Rumsfeld in step with Bush's security goals

Rumsfeld in step with Bush's security goals

BY DAWN S. ONLEY | GCN STAFF

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld last month vowed he would work toward developing the National Missile Defense System'one of President Bush's top systems projects.

'The president ... says he intends to deploy a missile defense capability for the country,' Rumsfeld said. 'He has concluded that it is not in our country's interest to perpetuate vulnerability.'


Donald H. Rumsfeld, right, is sworn in by senior Defense executive David O. Cooke, as Joyce Rumsfeld watches.
During his first press briefing, Rumsfeld also focused on improving intelligence gathering, security and filling senior positions. He said he would work with the intelligence community to ensure Bush has the best information.

'The department, during my time here this time, will be guided by the goals that the president has set forth,' Rumsfeld said. 'The challenge we face is not as obvious as during the Cold War, as the president's indicated, but it's just as noble, and it's to turn these years of influence into years of peace.'

Rumsfeld, who served as Defense secretary during the Ford administration, said he would work hard to make the United States 'the world's strongest and most capable military institution.

'A strong military does not guarantee peace and stability in the world, but we know that the opposite is true'that weakness is provocative.'

In December, DOD extended a contract for work on the National Missile Defense program. The Boeing Co.'s space and communications group in Anaheim, Calif., will continue working on the program under a $6 billion, six-year contract [GCN, Jan. 8, Page 1].

The contract has a potential value of $13 billion.

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