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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 02:50pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7909
I've been away, with some of the time in Washington, for a while.
It seems to me that many things are going in ways that are
stressful, but useful, as the nation, and the world at large, come
to the focuses needed to work out reasonable accomodations toward a
more realistic, reasonable, safer world. One with military
arrangements that serve the interests of the United States, and the
rest of the world, better than the arrangements today.
I think it is useful to set out articles on missile defense, and
related matters, for the last week.
I'm finding myself very hopeful, and perhaps that's a bias.
It seems to me useful to refer again to Russia, China Sign
Treaty Amid Concerns About U.S. By PATRICK E. TYLER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/16/international/16CND-RUSS.html
7/16/01 3:58pm ... MD7085 rshowalter
7/16/01 4:03pm ... MD7087 rshowalter
7/16/01 5:17pm . . .
7/16/01 5:38pm .. makes a key point, much emphasized by
circumstances that are coming to light. She spoke of the recent
"truimphant" test, and said that .. "The hailing of the
breakthrough is a sham. " There's been a retraction. The test
is to be repeated, after a long time to check for problems - without
The relations between this administration, missile defense, and
technical reality are becoming interesting in ways that are getting
Once some key technical facts , which are fundamentally
non-political, and all showable on the basis of the open literature
-- get clarified, so that people actually understand them ..... some
political, diplomatic, and military patterns are going to have to be
reshaped in useful ways.
In some ways, the United States is acting the fool and the bully
in public -- and doing so on the basis of a "treat" that is a
technical joke - no physical threat at all. This is interesting.
At the same time, US institutions, including the United States
Marine Corps as it deals with the Osprey matter, are showing how
good the United States can be, and offering both good
examples, and hope.
- 03:08pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7910
A WEEK'S NYT COVERAGE OF MISSILE DEFENSE
The Week in Review: August 12-18 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/19/weekinreview/19P2ST.html
Making Rules in the World Between War and Peace By TIM
Can a state legally destroy its enemies by any means necessary?
Rice on Front Lines as Adviser to Bush By JANE PERLEZ http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/19/international/americas/19DIPL.html
Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell have
played surprising, and contrasting, roles in the Bush
The Limiting of Science Is Cutting Off Hope By ABRAHAM
How surprising and embarrassing that the United States is
slamming the door on cloning human embryonic cells.
Missile Defense Contract Awarded By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- The Department of Defense awarded a
contract worth nearly $5 million to a Point Hope Native corporation.
Bush Faces New Dispute Over Payment of U.N. Dues By
LIZETTE ALVAREZ http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/17/international/17NATI.html
Republican leaders are working to resolve a new dispute over the
United States' payment of millions of dollars in back dues.
Floyd Spence, South Carolina Congressman, Dies at 73 By
PHILIP SHENON http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/17/politics/17SPEN.html
Representative Floyd D. Spence, a South Carolina Republican who
was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee until earlier
this year and used the post to call for a larger military budget and
a national missile-defense program, died today at a hospital in
Jackson, Miss., after emergency brain surgery. He was 73.
To the Navy's Ranks, Add Webmaster By NANCY BETH JACKSON
Internet use, particularly e-mail, has changed life for many crew
members during their tours that last months at sea.
Pentagon Harbors Antimissile Skepticism By THE ASSOCIATED
" The head of the Pentagon's missile defense
programs said today that he was not fully confident in the "basic
functionality" of the antimissile system that successfully
intercepted a mock warhead in space last month.
" The official, Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish, the
director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, said that
because of the uncertainties the next test of the system, in
October, would be a replay of the July 14 test, with no additional
complexities like more decoys aboard the target missile.
" The system is designed to destroy an
intercontinental-range ballistic missile before its warheads
re-enter Earth's atmosphere."
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