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Vol. 51, No. 3        February 12, 1999
[Sandia National Laboratories]

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0165    ||   Livermore, California 94550-0969
Tonopah, Nevada; Nevada Test Site; Amarillo, Texas

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Nonnuclear Weapons

During his Feb. 3, 1998, visit to Albuquerque, President Clinton gave public recognition and thanks, for the first time, to Chris Cherry and Rod Owenby (both 9322) for their involvement in resolving the Unabomber case. After spending months working on this case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chris and Rod were called unexpectedly, in the dead of night, to the Lincoln, Mont., cabin of Theodore Kaczynski. Under Chris' direction, a team of experts spent several days surgically dismantling the last of the Unabomber's explosive devices. (9300)

On April 17, 1998, Red Crow was launched from the Kauai Test Facility for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization to assess the effectiveness of electronic countermeasures against US Theater Missile Defense systems. Information gathered from this experiment will be instrumental in enhancing US defenses against possible countermeasures employed by adversaries. The Sandia Red Crow team developed the booster system, integrated a payload suite within the launch vehicle, and conducted the launch operation at KTF. (1400, 2300, 2400, 2600, 2900, 9100, 10200)

Sandia has developed liquid-foam decontaminants for rapid response to potential terrorist threats. We have shown them to be effective against a variety of chemical agents as well as against simulants for anthrax spores. An additional benefit they offer is ease of delivery. They can be easily and rapidly deployed through sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, or fire trucks. Nontoxic and noncorrosive, they generate minimal runoff of fluids and have no lasting environmental effects. (6800)

Sandia conducted two drop tests of the Inertial Terrain-Aided Guidance (ITAG) system as part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Counterproliferation Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration. ITAG is an adverse-weather precision radar guidance system suitable for use on a conventional penetrator weapon. ITAG took the form of an upgrade to a GBU-15 (2000 lb class) weapon. It includes the Sandia-developed High Altitude Doppler beam sharpened Radar Altimeter and associated batch-recursive terrain-referenced navigation algorithm. (2400, 2300, 2600, 5900)

A Labs-wide team successfully demonstrated the concept and viability of an Emergency Destruction System (EDS) for chemical munitions. The EDS is being developed to destroy recovered chemical munitions that are explosively configured and unsafe for transport and storage. The project supports the US Army Project Manager for Non-Stockpile Chemical Materiel and continues in FY99 to develop and procure a larger system. Success of the tests resulted in the Army deciding to prepare the prototype for emergency use. (5500, 6400, 8100, 8200, 8400, 8500, 8700, 8800, 8900 9300).

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