May 17, 1988

I strongly support bipartisan efforts by the Senate Committees on Intelligence and Armed Services to work with the administration to modernize and upgrade our intelligence capabilities.

It is important as we work toward future arms reduction agreements that our country have all of the means necessary to assure compliance with these agreements. With or without future arms control agreements, it is important for our national security interests that we keep pace with changes in technologies in other nations.

For that reason, I welcome bipartisan support to start this year on a multiyear program to improve these systems. I will also include funding for the second year of this program in the final budget which I submit to the Congress, and I will urge the next administration to assure continuity of this vital effort. After 1989 the funding for the program should be additive to the 2-percent real growth objective for national security spending.