July 1998 Space News
- Lockheed Martin tests Russian rocket engine at NASA facility in Ala. Lockheed Martin Astronautics News Release 30 July 1998 - Lockheed Martin Astronautics made history Wednesday by successfully conducting the first test firing of a Russian rocket engine at a U.S. government facility -- an RD-180 engine with its prototype Atlas IIIA rocket booster stage.
- Missile contractor to share test costs Laura Myers ASSOCIATED PRESS 28 July 1998 -- Lockheed Martin will pay up to $75 million of the Army's investment should trials continue to fail. Tests thus far have been a complete bust. Keith Bickel, a defense spending expert with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, called the $75 million a "token amount" compared with the $3.2 billion the government has given Lockheed to date in developing the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system for the Army.
- THAAD COST-SHARING AGREEMENT ANNOUNCED July 27, 1998 -- The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the U.S. Army announced today that a contractual agreement has been reached between the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system Prime Contractor, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space (LMMS), and the Government concerning incentives to improve missile performance. The agreement calls for cost-sharing of up to $75 million if LMMS fails to achieve three body-to-body hits over the remainder of the Program Definition & Risk Reduction (PDRR) phase of the THAAD contract.
- NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE INTERCEPTOR BOOSTER SELECTED July 27, 1998 - The Department of Defense announced today the selection of booster rocket motors for the National Missile Defense (NMD) Ground-based Interceptor (GBI). The booster will be assembled by the Boeing Corp., the lead system integrator contractor for the NMD program. Alliant Tech Systems, Magna, Utah, and United Technologies Chemical Systems Division, San Jose, Calif., are the subcontractors for the booster stages and motors.
- SECOND FORCE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATION ANNOUNCED July 24, 1998 The Department of Defense announced today that a second Force Protection Equipment Demonstration is scheduled May 3-6, 1999 at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va.
- hard.copy Update: 07/24/98 ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Beam control demonstrator shows Airborne Laser lethality in simulated atmospheric testing Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space News Release, July 21, 1998 -- Team ABL recently completed a successful series of tests demonstrating the Airborne Laser (ABL) weapon system will provide lethality consistent with the Air Force's concept of operations when performing in real theater atmospheres.
- New Defense Threat Reduction Agency Takes the Lead By Linda D. KozarynAmerican Forces Press Service 21 July 1998 -- Threat reduction now represents a primary defense mission, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said, and this fall, a new agency will lead DoD's threat reduction program.
- Lyles Announces THAAD Program Changes By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service 21 July 1998 -- DoD hopes to overcome a series of failures and get the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense missile system back on track for fielding in fiscal 2006, the department's top missile defense official said July 9.
- hard.copy Update 07/17/98 ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE: STILL A BAD IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS NOT COME Council for a Livable World 15 July 1998 - The report of the Rumsfeld Commission established by Congress to assess the ballistic missile threat to the United States makes a case why a ballistic missile threat to the United States could develop more quickly than had been anticipated by the intelligence community. With little doubt, proponents of national missile defense deployment will seize upon the report to advocate quick deployment of a defensive missile system. National Missile Defense remains a bad idea whose time has not come.
- DOD LAUNCHES THREAT REDUCTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE July 15, 1998 -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today the establishment and inaugural meeting of the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC).
- DMSP transferring control of satellites to NOAA : Jul 15, 1998
- Airborne Laser gets approval to begin next phase : Jul 15, 1998 -- Technical progress made toward producing the world's first operational laser-carrying warplane has earned it a "green light" to move into the next phase of the program and begin finalizing the system's design.
- DoD News Briefing Tuesday, July 14, 1998 - A new advisory committee will hold its first meeting. This committee has been set up by Secretary Cohen to look at the plans that have been announced under the Defense Reform Initiative to create a Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
- The Persistence of the Missile Defense Illusion Joseph Cirincione Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Presentation to the Conference on: Nuclear Disarmament, Safe Disposal of Nuclear Materials or New Weapons Development? Como, Italy July 2-4, 1998 "In short, there is a concerted effort by the right-wing of the Republican Party to use these events and this new unease to promote, yet again, a vision that has assumed almost religious stature in conservative circles despite years of failed tests, bloated budgets and dashed expectations. Will it work this time? It might."
- hard.copy Update: 07/10/98 -- ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.
- Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Program Lieutenant General Lester Lyles, Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Office, Thursday, July 9, 1998 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) "most of the THAAD system, the overall system, when you consider both the missile, the radar, the battle management command and control, the launcher, most of the system has worked extremely well. The part that's probably the most critical, however, the part that we're very concerned about, is the missile, and that's the one we've had difficulty with. The five intercept failures we've had on the THAAD missile have all been from different failure mechanisms... "
- Theater High Altitude Area Defense program progress update - July 8, 1998 Lt. Gen. Lester Lyles, director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, will provide a Theater High Altitude Area Defense program progress update.
- National Missile Defense Program Remains High Risk Levin and Bingaman Release New GAO Report 07 July 1998 -- Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) today released a report they requested from the General Accounting Office on the U.S. National Missile Defense (NMD) system. The report determined that despite an addition of 100% in planned funding and an unrequested addition of $700 million for previous "risk reduction," the program's schedule and technical objectives remain high-risk.
- hard.copy update: 07/03/98 ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS
- Airborne laser given approval to begin next phase Released: Jul 2, 1998 (AFNS) -- Technical progress made toward producing the world's first operational laser-carrying warplane has earned it a green light to move into the next phase of the program and begin finalizing the system's design.
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