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.
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.
June 22, 1991 |
The Pentagon said Friday that its Star Wars researchers produced a chemical laser beam with enough power to confirm that such a laser could destroy a missile in space. The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, which runs the SDI program in the Pentagon, called the test a major success for the Alpha chemical laser project. The Alpha laser, built for the Pentagon by TRW Inc.