[lit-ideas] Re: Hitchens on Moore's flick

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  • Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 18:14:11 EDT

In a message dated 7/2/2004 2:18:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
Robert.Paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
Is this is meant to be evidence supporting Eric's initial claim, the claim 
that several of us questioned? The subtext here is that Clinton sold MIRV 
Extracts from the speech made by Mr. Benjamin Gilman, Chairman of the US 
House International Relations Committee, on July 28, 1998  

.. In addition to China's mischief, there are distressing reports on how US 
assistance to communist China may have helped Beijing develop MIRV (multiple 
individual reentry vehicle) technology. .... 
Launches 1996-7 and 1998 (successful) Motorola Iridium (Lockheed) 

Specific Technology Transferred Validated Chinese upper stage separation 
technology, vibrational and load coupling analysis, attitude control, and 
mounting. Two Motorola communication satellites were to be delivered with a 
kick motor and new satellite dispenser of Chinese design. To assure successful 
launch, the contractor demanded that the Chinese prove that the Chinese systems 
would work properly and do the job. Concerns included the properly timed 
release of the satellites, the mounting of the satellites in the delivery bus 
(would the two satellites break from their moorings due to improper vibrational 
and load coupling analysis), would the delivery bus's attitude control be 
destabilized by the release of the fast satellite, and would the kick motor 
too little or too much thrust at the wrong time. 

Military Significance 
Helped China master the technology needed to develop its own multiple 
independently targetable re, entry vehicles for the new solid rocket 
ballistic missile it is trying to drive from SS-25 missile technology with 
the Russians. 

SOURCE: Beyond The Loral-Hughes Controversy: A Decade of US Satellite 
Transfers And Their Military Significance, by Henry Sokolski, Executive 
Director, The 
Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, 1-202-466-4406 


And finally http://usembassy-australia.state.gov/hyper/WF980715/epf304.htm
Note that Bacon says that Motorola only provided "information." And disputes 
the required accuracy of the  MIRV, even though that has subsequently been 
shown not to be the case. -EY

(China, Japan, Kosovo, Yeltsin, Cyprus, Pakistan, Israel) (5340) 

Pentagon Spokesman Kenneth Bacon briefed. 

Following is the Defense Department transcript: 

(begin transcript) 

DoD News Briefing 

Tuesday, July 14, 1998 --

[Bacon:] The Chinese have developed a satellite dispenser system as the 
article pointed out. Motorola used that satellite dispenser system to launch 
than one satellite simultaneously. 

What Motorola did was simply provide information that was necessary to attach 
its satellites to the dispenser system that the Chinese already had 
developed. Launching more than one satellite at a time is not particularly 
technology. It does not require the same degree of accuracy to launch 
into an orbit as it does to launch multiple warheads into orbits. Whether they 
are MIRVs which are independently targetable warheads, or whether they're 
multiple reentry vehicles. The recent talk has been about MIRVs which require a 
much greater degree of accuracy in terms of being placed precisely into an 
orbit, than it would require to put a satellite into an orbit. 

So what Motorola did was provide, after government review, technology that 
allowed -- it didn't provide technology, it provided information that allowed 
them to attach satellites to a dispenser they'd already designed. They didn't 
design this with Motorola's help. 

Q: So the dispenser was, as far as you know, was indigenous Chinese 

A: That is my understanding, that they already had the dispenser. 

Q: The Washington Times article quotes a former Pentagon weapons 
proliferation official as saying that in fact the satellite dispensing 
technology is 
interchangeable with MIRV technology. 

A: I just told you that releasing, or parking a satellite in orbit does not 
require nearly as much precision as releasing multiple warheads does. I think 
it's not the same technology. 

Q: Your understanding of the dispensing system that is only accurate enough 
to deal with a satellite? 

A: It does not have the extreme accuracy that's required for independent 
targeted warheads to be released as a group, yes. 

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