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8/24/2001  from AP at The Washington Post:
                        Bush Moves to Abandon Arms Treaty
                        By Sonya Ross, Associated Press Writer
                        Friday, August 24, 2001; 2:11 AM
                        CRAWFORD, Texas -- Forging ahead with plans to build a
                        missile defense shield, President Bush has tapped a
                        staunch supporter of this administration priority for
                        his new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bush was
                        to announce Friday that he will nominate Air Force Gen.
                        Richard Myers as Joint Chiefs chairman after meeting
                        with Myers and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for
                        an update on continuing efforts to overhaul the nation's military. ...
                        Bush was close-mouthed with reporters Thursday when
                        asked whether Myers was indeed his choice for Joint
                        Chiefs chairman. But Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a
                        member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said an
                        Air Force contact told him that Myers had been selected.
                        "It's far enough along we can call it official," Inhofe
                        said in an interview. He said Myers' strong support of
                        missile defense enhanced Myers' chances. "I wanted to be
                        sure we got someone who understands we're under a very
                        great stress today because we have no defense system,"
                        Inhofe said. "I can't think of anyone who is going to be
                        harder for it than Richard Myers."
                        Inhofe said Myers' extensive background in Asian
                        affairs, as a former commander of Pacific Air Forces and
                        earlier as commander of U.S. forces in Japan, is also an
                        asset. "This leads me to believe that he understands
                        that China is probably our greatest next threat. I
                        believe that to be true, and he knows more about China
                        and Asia than probably anyone else who would have been
                        chosen," Inhofe said. ...

8/24/2001  from The Washington Post:
                        Empire or Not? A Quiet Debate Over U.S. Role
                        By Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post Staff Writer
                        Tuesday, August 21, 2001; Page A01

                        Retired Air Force Sgt. Charged With Espionage
                        By Brooke A. Masters, Washington Post Staff Writer
                        Friday, August 24, 2001; 4:28 PM

8/24/2001  At Pravda:
                        JONBASIL UTLEY:
                        ANSWERING THE 'WOLFOWITZ DOCTRINE'
                        12:07 2001-08-24

8/24/2001  from AP:
                        China Urges Bush on Missile Defense
                        BEIJING (AP) - China urged President Bush on Friday to
                        heed international concerns and act cautiously after he
                        said the United States would withdraw from the
                        Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. ...

8/24/2001  from Reuters and all:
                        U.S. and China Wrap Up Missile Talks in Beijing
                        Thursday August 23 11:56 PM ET
                        BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States have
                        ended talks on missile proliferation after the U.S. side
                        said it was not fully satisfied China would stick to a
                        pledge not to spread its ballistic missile technology. ...

                        US arms experts arrive in Beijing for missile talks
                        The Bush administration has despatched negotiators to
                        Beijing to investigate whether Chinese firms have been
                        selling nuclear technology to Pakistan
                        US arms experts started talks in Beijing yesterday on
                        allegations that China has violated a pledge not to
                        spread ballistic missile technology, the US embassy
                        said. ...
                        China says it has stuck by its commitments on missile
                        proliferation and demands that the US lift a ban on
                        issuing licenses for US satellite exports to China in
                        exchange. But the White House is likely to delay
                        indefinitely a decision to remove the ban until it is
                        satisfied by China's assurances, US officials say. ...

                        U.S., China Discuss Missiles
                        By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press Writer


8/24/2001  from Reuters:               
                        U.S. to Explode Last Missile Silo Under Arms Treaty
                        PETERSBURG, N.D. (Reuters) - The U.S. military prepared
                        on Thursday to blow up an underground Minuteman missile
                        silo on the plains of North Dakota, the last such
                        destruction under a Cold War-era treaty between the
                        United States and the former Soviet Union. Air Force
                        officials said they would set off 800 pounds of
                        explosives on Friday to destroy the silo, which once
                        held a nuclear guided missile.
                        The silo near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota
                        is the last to be demolished under the first Strategic
                        Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START I.
                        Under the agreement, the groundwork of which was
                        negotiated in the 1980s by former U.S. President Ronald
                        Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, each
                        side committed to reducing nuclear warheads in their
                        intercontinental ballistic missile forces to no more
                        than 6,000 each. The deal was signed in 1991 by
                        Gorbachev and former U.S. President George Bush and took
                        effect in December 1994.

9/3/2001  from The New York Times:
                        Putin, Sizing Up Bush, Says the Retinue 'Makes the King'
                        By PATRICK E. TYLER
                        September 3, 2001
                        ... Speaking to the Finnish interviewer, Mr. Putin
                        expressed concern that the United States under Mr. Bush
                        might be taking the position that "America is so strong
                        that it does not need any negotiations and any
                        agreements." He said this represents the "most extreme"
                        and "toughest" approach to international relations.

9/4/2001  from The Washington Times at FAS:
                        The Big Chill
                        Anti-leak Proposal Threatens Good Government
                        by Steven Aftergood

9/4/2001  from The New York Times:
                        U.S. Germ Warfare Research Pushes Treaty Limits
                        By THE NEW YORK TIMES
                        This article was reported and written by Judith Miller,
                        Stephen Engelberg and William J. Broad.

9/5/2001  from Reuters:               
                        Astrium Chief Calls for More European Space Effort
                        Tuesday September 4 7:15 PM ET
                        PARIS (Reuters) - The Chairman of Europe's space
                        consortium Astrium called on Europe to increase its
                        space capacity to better meet 21st century defense
                        requirements and establish a distinct European defense
                        ``Our capacity to wage war will be more and more space
                        intensive,'' Armand Carlier told a conference on
                        ``This will entail not only space intelligence and
                        communications but an anti-missile defense. Satellites
                        are at the heart of the battlefield,'' he said. ...
                        U.S. Says Missile Shield Should Not Hurt Relations
                        By Stephanie Nebehay
                        Tuesday September 4 6:47 AM ET
                        GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday
                        reaffirmed its right to develop an anti-missile defense
                        shield which it said should not stand in the way of its
                        relations with Russia or China.
                        U.S. ambassador Robert Gray also called for the United
                        States and Russia to develop a new security framework
                        following an agreement between their leaders to launch
                        the process. Washington hoped the dialogue would be
                        fruitful, he added. ...

9/5/2001  from Reuters:               
                        U.S. Official: Russians Help Iran with Arms Programs
                        By Jonathan Wright
                        Wednesday September 5 1:46 PM ET
                        WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian companies continue to
                        help Iran develop nuclear, chemical and biological
                        weapons, in some cases by allowing Russian scientists to
                        go to Iran, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
                        ``We still see evidence that Russian enterprises are
                        helping Iran develop the expertise to produce WMD
                        (weapons of mass destruction). ... That still is a sore
                        point in our relations,'' said the official, who asked
                        not to be named.

9/7/2001  at News:
                        The backward Bushies
                        The White House has started a new arms race using old, Cold War logic.
                        By Arianna Huffington

9/9/2001  from AP and Reuters:
                        Rumsfeld Defends Missile Defense
                        Updated: Sun, Sep 09 3:42 PM EDT
                        WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
                        said Sunday he would recommend that President Bush veto
                        a military spending bill that cuts $1.3 billion from his
                        request for missile defense and restricts testing. ...
                        Last week, the Democratic-run Senate Armed Services
                        Committee voted along party lines to reduce by $1.3
                        billion Bush's request to increase missile defense funds
                        by $3 billion, to $8.3 billion. The legislation also
                        would limit the president's ability to conduct missile
                        defense activities that would violate the 1972
                        Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia. ...
                        The president's national security adviser, Condoleezza
                        Rice, said "there's a lot of work to do" in consulting
                        with Russia, China and U.S. allies. The United States
                        will make an offer that "we think is appropriate. ... We
                        hope it's an offer they can't refuse," she said on NBC's
                        "Meet the Press."

                        Defense Chief Unsure of U.S.-Russia Missile Talks
                        Sunday September 9 12:16 PM ET
                        WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
                        said on Sunday it was ``not knowable'' whether talks
                        with Russia to alter a landmark nuclear deterrence pact
                        would succeed by year's end. ...
                        U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice told
                        NBC's ''Meet the Press'' program that the president felt
                        he had to move beyond the ``very restrictive'' ABM
                        treaty that prohibits missile defense tests in order to
                        have a robust testing and evaluation program. ``It is
                        very important to move beyond the treaty,'' she said
                        while acknowledging there was ``a lot of work'' to do.
                        ``We are going to make to the Russians and others an
                        offer about a new strategic framework that we think is
                        appropriate ... we hope it is an offer they can't
                        refuse,'' Rice said. ...

9/10/2001  from AP:               
                        Missile Silos Proposed for Alaska
                        By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer
                        Sunday September 9 10:03 PM ET
                         ... the military envisions a missile range spanning
                        most of the north Pacific Ocean. Sites at Fort Greely,
                        Kodiak Island, and Shemya, Alaska, would augment the
                        existing test range that runs between Kwajalein in the
                        Marshall Islands and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. ...

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