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JCIC-XXXII: WORKING GROUP ON TELEMETRY, JULY 22,

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SUBJECT: JCIC-XXXII: WORKING GROUP ON TELEMETRY, JULY 22,
2008

REF: 07 STATE 160337

Classified By: Jerry A. Taylor, United States
Representative to the Joint Compliance and Inspection
Commission. Reasons: 1.4(b) and (d).



1. (U) This is JCIC-XXXII-014.



2. (U) Meeting Date: July 22, 2008
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Place: Russian Mission, Geneva



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SUMMARY


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3. (S) A Telemetry Working Group (WG) meeting was held at
the Russian Mission on July 22, 2008. The United States,
Kazakhstan and Russia were present. The Russian Delegation
stated that two Trident II telemetry issues were resolved
after receiving the U.S. Delegation Paper on Trident II
Flight Tests of November 4, 2004 and May 9, 2006, dated
December 3, 2007 (Reftel). The Russian Delegation offered
that, while it still had questions on Peacekeeper telemetry,
it would not raise them because they expected that there
would be no more Peacekeeper flight-testing.



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THE SHORT VERSION


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4. (S) Kuz'min opened the meeting and stated that the
Russian Federation had added this item to the agenda to
continue discussions from the last session, which were based
on the questions raised in the Russian Federation's Paper of
October 17, 2007 (Reftel). He acknowledged receiving a
response to the concerns brought up previously about the
telemetry recorded at 2344.5 MHz on Tape No. 18 for the
Peacekeeper flight test of March 12, 2003 and the telemetry
for Missile No. 1 on Tape B for the Trident II flight test of
November 4, 2004. He mentioned that the issues were of a
similar character.



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TWO DOWN, ONE TO GO, ONE GONE!


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5. (S) Kuz'min stated that, during the intersession, Russian
experts had studied the responses and analyzed the answers
which closed two issues concerning Trident II flight tests.
The first issue resolved was the explanation of the timing
signal and the lack of a time signal for some portions of the
data. The second issue was the error in the typographic
notes on the tape label, which incorrectly identified
Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM)-16 Modified as an
encoding method instead of a modulation method. As for
clarification regarding the characteristics for the QAM-16
Modified method of modulation, Kuz'min said that the U.S.
references provided only the general characteristics, and
were still insufficient to reproduce the telemetry
information.



6. (S) Kuz'min also relayed that, while he did not mention
specifics with the Peacekeeper flight test of March 12, 2003,
it did not mean that the Russian Federation's concerns were
resolved for the Peacekeeper telemetry. He said that the
Peacekeeper was no longer deployed and was not expected to


have future flight tests. Russia still had questions
regarding the code used to record the telemetry to the
magnetic tapes and Kuz'min stated his belief that additional
equipment was necessary for the playback of telemetric
information. He noted that, if the U.S. uses the
Ferher-patented Quadrature Phase Shift Keying modulation
method in future tests, he would have to raise the questions
again.



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DE'JAVU ALL OVER AGAIN?


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7. (S) Dunn commented that he was glad that the responses in
the U.S. Delegation paper, provided at the previous session,
resolved two issues related to the Trident II flight tests of
November 4, 2004 and May 9, 2006. He stated that, since
telemetry was complicated, it was important to receive
questions in writing so they could be worked during the
intersession. He noted that the United States had not
received any additional written questions from the Russian
Federation during the last intercessional period.



8. (S) Dunn addressed the question of the process used for
recording data to the magnetic tapes, and noted that this
question was originally raised with regard to the Peacekeeper
flight test of March 12, 2003. He reiterated the response
provided in the U.S. Delegation Paper on Response to Russian
Questions Concerning Telemetric Information for the
Peacekeeper Flight Test of March 12, 2003, dated May 29,
2006, stating that the recording was made by digitizing the
pre-detection, 30 MHz intermediate frequency output of a
receiver tuned to 2344.5 MHz (Reftel). He requested again
that the Russian Delegation provide in writing any additional
questions.



9. (S) Dunn responded to the question regarding the QAM-16
Modified method of modulation used during the Trident II
flight tests, stating that the United States had provided the
means to play back the data as required in paragraph 4 of
Section 1 of the Protocol on Telemetric Information. He
reiterated that QAM-16 Modified was a 16 state, two amplitude
level, polar, differential phase, absolute amplitude
modulation.



10. (S) Dunn addressed the Russian points made on the use of
the ICS554 digital signal processing device for the
Peacekeeper telemetry data recorded on Tape No. 18. He
stated that the question raised previously by the Russian
Federation was whether additional equipment was required to
play back the telemetry data and the answer was no. He
reminded the Russian Delegation that, at the last session,
they were asked to provide any further questions in writing.



11. (S) Kuz'min recapped for the U.S. Delegation the whole
range of telemetry issues discussed at the last session of
the JCIC. He went into great detail on the previous
questions raised on the Peacekeeper flight test of March 12,


2003.



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MAKE IT STOP, PLEASE


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12. (S) Dunn thanked the Russian Federation for its efforts
before JCIC-XXXI, stating that having specific questions
exchanged during the intersession helped the United States
prepare answers to the questions of the Russian Federation.
He encouraged the Russian Federation to provide any further
questions during the intersession.



13. (S) Kuz'min agreed that the exchange of specific
questions had helped to answer Russia's questions. He said
that there was now an open dialogue in our routine work and
it should continue. He also thanked the United States for
the prompt request for spare parts and said he is
optimistically waiting for the equipment to arrive.




14. (U) Documents exchanged. None.



15. (U) Participants:

U.S.

Ms. Bosco
Lt Col Comeau
Mr. DeNinno
Mr. Dunn
Maj Edinger
Mr. Fortier
Maj Gondol
Mr. Hanchett
LTC Oppenheim
Mr. Tessier
Mr. Vogel
Mr. Yaguchi
Dr. Hopkins (Int)

KAZAKHSTAN

Col Akhmatelin

RUSSIA

Capt(1st Rank) Kuz'min
Col Novikov
Ms. Komshilova (Int)



16. (U) Taylor sends.
TICHENOR


NNNN




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