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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION FOR

APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1985

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1984

U.S. SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES,

Washington, DC.

STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE

The committee met in executive session, pursuant to notice, at 10:02 a.m., in room SR-222, Russell Senate Office Building, Senator Barry Goldwater presiding.

Present: Senators Goldwater, Warner, Cohen, Quayle, Wilson, Nunn, Stennis, Kennedy, Bingaman, and Dixon.

Staff present: Robert F. Bott and William E. Hoehn, Jr., professional staff members; Arnold L. Punaro, staff director for the minority; Brenda K. Hudson, assistant chief clerk; Douglas R. Graham, research assistant; and Karen A. Love, staff assistant.

Also present: Gerald J. Smith, assistant to Senator Goldwater; Les Brownlee, assistant to Senator Warner; Robert Savitt, assistant to Senator Cohen; Bernard R. Toon, assistant to Senator Quayle; Mark J. Albrecht, assistant to Senator Wilson; Francis J. Sullivan, assistant to Senator Stennis; Jeffrey B. Subko, assistant to Senator Exon; Matthew H. Murray and James Steinberg, assistants to Senator Kennedy; and Edward McGaffigan, Jr., assistant to Senator Bingaman.

OPENING STATEMENT BY SENATOR BARRY GOLDWATER,

PRESIDING Senator GOLDWATER. The Armed Services Committee convenes this morning to receive testimony on the President's strategic defense initiative.

Senator Tower regrets that he is not able to be with us this morning.

I welcome our witnesses: Dr. Richard DeLauer, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and Dr. Fred Ikle, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. We are pleased to have you with us this morning.

We begin in executive session to receive a briefing on Soviet activities in the area of strategic defense and to provide our witnesses and our members the opportunity to deal with classified matters.

It is Senator Tower's desire to go into open session as soon as we can. After that I will have a more formal statement. I am not a great believer in open sessions. So, we may not have one.

Gentlemen, if you have prepared statements you would like to make part of the record, we will do so.

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