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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 05:54pm Apr 20, 2002 EST (#1577
I was glad to see a copy of an "informally confidential"
announcement for an internatinal conference on missile defense to be
held in Dallas the first week of June. It is very well organized in
many ways. But the key questions about basic feasibility are
assumed in this conference -- and not really discussable.
Imagine yourself in the context in which this conference exists.
What questions can you ask? What questions can't you realistically
ask, and stay "a member of the team."
" ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
"The threat of the use of missiles in regional conflict, as an
element of international terror or in support of regional conflict,
continues to cause concerns in national capitals, given the
potential for no notice delivery of weapons of mass destruction on
cities, military forces, and other strategic, national assets. The
Year 2002 Multinational BMD Conference will present delegates from
more than 20 nations the opportunity to discuss the merits of
missile defense in an environment changed by terrorists on the 11th
of September, 2001.
"This conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to
meet counterparts in government and industry, to share their
perspectives on the development or acquisition of missile defense
capabilities, and to learn about the current state of the art in
missile defense technology in the United States and other nations.
"Conference presentations will include reviews of national
defense policies, technical papers on interceptor development,
battle management systems, and simulation and system tests. U.S.
defense concepts to intercept ballistic missiles in the boost.
midcourse, and terminal phases of their trajectories will be
discussed. Participants will note the relevant similarities and
differences of missiles of different ranges as they transit these
phases of flight.
"Open sessions will provide Unclassified, Public Domain
information for all participants while closed sessions will provide
the opportunity to discuss more sensitive information for those
delegates holding appropriate security credentials and
"Every presentation is provided on a” not-for-attribution” basis
to enable more open discussion between delegates.
" Conference Objectives The Year 2002 Multinational BMD
Conference continues the legacy of past conferences by recognizing
the following general objectives:
"Provide a secure environment for multinational discussion on the
merits of missile defense in a rapidly changing strategic
"Provide delegates a world-class forum for the exchange of
national views of the merits of missile defense, the advance of
missile defense technologies, and the real progress toward
deployment of missile defense capabilities by the United States and
"Support multinational dialog to define the merits of system
interoperability with regard to improving missile defense
capabilities. This dialog should support the identification of
opportunities for cost savings and collaborative development of
defenses in response to proliferated threats.
- 05:55pm Apr 20, 2002 EST (#1578
"Participation in the conference is restricted to those delegates
meeting conference security requirements. Conference participation
is by invitation ONLY. Some sessions may be unclassified, but the
material presented and the not-for-attribution format of this
conference mandates this exclusive policy. Delegates are expected
from more than 20 nations, to include: Australia, Belgium, Canada,
the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary,
Italy, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the
Republic of Korea, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the
Ukraine, the United Kingdom~ and the United States. Representatives
of international organizations such as NATO, SHAPE, and the Assembly
of the European Union may also attend. Participants must meet
need-to-know criteria to attend the first and second days of the
" Delegates participating in the restricted! classified sessions
must present evidence of national support of a current clearance to
receive classified information. These delegates should demonstrate
national authority to receive U.S. SECRET or its national
equivalent, to include NATO SECRET, in addition to validating a
delegate’s need-to-know credentials.
"Conference interactive Wargame-A NEW LOOK!
"The Year 2002 conference will provide interested delegates the
opportunity to participate in an all-new, three-hour, missile
"Participants will take part in an offensive planning session and
a missile defense planning session, where key issues in missile
defense will be examined through the use of a comprehensive
scenario. Then, participants will use their chosen defensive design
in an advanced computer-aided simulation developed by the Joint
National Integration Center (JN IC). Players will assume the duties
of key missile defenders and pit themselves and their defensive
systems against a realistic missile attack. Real-world constraints
such as a limited number of interceptors, coalition rules of
engagement, National Command Authority directives, and command and
control networks add to the excitement and create an unparalleled
"A number of sessions will be held on the 4th and 5th of June,
with a night session planned for the evening of the 4th. Interested
delegates are asked to mark “OPTION 3” on the AIAA Registration
form. Conference staff will assign delegates to one of the scheduled
sessions, with as many delegates as possible included in the
wargame. Wargame assignments will be provided at the Conference
Registration. Results of the Wargame will be presented to the entire
conference during plenary session 8.
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