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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29 Nov 2018

US makes case for withdrawal from missile treaty with Russia

“Russia has for years been developing, testing and deploying a missile that violates a landmark nuclear weapons treaty, a senior White House official said Tuesday, making a case for the administration’s planned withdrawal from the accord ahead of a scheduled meeting between the leaders of the two nations. The nuclear-capable

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15 Nov 2018

Pentagon Wants More Money for Lasers To Defend Against Missiles, Drone Swarms

“The U.S. military will request more money to develop lasers, microwave beams, and other directed-energy defenses to fight off missiles and drone swarms, the Pentagon’s top weapons engineer said Tuesday. ‘You’re going to see, in upcoming budgets for missile defense, a renewed emphasis on laser scaling [meaning scaling up the power of

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22 Oct 2018

US reportedly poised to abandon key arms control treaty with Russia

“The Trump administration is moving to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, per multiple reports, removing a key arms control treaty between the United States and Russia. According to both The Guardian and The New York Times, national security adviser John Bolton has recommended the U.S. leave the agreement and

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04 Oct 2018

Israel Plans Anti-Missile Nano Satellite Constellation

“Israel is planning constellations of nano satellites, built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), that will allow almost continuous coverage of ‘areas of interest,’ which are likely to include Iran, Syria, Lebanon and other countries. The first nano satellite was developed by IAI and was launched into space in 2017 as

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27 Sep 2018

US to remove several missile defense systems from the Middle East, highlighting shift in focus

The US will remove two Patriot missile of its defense batteries from Kuwait, one from Bahrain, and one from Jordan next month, according to military sources. The batteries will be returned to the U.S. for upgrades and then relocated elsewhere. While it has not been announced where they will be

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30 Aug 2018

Washington Warns of Sanctioning India Over Russian Missile System

“The United States is refusing to rule out sanctions on India—a stated ally—if New Delhi goes through with a planned purchase of Russia’s new S-400 missile system this year, a top U.S. Defense Department official warned ahead of historic talks between the two countries next week. The S-400 ‘is a

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22 Aug 2018

Russia to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey in 2019

Russia is scheduled to begin delivery of its S-400 missile system to Turkey in 2019, an update that comes in the midst of an ongoing Turkey-U.S. political escalation. The $2.5 billion deal will be the first to equip a NATO ally with Russian missile defense systems, one that is incompatible

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17 Aug 2018

Space-based laser weapons could ultimately take out missile threats in boost phase

The Pentagon is researching space-based laser weapons technology as a means to counter missile missiles as they take off, before they begin cruising. Such a system could support air-to-air missiles carried by F-15s or F35s on holding patters along the border of adversary countries. Debates around the feasibility of this

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