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May 1998 Space News

  • One Step Forward, Two Back on U.S. Vulnerability: Clinton Announces Defenses, Limits Their Effect -- Perhaps Fatally Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 91 27 May 1998 : In a commencement address to the U.S. Naval Academy last Friday, President Clinton announced steps to mitigate the Nation's assured vulnerability to attacks using such techniques as germ or information warfare. Unfortunately, in two important respects, the effectiveness of these measures seems likely to be seriously compromised, and perhaps largely undermined, by the blinders imposed by the Administration's ideological commitment to arms control.
  • Update on Medical Force Protection Programs -- Background Briefing Attributable To: Senior Military Officials Friday, May 22, 1998 - Our purpose here today is to provide you some background information on military medical force protection programs and the role of the Department in integrating National Guard and Reserve forces into our response to incidents involving potential terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction.
  • PREPAREDNESS FOR A BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ATTACK WHITE HOUSE FACT SHEET Office of the Press Secretary - May 22, 1998
  • TOTAL FORCE ANTHRAX VACCINATION DECISION ANNOUNCED May 22, 1998 - Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has directed the military to proceed with the previously publicized plan to vaccinate all active duty personnel and Selected Reserves with the FDA-licensed Anthrax vaccine. Total Force vaccinations for about 2.4 million military Service members are expected to begin this summer.
  • DOD decides on total force anthrax vaccination : May 22, 1998 (AFNS) -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has directed the military to proceed with the plan to vaccinate all active-duty people and selected reserves with the Food and Drug Administration-licensed anthrax vaccine.
  • REGIONAL RAPID ASSESSMENT ELEMENT STATIONING PLANS ANNOUNCED May 22, 1998 -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen today announced the stationing plan for 10 recently announced rapid assessment elements using National Guard personnel. The teams, expected to be activated Oct. 1, 1998, are part of Department of Defense's overall effort to support local, state and federal civil authorities in the event of an incident involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) on U.S. soil.
  • [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing Thursday, May 21, 1998 -- Q: It was recently reported that the Department of Defense will start stockpiling vaccines for biological weapons. A: There are several million doses, I think maybe as many as seven million doses already available. The vaccination process takes 18 months and it involves six shots.
  • [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing Thursday, May 21, 1998 -- Q: I was told that Turkey and Israel were developing a new antiballistic missile system, and that Arrow program with DoD approval. Is it correct? A: I don't believe we've received any information from either Turkey or Israel that that's the case.
  • [EXCERPTS] DoD News Briefing Thursday, May 21, 1998 -- The Pentagon's position on language in the Defense Authorization Bill to choose a backup contractor for THAAD.
  • India's Nuclear Blasts: A Reminder of America's Vulnerability Richard D. Fisher Heritage Foundation Executive Memorandum No. 527 May 19, 1998 -- India's five underground nuclear test explosions on May 11 and 13 were a startling reminder that America remains vulnerable to missile attack-a vulnerability that is increasing rapidly due to the growing proliferation of weapons in unsettled regions of the globe.
  • The Moral Foundations for Strong National DefenseGary Bauer Heritage Foundation Lecture No. 614 May 15, 1998 -- The evidence is overwhelming that ballistic missiles pose a very real threat to the United States and that the technology to defend America exists and is affordable. Incredibly, however, the country remains unprotected. Reversing this intolerable situation, says Family Research Council President , is a moral imperative as powerful as the defense of the unborn and the fostering of the family.
  • Air Force Space Command reworking how it gets to space Released: May 14, 1998 by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Hoffman Air Force Space Command Public Affairs -- Air Force Space Command will reduce government launch costs by 25 to 50 percent by transitioning most of its space launch activities to the commercial sector by 2004.
  • Shame, Shame: By One Vote, Minority of Senators Perpetuate America's Vulnerability to Missile Attack Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 84 14 May 1998 : Yesterday, forty-one Senators -- all Democrats -- voted to block a motion to permit debate on S. 1873, the American Missile Protection Act of 1998. This bipartisan legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Daniel Inouye (D-HI), would, for the first time in history, make it the policy of the U.S. government "to deploy effective anti-missile defenses of the territory of the United States as soon as technologically possible."
  • Theater Defense Missile Fails 5th Test By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 14 May 1998 - Bacon said every piece of intelligence indicates the United States needs a system to protect U.S. service members from theater ballistic missile attack.
  • Facility providing realistic chemical training - 13 May 1998 - (Army News Service) -- Since its opening in 1987, the Chemical Defense Training Facility has served as the principle training center in the area of realistic NBC defense to help American citizens and their allies combat such threats at home.
  • Missile Defense Testing Update 13 May 1998 -- From: Michael Jones -- This is an update on the PMRF Enhanced Capability EIS and related matters.
  • THAAD to defend against ballistic missile attacks - 13 May 1998 - (Army News Service) -- The Theater High Altitude Air Defense system was tested Tuesday by soldiers from Fort Bliss. Although the THAAD failed to intercept a target ballistic missile at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., ADA soldiers are still optimistic about the weapon system. Rep. Curt Weldon said the problems with the prior flight tests all involved quality control problems and have been fixed. "Over the past five years we have made tremendous progress...the THAAD is an example of how far we have come."
  • New radar in Vardo makes Norway bomb target BY INGE SELLEVÅG - 13 May 1998 -- The Have Stare radar according to American experts could have a potential role in an operational missile defense, providing mid-course discrimination of ballistic missiles launched from rogue states like Iraq or Iran against targets in the United States, the newspaper Bergens Tidende reported.
  • DoD News Briefing - 13 May 1998 - The latest THAAD test today. Does this less than successful test indicate that THAAD is in fact as troubled a program as its critics say?
  • SENATE - MISSILE DEFENSE - Voice of America 13 May 1998 - A NATIONWIDE MISSILE DEFENSE PROPOSAL HAS FAILED A CRUCIAL TEST IN THE U-S SENATE. BY THE NARROWEST MARGIN (ONE VOTE), THE PLAN'S OPPONENTS BLOCKED AN ATTEMPT TO PUSH THE MEASURE THROUGH.
  • THAAD FAILS TO INTERCEPT TARGET May 12, 1998 -- The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the U.S. Army said today that a Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile failed to intercept a target ballistic missile in a test at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This was the eighth test of the THAAD System and the fifth flight test for interception.
  • Hera target successful again - 12 May 1998 - The Hera target system is now the proud owner of nine missions of an extremely successful targets program. A Hera flew at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), N.M., on 12 May, as the target for the Theater High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile intercept attempt, which, by the way, was unsuccessful.
  • ANTI-MISSILE FAILS - Voice of America 12 May 1998 - U-S MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THE ARMY'S NEW MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM FAILED TO HIT ITS TARGET -- AGAIN.
  • Hit or Miss Tomorrow, T.H.A.A.D. Must Go Forward Center for Security Policy DECISION BRIEF No. 98-D 81, 11 May 1998 -- What will happen if the test tomorrow proves to be another partial success, like the previous four THAAD intercept experiments? The answer should be: Press on. After all, there will still be an urgent requirement to field effective anti-missile defenses.
  • The radar's name and adress unknown Inge Sellevåg Bergens Tidende 8 May 1998
  • 8X lives on as the Enhanced Imaging System (Allen Thomson) 1998/05/08 -- It would appear as if "Enhanced Imaging System" is the current unclassified name of the augmented CRYSTAL spysat previously known as "8X."
  • Airborne Laser Passes Design Milestone May 4, 1998 DE RELEASE NO. 98-18 - Following a week-long intensive review of the program here, the Air Force has notified the Boeing Company to proceed with work on the Airborne Laser.
  • Airborne Laser Gets Beam-Control System May 1, 1998 DE RELEASE NO. 98-17 -- A military and industry team announced this week that a Lockheed Martin-built system here can control a laser beam to the levels needed for the U.S. Air Force's Airborne Laser to kill attacking missiles.



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