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Weapons Proliferation

      Modern Technology has made it possible for countries all over the world to possess the means for controlling their own populations and to threaten other nations with mass destruction. It no longer matters whether a nation is rich or poor, large or small, first world or third world. Almost anyone can make or purchase weapons that 50 years ago could not even be imagined.


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Central European NATO members to send troops to Baltics

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Liblice, Czech Republic (AFP) May 25, 2016
Four central European states said Wednesday they would send troops to three Baltic NATO allies starting next year as tensions with their Soviet-era master Russia rise to levels not seen since the Cold War. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said they would fine-tune quarterly rotational deployments of 600 troops to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in time for a key NATO summit in
 

Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 26, 2016
A breakthrough by an Australian collaboration of researchers could make infra-red technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defence and other areas using sensing devices, and boosting applications of technology to a host of new areas, such as agriculture. Infra-red devices are used for improved vision through fog and for night vision and for observations n
 

Taiwan's new president 'emotional' single woman: China analyst

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2016
Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen practises "emotional" and "extreme" politics because she is a single woman without children, a member of China's organisation overseeing relations with the island has said. The scathing attack on the newly inaugurated leader came from Wang Weixing, a military analyst and a board member of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits. "As a
 

Beijing lines up diplomatic battle groups over South China Sea

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2016
The disputed rocks and reefs of the South China Sea are more than an ocean away from the landlocked African nation of Niger. But that has not stopped the strife-ridden, largely desert country of 17 million people adding its voice to a growing diplomatic chorus that Beijing says supports its rejection of an international tribunal hearing on the waters. Others apparently singing from the s
 

China's new launch center prepares for maiden mission

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Wenchang, China (XNA) May 24, 2016
China's fourth space launch center, the Wenchang satellite launch center in southern Hainan Province, is preparing for its maiden launch mission. Components of a Long March-7 carrier rocket arrived at a port in Wenchang on Saturday and were transported to the center by road, according to space officials on Monday. Assembling and testing will be conducted according to the mission's sc
 

Russian Satellites Resistant to Any Possible Control Interception

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 26, 2016
The control system of Russia's satellite constellation is protected from any outside intervention, and disabling Russian satellites or intercepting control over them is not possible, Russia's Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center said Saturday. Marchuk said that the Russian satellite constellation consisted of over 130 active space vehicles, with more than 80 percent of them und
 

Schriever Wargame 2016

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) May 26, 2016
Air Force Space Command began the tenth Schriever Wargame at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama, May 19, 2016. The Schriever Wargame, set in the year 2026, will explore critical space issues and investigate the integration activities of multiple agencies associated with space systems and services. The objectives of SW 16 will center on identifying ways to increase the resilience of space tha
 

Arianespace to supply payload dispenser systems for OneWeb constellation

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Evry, France (SPX) May 24, 2016
Arianespace reports that it has signed a contract with the global satellite internet company OneWeb to design, qualify and supply 21 payload dispensers for the deployment of the OneWeb constellation, along with five more on option. RUAG Space AB (Linkoping, Sweden) will be the prime contractor, in charge of development and production of these dispenser systems. The dispenser systems will f
 

Roscosmos Proposes International Team to Create Super-Heavy Carrier Rocket

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 25, 2016
The deputy head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos said that Russia offers its international partners to jointly create a new super-heavy-lift launch vehicle. Russia offers its international partners to jointly create a new super-heavy-lift launch vehicle, the deputy head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday. "The work on establishing the following means of the development
 

A digital Rochester Cloak to fit all sizes

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Rochester NY (SPX) May 20, 2016
Using the same mathematical framework as the Rochester Cloak, researchers at the University of Rochester have been able to use flat screen displays to extend the range of angles that can be hidden from view. Their method lays out how cloaks of arbitrary shapes, that work from multiple viewpoints, may be practically realized in the near future using commercially available digital devices. T
 

Arianespace continues the momentum for Europe's Galileo program on its latest Soyuz flight

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) May 24, 2016
With another successful Soyuz launch performed to expand the Galileo satellite navigation system, Arianespace has reaffirmed the company's important role in supporting European governments and institutions with independent, reliable and available access to space. Carried out from the purpose-built ELS launch complex at Europe's Spaceport, Soyuz completed a nearly 3-hour, 48-minute mission.
 

Yemen peace talks 'closer' to agreement: UN envoy

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Kuwait City (AFP) May 25, 2016
The UN envoy said Wednesday that Yemen's warring parties were closer to agreement at peace talks in Kuwait as he prepared to brief the Security Council on progress in negotiations. "We are moving towards a general understanding that encompasses the expectations and visions of the parties," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement. "The discussions have become more sensitive and delic
 

Navistar Defense receives MRAP upgrade contract

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2016
Navistar Defense has been awarded a $29.7 million U.S. Army contract modification to reset and upgrade 250 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. The contract includes an option for an additional 200 vehicles. Work will be done in West Point, Miss., with an expected completion date of May 2017. The Illinois-based company has been the recipient of several military vehicl
 

New LPD for U.S. Navy christened

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Pascagoula, Miss. (UPI) May 25, 2016
A new amphibious transport dock being built for the U.S. Navy has been christened the Portland by Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding. The Portland (LPD 27) is the 11th San Antonio-class vessel for the Navy, which are used to embark and land U.S. Marines and their equipment and supplies. The vessels are 684 feet long and 105 feet wide. "Marines love these ships," said U.S. Mar
 

Pressure builds on IS with twin assaults in Syria, Iraq

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) May 25, 2016
US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State group on Wednesday, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists. The operations to the north of IS's de facto Syrian capital Raqa and near the jihadist-held Iraqi city of Fallujah are adding to pressure on the extremist group, which has seen territory under its control shri
 

US calls for 'robust' NATO posture on eastern flank

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) May 19, 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that NATO was building a "robust" defensive posture on its eastern flank, as the alliance faces an increasingly aggressive Russia. Speaking after the first day of ministerial talks at the Alantic alliance's Brussels headquarters, Kerry urged member states to meet pledges to increase defence spending. "A key aspect of our response to Russi
 

EU increases sanctions on NKorea

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) May 19, 2016
The European Union on Thursday beefed up sanctions against North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of United Nations resolutions. The 28-nation bloc said it was adding 18 persons and one entity to its asset freeze and travel ban blacklist, complementing measures adopted by the UN against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the north's official name
 

Iraq reaches deal with IMF for $5.4-billion loan

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 19, 2016
Crisis-hit Iraq reached a deal with the International Monetary Fund Thursday for a $5.4 billion loan that could give donors enough confidence to unlock further financing, a statement said. The three-year stand-by arrangement was reached by the Iraqi government and IMF in Jordan after a week of talks, the monetary institution said. "Under the arrangement, and subject to the approval of th
 

US, Britain, France, Germany back business with Iran

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) May 19, 2016
Foreign banks and businesses should not hold back from conducting legal business with Iran, Western powers said Friday. In a joint statement released after talks in Brussels, the United States, the European Union, France, Britain and Germany sought to reassure companies that, after the Iran nuclear deal, certain forms of trade are permitted. "We will not stand in the way of permitted bus
 

Top China official promises to 'listen' to Hong Kong

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Hong Kong (AFP) May 17, 2016
One of China's most powerful officials said he would listen to political demands from Hongkongers in a conciliatory start to a visit Tuesday that has stirred anger in a city resentful of Beijing's tightening grip. The three-day trip by Zhang Dejiang, who chairs China's communist-controlled legislature, is the first by such a senior official in four years and comes as concerns grow in semi-au
 

Saab rolls out its Gripen E 'Smart Fighter'

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) May 19, 2016
Saab introduced its new Gripen E "Smart Fighter" during a ceremony Wednesday at the company's headquarters in Sweden. "Gripen is a unique fighter concept, bringing a perfect balance between excellent operational performance, high-tech solutions, cost-efficiency and industrial partnership into one smart fighter system," the company said in a release. The jet performs a wide range
 

China rejects US claim of 'unsafe' spy plane intercept

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 19, 2016
Beijing on Thursday rejected Pentagon accusations that a Chinese aircraft made an "unsafe" intercept of a spy plane in international air space, as tensions rise in the strategically vital South China Sea. Rivalry between China and the United States is mounting in the disputed waterway, an important shipping route thought to be home to vast energy deposits, and which Beijing claims almost in
 

Stratobus: The Spy Blimp-Satellite of the Future Used for Snooping

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2016
If you thought surveillance drones were unnerving, a French-Italian aerospace company is now producing an unmanned blimp to monitor the ground from space. One good thing can be said for government-operated spy UAVs: they have to land occasionally. But Thales Alenia Space, an aerospace manufacturer, is hoping to take the utility of a Predator drone and apply it to a long-lasting dirigible.
 

Pentagon Buys 'Safe Solution' for Zapping Drones Out of the Sky

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2016
It's the latest in high-tech anti-drone technology, and both the Pentagon and US Homeland Security are on board. As recreational drones become increasingly common, multiple government agencies are struggling to ascertain the best way to deal with security threats posed by the aircraft. High profile incidents like the series of mysterious UAV-sightings across Paris last year have shown ho
 

Russia to Renew Production of Mi-14 Nuclear-Capable Anti-Sub Helicopters

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2016
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that ministry plans to renew the production of Mi-14 Haze nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopters. The Russian Defense Ministry plans to renew the production of Mi-14 Haze nuclear-capable amphibious anti-submarine helicopters, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Thursday. "Yes, work is already being done in
 

Idea That US's New Destroyer is 'Invisible' is a 'Fairy Tale for Fools'

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2016
The builders of the USS Zumwalt, the US Navy's new next-generation super-destroyer, have promised that the ship would be nearly invisible to enemy radar. Military analyst Viktor Baranets told Sputnik that this simply isn't the case. The USS Zumwalt destroyer, set to be officially handed off to the US Navy on Friday at a ceremony in Bath, Maine, has already been touted as the best thing sin
 

SpeedCast to build ground station for X-band Satcom Services in Asia-Pacific

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 20, 2016
SpeedCast International has announced that it has partnered with one of the largest global Defence companies, Airbus Defence and Space, to design, build and provide onsite management for the ground anchor station for the Skynet 5A satellite in Asia Pacific, following its relocation in 2015, to provide extended coverage to the region, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific regions.
 

Abandonment of Russian Booster Engines May Send NASA's Costs Skyrocketing

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2016
The Pentagon saying "no" to the further use of Russian RD-180 rocket engines may damage "the financial viability" of NASA projects, according to the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor. If the Pentagon decides against using Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines, it will "potentially threaten the financial viability" of a whole array of NASA projects, the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor said
 

Australian, U.S. HIFiRE rocket achieves Mach 7.5

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) May 18, 2016
Australia and the United States have successfully fired an experimental rocket with a speed of more than seven times the speed of sound. The rocket, which reached an apogee, or highest altitude, of about 172.7 miles, is part of a joint research program called HIFiRE, or Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program. It is being conducted by Australia's Defense Science
 

Debris Alert: A Crack in the Window

 
‎Friday, ‎May ‎20, ‎2016, ‏‎8:24:47 AMGo to full article
Bethesda MD (SPX) May 18, 2016
In recent days media coverage of space debris activity has been intense. Some commentaries are reminiscent of the hysteria in Chicken Little's report of the sky falling. Others recommend that the issue be ignore. They say, "Space is big, so don't worry." However, just last week a report revealed the existence of very small cracks in an International Space Station Window. Apparently, a tiny
 

Iran equipped with Russian missile system: defence minister

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) May 10, 2016
Iran's army is now equipped with a Russian air defence system after a long and controversial delivery process, Defence Minister General Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying Tuesday. "I inform our people that... we are in possession of the strategic S-300 system" and that it "serves our air force's counterattack command," Dehghan said, according to ISNA news agency. Parts of the system, i
 

Obama to make historic visit to Hiroshima

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 10, 2016
Barack Obama will this month become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, but the White House is scotching talk of an apology for the devastating 1945 nuclear bombing of the city. Obama, accompanied by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will make the deeply symbolic visit on May 27, after attending a G7 summit in south-central Japan, his spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday. The Whit
 

US warship sails by South China Sea reef, irking Beijing

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2016
The US on Tuesday sailed a warship close to a disputed South China Sea reef Beijing has built up into an artificial island, officials said, prompting China to express "dissatisfaction and opposition". Guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence navigated within 12 nautical miles of the Fiery Cross Reef, occupied by China and also claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines, the Penta
 

Philippines' Duterte open to territory-row talks with China

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Davao, Philippines (AFP) May 10, 2016
Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is willing to talk with China over a highly sensitive territorial dispute in the South China Sea, his spokesman said Tuesday, in a significant reversal of the incumbent's stance. Duterte, who won Monday's election in a landslide, is also willing to form partnerships with China to extract gas and oil deposits that are believed to be in the sea, as we
 

Ex-NATO heads, US defence chiefs fire Brexit warning

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) May 10, 2016
Britain leaving the EU would damage Western security and dangerously weaken Europe, five ex-NATO chiefs and a host of former US secretaries of state and defence warned on Tuesday. The former NATO heads said a so-called Brexit would undermine the transatlantic military alliance and "give succour to the West's enemies", and would "undoubtably lead to a loss of British influence". In a lett
 

Germany to increase troops for first time since Cold War ended

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Berlin (AFP) May 10, 2016
Germany is raising the number of its troops for the first time since 1990, ending a quarter of a century of successive cuts in the army since the end of the Cold War. The Bundeswehr is expected to increase in the next seven years by 14,300 soldiers, while 4,400 civilian officers will also be added to the service, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said. This boost in troop strength i
 

'Executed' N. Korean general named to senior party posts

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 10, 2016
North Korea's former military chief of staff who was reported executed earlier this year is apparently alive and well after being named Tuesday in a number of senior ruling party posts. Intelligence reports in South Korea had suggested Ri Yong-Gil, former chief of the Korean People's Army (KPA) General Staff, was executed in February on accusations of corruption and forming a political facti
 

Jordan to buy US-made TOW missiles: company

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Amman (AFP) May 10, 2016
Jordan has signed a contract to buy TOW anti-tank missiles from US firm Raytheon, the company said in a statement issued Tuesday at the SOFEX arms fair for special forces. Raytheon said the contract was signed between the Jordanian army and the US defence department, without specifying the contract's amount or the number of missiles involved. It said Raytheon would begin deliveries "this
 

MBDA's Brimstone missile completes RAF trials

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Ridgecrest, Calif. (UPI) May 10, 2016
MBDA's enhanced Brimstone air-to-surface missile successfully completed U.K. Royal Air Force trials in February. The trials, undertaken at China Lake in California, comprised 11 missile firings, including at the edge of the system's performance envelope, according to a company release. Trials involved a variety of scenarios and resulted in precise hits on everything from very sma
 

China's Xi congratulates N. Korea's Kim

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 10, 2016
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, congratulating him on his election as ruling party chairman at a congress at which Beijing - Pyongyang's closest ally - was notably absent. In his message, Xi described ties with North Korea as a "precious asset" that was personally "cultivated by the leaders of the elder generation" the North's official KCNA news ag
 

Former US Marine sues Iran over 'torture' while held captive

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 10, 2016
A former US Marine who was accused by Iran of spying and held for 4.5 years is suing Tehran over the "prolonged and continuous physical abuse" he endured while detained. According to a lawsuit filed in Washington on Monday, Amir Hekmati, a US-Iranian dual national from Michigan, was subjected to a slew of physical and psychological abuse while jailed in the notorious Evin Prison. Hekmati
 

U.S. Army's Stryker to get 30mm cannon upgrade

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 10, 2016
The U.S. Army announced the modification of an existing contract Friday that will see General Dynamics Land Systems receive roughly $329 million for a 30mm cannon upgrade for the branch's Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle. The contract includes production, logistics, product development and test support for the upgrade, according to the Pentagon. Work will be done at General Dynam
 

Pakistan pushes back on U.S. F-16 sale opposition

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 10, 2016
Pakistani officials are pushing back against concerns from U.S. lawmakers over a planned $700 million F-16 fighter jet sale. The country needs the eight F-16s for its battle against terrorists, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said Saturday, according to Pakistani newspaper Dawn. As such, Chaudhry said, no conditions should be attached to the jet sale, Dawn reported.
 

Telesat procures two prototype satellites for global ka-band low earth orbit constellation

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Ottawa, Canada (SPX) May 04, 2016
Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, has procured two prototype Ka-band satellites for operation in low earth orbit (LEO) that Telesat anticipates launching mid-to-late 2017 as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation that Telesat is developing. Through an authorization issued by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (IS
 

Saab adds optronic sensors to frigate fire control directors

 
‎Wednesday, ‎May ‎11, ‎2016, ‏‎4:01:51 AMGo to full article
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) May 10, 2016
Optronic sensors are being added to fire control directors aboard Canadian Navy Halifax-class Frigates by Saab of Sweden. The contract for the sensors was issued by Lockheed Martin Canada, the prime contractor for Canada's Halifax-class frigate modernization program. "This order is the result of Saab's good cooperation with Lockheed Martin and the Canadian Navy," said Thomas Kloo
 

Beijing 'tightens screws' on Taiwan's new president

 
‎Saturday, ‎May ‎7, ‎2016, ‏‎7:40:19 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) May 6, 2016
When Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan's president later this month, she will end a period of unprecedented rapprochement with rival Beijing - and China is already ramping up the pressure on her new government. Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is traditionally pro-independence and refuses to chime in with Beijing's message that self-ruling Taiwan is part of "one China". Tsai won the
 

N. Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress

 
‎Saturday, ‎May ‎7, ‎2016, ‏‎7:40:19 AMGo to full article
Pyongyang (AFP) May 6, 2016
North Korea on Friday staged its most important political show for a generation, aimed at cementing the absolute rule of leader Kim Jong-Un and underlining the sanctions-hit country's "prestige" as a nuclear power. The first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years drew thousands of selected delegates from across the country to Pyongyang for what, in theory at least, was a gathering of Nort
 

Microsoft to address UN on 'digital terror'

 
‎Saturday, ‎May ‎7, ‎2016, ‏‎7:40:19 AMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 6, 2016
Microsoft has accepted an invitation from the UN Security Council to address a special debate next week on counter-terrorism and confronting "digital terror", UN diplomats said. The ministerial-level debate on Wednesday is organized by Egypt, which holds this month's presidency of the 15-member council. It will be the first time that a technology company will address the Security Council
 

Russia is back: This is why Washington's 'unipolar' days are over

 
‎Saturday, ‎May ‎7, ‎2016, ‏‎7:40:19 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 06, 2016
Washington should reconcile itself with the reality of a multi-polar world, where Russia plays an important role, Gilbert Doctorow noted, adding that "the judicious use of American power" should become the cornerstone of the US' realpolitik. The past several years have not been easy for relations between Washington and Moscow, Gilbert Doctorow, the European Coordinator of The American Comm
 

This is Why Russia's S-500 Air Defense System Makes Pentagon Nervous

 
‎Saturday, ‎May ‎7, ‎2016, ‏‎7:40:19 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 06, 2016
United States defense officials are concerned that Russia's cutting-edge S-500 missile defense system is so good that the best stealth warplanes in the Pentagon's arsenal will be unable to do anything about it, defense analyst Dave Majumdar wrote for the National Interest. "Indeed, some of [Russia's] new weapons - like the S-500 - are so capable that many US defense official worry that eve
 
 

 

 

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US missile shield in Romania goes live to Russian fury

 
‎Tuesday, ‎May ‎17, ‎2016, ‏‎9:55:39 AMGo to full article
Deveselu, Romania (AFP) May 12, 2016 - A US anti-missile defence system in Romania aimed at protecting NATO members from threats by "rogue" nations became operational Thursday, triggering Russian fury despite US insistence it does not target Moscow.

Located in Deveselu in southern Romania, the missile interceptor station will help defend NATO members against the threat of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, particularly from the Middle East, officials said.

"Today the United States and Romania make history in delivering this system to the NATO alliance," said US commander in Europe and Africa Mark Ferguson at an inauguration ceremony with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.

But Russia sees the missile system as a security threat right on its doorstep, despite the US and NATO insisting it is not aimed at undermining Moscow's defences.

"According to our experts' opinion, we are convinced that the deployment of the missile defence system is truly a threat to Russia's security," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

Relations between NATO and Moscow have sharply deteriorated since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, sparking fears among other eastern European countries that they too could be the targets of Russian aggression.

Stoltenberg said the missile installation "represents a significant increase in the capability to defend European allies against proliferation of ballistic missiles" as it becomes part of a broader NATO missile shield with an installation in Poland as well.

But he stressed that the system was not aimed at Russia and in fact was not capable of intercepting Russian missiles.

"The site in Romania as well as the one in Poland are not directed against Russia. The interceptors are too few and located too far south or too close to Russia to be able to intercept Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles," he said.

- 'Purely defensive' -

The Deveselu site will host a battery of SM-2 missile interceptors and will officially be integrated into the NATO missile shield at the bloc's summit in Warsaw in July.

Work on the site began in October 2013 and is thought to have cost $800 million (700 million euros).

The Western military alliance insists the role of the missile shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats, notably from so-called "rogue states", having referred in the past to Iran and North Korea .

The US ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute, has described the activation of the missile system as a gesture of his country's commitment to Article Five by which all 28 NATO members pledge a one-for-all, all-for-one response to any military threat if a member invokes the treaty clause in the face of an attack.

But Russia meanwhile is bolstering its forces to counter what defence officials said was the NATO build-up close to its borders.

"It is a step towards the military and political containment of Russia," senior foreign ministry official Andrei Kelin said of the deployment, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

Kelin warned it would "only worsen" the already-tense relations between Russia and NATO.

And Russia's ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, said he was not "convinced by NATO declarations that the American anti-missile system is not aimed at Russia".

Cited by Interfax, he also condemned "anti-missile defence systems deployed in the region, always ready for combat," and "military infrastructures moving closer to Russia's borders".

Launched in 2010, NATO's anti-missile shield system -- based essentially on US technology -- involves the progressive deployment of missile interceptors and powerful radar in eastern Europe and Turkey.

The Deveselu site is part of the second phase of the project, after the deployment of radar in Turkey and four Aegis warships with anti-missile defence capacity in the Spanish port of Rota.

The third phase involves Poland.

Work on a site in Redzikowo in the north of the country is to be completed at the end of 2018. Situated some 250 kilometres (150 miles) from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, it will host 24 land-based SM-3 missiles as well as anti-aircraft systems.

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US, Russia step up war of words over missile shield

 
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Redzikowo, Poland (AFP) May 13, 2016 - The United States and Russia on Friday accused each other of mounting an aggressive military presence in northern Europe, with Moscow vowing to "end threats" posed by a US missile shield near its border.

The stepped-up war of words came as Poland on Friday broke ground on the northern section of a US missile defence shield launched in Romania a day earlier, which Russia slammed as a serious security threat despite US assurances to the contrary.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Washington that Moscow will consider measures to "end threats" from the US anti-missile systems in Europe but said it would not be engaged in a new arms race.

"Now that these anti-missile elements have been installed, we will be forced to consider putting an end to the threats emerging in relation to Russia's security," Putin told defence officials in televised remarks.

US President Barack Obama hit back hours later, warning Russia about its military build-up in northern Europe, as he hosted leaders from five Nordic countries at the White House.

"We are united in our concern about Russia's growing aggressive military presence and posture in the Baltic-Nordic region," Obama said.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said last week that Moscow will set up three new divisions in the west and south of the country by the end of the year to counter NATO forces close to its border.

Relations between NATO and Moscow have sharply deteriorated since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, sparking fears among other eastern European countries that they too could be targets of Russian aggression.

- NATO European shield -

Located in Redzikowo, northern Poland, and Deveselu in southern Romania, the two US missile interceptor stations are part of NATO's larger European shield, due to become fully operational by 2018.

US and NATO officials insist the system is intended to counter the threat of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, particularly from so-called "rogue" states in the Middle East.

But with the Redzikowo station just 250 kilometres (155 miles) from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, Moscow views the system as a security threat on its very doorstep.

US Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work was on hand Friday for the start of construction on the Aegis Ashore-type missile defence facility in Redzikowo.

It will include 24 land-based SM-3 missiles as well as anti-aircraft systems.

The facility in Poland "is a US contribution to NATO missile defence," Work said at the ground-breaking ceremonies, adding that "when completed in 2018 it will be capable of defending the central and northern arc of NATO."

Work also said that "by the (NATO) Warsaw summit in July, we expect alliance leaders to declare initial operational capability for the NATO ballistic missile defence system."

"Although we joined NATO years ago, now we are seeing that NATO is truly entering Poland," Polish President Andrzej Duda said before ceremony participants took shovels in hand and began digging at the Polish air force base.

Launched in 2010, NATO's anti-missile shield system -- based essentially on US technology -- involves the progressive deployment of missile interceptors and powerful radar in eastern Europe and Turkey.

NATO and the United States said this spring that they will switch their defence doctrine from assurance to deterrence in eastern Europe in response to a "resurgent and aggressive Russia" following its annexation of Crimea.

The Pentagon said in March it would begin continuous rotations of an additional armoured brigade of about 4,200 troops in eastern Europe beginning in early 2017.

Spooked by Russian action toward Ukraine, eastern NATO members including the formerly Soviet-ruled Baltic states and Poland have lobbied the alliance to increase its presence in the region to guarantee security.

 

 

US heralds Romania missile defence system as step forward

 
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Bucharest (AFP) May 11, 2016 - A US missile defence system in Romania will become operational Thursday in a move welcomed by US officials as an "important step" but also one likely to infuriate Moscow.

The missile interceptor station in Deveselu, southern Romania, will help defend NATO members against the threat of short and medium-range ballistic missiles -- particularly from the Middle East, US assistant secretary of state Frank Rose told a news conference in Bucharest Wednesday.

But Russia has taken a dim view of the project, seeing it as a security threat on its doorstep.

"Both the US and NATO have made it clear the system is not designed for or capable of undermining Russia's strategic deterrence capability," Rose said.

"Russia has repeatedly raised concerns that the US and NATO defence are directed against Russia and represents a threat to its strategic nuclear deterrent. Nothing could be further from the truth."

The Deveselu site will host a battery of SM-2 missile interceptors and will officially be integrated into the NATO missile shield at the bloc's summit meeting to be held in Warsaw in July.

Work on the Deveselu site began in October 2013 and is thought to have cost $800 million (700 million euros).

US ambassador to Romania Douglas Lute described the activation of the missile system as a gesture of his country's commitment to Article Five by which all 28 NATO members pledge a one-for-all, all-for-one response to any military threat if a member invokes the treaty clause in the face of an attack.

"Tomorrow is a demonstration that the US, Romania and the other allies contributing to the defence system mean what Article Five says," he said.

NATO decided in 2010 to create a missile shield based on US technology. The project is due to be completed in 2020, with installations in Poland as well as Romania.

The Western military alliance insists the role of the planned shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats.

 

 

Moscow seeks guarantees US missiles in Asia not to target Russia

 
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Bocharov Ruchei (Sputnik) May 10, 2016 - Moscow seeks legally binding guarantees that the United States' plans to deploy missile defense technologies in Eastern Asia are not directed against Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. The United States has been in dialogue with South Korea over the proposed deployment of the THAAD system over the past year. THAAD is capable of shooting down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

"As with the European segment of the US missile defense, we are told that it is not directed against us, but we have a somewhat different assessment. And if all of this is not directed against Russia, legally binding guarantees are required," Lavrov told reporters. Moscow and Beijing consider the US deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea to be a threat to Russia's and China's security.

South Korea and the United States started discussing the deployment of THAAD systems earlier in March, in response to a successful North Korean hydrogen bomb test and launch of a satellite into orbit on board a long-range rocket. Attempts by certain countries to use the North Korean nuclear issue as a pretext to increase their military presence in the region are unjustifiable and highly dangerous, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

"We, in turn, noted that despite the unity in regard to North Korea's missile and nuclear adventurism, the Russian Federation considers it absolutely unjustifiable and very, very dangerous to attempt to use this situation as an excuse to disproportionately increase military presence in the region," Lavrov said following talks between the Russian and Japanese leaders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday have dismissed North Korea's claims for a nuclear power status, Russian top diplomat Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

"They confirmed the official stance of Russia and Japan that all existing deals on removing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula must be fulfilled. They agreed that both countries would refute Pyongyang's nuclear status ambitions," Lavrov told reporters.

The United States has been in dialogue with South Korea over the proposed deployment of the THAAD system over the past year. THAAD is capable of shooting down short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. In July 2015, North Korea said it might boost its nuclear deterrent should the United States deploy a mobile missile defense system in South Korea.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Romania's US missile defense system has only 'symbolic' function

 
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Moscow (Sputnik) May 10, 2016 - A US ballistic missile defense (BMD) facility in Romania is largely a political gesture rather than a military initiative, according to Stratfor founder. The installation itself came online in December but only became operational after being integrated into NATO's BMD framework.

However, the military purpose of this system remains unclear as it is designed to intercept a small number of nuclear missiles and would be completely irrelevant in case of a massive nuclear strike, according to acclaimed geopolitical forecaster and founder of Stratfor global intelligence company George Friedman.

"The problem with this is that it is unclear why a country with relatively few missiles would launch a strike at all, and totally unclear why their target would be Europe," Friedman wrote at Geopolitical Futures.

While nuclear weapons were originally developed as a substitute for massed bombing attacks, the idea of a single weapon capable of wreaking so much destruction and killing so many people quickly turned it into "the embodiment of hell," he adds. And as nuclear weapons became associated with the apocalyptic end of the world, it also became clear that a world leader would have to be completely insane to use them.

"Since World War II, no nation has used nuclear weapons for any purpose. For the US in Vietnam and the Soviets in Afghanistan, nuclear weapons had no utility. Even if they had, both countries would have accepted defeat rather than use them. The empirical reality is that of all the nations that have nuclear capability, and wish ill toward their neighbor, none have used it," Friedman remarks.

Conventional wars, "waged by helicopters, armored fighting vehicles and well-trained infantry firing wire-guided missiles at tanks," are a much more probable threat than a nuclear attack, according to Friedman.

However, the US continues to display a "fixation with complex weapons designed to handle improbable threats," while Poland and Romania consider the BMD system a symbol of US commitment to protect them, the forecaster concludes.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

China, Russia rap US missile defence plan in S. Korea

 
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Beijing (AFP) April 29, 2016 - China and Russia on Friday rapped US plans to put a missile defence system on the Korean peninsula, less than 24 hours after Pyongyang twice tested rockets thought to be capable of reaching American territory.

A series of missile tests and nuclear blasts by North Korea have pushed Seoul into talks with Washington about deploying the United States' sophisticated Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD), which fires projectiles to smash into enemy missiles.

Beijing fears that the presence of more US hardware on its doorstep will further tip the balance of power in the Pacific towards Washington.

"We both are gravely concerned about the US's likely deployment of the THAAD system in South Korea," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a briefing with his visiting Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

"The move goes beyond the actual defence needs of relevant countries," Wang said.

"It will directly affect the strategic security of China and Russia respectively if it is deployed," he added.

Lavrov condemned Washington for using the North's tests as "an excuse, as a pretext" to deploy what he called Washington's "global antiballistic missile defence".

This week's North Korean rocket tests failed, but Pyongyang has now made three bids in two weeks to test-fly a Musudan missile, which is capable of striking US bases on the Pacific island of Guam.

"The current situation on the peninsula is indeed in a highly dangerous period," Wang said.

He added that proper implementation of UN resolutions barring the North from developing any ballistic missile-related technology is key to bringing the country to the negotiating table.

China is the North's biggest trading partner and its key aid provider.

South Korean military officials say the North is desperate to register a successful launch ahead of next week's ruling party congress, at which leader Kim Jong-Un is expected to take credit for pushing the country's nuclear programme to new heights.

In recent months, the North has claimed a series of major technical breakthroughs in developing what it sees as the ultimate goal of its nuclear drive -- an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a warhead to targets across the continental United States.

The achievements trumpeted by Pyongyang have included miniaturising a nuclear warhead to fit on a missile, developing a warhead that can withstand atmospheric re-entry and building a solid-fuel missile engine.

Last Saturday, it successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile -- a move that was promptly condemned by the UN Security Council.

Lavrov also backed Beijing's stance that territorial disputes in the South China Sea "should not in anyway be internationalised" and should be resolved by direct negotiations between countries.

An international tribunal is expected to rule soon on a case brought by the Philippines over the issue, which has seen tensions mount between Beijing and Washington.

China claims nearly all the strategically vital sea, despite completing claims from Southeast Asian neighbours including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.

 

 

Army developing new air defense system

 
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While Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) Apr 28, 2016 - The U.S. Army has been conducting a series of tests on the capabilities of a new air defense system in development.

The system is called the Integrated Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept, or IFPC Inc 2-I, which is to protect soldiers from aircraft, cruise missiles, unmanned aerial systems, and artillery weapons, including rockets and mortars.

"If you go back and take a look at what has happened in terms of the threat over the last couple years you'll find that UAS systems and cruise missiles have really become a problem," said Col. Terrence Howard, program manager for Cruise Missile Defense Systems. "So we've got to introduce materiel solutions that can address multiple threats."

The IFPC Inc 2-I system under Army development is to integrate into the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense system, or AIAMD, a networked air defense control system also currently going through testing at White Sands Missile Range in N.M., for a plug-and-fight capability using multiple systems and radars on a network to address whatever threat situation is encountered.

Several tests of IFPC Inc 2-I were held this month and last to demonstrate the system's ability to launch various missile types and its ability to connect to the AIAMD system and use its Integrated Battle Command System.

The IBCS is a computer system that allows a small number of soldiers to better manage and control a complex air defense network composed of different radars and missile systems.

"(It's about) integration of a lot of existing capability," said Tamera Adams, chief engineer with the Army's Cruise Missile Defense Systems projects. "It's kind of like if you're trying to put together a new stereo system in your house. You're buying speakers from this vendor, a turntable from another and a DVD player from another. You're trying to put them together to get the best capability for your house."

The Army's Multi-Mission Launcher, or MML, mounted onto a truck, is a visible feature of the new IFPC Inc 2-I. The launcher carries 15 modular missile launch tubes on a turret system. Tubes of the MML enable allow customization of the missile load.

During the testing of the system, Hellfire Longbow and AIM-9X Sidewinders utilizing the IBCS and sensor data from a Sentinel radar unit have been fired, The MML has also conducted a ballistic test of the Miniature Hit-to-Kill missile for use against rocket, artillery and mortar threats, the Army said.

IFPC Inc 2-I is a joint collaborative effort between the Army's Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space's Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office and the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

 

 

Planned US Missile Defense Units in Asia-Pacific Threaten China, Russia

 
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Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 20, 2016 - The planned deployment of units of the US missile defense system in the Asia-Pacific region poses a threat to China and Russia and undermines global security, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.

"The point is that if this small element becomes a part of a missile defense system across the world, then, of course, it will strike down and undermine the system of global security. In fact, it strikes down or even nullifies China's nuclear deterrent force and causes damage to strategic stability, including of the Russian Federation," Antonov told the CCTV broadcaster and the Xinhua news agency in an interview.

According to the deputy minister, Russia also takes a negative view of the fact that the United States uses its military ties with a number of states to establish a missile system on their territory.

"There are not only zero differences between China and Russia, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, but there is a common position to strengthen regional peace and international security. China and Russia are not cooperating against someone in the military sphere. Our cooperation is aimed at strengthening the security of our countries, including with regard to the international obligations of China and the Russian Federation," Antonov said.

The United States has continued to expand its ballistic missile defense systems over the past year. In Europe, the United States recently installed such systems in Romania and plans to do the same in Poland in 2018.

Russia has continuously called on the international community to address the global expansion of the US missile defense shield.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Lockheed Martin tests Aegis on Australian destroyer

 
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Adelaide, Australia (UPI) Mar 30, 2016 - A Lockheed Martin integrated test team has started installing an Aegis combat system aboard Australia's first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer.

The team includes specialist technicians from the United States as well as technicians trained in Australia for the air warfare destroyer program.

"This milestone is a significant step towards an increase in the Royal Australian Navy's maritime security capabilities through the seamless integration of the Aegis combat system to defend against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats," said Commodore Craig Bourke, CSC, RAN Program manager, Air Warfare Destroyer. "With more than 100 Aegis-equipped ships deployed worldwide, Australia is joining a family of allied nations that continues to push the boundaries of innovation with adaptable and affordable capabilities that meet the warfighter's multi-mission needs."

Aegis is an integrated weapon that combines advanced computer and radar technology to track and guide missiles to a target.

The Aegis combat system for Australia is in the Baseline 8 configuration, which integrates commercial-off-the-shelf technology and open architecture into the combat system. It is equipped with SPY-1D(V) radar and is paired with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System.

 

 

S. Korea, US open missile shield talks

 
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Seoul (AFP) March 4, 2016 - South Korea and the United States were set to open talks Friday on the possible deployment -- vehemently opposed by China -- of an advanced US missile defence system to counter the growing threat from North Korea.

South Korea's defence ministry said initial discussions would focus on potential locations, as well as cost-sharing and a timeline for installation of the THAAD system.

The system fires anti-ballistic missiles into the sky to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

Seoul and Washington announced their intention to begin formal talks on its deployment following Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch on February 7, which was widely regarded as a covert ballistic missile test.

The first official meeting has been on hold amid fierce opposition from China and Russia, with Beijing warning the deployment had the potential to "destroy" relations with Seoul.

China sees THAAD as a threat to the effectiveness of its own nuclear deterrent, arguing that it could be used to monitor Chinese missile launches as far inland as Xian in the northwest.

The defence ministry in Seoul stressed Friday that any deployment would be solely aimed at countering North Korea's "increasing nuclear and missile threats".

"North Korea has continued its nuclear tests and long-range missile provocations and defied South Korea and the international community's deterrence efforts," the ministry said.

China is South Korea's most important trade partner and -- in deference to Beijing's sensitivities on the issue -- South Korea had previously declined to formally discuss bringing in THAAD.

But North Korea's continued testing -- and Beijing's previous resistance to imposing harsh sanctions on Pyongyang -- triggered a change in Seoul's stance.

There is already a THAAD battery stationed in Guam, and Japan, the US's other key ally in the region, is also considering taking on the system.

 

 

Israeli Air Force deploying 'David's Sling' missile defense system

 
‎Tuesday, ‎May ‎10, ‎2016, ‏‎1:06:40 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (UPI) Mar 3, 2016 - The David's Sling missile defense system is being delivered to the Israel Air Force ahead of the system's full deployment.

"After a series of concluding trials of the David's Sling aerial defense system, Israel's Missile Defense Organization at the Defense Ministry, together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, began delivering major components of the system to the Israeli Air Force," Israel's Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

"David's Sling will allow Israel to more effectively defend against the wide range of current and future threats to its civilians."

The report of the ministry action appeared in the Times of Israel , an online newspaper.

David's Sling, also known as Magic Wand, is for use against tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles. It was developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Raytheon with funding from Israel and the United States.

The system completed a final set of major tests last December and was declared operational.

The Times of Israel said it will take several weeks for all of the components to be delivered beginning with the radar, interception and command and control systems.

"In the near future, the process of testing all of the system components and the final declaration by the Air Force that the system is ready for use will occur," according to the ministry.

 

 

US Missile Defense Outdated

 
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Washington DC (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2016 - The global geopolitical environment has changed, but the US missile defense strategy has stayed the same, making Washington vulnerable to new nuclear challenges, a US analyst wrote.

The US has invested billions in missile defense technology because it believes that the capability to defend against ballistic missiles will help mitigate nuclear risks to Washington and its allies in the 21st century.

The approach is based on the 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review (BMDR) which may now prove to be ineffective, Ivanka Barzashka, a nuclear security specialist at Stanford University, wrote in an article for The National Interest.

The author pointed out that the three basic premises of the posture are now being challenged by a new strategic environment.

The first premise was that nuclear threats posed by regional actors had increased, and the new missile defense strategy would help reduce them. However, last year a final deal on the Iranian nuclear program was reached. In October 2015, Tehran tested a ballistic missile without a nuclear warhead.

However conventional weapons pose no strategic threats to the US, especially if relations between Iran and the West normalize. As for North Korea, the situation is worse. Pyongyang wants the world to fear its mounting nuclear capabilities. In January it was reported that North Korea had conducted another nuclear test, the article read.

The second premise was that the nuclear risks posed by Russia had significantly decreased since the Cold War era. The BMDR reads that the US and Russia are "no longer enemies" and there is "no significant prospect of war between them."

But after Crimea reunited with Russia in 2014 that assessment changed. According to Barzashka, "the risk of military confrontation in Eastern Europe has increased, and with it, the risk of nuclear use."

The third premise was that US nuclear deployment would not increase nuclear risks, even though Russia and China strongly opposed the US program. Russia has insisted that the US global defense plan would undermine global stability. Moscow also warned of a new arms race and has threatened countermeasures if Washington did not limit the program, the analyst wrote.

The US has labelled Russia's rhetoric as "politically motivated" and hoped that it would be able to avoid countermeasures from Moscow. However, now "Russia is doing exactly what it has said it was going to do" - modernizing its nuclear arsenal and developing a new aerospace defense system. China has also opposed America's strategy and plans to deploy THAAD to South Korea.

"Today's world is different. It's not like the Cold War. ... In today's world, missile defense might increase some nuclear risks while decreasing others. It might be stabilizing in one context but destabilizing in another," the analyst pointed out.

A new US administration will revise the military strategy, and its nuclear part is likely to be revised too, according to the article.

"This raises many controversial questions. Is it worth building a missile defense system in Europe against Iran? Should regional defenses target Russia? Are verifiable limits to US and Russian missile defense capability desirable?" Barzashka wrote.

According to him, reassessment of these points should constitute the basis for a new US missile defense strategy.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

China Interfering in THAAD Deployment Decision Process Preposterous

 
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Washington (Sputnik) Feb 26, 2016 - The intervention by China in negotiations about US deploying its THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system in South Korea is senseless, US Pacific Command (PACOM) Commander Harry Harris said in a briefing on Thursday.

"We are having the discussions now [about THAAD deployment]," Harris stated. "China's interference in a decision that is to be made between alliance partners, the Republic of Korea and the United States, is preposterous, especially when you consider that THAAD is not a threat to China."

Earlier on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing is concerned over US plans to deploy the elements of the THAAD system to South Korea.

Yi also suggested that China's concerns should be taken into consideration.

Earlier in February, the US Department of Defense said Washington and Seoul planned to begin talks on deploying the THAAD system to South Korea to defend the region against North Korea's development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

earlier report
China Concerned Over USPlans to Deploy THAADSystem in South Korea

Beijing is concerned over US plans to deploy the elements of THAAD missile defense systems on the territory of South Korea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday.

Earlier in February, Pentagon said that Washington and Seoul planned to begin talks on deploying the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system to South Korea to defend the region against North Korea's development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

"We think that the China's concerns regarding security should be taken into consideration and China should be provided with reasonable explanations. I do not think that we ask for too much. It is a sound position," Xi said, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the United States.

Tensions over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs escalated after Pyongyang said on January 6 that it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test, triggering condemnation from the international community.

On February 7, North Korea launched a satellite atop a long-range rocket, defying a UN Security Council resolution which bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that could be used as ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

S. Korea dismisses China warning on US missile system

 
‎Friday, ‎April ‎29, ‎2016, ‏‎11:16:13 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 24, 2016 - South Korea Wednesday dismissed China's warning that the planned deployment of a US missile defence system could damage ties, stressing that it was to counter "growing threats" from North Korea.

"The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD) is a measure of self-defence against growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea," presidential spokesman Jeong Yeon-Guk said.

Jeong said the issue would be "decided in accordance with security and national interests," adding that "China will have to recognise the point."

The remarks came after Chinese ambassador Qiu Guohong warned Tuesday that installation of the THAAD system on the Korean Peninsula could "destroy" relations between Beijing and Seoul.

Qiu, in a meeting with Kim Jong-In, the leader of opposition Minju party, also warned that it would be "hard" to mend the ties once damaged, the party spokesman said Tuesday.

China has repeatedly protested since Washington and Seoul announced plans to deploy the missile defence in the South, in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

But Tuesday was the first time that a Chinese diplomat or official has warned of the effect on diplomatic ties with Seoul.

South Korea's foreign ministry summoned Qiu to make him clarify the comment, Yonhap news agency said, citing a ministry official.

"Qiu sincerely clarified the circumstances around the meeting (with Kim)...and what he actually said then," the official quoted by Yonhap said without elaborating further.

The THAAD system fires anti-ballistic missiles to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

The allies announced their intention to begin talks on its deployment following Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch on February 7, which was seen by the US and its allies as a covert ballistic missile test.

South Korea's defence ministry said it expects official talks on THAAD to begin next week.

 

 

Russian expert says THAAD deployment in S. Korea to raise regional tension

 
‎Friday, ‎April ‎29, ‎2016, ‏‎11:16:13 AMGo to full article
Moscow (XNA) Feb 23, 2016 - The deployment of an advanced U.S. missile system in South Korea in the wake of the launch of a satellite by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier this month could raise tension in the region, a Russian expert warned Thursday.

The deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) "will lead to a dangerous increase in tension between the United States and a number of Northeast Asian nations," Yevgeni Kim told Xinhua in an interview.

Kim, a senior researcher at the Center for Korean Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences, said the move is aimed at Russia and China, rather than at the DPRK as it claimed.

Washington and Seoul started earlier this month to negotiate the deployment of THAAD to South Korea in response to the launch of a satellite by the DPRK.

The launch, which took place about a month after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb, raised serious concerns around the world as many considered it was a test of a ballistic missile that could be used to launch a nuclear weapon.

Kim said that though the United States cited DPRK' move as a pretext for deploying THAAD, it is the DPRK's two bigger neighbors that THAAD is targeted.

The THAAD system was designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles at an altitude of over 50 km, but if the DPRK wanted to use nuclear weapons against South Korea, it would use rockets that fly at much lower altitudes, Kim said.

"The deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea is not directed against the DPRK. DPRK's nuclear activity is just an excuse," Kim said.

Kim recalled the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty in 1972, which for a number of years contained the development of new missile defense systems.

However the treaty was terminated as the United States withdrew in 2002.

"Now the United States is talking more and more about new missile defense areas and about the need for a global missile defense system," Kim said.

He also noted that the United States had not abandoned its plan to deploy missile systems in Europe even after the alleged Iranian missile threat, which the systems are said to counter, was gone.

"Now they are applying the same pattern for the Korean peninsula," he said.

Kim suggested that the deployment of the THAAD system in South Korea is aimed at intercepting Russian and Chinese ballistic missiles that could be launched in retaliation against a possible U.S. nuclear strike.

"It is a step that undermines the global balance of power, and the existing security system in Northeast Asia," Kim said.

BOX China opposes deployment of THAAD in S. Korea: vice FM
Seoul - China unequivocally opposes the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an advanced U.S. missile defense system, in the Republic of Korea, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui said here Tuesday.

Xinhua interviewed Zhang on the sidelines of the seventh high-level strategic dialogue between the foreign affairs ministries of China and South Korea.

Zhang said that the current situation on the Korean Peninsula is both extremely complicated and extremely sensitive. China has always steadfastly sticked to the denuclearization of the peninsula and tried to maintain peace and stability on the peninsula, always having been committed to solving the issue through dialogue and negotiation.

China supports efforts at the United Nations Security Council to agree on a new and forceful resolution as soon as possible, he said.

"Sanctions are not an end in themselves," Zhang said. "We still would have to find a fundamental solution through dialogue and talks."

He said China is seriously concerned over the intention of the United States and South Korea to hold talks on deploying THAAD in South Korea.

Pyongyang launched a satellite-carrying rocket, which Seoul sees as a cover for a long-range ballistic missile, on Feb. 7, after conducting its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

The United States and South Korea said they have decided to discuss the deployment of THAAD. As one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, THAAD can intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or just outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight.

Zhang said the deployment of such a system would exacerbate regional tensions and seriously harm China's strategic security interests as well as the security interests of other countries in the region.

China clearly opposes the deployment of THAAD in South Korea, he said.

"We are hoping that the related parties would seriously consider the concerns of China and be prudent with what they do," he said.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

 

 

US missile system in S. Korea would hurt Seoul-Beijing ties: envoy

 
‎Friday, ‎April ‎29, ‎2016, ‏‎11:16:13 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 23, 2016 - China's ambassador to South Korea warned Tuesday that the planned deployment of a US missile defence system in the country could damage Beijing-Seoul ties, possibly irreparably.

Once damaged, it would be "hard" to normalise relations between the two former Cold War enemies, ambassador Qiu Guohong said, according to a spokesman for South Korea's main opposition Minju party.

Qiu made the remarks when he met Minju party head Kim Jong-In at parliament. A spokesman for the Chinese embassy said the Minju party's briefing on the meeting to journalists was accurate.

"It has taken much effort to develop China-South Korea ties to this degree. But these efforts could be destroyed in an instant because of one issue," Qiu said in reference to the planned deployment of the advanced US missile defence system in South Korea.

China has repeatedly protested since Washington and Seoul announced plans to instal the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD) in the South, in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

But Tuesday was the first time that a Chinese diplomat or official has warned of the effect on diplomatic ties with Seoul.

Qiu repeated Beijing's argument that the THAAD deployment would "greatly undermine" China's security interests, cause instability and spark a regional arms race.

"(South Korea) should consider whether its own security, under these circumstances, could be guaranteed," Qiu said.

China fought alongside North Korea against the South and its allies during the 1950-53 war.

It established diplomatic ties with Seoul only in 1992 but is now the South's top trading partner.

Earlier on Tuesday South Korea's defence ministry said Washington and Seoul had postponed the signing of an accord, originally due on Tuesday, on setting up a joint working group to discuss details of the THAAD deployment.

The delay comes as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit Washington from Tuesday to meet his US counterpart John Kerry for possible talks on the controversial missile defence system and on North Korea.

The THAAD system fires anti-ballistic missiles to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

The allies announced their intention to begin talks on its deployment following Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch on February 7, which was seen by the US and its allies as a covert ballistic missile test.

China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned Monday the deployment of THAAD should not be used as a front to "undermine China's own legitimate (security) interests".

The South's defence ministry reiterated Tuesday that the US system only targets North Korean missiles and that its deployment was an issue between the two allies.

The ministry said it expects official talks on THAAD to begin next week once the two sides set up the joint working group later this week.

 

 

US missile system in S. Korea would hurt China's interests: Beijing

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Feb 15, 2016 - The possible US deployment of a missile defence system on the Korean peninsula in response to Pyongyang's ballistic missile programme would threaten China's strategic interests, Beijing said on Monday.

Washington and Seoul will begin talks about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD), they said a week ago following a surprise nuclear test and satellite launch by the hermit kingdom that raised fresh concerns about its weapons ambitions.

"We are firmly opposed to the relevant country's attempts to damage China's strategic and security interests, with the nuclear issue as an excuse," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing.

China was "seriously concerned about the possible deployment of the THAAD system", he added, saying it "covers a range that is far beyond the needs of defence of the Korean peninsula".

Beijing argues that the THAAD deployment would trigger an arms race in the region.

The system fires anti-ballistic missiles into the sky to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

China summoned the South Korean ambassador in Beijing following the country's announcement that it would begin talks with the US, expected as early as this week.

"We will not allow our legitimate rights and national security interests to be damaged," Hong said.

China has long urged a resumption of talks over North Korea's nuclear programme, arguing that sanctions are not an end in themselves.

The government-published China Daily said in an editorial Monday that new United Nations measures "should truly bite" -- but added that the proposed THAAD deployment could prevent agreement on a resolution.

The potential collapse of North Korea is a perennial worry for Beijing, which sees it as a buffer against the US military presence in South Korea and worries that instability could unleash a flood of refugees across its border.

Washington says it will not sit down with Pyongyang until the country takes steps towards halting its nuclear programme, a position that Beijing argues has led to the current impasse.

For its part, the US has long called for Beijing to use its role as one of Pyongyang's most important economic lifelines to pressure the country into changing its behaviour.

 

 

Moscow warns US over missile system deployment to S. Korea

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎18, ‎2016, ‏‎5:53:38 PMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Feb 10, 2016 - Moscow on Wednesday warned that Washington's deployment of a US missile defence system to South Korea could spark an arms race in the region.

South Korean and US defence officials said last week they would begin formal talks on the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) system in response to North Korea's recent nuclear and missile tests.

"The appearance of elements of the US global missile defence system in the region -- which is characterised by a very difficult security situation -- can provoke an arms race in Northeast Asia and complicate the resolution of the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula," said the Russian foreign ministry.

"On a more global scale, this step can increase the destructive influence of the US global missile defence system on international security and stability."

The foreign ministry reiterated that Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests "could not but inspire strong condemnation" but accused Washington of using them to expand its missile defence system.

The US insists that the defence system is a deterrent necessitated by the North's advancing ballistic missile programme.

China has also argued it would undermine stability in the delicately balanced region.

Pyongyang has said that the deployment of a missile defence system would be a Cold War tactic to "contain" China and Russia.

The THAAD system, in service since 2008, includes truck-mounted launchers, radars, interceptor missiles and global communications links.

Five THAAD batteries are currently operational, according to the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, and two more were ordered in 2014.

North Korea's rocket launch last week, widely seen as a disguised long-range missile test, sparked international fury and prompted an agreement at the UN Security Council to slap new sanctions against the increasingly defiant state.

The launch, which violated multiple UN resolutions, came just weeks after Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test.

 

 

US deploys more Patriot missiles in S. Korea

 
‎Saturday, ‎March ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎11:53:00 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 13, 2016 - The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea following North Korea's recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, US Forces Korea said Saturday.

The move came as the two allies plan to start detailed discussions on bringing in an advanced, high-altitude US missile defence system opposed by China as early as next week.

"This deployment is part of an emergency deployment readiness exercise conducted in response to recent North Korean provocations," the US Forces Korea said in a press statement, referring to the temporary roll-out of a Patriot missile battery, which was flown from Fort Bliss, Texas this week.

"Exercises like this ensure we are always ready to defend against an attack from North Korea," said Lieutenant General Thomas Vandal, commander of the US Eighth Army.

The newly deployed Patriot battery is conducting ballistic missile defence training with the Eighth Army's 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Osan Air Base, some 47 kilometres (30 miles) south of Seoul.

The brigade has its own two Patriot battalions. One Patriot battalion is reportedly composed of four batteries.

Just hours after North Korea launched a long-range rocket that both condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test, South Korea and the United States announced their intention to start discussions on deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD).

The Pentagon has since stressed that it would like the system to be deployed in South Korea "as quickly as possible".

A senior South Korean defence ministry official said Friday detailed discussions on THAAD deployment would kick off as early as next week.

China and Russia argue that it would trigger an arms race in the region, with Beijing voicing its "deep concern" over the deployment.

South Korea had previously declined to formally discuss bringing in THAAD in deference to the sensitivities of China, its most important trade partner.

But North Korea's continued missile testing and frustration with Beijing's resistance to imposing harsh sanctions on Pyongyang apparently triggered a change in Seoul's stance.

 

 

AMEC receives contract to support Aegis Ashore in Poland

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎1:22:17 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 11, 2016 - The U.S. Army awarded AMEC Programs a $182.7 million contract with options to support the Aegis Ashore missile defense system in Poland.

For the contract, AMEC Programs received funds covering Fiscal 2015 and 2016 military construction in addition to research, development, testing, evaluation and procurement.

The construction of the Aegis Ashore system is part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach Phase III, which aims to boost land-based missile defense capabilities for NATO allies against long-range ballistic attacks.

The EPAA program is divided into four phases. Phase I began in 2011, and focused on short and medium-ranged ballistic missile threats. Phase II began in 2015, and saw the development of a missile defense interceptor site in Romania.

Under Phase III, an Aegis Ashore is scheduled to be installed in Poland to support the defense of northern Europe.

 

 

US missile shield spotlights divisions on handling N. Korea

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎1:22:17 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 8, 2016 - Official moves towards the deployment -- fiercely opposed by China -- of a US missile defence system in South Korea highlight the inherent dangers of disunity in dealing with North Korea's growing military threat, analysts say.

Hours after North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials announced they would begin formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep.

The rationale was a clear necessity to upgrade the defence posture of the South Korea-US military alliance "against North Korea's advancing threats," said Yoo Jeh-Seung, Seoul's deputy defence minister for policy.

Yoo's reasoning is hard to fault in the wake of the North's fourth nuclear test on January 6 and Monday's rocket launch, which was widely regarded as a covert ballistic missile test.

"This nuclear testing coupled with the testing of ballistic missile technology ... was always likely to strengthen the argument that South Korea needs to bolster its missile defences," said Ben Goodlad, principal weapons analyst at IHS Aerospace, Defence and Security.

But beyond the strategic logic lies a diplomatic imperative, which suggests an eventual THAAD deployment may be less motivated by what North Korea is doing and more by what China is not doing.

- China consequences -

China is North Korea's main diplomatic protector, and both Washington and Seoul have been pressing Beijing to take a tougher line with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme.

But China, wary of the consequences of a collapsing North Korea on its border, has resisted punitive sanctions before, and looks set to do so again as the UN Security Council debates its response to Pyongyang's latest provocations.

According to Joel Wit, a senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the founder of its North Korea website, 38North, frustration with China's stance has driven forward the possibility of deploying THAAD in South Korea.

"This is a way of sending a signal to China that what North Korea does has real consequences, including consequences for Beijing's own security interests," Wit said.

China's response to that signal was swift and unequivocally negative.

While it only managed a rather muted expression of "regret" over the North's rocket launch, it was quick to voice its "deep concern" at the prospect of South Korea introducing the US missile system.

- Beijing's warnings -

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said such a move would escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula, undermine regional peace and stability, and set back efforts to address the North Korean nuclear situation.

"We demand the countries concerned be prudent," Hua said.

China sees THAAD as a threat to the effectiveness of its own nuclear deterrent, arguing that it could be used to monitor Chinese missile launches as far inland as Xian in the northwest.

China is South Korea's most important trade partner and -- in deference to Beijing's sensitivities on the issue -- South Korea had, until now, declined to formally discuss bringing in THAAD.

Instead it had concentrated on developing an indigenous missile defence system for intercepting short to medium range ballistic missiles, using primarily Patriot-type interceptors.

At the same time, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has made strenuous diplomatic efforts to court China, building a personal rapport with President Xi Jinping in the hope of developing a genuine strategic partnership.

Ties have significantly improved as a result but, on the key issue of dealing with North Korea, Park's diplomatic initiative has not achieved the desired results.

The net result, after the North's latest nuclear test and rocket launch, is the opening of formal talks on THAAD deployment.

- Disunity dangers -

"It's a message to China that if you won't deal with North Korea, we will go our way," said Paul Carrol, program director for the nuclear disarmament and global security organisation Ploughshares Fund.

"And clearly there's a danger there, because unless China and the US can get on the same page with a common approach to North Korea, there won't be any progress and the situation will only get worse," Carroll said.

"THAAD is partly about the US reassuring South Korea that it has its back, but at the same time there must be a broader picture discussion with China about how to handle North Korea," he added.

There is already a THAAD battery stationed in Guam and the other key US ally in the region, Japan, is also considering taking on the system.

"The pressure for the US to reaffirm and extend its deterrent protection to its allies is only going to grow, and there's a real potential for regional tension and instability there," said Wit.

"Instead of curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions, we get an arms build-up instead," he added.

 

 

S. Korea, US to discuss deployment of US missile system

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎1:22:17 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 7, 2016 - South Korean and US defence officials said Sunday they would begin formal talks on the deployment on the Korean peninsula of a US missile defence system to counter the growing threat from North Korea.

The announcement followed a North Korean rocket launch that the US and its allies condemned as a covert ballistic missile test.

"It has been decided to formally start talks on the possibility of deploying the THAAD system to South Korea as part of steps to bolster the missile defence of the Korea-US alliance," said Yoo Jeh-Seung, the South's deputy defence minister for policy.

There has been speculation for years about the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system -- one of the most advanced in the world -- to the South, one of Washington's main Asian allies.

The US insists that it is a deterrent necessitated by the North's advancing ballistic missile programme, while China and Russia argue that it would undermine stability and could trigger an arms race in a delicately balanced region.

"The Korea-US alliance had no choice but to take such a defence action because North Korea staged a strategic provocation and is refusing to have a genuine dialogue on de-nuclearisation," Yoo said in a joint briefing with Lieutenant General Thomas Vandal, commander of the US Eighth Army based in the South.

Vandal argued that it was "time to move forward" with the THAAD issue, claiming there was "growing support" in the South for its deployment.

Pyongyang says any such move would be a Cold War tactic to "contain" China and Russia.

But Yoo stressed the THAAD system -- if deployed -- would "operate only regarding North Korea".

 

 

US hopes to send anti-missile system to SKorea 'as quickly as possible'

 
‎Friday, ‎February ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎8:35:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2016 - The US military wants to send a sophisticated missile defense system to South Korea "as quickly as possible," the Pentagon said Monday as it seeks to counter an ever-defiant North Korea.

After Pyongyang's launch of a long-range rocket on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials said they would start formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep.

Though the launch saw North Korea successfully blast a satellite into orbit, the United Nations and world powers quickly condemned the action as evidence Pyongyang is continuing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the US mainland.

The launch came only weeks after North Korea carried the latest in a series of underground nuclear tests.

"Without getting into a timeline, we'd like to see this move as quickly as possible," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said of a possible THAAD deployment.

"We are beginning the consultations now and in the current days with the South Koreans, and we expect that this will move in an expeditious fashion."

America's highly deployable THAAD system fires anti-ballistic missiles into the sky to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

While China firmly opposes the deployment of such anti-missile hardware so close to its borders, the move to place THAAD in South Korea underscores Washington's frustrations with Beijing's failure to take a tougher line with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program.

Cook stressed the missile defense system was in no way meant to pose a threat to China.

"If the THAAD system were deployed to the Korean Peninsula, it would be focused solely on North Korea, contribute to a layered missile defense that would enhance the alliance's existing missile defense capabilities against potential North Korean missile threats," he said.

"This is a defensive system put in place. We don't believe it should pose any kind of concern to the Chinese."

- Rapidly deployable -

A US defense official told AFP the anti-missile system could be deployed within one to two weeks of a deployment order.

"Once... decisions are made, that (timeframe) is possible," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The THAAD system, in service since 2008, includes truck-mounted launchers, radars, interceptor missiles and global communications links.

Five THAAD batteries are currently operational, according to the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, and two more were ordered in 2014.

One of these is permanently based in Guam, home to a large US military base in the Pacific, to protect against any North Korean missiles.

About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea and the two forces have very close military ties.

Cook said an eventual THAAD deployment would be operated by US forces in South Korea.

"The United States remains fully committed to the security of our allies in the region and we will take all necessary steps to defend ourselves and our allies and respond to North Korean provocations," he said.

 

 

Next-Gen S-500 Offers 'World-Beating' Features to Guard Russia's Skies

 
‎Friday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎11:02:04 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 07, 2016 - Russia's newest S-500 Prometey system, which is expected to begin tests shortly, will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex and will, according to member of the advisory council of the Military-Industrial Commission Viktor Murakhovsky, be second to none.

"The S-500 has world-beating characteristics: it can engage air attack weapons, as well as ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles," he told Sputnik.

"In addition, the system provides space defense since it can engage targets in near space, at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers (124 miles)."

The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a maximum range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The highly-mobile system could simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic missiles traveling at a speed of 5 kilometers per second.

The system is so good, that "many US defense officials worry that even stealth warplanes like the F-22, F-35 and the B-2 might have problems overcoming" it, defense expert Dave Majumdar wrote for the National Interest earlier this month.

As a result, the S-500, also known as 55R6M Triumfator-M, will most likely form the basis of the country's multilayered air defense system as soon as it becomes operational in the coming years. First prototypes are expected to begin tests later this year.

The Russian Armed Forces reportedly plan to purchase ten S-500 battalions.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Raytheon developing radar upgrade for Patriot system

 
‎Friday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎11:02:04 AMGo to full article
Andover, Mass. (UPI) Feb 2, 2016 - The main radar array of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system is being upgraded by Raytheon for enhanced 360-degree coverage capability.

The enhancement comes through the use of a gallium nitride-, or GaN-based, Active Electronically Scanned Array technology. A full-size, main panel radar array prototype is being worked on and a prototype will be ready for testing this year, the company said.

"Raytheon has invested more than $150 million in GaN technology and learned invaluable lessons while building our GaN-based AESA full-scale prototype," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "This ensures Raytheon is able to rapidly develop, build, test and deliver a combat-ready GaN-based AESA radar that gives Patriot 360-degree capability."

Rytheon last year built a GaN-based AESA rear-panel array and integrated it with a radar for potential use with Patriot, using existing back-end processing hardware and software. The radar tracked targets of opportunity, leveraging a seamless 360-degree view.

"Raytheon's GaN-based AESA radar will outmatch future threats for the same reason today's Patriot is able to outmatch current threats -- because it is designed to be upgraded and we have a growth path for the system," said Tim Glaeser, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense Business Development at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

The Raytheon GaN-based AESA radar uses three antenna arrays mounted on a mobile radar shelter. The main AESA array is a bolt-on replacement for the current Patriot antenna and is oriented toward the primary threat. The new rear panel looks behind and to the sides of the main array allow Patriot to engage threats in all directions.

 

 

Boeing, Northrop Grumman conduct missile system flight test

 
‎Saturday, ‎February ‎13, ‎2016, ‏‎4:03:04 PMGo to full article
Huntsville, Ala (UPI) Feb 03, 2016 - Boeing and Northrop Grumman collaborated with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to test improvements for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

The test was performed to verify the GMD's system components, and assess its ability to engage and destroy ballistic missile targets. During the test, a GMD interceptor was used for an intentional fly-by of a target representing an advanced long-range ballistic missile.

"The Missile Defense Agency's test design enabled the collection of critical data to validate key design improvements for the U.S. homeland defense architecture," Boeing vice president and GMD program director Norm Tew said. "This data will also support future development such as the work that's currently underway on the Boeing-led redesigned kill vehicle."

Northrop Grumman supported Boeing and the Missile Defense Agency in the test by managing the fire control system, which coordinates sensor information and orchestrates the system's target engagement.

"Our system determines which threat to engage, builds the threat picture, allocates resources and provides and updates the information guiding the kill vehicle," Northrop Grumman Missile Systems general manager Dan Verwiel said.

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system is an element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, which is designed to engage limited intermediate and long-range ballistic missile attacks against the United States. The system uses integrated communication networks, deployed sensors, and the Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle to destroy incoming targets.

 

 

Japan orders military to prepare to destroy N. Korea missile: reports

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 29, 2016 - Japan has ordered its military to be ready to destroy any missile fired by North Korea that threatens the country, local media reported Friday, as concerns mount that Pyongyang is preparing a rocket launch.

Defence Minister Gen Nakatani issued the order, the Nikkei daily and Kyodo News reported, after reports of suspicious activity at Pyongyang's main satellite complex fuelled speculation a launch could come as early as next week.

A Japanese defence ministry spokeswoman declined to confirm the report when contacted by AFP, saying that "would reveal our strategy".

"But we are taking all possible measures to respond (to a missile launch) by collecting information and coordinating with countries concerned," she added.

North Korea is banned from using ballistic missile technology by UN Security Council resolutions, so any launch would further raise tensions among the international community only weeks after its latest nuclear test.

Two US defence officials confirmed to AFP on Friday there was ongoing activity at the North's Sohae satellite complex, which Pyongyang has been upgrading to handle larger, longer-range rockets since 2013.

Their comments came after Japan's Kyodo News, citing an anonymous government source, said satellite imagery showed increased movement at Sohae that could suggest a launch as early as next week.

Also on Friday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held telephone talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry about the possible launch.

"We can't deny the possibility that North Korea will take further provocative action," Kishida told reporters, adding that he and Kerry had "exchanged information on how to cooperate from now on".

Japan deployed surface-to-air missile defences in 2012, the same year North Korea put a satellite into orbit with its Unha-3 carrier.

Although Pyongyang insisted it was a purely scientific operation, that launch was condemned by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test and resulted in a tightening of UN sanctions.

 

 

Raytheon, MDA test new thruster for EKV missile

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (UPI) Jan 29, 2016 - A data-gathering flight test of a Raytheon Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency has validated the missile's redesigned thruster components.

The test, which did not involve striking a target, proved the effectiveness of a recent redesign of EKV thrusters, which provide the control necessary for lethal impact with incoming ballistic missile threats while outside of the Earth's atmosphere.

"This was a remarkable data-collection opportunity," Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems, said in a statement. "These are among our industry's most complex systems. Testing is critically important to ensuring the advancement of reliable kill vehicles for the protection of the U.S. homeland."

The weapon features a multi-color sensor to detect incoming warheads in space; its own propulsion and communications link, discrimination algorithms, guidance and control system and computers to support target selection and target interception.

The EKV is the intercept component of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

Raytheon is currently managing four hit-to-kill missile programs: the EKV, Standard Missile-3 kinetic vehicle, the Redesigned Kill Vehicle, and Multi-Object Kill Vehicle.

 

 

Deployment of US Defense System to Increase South Korea's Security

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jan 31, 2016 - The deployment of a US anti-missile system in South Korea would boost the country's security as it would help counter possible threats form the North, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Friday.

"Our government will consider every measure to prepare against North Korea's missile threats... If U.S. Forces Korea deploys THAAD, it will help our national security and defense," Kim Min-seok said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

According to Kim, Washington has not offered Seoul any negotiations on the issue yet. However he added that the deployment was under discussion within the US government.

On January 6, North Korea announced it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, a move which triggered international condemnation for a provocative move destabilizing the region.

On January 13, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that the deployment of THAAD systems in the country could be discussed, because of nuclear and missile threat from Pyongyang.

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Another Pyongyang Missile Test Could Lead to'Cycle of Escalation'
Washington (Sputnik) - Japanese media reported on Wednesday that satellite imagery indicated North Korea was preparing to test-launch a long-range missile. Earlier this month, Pyongyang tested a nuclear weapon, inciting outrage from the United States and new economic sanctions.

"We are concerned that additional North Korean provocations could heighten tensions, lead to a cycle of escalation and threaten the peace and stability on the Peninsula," Urban said on Thursday.

The spokesman added that the United States is urging North Korea to "refrain from actions and rhetoric that threaten regional peace and security and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations."

The US intelligence community and NORTHCOM have assessed that Pyongyang has the capability of hitting the United States with a long-range ballistic missile, and takes the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea seriously.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

US missile interceptor and targeting system pass test

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jan 31, 2016 - An interceptor rocket and its ground-based targeting system successfully completed the latest test in a program to develop a missile defense capable of hitting targets on the edge of outer space, two companies involved in the project said in separate announcements on Friday.

Orbital ATK provided the interceptor rocket, which was guided by Northrup Grumman's targeting equipment and software, in what both companies called a successful test on Thursday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

"Our system determines which threat to engage, builds the threat picture, allocates resources and provides and updates the information guiding the kill vehicle," Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Vice President Dan Verwiel said in one announcement.

In a separate announcement, Orbital ATK's Launch Vehicles Division Vice President Rich Straka said the exercise marked the fourteenth successful flight of its interceptor rocket.

The test targeted an air-launched threat released from a US Air Force C-17 transport aircraft.

The exercise was designed to test in-flight communications between Northrup Grumman's battle management equipment and Orbital ATK's interceptor rocket, without the interceptor actually striking the target, according to the announcements.

The defense system is designed to destroy missiles before they re-enter Earth's atmosphere.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Missile Defense Agency orders more THAAD interceptors

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jan 29, 2016 - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency will purchase 20 additional Lot 8 interceptors under a contract modification with Lockheed Martin.

The modification, valued at $198.7 million, will support the Missile Defense Agency's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense project, bringing the cumulative value of the contract up to $822 million.

THAAD is designed to protect population and high-value infrastructures from short and medium-range ballistic missile attacks, using interceptors to engage incoming targets. The system is capable of intercepting missiles inside and outside of the atmosphere.

Work on the contract will be performed at several locations in Texas, Alabama, and Arkansas, and is expected to be complete by September 2019.

Lockheed Martin announced they received a $528 million contract to produce and deliver THAAD missile systems in early January 2016. The systems were to be used by the U.S. Army to enhance its ballistic missile interception capabilities.

 

 

SBIRS Full Constellation testing going well

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Jan 25, 2016 - Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center and the 460th Space Wing have confirmed the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate's ongoing success of the Space-Based Infrared System's Block 10 Integrated Test and Evaluation (IT and E) Readiness comprehensive evaluation.

Beginning Jan. 5, the 460th Operations Group personnel conducted the evaluation from the Mission Control Station at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. On Jan. 6, crews from the 460th Space Wing began sending live mission messages for the first time from the Block 10 floor.

Col. Michael Jackson, 460th Operations Group commander said, "As you might expect, crew morale is sky high! January 6 is truly a historic day for the OPIR mission, and I am humbled by what our Airmen have accomplished."

The comprehensive evaluation test will continue through Jan. 19.

This is the final Block 10 Increment 2 system test prior to the formal evaluation by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. Block 10 consolidates operational Command and Control of Defense Support Program satellites, Space-based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting and Highly Elliptical Orbit sensors under one primary Mission Control Station. This consolidation is also known as Full Constellation.

This evaluation gives the operational crews an opportunity to 'test drive' the Block 10 consolidated ground system. The test is an approximately two-week "day in the life" event that serves as a dry run leading up to the IT and E.

It provides crews the chance to practice normal operations and get a feel for the Block 10 system before entering dedicated operational testing.

 

 

SBIRS ground system celebrates final development capstone

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Jan 25, 2016 - Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center and the 460th Space Wing announced the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate completion of the Space-Based Infrared System's Block 10 Integrated Test and Evaluation (IT and E) Readiness Soak. This is the final Block 10 Increment 2 system test prior to the formal evaluation by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center.

Beginning January 5, 460th Operations Group personnel conducted the Soak event from the Mission Control Station at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The 14-day test demonstrated total system readiness and stability for IT and E start.

It included complete command and control (C2) and mission management of the full constellation, and full operational crew posture and execution of operations for the final dependability and maintainability assessment prior to IT and E. This event not only tested total system readiness, but also demonstrated that operational crews have enough confidence in the system to run live operations.

"For the first time, live mission messages were sent from the Block 10 floor" said Col. Mike Guetlein, SMC's Remote Sensing System director. "This is another huge step toward Operational Acceptance."

"This is a full function test flight of our new ground system where our Airmen conduct full warning and detection functionality combined with intensive spacecraft command and control of all three of our spacecraft constellations," added Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander. "This was our shakedown cruise."

Block 10 consolidates operational C2 of Defense Support Program satellites, Space-based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting and Highly Elliptical Orbit sensors under one primary Mission Control Station. Block 10 also significantly increases performance capability across its four mission areas: missile warning, missile defense, battlespace awareness, and technical intelligence.

The Remote Sensing Program Office, in partnership with the operations community, leveraged lessons learned from previous SBIRS upgrades to successfully execute the Soak test. The system will now progress into IT and E and its formal operational and development evaluation activities.

Col. Mike Jackson, 460th SW Operations Group commander, said the completion of the phase marked a "truly historic day for the overhead persistent infrared mission."

The SBIRS program is managed by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo, California. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, is the SBIRS prime contractor, and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, California, is the payload integrator. The 460th Space Wing at Buckley AFB operates SBIRS.

The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the president of the United States, the secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key decision makers.

The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield.

 

 

South Korea, Japan Should Host US THAAD Missiles: Cohen

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jan 13, 2016 - South Korea and Japan should reconsider deploying US anti-missile batteries on their soil in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test, former US Defense Secretary William Cohen said at a US-China defense forum.

"I would hope also that we would consider and have the South Koreans and the Japanese consider having THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] on their territory," Cohen stated on Monday.

Cohen acknowledged that China has and would raise concerns over the anti-missile deployment, but stated, "nonetheless, this is something that is important to us and to our allies."

The United States has raised the possibility of a THAAD battery deployment in East Asia in the past, a decision the Pentagon says will be made through the trilateral Japan- South Korea-US security alliance.

The anti-missile system is one optional response to North Korea's recent nuclear test. China has opposed the THAAD deployment in the past arguing it could upset the regional balance and be used against Chinese interests.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Aegis Combat System upgrade gets Navy approval

 
‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎10:25:34 AMGo to full article
Moorestown, N.J. (UPI) Jan 11, 2016 - The latest evolution of the Aegis Combat System for U.S. destroyers, Baseline 9.C1, has been certified by the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency.

Certification for deployment follows four test events this past summer aboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) in which it detected, tracked and engaged two ballistic missile targets and two air warfare targets.

"The Aegis Combat System Baseline 9.C1 offers unprecedented capabilities, including simultaneous air and ballistic missile defense," said Jim Sheridan, Lockheed Martin director of Aegis programs. "This Aegis baseline also improves Aegis networking capabilities, allowing Aegis vessels to automatically coordinate defense with input from satellite and ground-based radar assets -- forming a true shield of defense over a wide area."

Lockheed Martin said the enhanced system -- with enhanced radar resolution and target discrimination capabilities -- includes the most current generation of ballistic missile defense programming, known as BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade, which allows for the destruction of ballistic missiles in both the upper atmosphere and the lower atmosphere.

The BMD capabilities of Baseline 9.C1 are also present in Aegis Ashore, the ground-based missile defense program that is the second phase of the U.S. Phased Adaptive Approach to protect Europe from ballistic missile attack.

 

 

Serbia requests missile defense systems from Russia

 
‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎10:25:34 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jan 11, 2016 - Moscow is considering Serbia's request for defensive weapons and interest in deepening military ties.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade Monday, and afterward said the final decision on Serbia's request to procure Russian weapons would be made to meet Serbia's minimal security requirements. Russian state-owned Sputnik News reports that during the meeting, Rogozin presented a mock-up of Russian-made S-300 air defense system.

Serbia's request for Russian arms comes after its neighbor Croatia began talks with Norway to acquire ballistic missile defense systems. However, Russian state-owned news agency Tass reports Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic maintains he does not want to start a war with Croatia. Vucic says Croatia's move raises national security concerns.

"I am not nervous, but worried," Vucic told Serbian state news agency Tanjug. "The ballistic rockets and launch pads that Croatia is planning to acquire have ranges of 300 and 350 km. You can target any location in central Serbia from Zagreb or any other location."

Rogozin stressed the requested weapons in question are "not offensive ones but those capable of removing any risks of an attack on Serbia."

 

 

Cavalier AFS significant link to missile warning/space defense

 
‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎10:25:34 AMGo to full article
Cavalier AFS ND (SPX) Jan 12, 2016 - Once a major piece of U.S. nuclear defenses during the Cold War, Cavalier Air Force Station continues to be a significant link in the nation's missile warning and space defense scheme.

The 10th Space Warning Squadron is a geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. is about 15 miles south of the Canadian border.

The installation initially provided the first and only ballistic missile defense of ICBM fields in the northern U.S. Following the Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty II that mission was terminated.

Soon after, new dual missions of providing missile warning and supporting space surveillance began. The Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System at Cavalier AFS is the only Safeguard component that was not deactivated.

The most prominent structure at Cavalier AFS is the Perimeter Acquisition Radar building, a ground-based Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment sensor key to the National Military Command System.

The building housing the PARCS radar system, often referred to as the second tallest building in North Dakota after the state capitol, is an electro-magnetic pulse hardened structure built as part of the Army's anti-ballistic missile Safeguard program.

"PARCS' primary mission is Missile Warning; its secondary mission is Space Situational Awareness," said Lt. Col. John Koehler, 10th SWS commander.

"PARCS is uniquely positioned to view objects approaching the United States and Southern Canada from the north. It has a visibility range of 3,300 kilometers, which is approximately 2,000 miles." This allows the world's most capable radar to provide observations on thousands of earth-orbiting satellites."

The PARCS provides around the clock missile warning data to North American Aerospace Defense Command and space surveillance data to United States Strategic Command.

The system monitors and tracks more than half of all earth-orbiting objects to enable space situational awareness. The 10th SWS team provides real-time missile warning data to the secretary of defense and the president to assist in decision making.

"Cavalier AFS is a unique installation with unparalleled personnel," said Koehler.

"The opportunities here rival and exceed what I've experienced at previous bases over my 17 years of service. The missions have direct impact on capabilities provided globally, from the farmers in the local area to operations overseas. This is truly the nation's most capable radar operated and maintained by the most capable team of Airmen."

There are about 130 people working at Cavalier, he said. Most are contractors performing a variety of services like maintenance, custodial services and firefighting. There are about 40 military and five government civilians in the mix. The installation is considered an isolated facility and too small to provide all the functions of a typical base, so some services are made available through other bases.

Grand Forks AFB, 80 miles south, provides security forces personnel and support functions like finance and medical, for example. Emergency services like hazardous waste disposal and explosive ordinance disposal are provided by Minot Air Force Base about 200 miles west.

The site is remote, but Cavalier personnel stay active in the local community, participating in events ranging from parades to providing a color guard at various ceremonies. Volunteering is a big part of the military lifestyle, and there are many opportunities for 10th SWS members to participate.

Extracurricular events like zip-lining in Canada, fishing and ice fishing at local lakes and rivers, camping and boating at Icelandic State Park in the summer, and skiing are available year round. On-site activities like bowling, potlucks, and karaoke are available all year at the Community Activity Center, lovingly called the Mangy Moose.

To bring the installation from the look associated with its time as a prominent Cold War site into the 21st century, a number of upgrades took place. A $4.8 million construction project added 14 new housing units for military families living on station, Koehler said. The project included a new community center and indoor play area aimed for use during cold winter months.

"The project represents a significant increase in the quality of life for base residents," Koehler said.

A $20 million High-altitude Electromagnetic Pulse protection project is nearing completion, including 10 major subprojects at the station. Koehler said these projects should ensure Cavalier's operational relevance far into the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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Riots in the Middle East, bloodshed and the overthrow of a Dictator. Does this sound like the Middle East in 2011?  Try 1979, the year the Shah was overthrown in Iran.  Is it possible history is about to repeat itself as Islamic Fundamentalists replace the Arab dictatorships of the Arab world?  What lessons can we learn from the Iranian revolution and the threat this nation currently poses to Israel and the Western world.

In this Documentary you will be taken back to the events of 1979 and the history of terrorism and conflict that has developed since then to bring Iran on it's current nuclear path.  You will learn about the EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) threat to America, Iran's current treatment of it's own citizens and  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's obsession with the 12th Imam of Islam.

Although the Stuxnet virus may have slowed down it's nuclear program, it is only a matter of time before Iran crosses the nuclear threshold.  How will a nuclear Iran change the Middle East?  Saudi Arabia has already threatened to develop its own program (or buy one from Pakistan) in response. Iran's nuclear program could be one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century as the potential for nuclear devices to fall into the hands of terrorists increase.  This video will help you to see the emerging challenge we all face in a new urgency.  

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