD is to be a mobile system
of missile batteries and ground radars specifically designed to destroy
short-range ballistic missiles, such as the Iraqi Scuds used against US
troops in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. 
Pentagon: Alaska Best Site For National Missile Defense. Defense Week.
John Donnelly, Jun 15, 1998, pp 1, 8
The Pentagon has determined that interceptor rockets for an initial,
limited NMD system would best be located in central Alaska, even though
deploying them anywhere but Grand Forks, ND is not allowed by the 1972
ABM Treaty. 
Onsite Inspection. Inside the Pentagon, Jun 18, 1998, p 1
Air Force Gen Eugene Habiger, the outgoing commander of the US Strategic
Command, told reporters June 16 that after making a number of visits
recently to Russian nuclear command and control sites and weapons
storage facilities, he has fairly high confidence in the safety and
security of the Russian arsenal. In fact, he said, he believes his view
on the matter is better informed than that of the US intelligence
THAAD Failures, Reviews Begin to Affect Other TMD Programs. Inside the
Pentagon, Jun 18, 1998, pp 8-9
The string of failures that has plagued the Theater High Altitude Area
Defense system and sparked debate over the adequacy of theater missile
defense testing has begun to affect other TMD programs including Patriot
PAC-3, industry sources tell Inside the Army. THADD has filed to
intercept target missiles in five consecutive tests, sparking intense
scrutiny along the way. 
During Upcoming Trip: Clinton To Press China To Join Missile Technology
Control Regime. Inside the Pentagon. Keith J. Costa, Jun 18, 1998, pp
President Clinton will once again urge Chinese officials to join the
Missile Technology Control Regime during his upcoming trip to China, an
administration source told Inside the Pentagon on June 16. Such a move
is bound to stir controversy among those who criticize the White House
for resisting the use of sanctions against China for its export of
missile technology to Pakistan, Iran and others. 
Appropriations Panel Slices $50m From EELV Program. Inside the Pentagon,
Jun 18, 1998, p 7
The House Appropriations national security subcommittee has cut $50m
from the Air Force's $280.3m request for engineering and manufacturing
development of the family of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles.
Interview; Philip Coyle, Director Operational Test And Evaluation, US
DoD. Jane's Defence Weekly. Bryan Bender, Jun 10, 1998, p 32
An example of a program that has fallen victim to programmatic, budget
and schedule pressures is the US Army's THAAD. Coyle contends that the
THAAD test program has been rushed, thus encountering problems that
could have been avoided had the Army and Lockheed Martin opted for a
more deliberate and incremental testing regime. The director believes
that if other programs are not careful they could have similar
experiences as THAAD. One missile defense effort in particular that
concerns Coyle is the US Air Force's Boeing-developed Airborne Laser
(ABL). "It's quite a challenging program," he said. "It's very early in
its development and my first concern would be, since it is a missile
defense program, that it does not fall into what has happened to THAAD."
Pakistan Ready To Arm Ghauri With Warheads. Jane's Defence Weekly. Umer
Farooq, Jun 03, 1998, p 4
Senior Pakistani officials have said that Pakistan's nuclear warheads
have undergone shock and vibration tests and are ready to be mounted on
the Ghuari intermediate range ballistic missile. 
Gen Dostam Restructures Without 'Scud' Capability. Jane's Defence
Weekly. Anthony Davis, Jun 17, 1998, p 15
Uzbek warlord Gen Abdul Rashid Dostam lost his "Scud' surface-to-surface
missile capability during the recent upheavals in northern Afghanistan,
according to local military sources. Three MAZ-543 transporter erector
launcher (TEL) vehicles and more than 20 Scud B missiles based close to
the northern town of Sheberghan were inherited by Gen Dostam's rival,
Gen Abdul Malik, when he assumed control 13 months ago. However, after a
four-month exile in Turkey, Gen Dostam came back, forcing Gen Malik out
last November. Before fleeing to Iran, Gen Malik ordered the TEL
vehicles to be moved south to Maymenah, capital of his home province of
Faryab, which was later destroyed. Some missiles are understood to
remain in Sheberghan. 
Israel Approves 10-Year Plan For Missile-Shield. Jane's Defence Weekly.
Tamir Eshel, Jun 03, 1998, p 3
Israel's Defense Minister Itzhak Mordechai has approved a 10 year
funding plan for the development and deployment of anti-missile defense
systems to protect the main population centers in Israel against
ballistic missile attack. At the heart of the "Homa" program is the
Arrow-2 ATBM. A simulated demonstration of the entire Arrow-2 system is
planned soon. 
Aerodynamic Performance Of Supersonic Missile Body-and Wing Tip-Mounted
Lateral Jets. Journal Of Spacecraft And Rockets. B. Srivastava, May 01,
1998, pp 278-286
Forward, missile body-mounted lateral jet thrusters in a windward
orientation yield amplification factors that are well below unity. This
deamplification is caused by the intense interaction between the
oncoming freestream and the jet flow, causing massive loss of the
factorable pressure on the windward wings. Additionally, the jet flow
creates a blockage effect that extends to the windward rear tail panels
causing reduced tail control for the missile orientation. A means to
enhance the amplification factor and regain control of tail panels is
addressed by studying several alternate locations of the lateral jet
thruster with a fixed body/wing/tail missile geometry. 
Experimental Investigation Of Super-And Hypersonic Jet Interaction On
Missile Configurations. Journal Of Spacecraft And Rockets. Julius
Brandeis and Jacob Gill, May 01, 1998, pp 296-302
An experimental investigation of jet interaction on configurations with
lifting surfaces is presented. The experiments were carried out at
supersonic Mach numbers 2, 3, 3, and 4.5 and at the hypersonic Mach
number of 8. The test model was an ogive-cylinder body with
interchangeable lifting surfaces that can be mounted at various
locations along the body. Several body-surface combinations were tested
representing wing, rail, wing plus tail, and strake configurations. In
some cases, the presence of the surfaces resulted in large force and/or
moment amplification due to the interaction of the jet-induced flowfield
with the planar surfaces. 
Optimal External Configuration Design Of Unguided Missiles. Journal Of
Spacecraft And Rockets. Omer Tanrikulu and Veysi Ercan, May 01, 1998, p
A simple optimal external configuration design method is proposed that
can be used in conceptual and preliminary design stages of an unguided
missile development project. Cost and constraint functions are derived
from the results of linear time-invariant aeroballistic theory. 
Converted Missile Will Launch Satellite In '99. 
Space News, Jun 15, 1998, p 2
The launch of the first Minuteman missile converted for small satellite
launches in late 1999 also will mark another milestone: The first launch
from the planned commercial spaceport facility at Vandenberg Air Force
Base, Calif. 

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