Missile Proliferation in the Information Age: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, September 22, 1997 [open pdf - 285KB]
From the opening statement of Thad Cochran: "We live in a time of rapid technological change. The computers on our desktops have computational and storage capabilities that were not just unheard of, but undreamed of, only a generation ago. The Internet has magnified those advances by linking hundreds of thousands of computers and putting those resources at our fingertips. The fact is that the United States can be threatened by technology other than the most advanced. Older technology, in some cases 40 to 50 years old, is capable of presenting a severe threat to the United States. It was 40 years ago that the Atlas ICBM, America's first long-range missile, was built. Relatively old technology, now more easily available, should not be overlooked in its potential to threaten America and American interests. This hearing, then, will examine the extent to which technological information, materials, and other resources that make possible the proliferation of ballistic missiles are available, both on the open and the black markets." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Thad Cochran, Carl Levin, William R. Graham, W. Seth Carus, and Bernard A. Schriever.
S. Hrg. 105-268; Senate Hearing 105-268