- The Washington Times - Friday, September 7, 2001

Chinese missile test
China's military has carried out another test of a new land-attack cruise missile, known in defense parlance as LACM.
U.S. intelligence officials said this test was a ground-launched version of the terrain-hugging cruise missile that is believed to be an extended-range version of a Chinese anti-ship cruise missile. The August test was tracked by U.S. intelligence equipment in the region.
The missile is said to be China's version of the U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missile and has been a high Chinese priority since the wide use of the Tomahawk in operations over the past decade.
China's last test involved an air-launched LACM that was first reported here June 8. It was the first time the Chinese military had demonstrated a long-range cruise missile's attack capability.
A report by the Air Force National Air Intelligence Center in September stated that China is developing a land-attack cruise missile capable of carrying either conventional or nuclear warheads to an unknown range.
The report predicts "the threat to U.S. force [from LACMs] will increase over the next decade" as the number of nations producing such missiles increases from two to nine. Several of the newly armed states "probably will export the missiles," the report said.

Comic book
The Army has issued a comic book-style guide for soldiers on the rules for reporting prohibited homosexual conduct and also for refraining from harassing suspected homosexuals.
Titled "Dignity and Respect: A Training Guide on Homosexual Conduct Policy," the full-color, 30-page pamphlet contains scenes of soldiers encountering situations that fall under anti-harassment guidelines. The scenes also tell soldiers when and when not to report someone for violating "don't ask, don't tell," the Defense Department policy that bans open homosexuality in the ranks.
Here is one comic book story that shows the Army forbids joking with a suspected homosexual about his or her orientation.
"This story is about harassment," says the script of a scene involving three men and one female soldier in an electronics repair shop. "When you finish reading, you should be able to … recognize that harassment, including harassment based upon perception of homosexual orientation is unallowable behavior."
Female soldier: I am looking forward to a great weekend.
First male: Oh, yeah. What are you doing?
Woman: I have a date.
Second male: You? A date? I would believe that Gates over there had a date with another man before I'd ever believe that you have a hot date.
First male: Hey, Gates, would you enjoy a date with a good looking man, too?
1st Sgt. Jones overhears this remark.
Sgt. Jones: What was that, sergeant? I didn't like the sound of that. I want to see all of you in my office. Now!
Sgt. Jones then pulls Gates aside and says: Sgt. Gates, I want you to know that I consider those soldiers' comments and behavior to be inappropriate. We will not tolerate harassment of any type in this unit. I am not concerned about your personal life. That is not the issue here. Did you feel that those NCOs were harassing you?
Gates: Yes, first sergeant. I did. I was going to say something when you came in.
The scene shifts to the first sergeant's office,
Jones to the offending soldiers: You're here for one reason only. Your comments to Sgt. Gates were blatant harassment and I won't stand for it. Harassment of any kind is unacceptable in this unit. We must work as a team and respect one another. … If I hear about it again, I'll personally walk you into the commander's office and recommend [Uniform Code of Military Justice] action.
Later in the company commander's office.
Commander: First sergeant, thanks for filling me in. I agree with your action. Don't we have a "consideration of others" [COO] class this Friday?
First sergeant: Yes sir, we do. I have tasked those three NCOs to give anti-harassment training during that class.

Slap at Tenet
The Bush administration's abrupt withdrawal of support for legislation to further criminalize disclosures of classified information is being viewed as a White House slap at a key backer of the measure — CIA Director George J. Tenet.
The legislation was drafted by Senate staff, but administration officials tell us that Mr. Tenet, a Democratic political appointee from the Clinton administration, secretly was a prime mover in the anti-leak effort.
Mr. Tenet was to be the star witness at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing set for Wednesday on the new leaks law. But around 6 p.m. Tuesday the hearing was canceled after the administration politely told the panel more time was needed to study the legislation.
The legislation was vetoed by President Clinton last year and reintroduced by Sen. Richard C. Shelby, Alabama Republican, this year.
One senior member of Congress told us, "without leaks to the press, we would never know what's going on."
The CIA director publicly has expressed frustration at leaks to news outlets, including this newspaper, which the CIA claims have damaged U.S. national security.
Mr. Tenet has been silent, however, about far worse national security damage. The damage has come from a seemingly endless string of foreign spies uncovered over the past several decades. The United States also needs to improve counterintelligence, which intelligence officials say has eroded sharply the past eight years.
A CIA spokesman said Mr. Tenet supports the legislation but prefers that others in government decide what to do about the problem.
CIA support for the legislation was displayed at a going-away party at the Pentagon earlier this year. CIA spokesman Bill Harlow presented a copy of last year's vetoed legislation to outgoing Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon — a dig at the spokesman for his efforts in opposing the leaks bill.

What panels?
It seems light years away, but just a few months ago the center of gravity inside the Pentagon was Andrew Marshall, the building's director of net assessment, and a dozen or so outside panels working on ways to transform the military.
The panels have since filed reports and disbanded. Some inside the building say Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was not overwhelmed by the results.
None of the panels recommended canceling or curtailing any of three major tactical aircraft programs (V-22 Osprey, F-22 stealth fighter, Joint Strike Fighter). Such recommendations could have provided political cover to any subsequent decision by Mr. Rumsfeld to significantly change the procurements.
Reminded during an interview with The Washington Times that the panels spared these systems, Mr. Rumsfeld responded with a curt, "They weren't asked" to give a thumbs up or down.
"The panels were a waste of time," said one Pentagon source. But another official commented, "The panels were a PR bonanza. While you focused on them, Rumsfeld had time to put together a staff and start on the real review."
President Bush put the Pentagon on notice recently that the country cannot afford all the systems now planned. But whether that means outright cancellation of major weapons, no one seems to know as Mr. Rumsfeld's staff prepares to make recommendations this fall.


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