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May 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States, as part of its redesign of nuclear strategy, is considering reducing its nuclear arsenal to 1,500 warheads from the current 7,000, according to U.S. officials and arms control activists. Officials also say that the Bush administration, which begins formal missile defense consultations next week with key countries, hopes the discussions with European allies can produce a statement of "understanding," if not of support for its plans, when NATO foreign ministers meet in June.
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May 3, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER and DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Now that President Bush has officially declared his intention to build a large-scale missile defense system and scrap the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, his aides went to work Wednesday on the hard parts: winning the assent of skeptical European allies and a balky Russia. Selling the idea to an uncertain Congress. Finding money in the budget to pay for it. And, not least, developing missile defense systems that actually work.
NEWS
May 2, 2001 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush proposed Tuesday that the United States plunge into the new world of missile defense, abandoning both the treaty on which the global nuclear balance has rested for nearly 30 years and the underlying principles that have deterred nuclear war for more than five decades.
NEWS
May 2, 2001 | PETER PAE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush administration's push to build a robust missile defense system is a potent boost for Southern California, where dozens of companies are developing the key technologies for what could be one of the biggest military programs ever.
NEWS
May 1, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pentagon advisors are trying to devise a preliminary missile defense system that could be assembled at maximum speed for deployment before the end of President Bush's term, according to sources familiar with the research. As Bush prepares for a speech today that will formally inaugurate his campaign to sell an antimissile system, Pentagon advisors and independent experts said the team advising Defense Secretary Donald H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Navy is asking to be exempted from a federal law that forbids the harassment or killing of whales as it begins exercises with a powerful new sonar designed to hunt for super-quiet submarines. The controversial sonar system, designed to blast swaths of ocean with low-frequency sound waves, will be the subject of protests today in Los Angeles and then a public hearing.
NEWS
April 21, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush administration should embark on an ambitious missile defense program that includes core elements of the Clinton antimissile plan, despite daunting technical challenges, a Pentagon advisory panel is recommending. The key advisory committee organized by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is urging the new administration to continue funding the Clinton team's limited, ground-based system, while supplementing it with antimissile systems based in the sea, on aircraft and in space.
NEWS
April 15, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Without fanfare, the Pentagon is expected to soon abandon a concept that has guided and organized America's armed forces since the Cold War. The doctrine provides that the U.S. military should have enough troops and gear to whip two foes the size of Iraq or North Korea in quick succession. For much of the last decade, critics have complained that the concept was a shortsighted notion that kept America's generals busy thinking about how to refight the last war.
NEWS
March 15, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush, in words likely to alarm the Pentagon and its contractors, has suggested for the first time that the administration might have to do away with two of the three costly fighter plane programs currently being developed. Bush, whose aides are conducting a sweeping review of military needs, told reporters Tuesday: "I think it is realistic for me to say that, as president, I'm not sure we can afford all three."
NEWS
March 15, 2001 | HENRY CHU and MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In advance of its first direct contact with President Bush, the Chinese government Wednesday reiterated in sharp language its warning to the U.S. not to pursue plans for a national missile defense shield. Sha Zukang, China's top arms control negotiator, said such plans would touch off an arms race and upset the delicate global strategic balance that took years to achieve. "The development of NMD is tantamount to drinking poison to quench thirst," Sha told reporters.
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