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DoD News Briefing

Thursday, August 6, 1998 - 1:30 p.m. (EDT)
Presenter: Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, ASD (PA)


Q: What do you think about this legislation apparently a one-sentence bill on missile defense that has been moving through Congress that essentially said it should be a policy of the United States to deploy national missile defense?

A: Our policy is to develop a national missile defense program and to deploy it when necessary. As you know, we're supposed to complete the development work on that in the year 2000 and then be in a position to deploy within three years after that. We're moving ahead aggressively on that program. It's a complex program, but as you know, some contracts were let recently as part of the national missile defense program, and we're positioning ourselves to be able to deploy by 2003.

Q: We were going to have a briefing I think it was last week on national missile defense and then that got canceled. What was that all about?

A: I wasn't here last week, so we'll find out the answer. I assume the briefing will be rescheduled sometime.


Press: Thank you.

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