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April 1998 Space News

  • CONTRACT AWARDED FOR NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAM April 30, 1998 - The Department of Defense and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) National Missile Defense (NMD) Joint Program Office announced today the award of the Lead System Integrator (LSI) contract for the NMD program to Boeing North American of Seattle, Wash. The contract provides $1.6 billion for a three-year development program.
  • [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing / Secretary Cohen Thursday, April 30, 1998 - We're confident that we are devoting the level of resources necessary to produce a system that will work. But to mandate that it be deployed without consideration of either the intelligence assessment or considerations as far as arms control are concerned I think would be a mistake. The ABM Treaty is designed, obviously, to encourage restraint in the proliferation of offensive systems as well.... to the extent that one were to suddenly say that that no longer is the goal in terms of trying to reduce the level of offensive capability, that we're going to start increasing our defenses, and then think that other countries won't simply try to overwhelm that with greater numbers I think is mistaken.
  • BALLISTIC MISSILE CONTRACT 30 April 1998 Voice of America PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE TAKING A BIG STEP TOWARD DEFENDING ALL 50 AMERICAN STATES FROM A BALLISTIC MISSILE ATTACK. THE BOEING COMPANY WON THE COMPETITION FOR THE CONTRACT.
  • Pentagon to award missile-defense contract By Charles Aldinger (Reuters) April 30 - - The Defense Department will announce Thursday the initial winner in a multibillion dollar aerospace industry battle to develop a space-age system to defend the United States against ballistic missile attack. "There is no room for error. This thing has to work the first time (against an attack) or it's worth nothing at all," said John Pike, a skeptical analyst with the private Federation of American Scientists in Washington.
  • PRESS ADVISORY No. 104-98 April 30, 1998 -- Department of Defense and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's National Missile Defense (NMD) Joint Program Office will announce today the award of a contract for the NMD Lead System Integrator. A news conference by Lt. Gen. Lester L. Lyles is scheduled for 5 PM.
  • New unit controls air defense artillery assets in Southwest Asia (Army News Service, April 30, 1998) -- Ranging in rank from specialist to colonel, approximately 30 soldiers can normally be found in the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command force protection tactical operations center at any one time, monitoring the airspace over Southwest Asia via computer.
  • UHF Follow-On Satellite Successfully Tests GBS Video April 29, 1998 -- The Navy and Hughes team began testing the Global Broadcast Service payload onboard the UHF Follow-On F8 satellite last week at Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command facilities here on Point Loma.
  • MISSILE DEFENSE VOA 29 April 1998 CRITICS OF THE PENTAGON, LIKE JOHN ISAACS OF THE COUNCIL FOR A LIVABLE WORLD, SAY IT MAKES NO SENSE TO SPEND HUGE SUMS OF MONEY TO DEPLOY "THAAD" OR ANY OTHER WEAPON UNTIL IT PROVES IT CAN WORK RELIABLY.
  • ESC deploys missile tracking system 27 April 1998 -- (AFNS) -- Two prototype missile tracking systems developed by Electronic Systems Center are being deployed for use by the 7th Air Force in the Republic of Korea.
  • ALEXIS satellite marks fifth anniversary of launch LOS ALAMOS, NM, April 23, 1998 -- Los Alamos National Laboratory's ALEXIS satellite marks its fifth birthday Saturday. Launched April 25, 1993, the $17 million Department of Energy-funded satellite has lasted well beyond its nominal one-year mission to demonstrate its telescope and radio-receiver technology for nonproliferation applications.
  • Flouting the Constitution: Clinton's New ABM Treaty Lacks Senate Consent Thomas Moore Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 1174 April 23, 1998 From the time of its signing, the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty has crippled America's missile defense program, and it continues to be the primary obstacle to protecting Americans from attack by the world's deadliest weapons. The United States should no longer be bound by the treaty since its partner, the Soviet Union, no longer exists.
  • Clear Air Station breaks ground on $106 million radar Released: Apr 21, 1998
  • Vaccine is Safe, Cohen Assures Troops By Linda D. Kozaryn American Forces Press Service 20 April 1998 -- Anthrax vaccinations are safe, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen assured service members here April 18.
  • DoD Anthrax Vaccination Program Proceeds Well By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 20 April 1998 -- With more than 25,000 service members started in the anthrax vaccination program in the Persian Gulf region, officials said it is going well.
  • COHEN / ISRAEL / ARROW 20 April 1998 Voice of America -- ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYS HE IS MORE THAN PLEASED THE UNITED STATES HAS AGREED TO PAY MUCH OF THE RESEARCH COST FOR SOME NEW ANTI-MISSILE MISSILES.
  • Press Availability Ministry of Defense, Tel Aviv DoD News Briefing April 20, 1998 -- Secretary Cohen: "We agreed that Israel needs a third Arrow battery to improve its defenses against missile attacks, and that's why we are helping to develop the Arrow anti-theater ballistic missile system. "
  • Lockheed's star war is dud so far By Greg Schneider The Baltimore Sun, 4/19/98 Anti-missile missile hasn't hit a thing in four expensive tests; It may lose program to rival; Firm's reputation is on the line in bid for even larger program. "The thing has consumed 50 percent more than the stealth bomber program and they've got nothing to show for it. We're talking nothing," said John Pike of the Federation of American Scientists, who has long criticized the effort.
  • SMDC proposes Force Design for NMD SMDC PAO 17 April 1997 -- A proposal for deploying and manning a future ground-based National Missile Defense system was presented recently by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, or SMDC. Submitted to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, the proposal is called a Force Design Update, or FDU.
  • PMRF Enhanced Capability EIS Michael Jones 17 April 1998 -- The 10 April 1998 Federal Register has the U.S. Navy's Notice of Public Hearing on its "Pacific Missile Range Facility Enhanced Capability" Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
  • Hard.Copy - 17 April 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
  • MISSILE DEFENSE: A 21st CENTURY STRATEGY Remarks By The Honorable Jacques S. Gansler Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition and Technology BMDO-NDIA Forum '98 Alexandria, Virginia April 16, 1998
  • BMDO Forum 98 - Questions and Answers April 16, 1998 Questions and answers are available from the following BMDO Forum 98 Panels.
  • AIR FORCE 'HAVE STARE' RADAR MAY BE DEPLOYED ALONG RUSSIAN BORDER Inside Missile Defense Vol. 4, No. 8 -- April 15, 1998 An Air Force space tracking and intelligence radar that could be used as part of a national missile defense architecture will soon be deployed in northern Norway along the Russian border
  • Hard.Copy - 10 April 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
  • Pagers used as early warning system for ballistic missile attacks by Spc. Michael Scott - (Army News Service, April 6, 1998)
  • The Vardo radar makes the Parliament Inge Sellevåg Bergens Tidende 5 Apr 1998
  • "Starwars"-radar move to Vardo Inge Sellevåg Bergens Tidende 4 Apr 1998
  • Hard.Copy - 03 April 1998 Article Citations Gathered From Commercially Published Journals And Newsletters.
  • AF and the Transportation of N2O4
  • AF and the Transportation of Hydrazine



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