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General Still Hopeful On Trident Funding

A test launch of a Trident missile.
by Martin Sieff
UPI Senior News Analyst
Washington (UPI) Aug 08, 2006
The head of U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. James Cartwright, anticipates Congress will consider releasing additional funds for a new, conventionally armed Trident D-5 missile next year, once studies are done that show the weapon can be used with little risk of provoking nuclear retaliation.

His comments, offered in an interview last week with, came in the wake of congressional action that may leave the Navy's proposed Conventional Trident Modification, or CTM, effort with just a fraction of the $127 million the Defense Department requested for fiscal year 2007, said.

The U.S. Senate last week deferred a vote on its 2007 defense appropriations bill that provides no Fiscal Year 2007 funds to develop CTM, but offers $5 million to conduct a study on potential land- or air-based alternatives to the submarine-launched missile.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would appropriate $30 million for CTM for the coming fiscal year, or less than one-quarter of the funds sought. The two chambers' bills are expected to be reconciled in conference committee in the coming months.

All four key defense committees on Capitol Hill have expressed concern that the launch of a conventionally armed D-5 from a submarine that also carries the nuclear-tipped version of the same missile could prompt international misinterpretation that some experts say might lead to hasty retaliation against the United States, said.

Source: United Press International

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Washington (UPI) Aug 08, 2006
Russia has successfully test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from its northern space-vehicle launching site, Plesetsk, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported Aug. 3 The intercontinental Topol class ballistic missile, also known in the West as the CC-25, was launched on Aug. 3 at 1:38 pm Moscow time from a mobile launching installation, sources from the northern cosmodrome told ITAR-TASS.

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