May 2, 2001 |
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.
May 1, 2001 |
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.
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April 26, 2001 |
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.
April 21, 2001 |
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.
April 15, 2001 |
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.
March 15, 2001 |
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."
March 15, 2001 |
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.
March 6, 2001 |
Tests of a proposed multibillion-dollar U.S. missile shield are too simplistic to make decisions about moving from research to deployment, the Pentagon's testing and evaluation office said. The test program is "not aggressive enough to match the pace of acquisition to support deployment, and the test content does not yet address important operational questions," Philip Coyle, the former director, wrote before resigning in January. President Bush wants to field a shield as soon as possible.
March 3, 2001 |
A satellite surveillance system that is a key element of a national missile shield probably won't meet its deployment schedule or cost targets and may have flaws that won't be apparent until its satellites are in orbit, according to a government research agency. The General Accounting Office said in a report issued this week that the Space-Based Infrared System Low is "at high risk of not delivering the system on time, at cost, or with expected performance."
February 25, 2001 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Russian Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov met here Saturday to try to close the growing chasm between the two former Cold War superpowers on issues ranging from the controversial U.S. national missile defense scheme to sanctions on Iraq. Powell described the first encounter between the Bush administration and the year-old government of President Vladimir V. Putin--held less than a week after the FBI uncovered a senior U.S.