Hearings on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1992 and 1993--H.R. 2100 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session: Full Committee Hearings on Authorization and Oversight : Hearings Held February 7, 20, 21, 26, 1991, Volume 4

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1991 - 534 pages
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Page 45 - SDĖ program remains consistent with the objectives previously established by the Joint Chiefs of Staff for a Phase I system. The increased investment in protection against limited strikes and in theater defenses is also appropriate and prudent. ATLANTIC FORCES Second, we need Atlantic forces to help achieve stability and protect US interests in the Atlantic region, including Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. US air, land, and maritime forces must still be postured...
Page 18 - World countries with formidable conventional forces, and by the proliferation of ballistic missiles, and weapons of mass destruction — with chemical, biological, and even nuclear potential. Also continuing is the threat posed by drug trafficking and terrorism. Last year we presented to America and the Congress the first phases of a program of dramatic reductions in our defense budget to begin implementing this new strategy. The budget I am presenting to you today continues to chart a path to virtually...
Page 22 - The costs for operation Desert Shield are to be treated as emergency funding requirements not subject to the defense spending limits. Funding for Desert Shield will be provided through the normal legislative process. Desert Shield costs should be accommodated through Allied burden-sharing, subsequent appropriation Acts, and if the President so chooses, through offsets within other defense accounts. Emergency Desert...
Page 36 - Mr. Chairman, distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on America's military posture in connection with your hearings on the President's defense budget for fiscal years 1992 and 1993. While we discuss this budget request here today, American forces and our coalition allies are engaged in combat half way around the globe. Thus, I plan to discuss Operation DESERT STORM as well as America's overall military posture. I know the members of the House Armed...
Page 366 - Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I appreciate this opportunity to report to you on the programs and progress of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
Page 47 - In the near term, we need to retain the option of a relatively rapid reconstitution capability. Over the long term, the generation of new forces will require prior investments in critical technologies, supporting capabilities (such as keeping the Selective Service System in good order) and weapon systems. This ability to rebuild, made explicit in our defense policy, will be an important element in our ability to deter aggression. To help provide for reconstitution, the president's budget envisions...
Page 26 - Navy steaming days remain at 50.5/29.0 days per quarter for the deployed/nondeployed fleets. Flying hours for active Air Force tactical aircrews will hold at about 19 hours per month. Investment In FY 1992-93, the fielding of advanced weapons and other systems will continue, although many programs have been adjusted in recognition of evolving requirements and to bring acquisition plans in line with reduced defense spending projections. For example, major adjustments have been made in the B-2 bomber,...
Page 27 - FY 1991 budget. ASAT funding has been substantially reduced. The backfit of 8 Trident submarines to carry D-5 missiles has been deferred beyond FY 1997. The Milstar satellite program has been substantially restructured to reduce costs, eliminate certain expensive survivability features, and support most effectively both tactical and strategic requirements. Consistent with my restructuring last year of the B-2 Stealth bomber program, the request calls for procurement of 4 aircraft in FY 1992 and 7...
Page 25 - The composition of our total force must be derived from the requirements of our new strategy. For example, forces for forward presence must be almost entirely active, as must be a sufficiently large stateside rotation base to replace those forward forces periodically. In applying the new strategy to our total force structure, we project that overall US reserve forces will decline by about the same percentage as active forces. That circumstance, however, should not mask the fact that our future force...
Page 21 - But we also should pursue a defensive system for global protection against limited ballistic missile strikes — whatever their source. • Forward presence. Although the changing global environment allows us to reduce our permanent foreign deployments, some US forces must remain deployed overseas in areas of US interest. The forward presence of US forces makes for more credible deterrence, promotes regional stability, and provides us an initial capability for crisis response and escalation control.

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