Bush presses on with his plans for missile system

Bush presses on with his plans for missile system

President Bush last week pushed his plans to reinvigorate the government's National Missile Defense System, calling on allies to work with the United States to replace the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

In a speech given at the Pentagon's National Defense University, Bush divulged the preliminary results of an examination of available technologies for the system.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has briefed Bush about near-term options, including advanced sensors and interceptors to protect the United States and allies from threats by rogue nations.

'In some cases, we can draw on already established technologies that might involve land-based and sea-based capabilities to intercept missiles in midcourse or after they re-enter the atmosphere,' Bush said.

In December, DOD extended a contract for work on the National Missile Defense Program. 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]. TRW Inc., a subcontractor, is developing the Battle Management Command, Control and Communications system for the program.

Bush's proposal might be a tough sale for many U.S. allies, which have voiced concerns that such a system might raise tensions with Russia and China.

'Dawn S. Onley

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