SDI Program: Hearings Before the Defense Policy Panel and Research and Development Subcommittee of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, First Session, March 26, July 8, and September 15

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Page 55 - What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security did not rest upon the threat of instant US retaliation to deter a Soviet attack, that we could intercept and destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they reached our own soil or that of our allies?
Page 167 - The Parties undertake to continue active negotiations for limitations on strategic offensive arms.
Page 85 - Treaty), premature promotion to the demonstrationand-test phase can be very harmful to attainment of any particular goal in strategic defense. A considerable body of evidence has shown that early demonstrations of new technologies have two deleterious effects. First, they tend to freeze the technology being demonstrated before it is fully mature, thus guaranteeing less than full capability. Second, they tend to absorb money from the associated R&D program (because of cost overruns), thus eliminating...
Page 226 - March 23, 1983, where he called upon the US scientific community to develop a system that "* * * could intercept and destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they...
Page 206 - We estimate that even in the best of circumstances, a decade or more of intensive research would be required to provide the technical knowledge needed for an informed decision about the potential effectiveness and survivability of directed energy weapon systems. In addition, the important issues of overall system integration and effectiveness depend critically upon information that, to our knowledge. 207 docs not yet exist.
Page 56 - Street, NW Washington, DC 20037-1270 A COHERENT PACKAGE--ARMS CONTROL, ZERO BALLISTIC MISSILES, AND STRATEGIC DEFENSES [1] [1] The views and conclusions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The RAND Corporation or any of the agencies sponsoring its research.
Page 201 - Schlesinger. [Whereupon, at 11i42 am, the panel adjourned subject to the call of the Chair.] HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, DEFENSE POLICY PANEL, Washington, DC, Tuesday, May 17, 1988.
Page 203 - Although substantial progress has been made in many technologies of DEW (directed energy weapons) over the last two decades, the Study Group finds significant gaps in the scientific and engineering understanding of many issues associated with the development of these technologies. Successful resolution of these issues is critical for the extrapolation to performance levels that would be required in an effective ballistic missile defense system. At present, there is insufficient information to decide...
Page 206 - Society, which warned in 1987 that "even in the best of circumstances, a decade or more of intensive research would be required to provide the technical knowledge needed for an informed decision about the potential effectiveness and survivability of directed energy weapon systems."' People are always suspicious of a new product or technology, especially when it is championed as solving their biggest problem: "A sure cure for baldness!
Page 193 - Chapters 10 and 12.) 7.7 SUMMARY During the past 10 years, an immense effort has gone into research and development, simulated testing, and flight testing of spacecraft thermal control concepts and materials. A great deal of progress has been made, but much remains to be accomplished in almost every segment of this field of space technology . Relatively little development has occurred in the area of active thermal control systems , simply because they have been used only to a limited extent on present...

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