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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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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense



Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Pyongyang style: North Korea girl bands rock China's border

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Hunchun, China (AFP) July 23, 2015
Like many Chinese hotels, the Kunlun International hotel has rock bottom prices. It also boasts rooms with round beds and dance poles, and an all-female North Korean rock band who belt out "Anthem of the Worker's Party" and other socialist classics every night. Young and good-looking, the seven-piece group bear a striking similarity to the Moranbong band, a North Korean musical phenomenon wh

'Fleeced, bamboozled' Kerry defends Iran deal

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 23, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry faced blistering accusations Thursday that he had been "fleeced" and "bamboozled" by Tehran, as he defended the Iran nuclear deal publicly for the first time on Capitol Hill. Kerry appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to defend the hard-fought agreement, which he called a "good deal for the world" that deserves the approval of a skeptical

EU's Mogherini to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia next week

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) July 23, 2015
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will visit Iran and Saudi Arabia next week following the agreement she helped broker with Tehran on its contested nuclear programme, her office said Thursday. The talks in Saudi Arabia on Monday will cover "regional issues, in the aftermath of the agreement reached on 14 July on the Iranian nuclear issue, as well as international issues of common i

US defence chief in Iraq for talks on war against IS

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) July 23, 2015
Pentagon chief Ashton Carter held talks in Baghdad Thursday on Iraq's war against the Islamic State group, whose "caliphate" is shrinking but is ramping up deadly car bombings. His visit came as Iraqi troops, some of which were trained by the United States, tightened the noose on IS in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province which the government lost in May. On his first visit since taking

Police arrest US teen who built gun-firing drone

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
New York (AFP) July 23, 2015
The US teen who sparked an Internet sensation by building a small drone capable of firing a handgun, has been arrested and released on a $20,000 bond, police said Thursday. Austin Haughwout, an 18-year-old mechanical engineering student from Clinton, Connecticut, was charged with assault and interfering with a police officer, officials said. The charges have nothing to do with the drone,

India tests locally developed high thrust cryogenic rocket for 800 seconds

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Mahendragiri, India (SPX) Jul 22, 2015
India's first indigenously designed and developed High Thrust cryogenic rocket engine generating a nominal thrust of 19 tonnes was successfully endurance hot tested for a duration of 800 seconds on July 16, 2015 at ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri. This duration is approximately 25% more than the engine burn duration in flight. The engine will be used for powering the Cryogenic stage (C25),

RS-25 Engine Revs Up Again

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Stennis Space Center LA (SPX) Jul 21, 2015
In auto racing parlance, NASA engineers put the "pedal to the metal" during a July 17 test of its Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. During a 535-second test, operators ran the RS-25 through a series of power levels, including a period of firing at 109 percent of the engine's rated power. Data collected on performance of the engine at the various power l

More acoustic sensor systems for U.S. submarines

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Melbourne, Fla. (UPI) Jul 23, 2015
A follow-on contract to produce acoustic sensors used on 10 U.S. Navy Virginia-class submarines has been given to Harris Corporation. The value of the contract is $15 million. Deliveries will begin in September to Northrop Grumman, prime contractor for the submarines' Light Weight Wide Aperture Array system, or LWWAA. Harris' acoustic module assemblies help the LWWAA system provi

New terror threat system for Australia

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Sydney (AFP) July 23, 2015
Australia on Thursday announced a clearer terror alert system as the country faces what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the worst extremist threat in its history, with the government outlining a long-term strategy to tackle the scourge. The new system will be introduced later this year, subject to community consultation, with the new threat levels to be: certain, expected, probable, possib

Navy orders more electro-optical gun sensor systems

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Northampton, Mass. (UPI) Jul 23, 2015
The U.S. Navy has ordered additional electro-optical sensors for gun systems used on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-class cruisers. The order, which is the exercise of a contract option, is for nine MK 20 electro-optical sensor systems and was given to L-3 KEO. The order, once completed, will bring the total number of the systems ordered by the Navy from L-3 KEO s

Japan's Mitsubishi to apologise to Chinese wartime labourers: media

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) July 23, 2015
Japan's Mitsubishi Materials will apologise and pay compensation to Chinese victims of forced labour during World War II, Japanese media reported Friday, days after the firm made a landmark apology to US prisoners of war. More than 3,700 Chinese who were forced into hard labour in the company's wartime mines will be eligible for compensation of 100,000 yuan ($16,100), Kyodo News and Jiji new

Britain extends Lockheed Martin military inventory contract

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Warminster, England (UPI) Jul 23, 2015
Britain's Ministry of Defense has extended Lockheed Martin's contract to manage its inventory of equipment and spare parts. The contract extension for the use of Lockheed Martin's Joint Asset Management and Engineering Solution, or JAMES, is for six years and is worth $28 million. JAMES allows British military personnel to rapidly identify the status, availability, condition, own

Turkey allows US planes to bomb IS from Incirlik base

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 23, 2015
Turkey will allow US warplanes to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State group from Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, American officials said Thursday. Ankara and Washington clinched an agreement after months of negotiations and it was revealed a day after President Barack Obama spoke with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the conflict. "Access to Turkish bases

Air Force tests internal integration of Gatling gun on F-35A

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Edwards Afb, Calif. (UPI) Jul 23, 2015
The U.S. Air Force is testing the internal integration of a four-barrel Gatling gun into the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter. The first phase of ground testing began last month on an F-35 test aircraft - the AF-2 - at the Edwards Air Force Base Gun Harmonizing Range. Flight tests could begin in late September. The Gatling gun is the GAU-22/A, which fires 25 millimeter rounds, the Ai

Bombing kills four Egyptian soldiers in Sinai

‎24 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎01:35:19 AMGo to full article
Cairo (AFP) July 23, 2015
A roadside bomb on Thursday killed four Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula, where the army is battling Islamic State group loyalists, the military said. The Islamic State group's affiliate in Egypt claimed responsibility for the bombing, in a statement posted on one of its Twitter accounts. One officer and three soldiers died in the attack on their vehicle near the border town of R




Russia Puts Eight ICBMs Into Service

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jul 17, 2015
Eight intercontinental ballistic missiles have been put into service in Russia's Strategic Missile Forces in the second quarter of 2015, the country's Deputy Minister of Defense Yuriy Borisov said Thursday. Russian Strategic Missile Forces have also received seven mobile launchers, Borisov said. He added that Russia would carry out six space launches for military purposes by end of t

Four Marines killed in US military shootings, gunman dead

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Chattanooga, United States (AFP) July 16, 2015
Four Marines were killed Thursday in twin shootings at US military centers in the southern state of Tennessee, officials said, opening a probe into what they said was a possible act of "domestic terrorism." At least two people were injured during the incidents in Chattanooga - a police officer and a Marine Corps recruiter. The gunman was shot dead, city mayor Andy Berke told reporters.

US to entice drone pilots with $15,000 bonus

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 16, 2015
The United States will offer a $15,000 annual bonus for drone pilots, the Air Force said - part of a drive to address what it admitted was a "critical shortage" of manpower. Drones are an essential part of Washington's arsenal in the battle on extremists abroad, responsible for taking out several-high profile jihadist targets from Yemen to the lawless border between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Boeing to collaborate with TASL in aerospace and defense

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Hyderbad, India (UPI) Jul 16, 2015
Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. of India are to collaborate on aerospace and defense manufacturing and opportunities in integrated systems development. The partnering, which includes marketing of their products, comes under a framework agreement signed Wednesday by Shelley Lavender, president of Boeing Military Aircraft, and Sukaran Singh, managing director and chief executive off

Beijing lambasts Manila for South China Sea ship repair

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) July 16, 2015
Beijing has hit out at Manila for repairing a crumbling ship serving as its outpost in the disputed South China Sea, branding the Philippines as a "hypocritical troublemaker and rule breaker". The Philippine military deliberately grounded the 100-metre (328-foot) World War II-vintage BRP Sierra Madre atop the Second Thomas Shoal in 1999 in an effort to check the advance of China, which four

UK sends new spy plane to 'Battle of Britain' against IS

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) July 16, 2015
Britain will send another spy plane to fly over Iraq and Syria in what Defence Secretary Michael Fallon called a "new Battle of Britain" Thursday, as it edges towards joining US-led air strikes in Syria. Fallon announced Britain would take delivery of a new Airseeker plane next month, which would "shortly after" be deployed to carry out reconnaissance of suspected Islamic State (IS) group ta

Britain's Hammond reassures Israel over 'robust' Iran deal

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) July 16, 2015
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Thursday sought to reassure Israel over a nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, saying "robust measures" were in place to ensure its success. Israel has long opposed any deal with its arch-foe Iran, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lambasted the landmark agreement struck Tuesday between Tehran and six world powers as a "historic mistake"

Nuclear deal critics wooed, Iran leader urges caution

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) July 16, 2015
Washington and London sought Thursday to ease concerns over the Iran nuclear accord as the country's supreme leader warned that major powers are not to be trusted over its implementation. As part of an international charm offensive, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who strongly opposes the landmark accord struck on Tuesday in Vienna betw

Obama takes on opponents of Iran nuclear deal

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 16, 2015
President Barack Obama on Wednesday confronted critics of the nuclear deal reached with Iran, saying they were at odds with "99 percent" of the world and had failed to offer any real alternative. As the freshly-inked deal was put to members of the UN Security Council, a combative and at times testy Obama said opponents at home and abroad had offered only a path to war. "If 99 percent of

Philippines to re-open former US base amid China sea row

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) July 16, 2015
The Philippines said Thursday it would re-open a former US naval base that was closed more than 20 years ago, stationing its own military hardware at the facility that faces the flashpoint South China Sea. The announcement comes as the Philippines is embroiled in a bitter dispute with China over rival claims to parts of the sea, including a rich fishing shoal close to the military base.

Kerry to launch Gulf charm offensive to sell Iran deal

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 16, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry will head to the Gulf in August seeking to allay fears over the Iran nuclear deal, as Saudi Arabia Thursday warned Tehran against any further "mischief" in the region. Back at work only days after an 18-day negotiating marathon to seal the unprecedented accord, Kerry met Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, the beginning of a charm offensive designed to win

Japan lawmakers pass security bills despite public anger

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) July 16, 2015
Controversial security bills that opponents say will undermine 70 years of pacifism and could see Japanese troops fighting abroad for the first time since World War II passed through the powerful lower house of parliament Thursday. The vote marks a victory for nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other right-wingers, who have ignored popular anger in a bid to break what they see as the

Iranians prepare for life after sanctions

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) July 16, 2015
For book lovers at a recent exhibition in Tehran the "Buy Direct From Amazon" poster summed up their plight: if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Iranian consumers, unlike millions who use the US online retail giant's global websites every day, cannot click and buy. Besides lacking credit cards, they are sealed off from international banking because of sanctions. But if

Pakistan summons Indian envoy after 'spy drone' shot down

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Islamabad (AFP) July 16, 2015
Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador Thursday after a "spy drone" was shot down in disputed Kashmir, as officials said five people were killed in cross-border shelling between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. The flare-up between the two countries, who have fought three wars since 1947, comes days after their prime ministers met in Russia in an apparent sign of a thaw in relations. T

Iran president must take risks to capitalise on deal

‎17 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:14:29 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) July 16, 2015
President Hassan Rouhani has emerged a winner from the Iran nuclear deal but if he is to cement his moderate reputation he must confront long-sidelined domestic political challenges, analysts said. The nuclear talks dominated Rouhani's first two years in office, with previously unsignalled direct negotiations with the United States allowing him to begin to transform Iran's international rela



US readies Iran resolution at UN

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) July 14, 2015
The United States is readying a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council setting out timelines for Iran's compliance with a nuclear deal it reached with world powers Tuesday. The resolution, expected in the coming days, would also replace the existing framework of Security Council sanctions with the restrictions agreed during negotiations in Vienna, US Ambassador Samantha Powe

Iraq says Iran deal sign of 'common will' to defeat IS

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) July 15, 2015
Iran's nuclear deal with world powers is a sign of a common will to end conflict in the region and defeat the Islamic State jihadist group, Iraq's premier said Wednesday. "Daesh seeks to drag our region into perpetual conflict," Haider al-Abadi said on social media, using an Arabic acronym for IS. "The Iran deal expresses a common will to bring peace and security to our region," the prim

Iran's long-term nuclear ambitions survive deal

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) July 15, 2015
Iran by agreeing a pact with world powers has accepted temporary curbs on its nuclear programme, but it has not abandoned atomic research and long-term uranium enrichment plans. When the 10-year limitations of Tuesday's deal expire Iran will be able to use the more modern centrifuge technology it insisted on being able to develop under the agreement struck in Vienna. The quid-pro-quo of

In 'Tehrangeles' hopes and fears over nuke deal

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Los Angeles (AFP) July 15, 2015
"Tehrangeles," as the vast expatriate Iranian community based in Los Angeles is known, welcomed Tuesday the nuclear deal struck in Vienna with hope, but also some doubts. A "very, very happy" Alex Helmi, owner of a luxury carpet boutique in Beverly Hills, cheered the agreement as a sign of change, "because the policy of not talking to each other for 35 years has not been working." "I'm

Iran says nuclear deal ends 'manufactured crisis'

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) July 15, 2015
A deal with world powers ended a "manufactured crisis" over Iran's nuclear programme, its foreign minister said Wednesday as he arrived home from negotiating the agreement which angered US lawmakers. As attention turned to the lengthy process of implementing the complex accord, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the world had no cause to fear Iran's nuclear activities. Zarif, who led Iran's negot

Clinton: Iran will never get nuclear weapon if I'm president

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 15, 2015
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton vowed Tuesday that Iran will never be able to acquire atomic weapons if she is elected to the White House. Clinton's tough words came as critics in the US Congress, as well as skeptical US allies around the globe, criticized an agreement with Tehran as providing a glide path - albeit a somewhat delayed one - toward an eventual nuclear weapo

Japan's top security envoy to visit China

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) July 15, 2015
Japan said Wednesday its top security diplomat will tour China and Mongolia in a trip seen as a potential precursor to another summit between Tokyo and Beijing. Shotaro Yachi, the head of the National Security Council, will visit Beijing from Thursday through Saturday for talks including a meeting with Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat who serves as state councillor, Chief Cabinet Secretary

India clears $4.74 billion defence purchase

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) July 15, 2015
India's defence ministry has cleared the purchase of military equipment worth $4.74 billion, including four long-range patrol aircraft from US aerospace giant Boeing, an official said Wednesday. The Defence Acquisition Council, which approves big-ticket purchases, also approved an order for 428 air defence artillery guns during a meeting late Tuesday, the official said. "The council has

Chaos in Japan parliament as defence bill sparks uproar

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) July 15, 2015
There were chaotic scenes inside Japan's normally orderly parliament Wednesday as opposition lawmakers thronged a committee room in an unsuccessful bid to block Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial security bills. Dozens of politicians held signs protesting against what they said was the "forced" passage of legislation that will bolster the role of Japan's military, in a way they say is

Successful flight tests for Lockheed Martin missile

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 14, 2015
Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile has demonstrated its multi-mode capabilities in government-led flight tests. The tests, conducted at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., involved attacks on two laser-designated static targets. In the first test, the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile, or JAGM, successfully engaged the stationary target using its precision-strike, semi-active laser.

Iran nuclear deal faces fresh challenges in US

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) July 15, 2015
Hours after major powers agreed a deal over Iran's nuclear programme, the White House on Wednesday launched a campaign to stop sceptics at home and abroad from derailing the long-awaited accord. The agreement, signed on Tuesday after 18 days of marathon talks in Vienna, aims to ensure Tehran cannot create a nuclear bomb in return for lifting biting sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy

Skepticism in US Congress over Iran deal

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 14, 2015
Top US Republicans and some Democrats expressed skepticism about Tuesday's historic nuclear deal with Iran, saying it gives Tehran too much room to maneuver and does not safeguard American security interests. Some in Congress have already said they are prepared to reject the deal because it does not comprehensively halt Tehran's enrichment process or guarantee anytime-anywhere inspections.

The new MAD: Mutual Assured Disruption

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (UPI) Jul 12, 2015
During the Cold War, a thermonuclear conflict between East and West would have eviscerated much of society on both sides of the Atlantic. This delicate balance of terror was labeled Mutual Assured Destruction, commonly known as MAD. The acronym had obvious double meaning. Committing national suicide in a thermonuclear exchange was a clear-cut case of insanity on the part of Washington and Mosc

The IAEA: the world's eyes and ears in Iran

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) July 15, 2015
Staff at the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN watchdog set to play a vital role in the new Iran nuclear deal, call this pleasantly cool basement the dungeon. Inside a display cabinet full of clunky, old equipment sits a little orange toy figure with a tongue-in-cheek sign next to it: "Little Brother". But this is no laughing matter. Down here lurks some of the high-tech kit, sh

Saudi hopes Iran ends 'interference' after nuclear deal

‎15 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:11:01 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) July 14, 2015
Saudi Arabia expressed hope Tuesday for an end to Iran's regional "interference" after a historic nuclear deal aimed at ensuring its Middle East rival does not obtain an atomic bomb. Two of the kingdom's fellow Sunni-run Gulf neighbours also expressed hope for better relations with Shiite-dominated Iran. "Given that Iran is a neighbour, Saudi Arabia hopes to build with her better relatio

Russia poses 'greatest threat' to US national security: Dunford

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 9, 2015
Russia now poses the greatest threat to US national security and its behavior is "nothing short of alarming," Marine General Joseph Dunford, the nominee to be the US military's top officer, said Thursday. Dunford, currently the commandant of the US Marine Corps, told senators at his confirmation hearing it would be "reasonable" to provide lethal weapons to Ukrainian forces battling pro-Russi

'God only knows' if Iran nuclear deal close

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) July 9, 2015
Global powers sought Thursday to ramp up pressure on Iran as they struggled to strike a long-sought nuclear accord, with one Iranian official admitting "God only knows" if a deal was close. With speculation rife about the fate of the tough negotiations, US Secretary of State John Kerry was to give an update on the situation to reporters at 1700 GMT, a US official said. All bets remained

Kerry won't be 'rushed' into Iran deal

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) July 9, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday major powers won't be "rushed" into a nuclear deal with Iran, adding he was prepared to walk away from the talks if "tough decisions" are not made soon. Speaking just hours from a deadline to present a deal to the US Congress, Kerry told reporters in Vienna that because "the stakes are very, very high, we will not rush and we will not be rushed.

Iranian diplomacy logs on to banned social media

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) July 9, 2015
They are among the world's most popular websites and are vital diplomatic channels for Iranian officials involved in the nuclear talks. Yet Twitter, Facebook and YouTube remain banned in Iran. While Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leads the way on social media - his Twitter account has "Verified" blue tick status - he is far from alone in seeing its benefits. Aides to President H

Russia building multipurpose missile launchers for new warships

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 09, 2015
Russia is developing a multi-role missile launcher for ship-borne missiles to be equipped on state-of-the-art watercraft of the Russian Navy, Technodynamika's head Maxim Kuzyuk told RIA Novosti. Technodynamika is a subsidiary of the Russian state-owned corporation Rostec. Technodynamika's multi-role launchers make it possible to launch missiles of different classes and purposes from a sing

New-Generation Electronic Warfare: More Russian Troops Equipped

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 10, 2015
Electronic warfare units around Russia are mastering their skills on the brand-new "Borisoglebsk 2" complex, with more deliveries of the system expected by the end of the month. A mechanized infantry unit of the Russian Land Forces, stationed near Orenburg in the Urals, is due to receive the most advanced electronic warfare complexes, the "Borisoglebsk 2", by the end of July. One hundred s

History will prove me right over security bills: Japan PM

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) July 9, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed Thursday his push to beef up Japan's military in the face of public and parliamentary opposition would be vindicated by history. Abe, who is being assailed for security bills that opponents say will drag Tokyo into American wars, invoked his grandfather, former premier Nobusuke Kishi - who was arrested, but never charged, for war crimes - as a man who had

Huge hack of US government data affected 21.5 mn

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 9, 2015
Hackers who breached US government databases stole personal information from background checks of 21.5 million people, officials said Thursday following an investigation into the massive attack widely blamed on China. An update from the government's Office of Personnel Management said those affected were 19.7 million who underwent a background investigation, and 1.8 million others, mostly sp

Lockheed Martin set to advance RF sensors development

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Denver (UPI) Jul 8, 2015
Lockheed Martin has established a development center to advance satellite sensing and communications technologies. The center, called the RF Payload Center of Excellence, will focus on developing reconfigurable payloads and advancing satellite systems that many already rely on, from high-definition television broadcasts to GPS transmissions and secure government communications. "

For Sri Lanka's displaced Tamils, homecoming is bittersweet

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Jaffna, Sri Lanka (AFP) July 9, 2015
When Balasundaram Rasamalar finally got back her home in Sri Lanka's battle-scarred north after years of military occupation, there was an unexpected problem. The toilet was still in the militarised zone - where civilians are not allowed. Sri Lanka's army this year began returning land it has occupied since the end of a decades-long separatist conflict to its original owners in the Tamil he

Thai consulate in Istanbul attacked after Uighurs deported

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Istanbul (AFP) July 9, 2015
Turkish anti-Chinese demonstrators stormed the Thai consulate in Istanbul in protest at the deportation by Bangkok of dozens of Uighur Muslims to China, as diplomatic tensions flared Thursday in an increasingly combustible controversy. The attack was the latest in a series of nationalist-tinted protests in Turkey during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan over China's treatment of the T

Army includes special ammunition in hunt for new handgun

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Fort Belvoir, Va. (UPI) Jul 9, 2015
The U.S. Army competition to replace its M9 handgun has been expanded to include new types of ammunition for them. The change to the service's draft solicitation for the new handgun project, called XM17 Modular Handgun System, was presented on Wednesday at an industry day for interested vendors at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. "Expanding the XM17 Modular Handgun competition to include

State Dept. gives nod to possible border security system sale to Egypt

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jul 9, 2015
The possible sale of a mobile surveillance sensor system to Egypt for border security has been approved by the U.S. State Department. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, said the required certification was given to Congress and that the package deal carries an estimated cost of $100 million. "This mobile surveillanc

US-led air strikes kill seven Al-Nusra members in Syria: monitor

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) July 8, 2015
Seven militants from Syria's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, including commanders, were killed in US-led air strikes Wednesday in the northwest of the conflict-riven country, a Britain-based monitoring group said. The US-led raids in Syria, which began last September, have mainly focused on the Islamic State group (IS) but its rival Al-Nusra has also been the target of some strikes.

Kabul plans detailed Taliban talks on ending bloodshed

‎11 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎08:19:04 AMGo to full article
Kabul (AFP) July 9, 2015
Afghan negotiators said Thursday their next round of talks with the Taliban would focus in detail on ways to end bloodshed in the country, wracked by nearly 40 years of war. Government representatives struck a positive note after returning from their first face-to-face talks with militant commanders held on Tuesday in Pakistan aimed at ending the Taliban's 13-year insurgency. The nascent

Georgia launches joint drills with five NATO countries

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Tbilisi (AFP) July 8, 2015
Georgian troops on Wednesday launched joint military exercises with United States marines and soldiers from four Eastern European NATO members, the pro-Western ex-Soviet nation's defence ministry said. The drills dubbed "Agile Spirit 2015" are part of a "substantive package" of measures aimed at bringing Georgia - which has long sought full NATO membership - closer to the US-led alliance's

Britain commits to NATO defence spending target

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) July 8, 2015
Britain's Conservative government said Wednesday it would meet a NATO target of spending two percent of GDP on defence until 2020, a move immediately welcomed by the United States. The defence budget has been slashed since 2010 as part of Prime Minister David Cameron's austerity drive, prompting concerns that NATO's second strongest power will no longer be able to pull its weight in the mili

Global powers to up pressure on Iran for nuclear deal

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) July 8, 2015
European ministers were flying back to Vienna late Wednesday aiming to up the pressure on Iran to end a standoff over a nuclear deal in time to send it to US lawmakers. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived ahead of his French and British counterparts, Laurent Fabius and Philip Hammond, who were also due to return to the Austrian capital during the night. In a high-stak

Philippines warns China flouting UN maritime laws

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
The Hague (AFP) July 8, 2015
The Philippines has appealed to an international tribunal to declare China's claims to most of the South China Sea illegal, warning the integrity of United Nations' maritime laws is at stake. In opening comments to the tribunal in the Hague on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the Philippines had sought judicial intervention because China's behaviour had become increasingly

Raytheon helps bolster Jordan's border security

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Jul 8, 2015
A Raytheon-built system to help Jordan secure its borders with strife-torn Iraq and Syria is now operational. The system, worth $79 million, was funded by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency and achieved operational capability three months ahead of schedule, Raytheon said. It includes key command, control, communications, and surveillance, or C3/S, capabilities. "Raytheon de

In Tehran, frustration overcomes hope for nuclear deal

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) July 8, 2015
Hope among Iranians for a lasting deal over their country's nuclear programme gave way to frustration Wednesday as negotiations with world powers overran yet another deadline to seal a final accord. The deal, which has been under negotiation for over 20 months, was originally meant to be struck by July 1. But the deadline has been extended twice, and marathon discussions in Vienna are expect

China needs long-range strategic bomber: state media

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2015
China needs to develop a long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away from its coast in the event of conflict, state media reported Tuesday, quoting defence experts. Beijing has been steadily beefing up its military through years of double-digit increases in defence spending, rapidly expanding its naval power, commissioning its first aircraft carrier and adding to its subma

US warns encryption hampering anti-terror fight

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 8, 2015
US law enforcement officials warned Wednesday that criminals and terror suspects would benefit from stronger data encryption, and called for service providers to retain access to such protected data. Calling inviolable data a "real national security problem," Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said President Barack Obama's administration has not ruled out legislation for companies

China's new cybersecurity law sparks censorship concerns

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) July 8, 2015
China has released a draft cybersecurity law which immediately sparked concerns that it is too vague and could signal Beijing's widespread censorship of the Internet becoming even more far-reaching. The ruling Communist Party oversees a vast censorship system - dubbed the Great Firewall - that aggressively blocks sites or snuffs out Internet content and commentary on topics considered sens

Putin hosts BRICS summit amid standoff with West

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Ufa, Russia (AFP) July 8, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin is to meet world leaders on Wednesday including China's Xi Jinping and India's Narendra Modi ahead of the start of a summit of the BRICS emerging economies. Putin is to hold bilateral talks with leaders of the other BRICS countries - China, Brazil, South Africa and India - in the city of Ufa in the Ural mountains for a summit that Moscow hopes will show it

30 soldiers killed in mutiny at Yemen army base

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Aden (AFP) July 8, 2015
At least 30 Yemeni soldiers were killed in coalition air raids and clashes after troops attempted to defect to Iran-backed rebel ranks near the border with Saudi Arabia, a military source said Wednesday. Saudi-led coalition jets, which have bombed Yemeni rebel positions since March, intervened when "dozens of soldiers defected and announced their support" for Shiite Huthi rebels on Tuesday,

US says only 60 Syrians being trained to fight IS

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 8, 2015
Only about 60 Syrian rebels are being trained by the United States to take on the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday, admitting it was far below the number hoped for. The disclosure is likely to add to criticism of the Obama administration's military strategy, with US Senator John McCain saying that the United States was "losing" the fight against the extremist

Serb 'war criminal' extradited from Australia

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Sydney (AFP) July 8, 2015
A Serbian war crimes suspect known as "Captain Dragan" was handed over by Australia to Croatia Wednesday to face allegations of torture and murder after battling extradition for a decade. Dragan Vasiljkovic, a paramilitary commander with a Serbian rebel group opposed to Croatia breaking away from Yugoslavia, is wanted on charges relating to Zagreb's 1991-1995 war of independence. The Bel

Dread and domination in Chinese memories of war

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2015
Almost eight decades since Yan Guiru was gripped by terror as shells rained on her Beijing neighbourhood in the opening salvos of war between China and Japan, she recalls with horror a conflict Communist leaders still use to legitimise their rule. It was the night of July 7, 1937 when a barrage of unrelenting gun and cannon-fire erupted. Then a recently married 17-year-old, Yan lived abo

Iraq court sentences 24 to hang over Tikrit massacre

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:27:33 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) July 8, 2015
An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced 24 men to hang over the June 2014 massacre by jihadists and allied militants of hundreds of mostly Shiite military recruits in Tikrit. The central criminal court in Baghdad handed 24 of 28 defendants the maximum sentence over the "Speicher" massacre, named after the base from which the victims were captured before being executed. "After deliberations

Iran nuclear talks set to drag into weekend -- and beyond

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) July 2, 2015
Agonising talks towards a grand bargain nuclear deal between Iran and major powers looked set Thursday to drag into the weekend and beyond, with stubborn differences still separating the two sides in Vienna. There was little indication meanwhile whether the head of the UN atomic watchdog had made any progress in Tehran on one of the main sticking points: a probe into allegations of past nucl

Beijing's South China Sea runway 'nearly complete': US think-tank

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2015
Beijing has nearly completed building a 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbours, a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and an apron and taxiway have been added, the Center for Strategic and International Stu

Russia to loan Armenia $200 million for arms: Yerevan

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Yerevan (AFP) July 2, 2015
Moscow is to give Armenia a $200 million loan to purchase sophisticated Russian weapons at a discount, officials in Yerevan said on Thursday. Armenia, which hosts a Russian military base, has been shaken by nearly two weeks of protests over plans by a Russian-owned company to hike electricity prices in the small Caucasus country. Armenia's deputy defence minister Ara Nazaryan told a par

McCain Blows His Top Over US Inability to Abandon Russian Rocket Engines

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2015
US Senator John McCain is blowing a gasket over America's inability to find a suitable substitution for Russia's RD-180 engines, accusing his Republican fellows of playing into Moscow's hands, US journalist Tim Mak notes. Regardless of its widely discussed sanctions policy, the United States still cannot break its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines to get to space, US journalist Tim M

Europe teams up for next-gen mission control software

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Jun 25, 2015
Together with national space agencies and industry, ESA is working to develop next-generation software for spacecraft control and monitoring. The initiative is a strategic and technological jump, and will see most space organisations in Europe adopting a common infrastructure, which will improve efficiency, lower technical risk and deliver a major boost to European industrial competitiveness.

NASA Gears Up to Test Orion's Powerhouse

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Sandusky OH (SPX) Jul 01, 2015
NASA is getting ready for a series of tests that will check out Orion's service module, a critical part of the spacecraft that will launch atop the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on future missions to an asteroid and on toward Mars. The testing, which will take place at NASA Glenn's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, will begin with the arrival of a crew module adapter simula

NovaWurks and Spaceflight Services set for payload test bed mission in 2017

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Los Alamitos CA (SPX) Jun 28, 2015
NovaWurks and Spaceflight Services have announced a signed launch contract for a NovaWurks Payload Test Bed (PTB) mission planned for the third quarter of 2017. PTB-2, the second of the company's Payload Test Bed missions, is scheduled to launch into a sun-synchronous orbit on Spaceflight's SHERPA in-space transportation platform aboard a U.S. commercial launch vehicle. Flown on NovaWurks'

European space industry collaborates with ESA for the future

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Jul 01, 2015
More than 80 companies from ESA Member States met recently to begin discussing new models of collaboration to reinforce European space industry's presence in the world market. A first-ever event hosted at ESA's European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, on 25-26 June brought Agency experts together with space industry to discuss the path for future collaboration in mission operations

Deadly clashes rock Yemen as UN raises emergency level

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Aden (AFP) July 2, 2015
At least 22 people were killed Thursday in Yemen as fighting raged in the southern port of Aden and Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebels in the capital Sanaa, officials said. The violence came a day after the UN declared its highest level of humanitarian emergency in the country, where it says some 3,000 people, half of them civilians, have been killed since March. But there was a ra

Compact cannon for British armored vehicles

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Jul 2, 2015
Britain's Ministry of Defense has contracted CTA International to supply a compact 40mm cannon system for the army's armored fighting vehicles. The system is the Cased Telescope cannon, which is more compact than currently fielded 40mm cannons. It features a thermal sleeve, automatic ammunition loading and a range of compact ammunition for use against armored vehicles, hardened targets

UK police hold two women for alleged terror offences

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) July 2, 2015
British police on Thursday charged a 26-year-old woman with inciting terror through Twitter and membership of the Islamic State group, and arrested a 15-year-old girl on suspicion of preparing an attack. Police were also continuing an investigation into the disappearance of a family of 12, including three generations, believed to have travelled to Syria. The 26-year-old woman was detaine

Thai navy votes to buy three Chinese submarines worth $1 bn

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Bangkok (AFP) July 2, 2015
Thailand's navy has voted in favour of buying three Chinese submarines worth US$1 billion, an official said Thursday, the kingdom's first such vessels in decades if the purchase is approved by the cabinet. The country last operated submarines in its waters 50 years ago and wants the new high-tech vessels as a "deterrent", said Thailand's navy chief, without elaborating on the nature of threa

Libya peace talks stall again despite UN sanctions threat

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Tripoli (AFP) July 2, 2015
Libya's rival governments will not return to peace talks this week after rebel forces Wednesday rejected the latest proposal, defying threats the UN Security Council would impose sanctions on anyone who stands in the way of a deal. The National General Congress parliament in Tripoli, which was seized by rebel forces last year, said it would consult for a week on the new draft, ruling out ret

Australia orders airborne refueling tankers

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jul 2, 2015
Airbus Defense and Space is to provide Australia with two additional TA330 MRTT tanker variant aircraft under a deal worth more than $313.7 million. The multi-role tanker, designated the KC-30A by Australia, has a fuel capacity of more than 110 tons, and transfers fuel to F/A-18A/B Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets, E-7A Wedgetails, C-17A Globemasters and other KC-30A aircraft through a lo

Air strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon

‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 2, 2015
A senior Islamic State leader who recruited funds and fighters and procured weapons for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday. Tariq bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi was killed in the northern city of Shaddadi on June 16, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement. His brother Ali, an IS recruiter and person of inter




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Introduction and Isaiah 1

Introduction. Case against Judah.

Isaiah 2 - 5

A Vision of the Coming Kingdom. Israel, the Lord’s vineyard. The

Nation’s Judgment and Exile.

Isaiah 6 - 7

Isaiah’s New Commission. Confederacy of Rezin and Pekah. The Sign

of the Virgin.

Isaiah 8 - 9

Overthrow of Damascus and Samaria. Christ’s Birth.

Isaiah 10 - 12

Predicted Judgment upon Assyria. A Future Kingdom.

Isaiah 13 - 14

Babylon. Babylon’s Defeat. Lucifer’s Pride and Rebellion.

Isaiah 15 -18

Moab’s Devastation. Damascus will Fall. Ethiopia.

Isaiah 19 - 22

The Doom of Egypt. A Burden about Jerusalem.

Isaiah 23 - 27

A Burden about Tyre. Isaiah’s “Little Apocalypse” Chapters.

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Isaiah 28 - 30

Prophetic warning concerning Ephraim and Judah.

Isaiah 31 - 35

Future Kingdom Blessings. Focus on Jerusalem.

Isaiah 36 - 39

Historical Parenthesis. Hezekiah and Rabshakeh.

Isaiah 40 - 42

How Many Isaiahs? Cyrus Predicted. Jesus Christ the Servant.

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God’s Blessing on His people. The Rise of Cyrus.

Isaiah 45 (and the Gap Theory)

Cyrus to Restore Jerusalem. God created the Earth “not in vain.”

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Isaiah 46 - 48

Babylon, the Pride of the Caldeans.

Isaiah 49 - 51

The Restoration of Israel. Vision of the Kingdom Age.

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Messianic Theme. The Ark of the Covenant. The Ethiopian Treasurer

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Isaiah 53 (Part 1)

The Holy of Holies of the Old Testament.

Isaiah 53 (Part 2)

The Fulcrum of the Entire Universe.

Isaiah 54 - 59

Israel, the Restored Wife. Idolaters rebuked.

Isaiah 60 - 62

Sin. Kingdom Age. The Two Comings of Christ. Kingdom Blessings.

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Day of Vengeance. Isaiah Prays for Redemption of Israel.

Isaiah 64 - 66

A New Wine. New Heaven and New Earth. Judgment and Hope.



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Iranium DVD

The movie Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't want you to see




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.  

Iran had attempted to shut down screenings of this movie in Canada but the Canadian government took a stand and showed this DVD despite the threats.  Find out why Iran is attempting to stop this movie from being seen around the world.

For a more detailed look at this DVD in relationship to current events we encourage you to watch Sean Hannity's interview with the producer here:



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News About Ballistic Missile Defense

Russia Will Knock Out US Missile Shield Installations If Attacked

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 23, 2015 - If attacked, Russia will respond with retaliatory strikes at US missile defense installations wherever they may be in the world, Russia's former Strategic Missile Forces' commander warned on Tuesday.

"Any military facility of the US global missile shield will become a primary target of a Russian counterattack in the event of a military aggression against this country," Viktor Yesin told RIA Novosti news agency.

The deployment of US missile defenses in Europe under the pretext of protecting America's European allies against an imaginary missile attack by Iran has been a major irritant in US-Russia relations.

Washington insists the European missile shield is not aimed against Russia, but refuses to provide any legal guarantees to Moscow that its missile defense systems in Europe are not directed at Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent.

Source: Sputnik News



US Awards $870Mln Contract to Develop Missile Defense Command System

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jun 25, 2015 - The C2BMC is an operational system that enables the US President, Defense Secretary and combatant commanders to conduct ballistic missile defense planning, according to the Defense Department.

"[Lockheed Martin] has been awarded a maximum $870,000,000... [to develop] the command and control, battle management and communications [C2BMC] system located worldwide for the Ballistic Missile Defense System," the release said on Monday.

The development of the C2BMC, the release explained, will enhance US homeland defense while meeting requirements for the planned deployment of BMD systems to NATO allies, referred to as the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA).

Lockheed Martin plans to perform the development in Arlington, Virginia; Huntsville, Alabama; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an expected completion date of December 31, 2021, the release added.

C2BMC integrates globally deployed sensors, radars, satellites and interceptors into a single network, providing commanders with a unified picture of missile threats across the globe, according to an earlier Lockheed Martin press release.

In March 2015, a Defense Department spokesperson announced that EPAA will include deployment of anti-ballistic missiles and BMD systems to Romania in 2015 and Poland in 2018.

US authorities are reportedly considering deploying missiles to Europe to counter Russia's alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Russian officials have pointed out that US missile defense launchers stationed in Poland and Romania are violations of the INF treaty.

Source: Sputnik News



US Authorizes 'Forward-Based' Missile Defense System for Allies

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Washington (Sputnik) Jun 17, 2015 - US defense industry giant Raytheon said that the US government authorized its allies to purchase missile defense radars for use in forward-based mode for early threat detection. The US government authorized its allies to purchase missile defense radars for use in forward-based mode for early threat detection, US defense industry giant Raytheon said in a press release on Monday.

"The US government has authorized several US allies and security partners to potentially purchase via Foreign Military Sales the Raytheon-made AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar, for use in forward-based mode," the release stated.

In forward-based mode, the release explained, the transportable radar system is positioned near hostile territory so it can detect ballistic missiles in the ascent phase shortly after they are launched.

The AN/TPY-2 will allow US allies to enhance defensive capabilities and improve the performance of existing capabilities such as the Patriot air defense system, the release said.

Raytheon's announcement comes as senior US officials are reportedly contemplating potential responses to alleged Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The Cold War-era INF Treaty prohibits testing, possessing or producing medium-range ground-based cruise and nuclear missiles.

The United States has accused Russia of conducting test flights of cruise missiles in violation of the Cold War-era INF Treaty. The Treaty prohibits testing, possessing or producing medium-range ground-based cruise and nuclear missiles.

One of the options US officials are considering is to deploy missiles to Europe to defend against any advantage Russia might gain from a ground-based system, or a more aggressive "counterforce" of ground-based strategic weapons or cruise missiles.

Russia claims NATO's ballistic missile defense and the US use of certain drones are a violation of the INF treaty.

Source: Sputnik News



USAF Early Warning Satellites Get No-Cost Update from Lockheed Martin

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Jun 11, 2015 - The U.S. Air Force's newest infrared surveillance and missile warning satellites will be based on Lockheed Martin's modernized A2100 spacecraft, an update that improves system affordability and resiliency while also adding the flexibility to use future payloads. The fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites will receive this advanced spacecraft technology at no additional cost to the existing fixed-price contract.

The SBIRS program is responsible for America's early missile warning and infrared surveillance missions, which are crucial to global security.

In response to the Department of Defense's need for more affordable and resilient systems, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin worked to add the A2100 bus update to the 2014 SBIRS block-buy contract, which already saved the Air Force more than $1 billion. The modernized A2100 adds further affordability by using common components, streamlined manufacturing and has a flexible design that reduces the cost to incorporate future, modernized sensor suites.

"Through the leadership of the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center, we have been working to address the Department of Defense's Better Buying Power and Bending the Cost Curve initiatives to deliver more value per dollar on this vital national security system," said David Sheridan, Lockheed Martin vice president and SBIRS program manager.

"SBIRS has been providing outstanding global coverage for the Air Force, and migration to the modernized A2100 will help keep SBIRS ahead of America's adversaries while dramatically reducing costs and cycle times."

The modernized A2100 builds on a flight-proven bus that is the foundation for more than 40 satellites in orbit today. Through an internally-funded, multi-year modernization effort, Lockheed Martin has enhanced the spacecraft's power, propulsion and electronics, while also adopting the latest advanced manufacturing techniques to decrease production costs and timelines.



Kremlin Focuses on Alleged US Plans to Aim Missiles at Russia's Nukes

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jun 09, 2015 - Moscow is paying much attention to US press reports about Washington's possible deployment of nuclear missiles that can threaten Russia's nuclear potential.

Mocow has directed much of its attention on US press reports about Washington's possible deployment of nuclear missiles capable of threatening Russia's nuclear potential and will first analyze them before making any assessments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

"Of course, we paid attention to these reports from the press. We first need to analyze these reports, this information before we give any type of assessment, but we have of course placed much attention on these reports," Peskov told journalists.

Earlier media reports suggested that the United States was considering deploying missile systems in Europe as a response to an alleged violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by Moscow.

The United States is suspecting Russian authorities of testing ground-launched cruise missiles with a range that is not allowed by the treaty.

The INF Treaty bans nuclear and conventional ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,400 miles).

Russia, in its turn, has reminded of alleged violations of the treaty by the United States by placing missile defense launchers in Poland and Romania, which, in Moscow's view, could be used to deploy Tomahawk cruise missiles.




Boecore to support Army missile defense

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Colorado Springs (UPI) Jun 10, 2015 - The U.S. military has contracted Boecore Inc. to provide technical, advisory and operational support to missile defense and strategic commands.

The Space and Missile Defense Advisory and Assistance Services contract is from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. It is a multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award and worth $496 million over a five-year period. Boecore is one of four awardees of the contract.

Its services -- to be performed primarily in Colorado, Alabama, Texas and the National Capital Region -- will be in the areas of missile defense, global strike, cyber operations, warfighter training, friendly force tracking and commercial imagery, among others.

"Winning this contract allows Boecore to further support SMDC/ARSTRAT by providing exceptional technical capabilities and expertise in support of their mission needs," said Kathy Boe, CEO of Boecore.

Boecore Inc. is a woman-owned small business specializing in cybersecurity, software solutions, systems engineering, enterprise networks and mission operations.



Germany opts for MEADS missile defence system

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Berlin (AFP) June 9, 2015 - The German government has decided to buy the MEADS missile defence system built by European defence group MBDA and Lockheed Martin, instead of the Patriot system made by Raytheon, the defence ministry announced on Tuesday.

German media reports put the value of the contract at several billions of euros.

After long years of deliberation, the German army finally opted for the next-generation Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) made by MBDA, which is a consortium that includes Italy's Finmeccanica SpA, Airbus Group and Britain's BAE Systems Plc, the ministry said in a statement.

It will replace by 2025 the current Patriot system, used by Germany since 1989.

US-based Raytheon had also been in the bidding for the new contract, with an updated version of Patriot.

The number of units that the German army wants to buy was not yet disclosed, but media reports put it at eight or ten.

German news agency DPA said Berlin had already poured four billion euros into the project's development and could invest "three or four billion euros more."

MEADS is a mobile surface-to-air missile system designed to ward off attacks from tactical ballistic missiles and aircraft.

In 2014, developers announced that a MEADS unit had a 360-degree firing arc, and so could successfully deflect simultaneous rocket attacks from different directions.

The choice, taken against a backdrop of budget cutbacks within the army, angered the opposition, with the far-left Linke party slamming it as a "new waste of billions of taxpayers' money," while the environmentalist Green party said the government was "throwing money out of the window."

The decision comes at a time of mounting criticism of the Bundeswehr's faulty and outdated equipment.

Even its standard G36 assault rifle was revealed to have serious technical flaws.

Recent media reports revealed serious problems with several types of aircraft crippling Germany's military abilities at a time when the country is considering greater international engagement.



Northrop's battle command system brings down ballistic missile target

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) May 28, 2015 - The integrated air and missile defense Battle Command System downed a ballistic missile in its first flight test by Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Army.

The test on Thursday was conducted using the IAMD BCS, a Patriot system radar and two adapted Patriot launchers connected at the component level to the IBCS integrated fire control network, Northrop Grumman said.

Using measurement data from the Patriot radar, the IBCS track manager established a composite track on the ballistic missile, the IBCS mission control software assessed the track as a threat and presented an engagement solution. The engagement operations center operator then used the IBCS mission control software to command the launches of two Patriot PAC-2 interceptor missiles to destroy the target in flight.

"IBCS is crucial to the Army vision for an IAMD C2 [command and control] capability across all echelons and AMD assets, including joint systems," said Brig. Gen. (P) L. Neil Thurgood, Army program executive officer, Missiles and Space. "The success of IBCS allows our ability to acquire needed radars and interceptors to plug into our architecture without having to buy entire systems and to optimize the sensor/shooter relationship to the target.

"Additionally, IBCS allows for a single AMD C2 that is tailorable at every echelon and reduces the training burden while enhancing mission success."

Northrop Grumman's IBCS is to replace seven legacy command-and-control systems to provide a single integrated air picture, reduce single points of failure and offer the flexibility for deployment of smaller force packages. The networking sensors and interceptors – instead of linking them -- provides wider area surveillance and broader protection areas.

IBCS's open systems architecture allows integration of current and future sensors and weapon systems and enables interoperability with joint C2 and the U.S. ballistic missile defense system.



US Defense Department to Deploy Radar in Alaska to Protect Pacific Coast

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 28, 2015 - The Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) will tentatively be deployed in the US state of Alaska to improve defense capabilities of the US west coast, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.

"Clear Air Force Station, an Air Force Space Command radar station located in central Alaska, has been tentatively identified as the preferred location for the LRDR," the statement, issued on Friday, said.

The Department of Defense added that the new radar will "increase the capacity of the ground-based midcourse defense inventory of interceptors in Alaska and California."

The LRDR will also serve as a midcourse sensor for the US Ballistic Missile Defense System and will help to better address potential countermeasures.

The radar, which is pending completion of required environmental and safety studies, is scheduled to start working in 2020, according to the statement.

The final decision on the radar's location will be made after the environmental impact analysis has been completed, the Defense Department added.

In June 2014, US Missile Defense Agency Vice Admiral James Syring said the radar project is "absolutely vital" to the United States amid military threats and rhetoric coming from North Korea.

Source: Sputnik News



US Aegis Ships Could Pose Threat to Russia

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 25, 2015 - Russian Embassy to Washington Counselor Alexander Trofimov says that US Navy Aegis ships based in Europe could secretly carry cruise missiles threatening Russia.

US Navy Aegis ships based in Europe could secretly carry cruise missiles threatening Russia, Russian Embassy to Washington Counselor Alexander Trofimov told a Congressional roundtable discussion on missile defense in Europe in the US Congress.

"Aegis can fire [anti-ballistic missile] interceptors and attack [cruise] missiles like the Tomahawk," Trofimov said on Wednesday.

Trofimov explained the defensive interceptors and offensive Tomahawk cruise missiles would be vertically deployed on the ships, making it difficult for air or space reconnaissance to identify them.

On May 1, 2015, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter joined two other destroyers, USS Donald Cook and USS Ross, at the Naval Station Rota in Spain as part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense (BMD).

A fourth Arleigh Burke-class warship, the USS Carney, will join them later in 2015.

All four ships have had their Aegis combat systems upgraded to handle BMD threats.

Trofimov said the deployment was continuing without any US-Russian dialogue to address Moscow's concerns that it was threatening the power balance in Europe.

"The new missile defense deployment is not just about missile defense. It is about threats to strategic stability," the diplomat said.

US President Barack Obama approved the EPAA in 2009. The EPAA uses mobile radars and interceptors mounted on Aegis-class Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

Source: Sputnik News



US, NATO Have 'No Plans' to Place Missile Defense Systems in Ukraine

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎10:16:57 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 22, 2015 - Ukrainian National Security Service Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said earlier on Wednesday that Ukraine may hold consultations to place missile defense systems on its territory to ensure security against nuclear threats.

"I don't think we are exactly sure what they were referring to," Harf said. "NATO ballistic missile defense plans are well-known. All existing and planned elements are on NATO territory."

NATO's missile defense is not directed against Russia, but against threats from the Middle East, Harf said.

"There is no offer or plan to place US or NATO ballistic missile defense systems in Ukraine."

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that if Ukraine deployed elements of US missile defense systems on its territory, then Russia would need to respond in order to ensure its own security.

Source: Sputnik News


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