[FPSPACE] The Cox Report on Russia

Dwayne Allen Day wayneday@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu
Mon, 18 Sep 2000 09:47:54 -0400 (EDT)


You all probably remember the Cox Report of summer 1999.  This was the one
that alleged that the Chinese had stolen lots of American technology in
order to build better bombs and missiles and junk.  That was a bi-partisan
(i.e. both Democrats and Republicans) report produced by a special
committee chaired by Congressman Christopher Cox.  As it turned out, there
were some serious errors in the report (3 volumes--about three inches
thick).  Some of them were discussed here and they included really basic
mistakes--dates wrong, the payload capability of the space shuttle wrong,
etc.  Nevertheless, the report caused an uproar.

On Wednesday, the Cox Committee will release a report on Russia, detailing
violations of the Missile Technology Control Regime and proliferation
issues and things like that.  This is NOT a bipartisan report (although
that did not seem to matter last time).

I expect that this report will have a section on Russian space and the
deals concerning ISS.  I don't know this for sure, but it seems logical.

It will be interesting to see what it says.  More info should come by
Wednesday-Thursday.



DDAY