June 27, 2001 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will ask Congress for authority to cut the Air Force B-1 bomber fleet by one-third and eliminate those now operated at bases in Georgia and Kansas, senior defense officials said. The decision drew complaints from the Georgia and Kansas congressional delegations, which accused the Bush administration of playing politics. The decision is part of the administration's amended fiscal 2002 budget request.
June 22, 2001 |
After bashing it for months as a Cold War relic, Bush administration officials are hinting that they may not dump the controversial treaty that limits the U.S. ability to build a national missile defense shield--at least, not right away. Senior U.S. officials have begun pointing out that they can continue development of the shield for two years, and perhaps longer, without running afoul of the Antiballistic Missile Treaty.
June 17, 2001 |
President Bush and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin ended their first summit with expressions of mutual respect Saturday, but they made no significant progress on such contentious issues as missile defense and NATO expansion. Bush said he offered Putin "logic" in urging Russia to agree to set aside the Antiballistic Missile Treaty--a move that would clear the way for full research and development of a U.S. missile shield.
June 13, 2001 |
President Bush refused to budge Tuesday in the face of fierce European opposition to U.S. policies on missile defense, global warming and capital punishment. Instead he emphasized the common ground between Washington and its allies and asked for a fair hearing during his maiden official tour of the continent. "I believe that people are interested in our opinions," Bush said. "There's so much more that unites us than divides. I refuse to let any issue isolate America from Europe.
June 12, 2001 |
A just-released poll has found that a majority of Americans supports proposals to build a missile defense system, even if the system is costly. As President Bush arrived in Europe to try to sell his missile defense proposal to allies, the Council on Foreign Relations released the survey, which showed 51% of Americans in favor of an anti-missile shield and 38% against.
June 8, 2001 |
In a sales pitch for missile defense, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld shared satellite photos, videotape and other sensitive intelligence with skeptical NATO allies Thursday, arguing that emerging threats from Libya and elsewhere require a new response from the West.
May 29, 2001 |
Moving to soften Moscow's opposition to the missile defense system that is central to its military strategy, the Bush administration will offer Russia military aid and participation in antimissile exercises, administration officials said Monday. The plan also may include the sale of Russian weapons to the United States. At the center of the purchase would be Russian S-300 surface-to-air missiles, a weapon for which American military planners have special respect.
May 24, 2001 |
The Bush administration's plan to overhaul the military is shaping up as a gradual and protracted effort, rather than the kind of explosive change that many had come to expect, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told lawmakers Wednesday during closed-door briefings. Rumsfeld is still aiming to bring major reform, as President Bush promised during his presidential campaign.
May 23, 2001 |
Protecting Americans from a foreign missile attack has become the most daunting military challenge of the last two decades--a technological feat that some say is more difficult and costly than building the atom bomb. Setting aside those risks, President Bush pushed missile defense to the forefront of his national security plans earlier this month, reigniting intense debate here and abroad over the political ramifications of fielding such a system and over whether it is even possible.
May 20, 2001 |
A Bush administration review is recommending that the U.S. not support a draft agreement to enforce an international treaty banning biological weapons, a newspaper reported. Quoting an unidentified senior official, the New York Times said an interagency team concluded that the current version of the protocol would be inefficient in stopping cheating, and that all its deficiencies could not be remedied by the negotiating deadline.