July 24, 2001 |
President Bush pressured Moscow on Monday to agree to reduce nuclear weapons and rethink its opposition to a U.S. missile shield, but said he is prepared to develop a missile defense without Russian accord. One day after Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, with Bush at his side after two hours of meetings, disclosed that the United States and Russia would negotiate offensive and defensive weapons in tandem, Bush displayed an impatience to get moving.
July 18, 2001 |
Despite initial assessments that Saturday's missile defense test was a success, the Pentagon acknowledged Tuesday that a prototype radar was unable to tell ground controllers whether a kill vehicle had destroyed its target. The radar, a critical element of the controversial national antimissile system, falsely reported that the interceptor had missed the dummy warhead. Independently, several sensors set up to monitor the test showed a hit.
July 15, 2001 |
A Pentagon "kill vehicle" located and destroyed a dummy missile warhead in outer space above the central Pacific on Saturday evening, giving a new boost to the Bush administration's ambitious and controversial missile defense program. The 120-pound interceptor, launched atop a missile from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, found its target 144 miles into outer space and, at 8:09 p.m. PDT, pulverized it in a blinding flash of light. The target missile had been launched about 7:40 p.m.
June 28, 2001 |
The Bush administration's fiscal 2002 budget includes plans for a missile defense test range in Alaska that could be converted into a rudimentary national missile system as early as 2004, officials said Wednesday. Outlining details of the Pentagon's $328-billion spending plan, defense officials said they will propose building a set of five interceptor missiles at Ft. Greeley, near Fairbanks, Alaska.
May 7, 1992 |
The director of the Strategic Defense Initiative said Wednesday he is scaling back spending on space-based weapons in response to accusations that he was defying Congress. Henry Cooper said SDI funding will be used instead to develop a $27-billion ground-based defensive system to be deployed by 1997. The government has already invested about $25 billion in SDI.
June 23, 1991 |
For the first time, the Department of Defense on Saturday allowed news media to view the gigantic Alpha chemical laser that represents the second line of the nation's "Star Wars" defense against ballistic missile attack. The public unveiling of the TRW facility here follows two tests indicating that the laser can produce more than a megawatt (1 million watts) of power, enough to destroy enemy missiles while they are in the first stages of their launch.