08 Mar 2019

U.S. urges U.N. to restore tough missile restrictions on Iran after tests

The United States on Thursday said that Iran has violated a 2015 United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution by attempting to launch two satellites and carrying out a ballistic missile test since December of last year. The US government called on the UNSC to “bring back tougher international restrictions” on

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08 Feb 2019

U.S. Assails Iranian Space Program After Reports Of Second Failed Launch

In response to satellite photos that allegedly show an attempted satellite launch by Iran, the US State Department on Thursday stated that such a launch involves “technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including in Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs),” and emphasized that the US

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31 Jan 2019

Russia, U.S. talks to salvage INF treaty fail

Russia and the U.S. have failed to come to an agreement surrounding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The U.S. and its allies have long accused Russia of breaking the treaty with its Novator 9M729 missile, accusations that Russia has denied. With this diplomatic failure between the two countries, the U.S.

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28 Jan 2019

New Research: How the CIA found Soviet missiles in Cuba

While the U-2 spy plane is largely credited for identifying the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba in the early 1960s, setting off a Cold War escalation with nearly-apololyptic results, new research has pieced together how CIA-trained Cubans ran a highly-successful intelligence network that drove the discovery of the missiles.

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25 Jan 2019

Budget Office: U.S. to spend projected $494 billion on nuclear weapons programs over next 10 years

The estimate for total U.S. spending on nuclear arsenal modernization and maintenance has been increased to $494 billion over the next 10 years, increasing 23% over the 2017 estimate. This rise will likely become a point of significant debate in the next year in the relevant congressional committees, and could

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24 Jan 2019

Can Saudi Arabia produce ballistic missiles? Satellite imagery raises suspicions

Experts are questioning Saudi Arabia’s ballistic missile production capabilities after satellite images emerged that appear to show production centers. While it remains uncertain whether the facilities are complete or capable of missile manufacture, the sites were started in 2013 and suggest Saudi intent to develop domestic production in order to

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16 Jan 2019

Iran satellite fails to reach orbit after launch that worried US

The Iranian rocket launch working to place a satellite into orbit failed in its mission on Tuesday, according to the country’s telecommunications minister. The planned launch had been strongly criticized by the US who accused the country of breaching the UN Security Council resolution that called upon Iran not to

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11 Jan 2019

Iran says its rockets will send two satellites into orbit, despite US concerns

Iran is moving forward with plans to launch two new satellites using domestically-produced rockets, pushing through US accusations that such launches defy UN Security Council resolutions that calls on the country not to carry out operations related to nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Iran insists that these launches and rockets built to

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17 Dec 2018

Poor Security Could Leave U.S. Defenseless Against Missile Attacks

“The Defense Department’s inconsistent security practices leave technical data about the nation’s missile defense system vulnerable to inside and outside threats, according to the agency auditor. The ballistic missile defense system is designed to detect and intercept incoming missiles before they hit their intended targets. The system is made up

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12 Dec 2018

US Navy, Missile Defense Agency shoot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile in space

“The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency continued a hot streak Tuesday when they successfully shot down an intermediate-range ballistic missile target in space from its Hawaii-based Aegis Ashore facility. The test marked the second consecutive successful intercept for the SM-3 Block IIA missile in development. The intercept followed an

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