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 Introduction:

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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**K-HOUSE ARTICLES**
Strategic Trends Advanced Weaponry by Dr. Steve Elwart

Technology The Future of Warfare by Dr. Steve Elwart

Russia's Nuclear Gamble by Steve Elwart

Cyber Warfare: Today's Nukes by Steve Elwart, Senior Analyst Koinonia Institute

Losing Our Freedom, Bit by Bit: The Unseen War by Steve Elwart, IDB Folio Specialist

 


**ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS AND LINKS**
Note: These links are provided for your further research and education. Koinonia House does not necessarily agree with the information on these sites or support the specific organizations.

Documents

Overview of State-Sponsored Terrorism - Patterns of Global Terrorism: 1999
E-BOMB - Popular Mechanics - September 2001
Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs - U.S. Government White Paper, released February 13, 1998
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty -

Related Sites

Third Person Tests Positive for Anthrax in Florida - 2001-10-10
Tactical nukes deployed in Afghanistan - Military sources say Bush, Putin agree on weaponry - WND.com - 2001-10-07
Advice from Baghdad - Iraq says U.S. needs to 'think over what happened' on 9-11 - Reported to have nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons
Patterns of Global Terrorism - 1999 - State Department - Released April 2000
Weapons of Mass Destruction - Bureau of Nonproliferation

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Kerry Appeals to Congress to ‘Hold Off’ on New Iran Sanctions - Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to Congress to “hold off” on new sanctions against Iran, testifying Tuesday that such legislation would be “gratuitous” and could give Tehran an excuse to “flout” the recently struck nuclear deal.

 

Now Lloyd’s of London Warns of EMP - Lloyd’s of London, the world’s specialist insurance company providing services to companies in more than 200 countries, has issued a dire warning of the potential consequences of an electromagnetic pulse event from a solar storm. Lloyd’s study, titled “Solar Storm Risk to the North American Electric Grid,” centered on the highly populated region from New York City to Washington, D.C., but added that other high-risk regions are in the Midwest and in regions along the Gulf Coast.

 

Revealed: Iran’s Secret Nuke Deal with China, N. Korea - Iran is well launched on two programs with North Korean and Chinese help to develop nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems with the goal of having both ready in less than a year, according to an intelligence officer of the regime.

 

Aircraft Carriers Could Manufacture Weapons on the Go - The Armed Forces Journal brings word of a systematic implementation of 3D-printed warfare. According to Lieutenant Commander Michael Llenza writing in the Armed Forces Journal, the Navy’s future lies in converting aircraft carriers into “floating factories,” each carrying a fleet of 3D printers to churn out weapons, drones, and even shelters at a moment’s notice.

 

Putin Defends Missiles For Syria - Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his plan to supply missiles to Syria’s government, hours after the United Nations urged against all weapons transfers to the war-torn country. A U.N. commission report called on the international community to restrict arms transfers to the country, saying it would only worsen a conflict that has hit “new levels of cruelty and brutality.”

 


 

 

 

 

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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

UAVs Reach New Heights With Warsaw Polytechnic and LockMart Partnership

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Mar 21, 2014
Lockheed Martin and Politechnika Warszawska (Warsaw Polytechnic) will jointly conduct an advanced applied research program in the field of integration between manned and unmanned airborne platform systems. The program adds to Lockheed Martin's already strong industrial and academic partnerships in Poland to motivate young Polish engineers to address tomorrow's defense and industrial needs.
 

US gains additional protection against ballistic missiles

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Mar 21, 2014
The U.S. will soon have another system to defend against ballistic missiles. Raytheon delivered its ninth AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to the Missile Defense Agency, six months ahead of schedule. AN/TPY-2 is an integral element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. It is a mobile X-band radar that helps protect civilians and infrastructure in the U.S., deployed warfighters,
 

Boeing Phantom Swift Selected for DARPA X-Plane Competition

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
St. Louis MO (SPX) Mar 21, 2014
Phantom Swift, a prototype Boeing initially built in less than a month, has been accepted to be part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-plane program. DARPA is trying to mature a new aircraft configuration capable of both efficient hover and high-speed cruise. "Proving these capabilities in a single aircraft has been the holy
 

Orbit Logic Delivers Collection Planning Software to New Customer

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2014
Orbit Logic has announced that they will deliver their Collection Planning and Analysis Workstation (CPAW) software to an undisclosed customer for an upcoming satellite imaging system. The customer will initially use CPAW for analysis to help refine the design of their imaging system as well as demonstrate system capabilities to potential customers. CPAW will later be deployed for lights-o
 

'StratoBus' drone-satellite hybrid to provide new level of surveillance

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Mar 21, 2014
A new project of an autonomous airship - a hybrid between a drone and a satellite - has been developed in France. The 'StratoBus' dirigible drone will be able to carry out long endurance observation operating at an altitude of about 20 kilometers. The new breed of autonomous zeppelin has a mission of "observation, security, telecommunications, broadcasting, and navigation," developers said
 

Lockheed Martin's DAGR Missile Scores a Perfect 16 of 16 in Flight Tests for US Army

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Orlando FL (SPX) Mar 21, 2014
Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the ability of its DAGR missile to launch from an Apache AH-64D helicopter and repeatedly hit the target during a series of Air Worthiness Release (AWR) live firing flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The AWR tests demonstrated DAGR's capability as an air-launched weapon. In each of the 16 flight tests, a DAGR missile locked onto the laser spot
 

Northrop Grumman Delivers Global Hawk Early and On Cost

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
San Diego CA (SPX) Mar 21, 2014
Northrop Grumman delivered a Global Hawk Block 40 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to the U.S. Air Force at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., ahead of schedule, Feb. 14. This is the second aircraft delivered as part of Global Hawk's Lot 10 contract, joining a Block 30 system delivered four months early in November of last year. Two additional aircraft, a final Block 30 and Block 40, will arr
 

NSA: Snowden does disservice to whistle-blowers

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Vancouver (AFP) March 20, 2014
NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett on Thursday spoke out against former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, saying he does a disservice to whistle blowers. Ledgett took aim at Snowden in a hastily arranged video-link to a prestigious TED conference where Snowden had appeared in similar fashion two days earlier. "We didn't realize that he was going to show up, so kudos to you guys fo
 

Claims that British soldiers unlawfully killed Iraqis withdrawn

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
London (AFP) March 20, 2014
There is "insufficient material" to prove that British soldiers unlawfully killed Iraqi civilians following a vicious battle in 2004, lawyers for families of the alleged victims told a British public inquiry on Thursday. The Al-Sweady Inquiry is investigating claims that British troops committed abuses in the aftermath of a notorious firefight near the town of Majar al-Kabir, southwest Iraq,
 

Syria regime forces seize famed Crusader fort: state TV

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Damascus (AFP) March 20, 2014
Syrian regime forces seized renowned Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers on Thursday, state television said, after deadly fighting with rebels in the area near the border with Lebanon. "The Syrian Arab Army raises the flag of the nation over the Krak des Chevaliers castle in Homs province, after crushing the terrorists who were holed up there," the television said. A private Lebanese cha
 

Gunmen storm Ukrainian warship in Crimea: spokesman

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Sevastopol (AFP) March 20, 2014
Ukraine's defence ministry on Thursday said around 20 gunmen seized a Ukrainian warship, the Ternopil, in the port of Sevastopol in Crimea. "The ship has been taken," Vladislav Seleznyov, the defence ministry's spokesman in Crimea, said on his Facebook page, after earlier telling AFP: "The assault has begun". On Facebook, Seleznyov said pro-Moscow militiamen and Russian soldiers cordoned
 

French intelligence agents spy on Orange customer data: report

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) March 20, 2014
The French intelligence agency in charge of military and electronic spying is massively collecting data and monitoring networks of telecoms giant Orange, Le Monde newspaper reported in its Friday edition. "The DGSE can read, like an open book, the origin and destination of all communications of Orange customers," the paper said. Monitoring operations were being carried out without any e
 

Russia promises not to attack east Ukraine: US

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 20, 2014
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu promised his US counterpart Chuck Hagel in a telephone call Thursday that Moscow would not assault eastern Ukraine. Hagel voiced concern about Russian military movements but Shoigu assured him that "the troops he has arrayed along the border are there to conduct exercises only and they have no intention of crossing the border into Ukraine and that they
 

France delays decision on warships sale to Russia

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) March 20, 2014
France on Thursday resisted pressure to suspend the controversial sale of two Mistral warships to Russia over the Crimea crisis, insisting it would not make any decision before October. "The delivery of the first boat is due in October, so the question of a suspension will arise in October," Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. Britain and Germany have both this week suspended milit
 

Michelle Obama in China for week-long tour

 
‎21 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:39 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) March 20, 2014
Michelle Obama arrived in Beijing on Thursday, kicking off a week-long tour which US officials say is focused deliberately on soft issues in a bid to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China. Accompanied by her daughters and mother, the US first lady's visit will take her to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior scul
 

Russia's intervention in Crimea part of wider strategy: NATO

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 19, 2014
The head of NATO said Wednesday the alliance was worried Russia could extend its intervention beyond Crimea into eastern Ukraine and that the crisis reflected a wider "strategy" by Moscow to exert control in the region. "Our major concern right now is whether he (President Vladimir Putin) will go beyond Crimea, whether Russia will intervene in the eastern parts. . ." of Ukraine, Secretary Ge
 

Ukraine severs key ties with Russia over Crimea

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Kiev (AFP) March 19, 2014
Ukraine announced plans Wednesday to drop out of a key post-Soviet alliance and slap entry visas on Russians while also preparing for a possible Crimean withdrawal following the Kremlin's absorption of the peninsula. Kiev's first firm response to Russia's claim to the strategic Black Sea peninsula came as a deadline expired on an ultimatum set by the acting president for Crimea's separatist
 

Syria air force pounds Damascus suburb, breaking truce: NGO

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Damascus (AFP) March 19, 2014
Syria's air force bombarded a suburb northwest of Damascus on Wednesday, killing eight people and violating a truce that had been in place since October, a monitoring group said. "Seven men have been killed in air strikes targeting the edges of Qudsaya, and an eighth man was shot dead by an army sniper," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Among the dead were an unknown number
 

Walker's World: Sanctions and Putin

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2013
We are about to see whether the successful use of sanctions against Iran can be repeated, and whether they will have sufficient impact to make the Russia of Vladimir Putin draw back from the Ukraine crisis. Europe and the United States are expected to announce Monday the form of sanctions they intend to apply if Russia goes ahead with the annexation of Crimea after the Sunday referendum
 

US, S. Korea to launch massive landing drill

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 20, 2014
More than 10,000 US troops will participate in a large-scale landing drill in South Korea next week, the US military said Thursday, days after North Korea test-fired 25 projectiles in apparent protest at the continuing joint exercises. The drill, code-named Ssang Yong ("Twin Dragons") and billed by local news media as one of the largest-ever of amphibious landing exercises by the two allies,
 

Tears and threats as Ukrainians quit navy HQ

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Sevastopol (AFP) March 19, 2014
Ukrainian servicemen filed out of navy headquarters in Sevastopol on Wednesday with tears in their eyes after the base was seized by pro-Moscow militants, Russian troops and Cossack forces. The assault began when some 200 unarmed militants - some of them in balaclavas - sawed through a fence and overran the base before heavy heavily armed Russian troops and Cossacks arrived on the scene.
 

Crimean militias storm bases, arrest Ukraine navy chief

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Sevastopol (AFP) March 19, 2014
Pro-Russian forces seized two Crimean navy bases and captured Ukraine's naval chief on Wednesday as Moscow tightened its grip on the flashpoint peninsula despite Western warnings its "annexation" would not go unpunished. Dozens of despondent Ukrainian soldiers - one of them in tears - filed out of the Ukraine's main navy headquarters in the historic Black Sea port city of Sevastopol after
 

Germany halts major arms deal with Russia

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Berlin (AFP) March 19, 2014
Germany on Wednesday halted a major deal to provide a fully equipped training camp to Russian forces, saying any arms trading with Moscow was currently "indefensible". Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced the suspension of the Rheinmetall project as Moscow tightened its grip on the flashpoint Crimean peninsula. The German government said in a statement it was in touch with the defenc
 

Iraq violence kills 37 nationwide

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) March 19, 2014
Violence across Iraq, including shelling and clashes in a militant-held city on Baghdad's doorstep, killed 37 people on Wednesday amid a protracted surge in bloodletting with polls looming next month. The bloodletting also wounded dozens more as the authorities struggle with the country's worst unrest since 2008, when it was just emerging from a brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian war that killed
 

China's Xi heads to Europe as Ukraine crisis heats up

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) March 20, 2014
China's Xi Jinping embarks on his first European tour as president Saturday, with the continent gripped by a diplomatic frenzy over Beijing ally Moscow's absorption of Crimea from Ukraine. The four-country trip comes shortly after China lodged a rare abstention on a Western-backed UN Security Council resolution condemning the weekend's Crimea referendum, rather than vetoing it along with Rus
 

Spain judge draws fire over Iraq killing case

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Madrid (AFP) March 19, 2014
A judge in Spain drew criticism Wednesday for defying the government by pushing on with an investigation into the 2003 killing of a Spanish journalist by US fire in Iraq. Judge Santiago Pedraz at the National Court had refused on Monday to shelve the case of Jose Couso, a Spanish cameraman killed in Baghdad, despite a recent reform to restrict such probes. Pedraz in 2010 issued internati
 

Iran will not give up uranium enrichment: Rouhani

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) March 19, 2014
President Hassan Rouhani insisted Wednesday that Iran would not abandon its enrichment of uranium, after US senators called for it to be denied any such right under a long-term nuclear deal. "The world has admitted that Iran is, and will be, among the countries which have nuclear technology, including enrichment, and there is no doubt about this for anyone," state media quoted Rouhani as tel
 

US Congress to Obama: Stand tough on Iran

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 18, 2014
An overwhelming majority of US lawmakers Tuesday demanded President Barack Obama hold the line on Iran, as a permanent agreement regarding the Islamic republic's contested nuclear program is under negotiation in Vienna. In bipartisan letters, House and Senate members sent wish lists to the president specifying what they wanted to see in any final deal, namely that Iran never gain ability to
 

Google's Page says US online spying threatens democracy

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Vancouver (AFP) March 20, 2014
Google co-founder Larry Page on Wednesday condemned US government snooping on the Internet as a threat to democracy. His comments came during an on-stage chat at a prestigious Technology Entertainment Design gathering, where a day earlier fellow Google founder Sergey Brin had a virtual encounter with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. A photo of Brin smiling with a robot rem
 

US Intel program targets email addresses, not keywords

 
‎20 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:26:21 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 19, 2014
The US government's clandestine PRISM Internet program exposed by Edward Snowden targets suspect email addresses and phone numbers but does not search for keywords like terrorism, officials said Wednesday. Top lawyers of the country's intelligence apparatus including the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation participated Wednesday in a public hearing on the controversi
 

VTOL X-Plane Program Takes Off

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 19, 2014
For generations, new designs for vertical takeoff and landing aircraft have remained unable to increase top speed without sacrificing range, efficiency or the ability to do useful work. DARPA's VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program seeks to overcome these challenges through innovative cross-pollination between the fixed-wing and rotary-wing worlds, to enable radical improvements in vert
 

Russia, US set aside Ukraine crisis for Iran nuclear talks

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) March 18, 2014
Russia, the United States and other world powers put their sharp differences over Ukraine to one side on Tuesday as they held their latest nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna. The gathering is the second in a series of meetings aiming to transform by July a November interim deal into a lasting accord that resolves for good the decade-old standoff and removes the threat of war. So far, desp
 

Vietnam leader warns against use of force in territorial rows

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) March 18, 2014
Vietnam's president on Tuesday warned against the use of force in territorial disputes as his nation and its neighbours lock horns with an increasingly assertive China over competing claims in the South China Sea. President Truong Tan Sang made the comments in Japan's parliament during a four-day visit. "Vietnam has always maintained these principles over maritime disputes - resolution
 

US commander emphasises Philippine alliance, amid China row

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) March 18, 2014
The US Pacific commander Tuesday emphasised the Philippines' importance as a military ally, as Filipino forces were involved in an increasingly tense standoff with Chinese ships in the South China Sea. "Our 62-year alliance with the Philippines remains key to our efforts to ensure the stability and prosperity of the Western Pacific," Rear Admiral Robert Thomas told reporters in Manila. H
 

Submit or leave: Kiev's soldiers under siege in Crimea

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Perevalne, Ukraine (AFP) March 18, 2014
Russian soldiers dig trenches and set up mortars on a hillside overlooking the Ukrainian military base of Perevalne in Crimea. Inside, soldiers loyal to Kiev are facing a painful dilemma - desert and submit to the new authorities or leave the peninsula. Crimea's separatist parliament this week ordered the "dissolution" of these military units in Crimea as part of a declared nationalisat
 

USAF Declares Initial Operational Capability Of Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Orlando, FL (SPX) Mar 19, 2014
The U.S. Air Force declared initial operational capability (IOC) for Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod - Sensor Enhancement (ATP-SE) and has now deployed the system to support combat operations in theater. An enhanced configuration of Sniper ATP, Sniper ATP-SE provides U.S. Air Force strike fighter and bomber aircraft with advanced modes for non-traditional intell
 

India says report on '62 war with China to stay classified

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) March 18, 2014
India's defence ministry said Tuesday a controversial report about the country's defeat by China in a brief, bloody 1962 border war would remain classified due to its "sensitive" nature. The comments came after excerpts from the Henderson Brooks Report analysing the causes of India's defeat were reportedly uploaded on the Internet by veteran Australian journalist Neville Maxwell. The rep
 

Syria creates 'space agency' despite war

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Damascus (AFP) March 18, 2014
Syria's government on Tuesday decided to establish a "space agency" to conduct scientific research despite the civil war that has torn the country apart and devastated its economy. State news agency SANA said the cabinet had approved a project to create the so-called Syrian Space Agency, "with the goal of using space technology for exploration and observing the earth." SANA said the gove
 

NSA can retrieve, replay phone calls: report

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 18, 2014
America's National Security Agency has technology that is capable of recording the phone calls of an entire country and replaying them later, a report based on leaked documents said Tuesday. The Washington Post, citing papers released by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said the eavesdropping agency's equipment functions like a time machine by being able to reach into the past.
 

US student arrested on terror charge, eyed LA attack

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Los Angeles (AFP) March 18, 2014
A California student was held on the US-Canada border Monday and accused of plotting to help a terror group and join Al-Qaeda, as well as talking about attacking Los Angeles, officials said. Nicholas Teausant, 20, who was allegedly planning to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The Nationa
 

France warns Russia on warships as EU mulls tougher sanctions

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) March 18, 2014
France said Tuesday it could suspend its controversial sale of warships to Russia in the event of sanctions against Russia being escalated over Moscow's action in Ukraine. But Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the billion euro ($1.4 billion) contract, which supports 1,000 French jobs, would only be put on the line if other European Union governments were also prepared to agree to action w
 

Militant Islamist group backs China station attack: SITE

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) March 18, 2014
A militant Islamist group has voiced support for a mass stabbing at a Chinese railway station that killed 29 people, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organisations, said Tuesday. The Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) released a video online about the March 1 attack at Kunming railway station in the southwestern province of Yunnan. It described the assault as an
 

Israel's Yaalon in U-turn on Iran strike: report

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) March 18, 2014
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has hardened his stance on Iran following developments in nuclear talks with the West and would now back a unilateral Israeli strike, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Yaalon also accused Washington of "demonstrating weakness" in the Ukraine crisis in comments published by Haaretz newspaper. Known for his hawkish views on the Middle East peace talks,
 

Ukraine PM says no plans to join NATO

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Kiev (AFP) March 18, 2014
Ukraine's new Western-backed prime minister said Tuesday that the ex-Soviet country had no plans to join NATO following last month's fall of a pro-Kremlin regime. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk delivered a special address to the nation designed to ease tensions between Ukrainian nationalists who spearheaded three months of protests against the pro-Moscow authorities and Russian speakers wh
 

Robot Snowden promises more US spying revelations

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:00 PMGo to full article
Vancouver (AFP) March 18, 2014
Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden emerged from his Russian exile Tuesday in the form of a remotely-controlled robot to promise more sensational revelations about US spying programs. The fugitive's face appeared on a screen as he maneuvered the wheeled android around a stage at the TED gathering, addressing an audience in Vancouver without ever leaving his secret hideaway. "T
 

Xi, Obama to meet at nuclear summit: China

 
‎18 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:00 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) March 17, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama will hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in the Netherlands next week, China's foreign ministry said Monday. The NSS, first held in 2010 in Washington and again in Seoul in 2012, is to take place in The Hague next Monday and Tuesday. A theme of this year's meeting is preventing nuclear terro
 

North Korea fires 25 rockets into sea

 
‎18 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:00 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 16, 2014
North Korea test-fired 25 rockets into the sea on Sunday, South Korea's defence ministry said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington. The rockets were fired off the North's east coast and flew about 70 kilometres (42 miles) over the Sea of Japan (East Sea), a ministry spokesman said. The ministry said 10 rockets were fired at 6:20 pm (0
 

Obama tells Abbas risks for peace are needed

 
‎18 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:00 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2014
US President Barack Obama on Monday told Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that both he and Israeli leaders must make tough political decisions and take "risks" for peace. Meeting Obama at the White House, Abbas said Israel's release of a fourth tranche of Palestinian prisoners by March 29 would show how serious Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was about extending peace talks. "As I said
 

S. Korea urges North to stop 'provocative' rocket tests

 
‎18 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:00 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2014
South Korea urged North Korea Monday to stop what it called "provocative" and potentially dangerous rocket and missile tests, a day after Pyongyang test-fired 25 projectiles into the sea. The North Sunday fired the volley of rockets into the Sea of Japan (East Sea), the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks that have sparked criticism from Seoul and Washington. The show of forc
 

Michelle Obama looks to ease mistrust on China trip

 
‎18 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:00 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2014
Michelle Obama will look to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China through a weeklong tour of the Asian power focused deliberately on soft issues, officials said Monday. Accompanied by her two daughters and mother, the US first lady will head Wednesday on a tour to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures o
 
 

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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.

Session Listing

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.

Isaiah 43 - 44

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.”

 The Gap Theory.

Isaiah 46 - 48

Babylon, the Pride of the Caldeans.

Isaiah 49 - 51

The Restoration of Israel. Vision of the Kingdom Age.

Session Listing

Isaiah 52 (and Acts 8)

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

in Acts Chapter 8. The Mercy Seat.

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.

Isaiah 63

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:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8ckrAKs_MA&feature=related  -   Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP2qbOr6HqI&feature=related  -     Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxAGnDG0e0k&feature=related -    Part 3

 

 

 




 
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Robotic Weapons - Chuck MIssler

In this segment, Chuck Missler discusses the use of robotic weapons. This segment comes from "The Hybrid Age" briefing pack recorded in 2011 and pu...

 

 

News About Missiles

US to continue technology development against ballistic missile threat

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Washington (XNA) Mar 10, 2014 - The United States will continue developing technology and equipment against growing ballistic missile threats around the world, a senior defense official said Tuesday.

Besides the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran, an increasing number of nations are testing ballistic missiles, said Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the U.S. Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency.

"And the capability of these ballistic missiles is increasing as well," he told the Defense Technologies and Requirements Conference, adding that his agency has briefed the U.S. Congress on the threats the United States faces.

He said the DPRK's demonstration of its ability to put a payload into space "means something," and continues to develop.

Syring detailed the agency's ballistic missile defense ship fleet, the Patriot system, ground-based interceptors, Standard Missile-3s, the Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense System and Sea-based Terminal Defense.

He said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent budget preview will support strengthening homeland defense.

This includes deploying an additional 14 interceptors at Fort Greeley, Alaska, which will be fielded before the end of 2017.

The official noted that his agency is also planning to deploy an additional radar in Japan's Kyogamisaki air defense base.

He also talked about a new ground-based interceptor site in one of four potential locations, and said the environmental impact statement process is ongoing for the potential sites.

Officials will focus on those four sites over the next 24 months, Syring said, and develop a contingency plan from a schedule cost and technical standpoint for building a site at any of the four locations.

"We are taking these steps to stay ahead of the challenges posed by Iran and the DPRK in terms of what they're doing with the longer-range ballistic missile defense capability," he added.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

 

 

Israel says long-range rockets aboard 'Iran arms ship'

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Eilat, Israel (AFP) March 09, 2014 - Israel said Sunday it had found 40 long-range rockets aboard a ship it intercepted in the Red Sea, charging that it carried weapons sent by Iran to Gaza Strip militants.

A statement from the Israeli military said the M-302 rockets with a range of 160 kilometres (100 miles) were found in containers offloaded from the Panamanian-flagged Klos-C.

The vessel was intercepted by Israeli naval commandos on the high seas on Wednesday between Sudan and Eritrea and escorted to the Red Sea port of Eilat by two warships.

It arrived late on Saturday and was inspected and unloaded on Sunday in an operation dubbed "Full Disclosure".

A statement said security forces searching the Klos-C had found "40 rockets (type M-302), up to the range of 160 kilometres, 181 122mm mortar shells, approximately 400,000 7.62-calibre rounds".

It said the unloading and inspection of containers was carried out by a combined task-force including the Israeli Navy, the Combat Engineering Corps and the Ordnance Corps.

"Each one of these rockets poses a threat to the safety of the citizens of Israel -- each bullet and each rocket that was discovered had an Israeli address," army chief Lieutenant General Benny Gantz told sailors who took part in the operation.

"Our efforts in preventing the proliferation of weapons and the supply of critical components with strategic influence over the region is not over," Gantz said.

"There are many other missions ahead of us."

Iran has flatly denied any involvement with the shipment, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused the Islamic republic of "brazenly lying".

The premier and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon are due to attend a news conference in Eilat on Monday at which the weaponry will be put on display.

Public radio said ambassadors and military attaches would also be there to see the equipment "to prove to the world that Iran sends military aid to terrorist groups active in the Gaza Strip".

- 'Iran brazenly lying' -

Netanyahu accused Tehran of "brazenly lying" over its involvement in the shipment, in remarks he said were directed at EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who is in Iran.

"I'd like to ask her if she asked her Iranian hosts about the delivery of weapons to the terror groups, and if she didn't, why not?" he said at the weekly cabinet meeting.

"Nobody has the right to ignore the real, murderous actions of the regime in Tehran," he added.

Ashton's visit, the first by a EU foreign affairs chief since 2008, comes after Iran signed a preliminary deal in November with world powers under which it agreed to curb its disputed nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Israel was harshly critical of the interim nuclear agreement with Iran and is pushing hard for world powers to keep a series of crippling economic sanctions in place.

The West and Israel have long suspected Iran of using its nuclear energy programme as a cover for developing atomic weapons, a charge Iran denies.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday rejected the Israeli allegation of Tehran's involvement in the weapons shipment.

The ship's seizure coincided with a high-profile trip to the US by Netanyahu.

"Netanyahu is in Washington... and all of a sudden as a godsend, they capture a ship from Iran with missiles. Just a coincidence?" Zarif said in Jakarta, adding that "it is a lie".

If fired from Gaza, rockets with a range of 160 kilometres could easily reach Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu told public radio Israel would not hesitate to stage further interceptions of weapons shipments.

"We are going to prove that Iran organises secret operations to arm terrorist groups in Gaza," he said.

The Islamist Hamas movement ruling Gaza, as well as the militant group Islamic Jihad, have denied they are linked to the weapons shipment.

And Sudan, where Israel said the weapons were to be offloaded before being shipped overland to Gaza via Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, has also denied any involvement.

 

 

Raytheon awarded contract for Patriot

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury, MA (SPX) Mar 05, 2014 - Raytheon has received a $655 million contract for new-production fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Kuwait. These units are an addition to the Patriot fire units Kuwait currently owns to counter current and evolving threats.

Awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as a Foreign Military Sale agreement, the contract includes new Patriot fire units with increased computing power and radar processing efficiency, improved man-machine interface and reduced life-cycle costs.

"We continue to see an increased interest in and demand for the advanced Patriot as the system is called to duty in hot spots around the world," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"Kuwait is part of Patriot's current family of 12 nations that have already selected Patriot as the cornerstone of their air and missile defense strategy. Their decision to further strengthen their defenses with technologically advanced new production fire units reaffirms our strong partnership and their trust in Patriot to protect Kuwait's people and critical infrastructure."

Work under this contract will be performed at Raytheon's Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass., supported by a global team of Patriot system suppliers.

 

 

Lockheed Martin Adapts Missile Defense Analytics for Early Sepsis Detection

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Orlando FL (SPX) Feb 27, 2014 - Using analytical technology developed to detect launched missiles, Lockheed Martin has discovered a way to identify sepsis, a potentially fatal blood condition, between 14 to 16 hours earlier than physicians currently do.

"Vitals and lab data are, essentially, continuously updated streams of information - just like missile signals detected by our defense systems," explained Melanie Lang, Lockheed Martin business development lead within Information Systems and Global Solutions. "Lockheed Martin took insights from real-time, streaming sensor data, detecting missiles at mach speeds, and reapplied those same techniques to real-time patient data."

Lockheed Martin's analytic framework, called Sia, monitors changing signals from the body and provides alerts for anomaly detection. The same data analytic techniques used to diagnose sepsis may also be able to predict heart attacks, the onset of diabetes and blood clots. In addition to the health field, Sia can be applied to other disciplines in which continuously changing signals need to be processed quickly and accurately.

What separates Sia from current automated sepsis detection methods is its high rate of detection and low rate of false diagnosis. In an initial trial, 4,500 patients were tested for sepsis using Lockheed Martin's solution. It correctly alerted sepsis detection 90 percent of the time, while incorrectly labeling less than one percent of patients as potentially septic.

This is a significant improvement from the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) method for detecting sepsis. SIRS only detects sepsis in patients 69 percent of the time and will incorrectly flag 65 percent of uninfected patients, burdening hospital staff and resources.

"Lockheed Martin's solution leverages the best in science, clinical protocols and data processing to achieve unparalleled levels of detection accuracy," said Heather Lavoie, president of Geneia, a Capital Blue Cross subsidiary that focuses on health care innovations. "We see broad potential to use the Sia solution for early detection and high accuracy across numerous conditions to cost-effectively improve the health of our customers."

A leading cause of death in the United States, sepsis kills 258,000 people annually in the nation. A recent study labels it as the most expensive condition treated in hospitals today - accounting for more than $20 billion in annual costs to the U.S. healthcare system.

 

 

First US missile shield destroyer arrives in Europe

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Feb 12, 2014 - The first of four US Navy destroyers, the USS Donald Cook, set to be a cornerstone of NATO's European missile defense shield has arrived at the Spanish naval port of Rota, its new home. Russia says the system is a direct threat to its security.

The USS Donald Cook will be joined by three more Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, which all are fitted with the Aegis weapon system. Over the next two years the USS Ross, USS Porter and USS Carney will all be based at Rota in southern Spain.

"For the first time, a ship of the United States Navy equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile-defense system is permanently based in Europe," said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General. "The arrival of the USS Donald Cook marks a step forward for NATO, for European security, and for transatlantic cooperation."

The deployment of the four destroyers, known as the European Phased Adaptive Approach, is a centerpiece of the European missile defense shield, which will also include interceptor batteries in Poland and Romania, radar in Turkey and a command center at Ramstein in Germany, a US Air Force base.

US military interest in the Mediterranean has increased in recent years because of conflict and instability across the Middle East and North Africa.

"Permanently forward deploying four ships in Rota will enable us to be in the right place, not just at the right time, but all the time," US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a Defense Department statement when USS Cook left its home port in the US in January.

The four destroyers will also take part in other maritime security operations, NATO deployments and training exercises, the Defense Department said.

According to a NATO statement, the system is designed to "protect all NATO European populations and territory."Its advocates say it is necessary to protect Europe from the threat of Iranian missiles, as well as other so-called rogue states, such as North Korea.

Russia says the system is major threat to its own security and has threated to beef up its own nuclear arsenal in response.

The issue has become a major sticking point in relations between the two countries. Washington insists that Russia's fears are groundless.

When news first broke of the USS Cook's deployment to Spain, Russia reacted by saying that it may be forced to quit the START nuclear treaty.

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, was signed by the US and Russia in April 2010 and is planned to last until at least 2021. The treaty is designed to limit and gradually reduce the nuclear arsenals of both countries.

"We are concerned that the US is continuing to build up missile defense capability without considering the interests and concerns of Russia. Such a policy can undermine strategic stability and lead to a situation where Russia will be forced to exercise [its] right of withdrawal from the [START] treaty,"said Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's top disarmament official.

Ulyanov added that the legal basis for Moscow to withdraw from START is legislated for within the text of the agreement. The treaty explicitly describes the buildup of missile defense systems as "exceptional circumstances" that threaten "the potential of the Russian Federation's strategic nuclear forces."

Aleksey Pushkov, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has said that Russia's stance on the missile defense shield will only change if it is accepted into the program as an equal partner.

Russia is demanding legally binding obligations that the missile defense will not target its forces and therefore result in a shift in the strategic balance of forces. In response, Russian authorities have already ordered the deployment of short-range missiles to the country's western Kaliningrad enclave, which is situated between Poland and Lithuania, both NATO members.

Russia will not allow any nation to dominate it in military terms, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, said in a December speech to the country's Federal Assembly.

"We realize clearly that the AMD system is only called defensive, while in fact it is a significant part of the strategic offensive potential," he said.

Putin also announced that Russia is pouring resources into new strategic missiles as well as their launch systems, including new nuclear-powered submarines and strategic bombers as well as a space-based system for reconnaissance and targeting.

Source: Voice of Russia

 

 

NATO gets first US destroyer for missile shield

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Feb 11, 2014 - The first of four US high-tech destroyers arrived in Spain Tuesday to form a key part of a ballistic missile shield for Europe which Russia says directly threatens its security.

The USS Donald Cook took up station in the southern port of Rota from where it will operate as an anti-missile platform and take part in other tasks such as maritime security and NATO deployments, a statement said.

"For the first time, a ship of the United States Navy equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile-defence system is permanently based in Europe" NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

"The arrival of the USS Donald Cook marks a step forward for NATO, for European security, and for transatlantic cooperation," Rasmussen said.

Three other Aegis destroyers will be deployed over the next two years as the missile shield takes form after NATO agreed its deployment at a summit in 2010.

The system is designed to "protect all NATO European populations and territory," the statement said.

Supporters cited a major concern as being the threat to Europe from Iranian missiles, especially if Tehran were to acquire nuclear weapons.

Russia however says the system directly threatens its security and the issue has become a major bone of contention with Washington which in turn insists that Moscow's fears are groundless.

The Aegis ships will operate in tandem with land- and other air- and space-based systems to monitor for possible hostile missile launches and then direct missiles to destroy them.

 

 

Israeli leaders step up warnings of growing missile threat

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Feb 6, 2013 - Amid reports of an Israeli airstrike on advanced Russian-built S-300 air-defense missiles in the Syrian port of Latakia, military chiefs and missile specialists are delivering stark warnings of the 170,000 missiles and rockets they say are in the hands of the Jewish state's enemies.

If a new war erupts in a region that's currently ravaged by conflict and political turmoil, leading missile expert Uzi Rubin has made no bones about the "massive casualties" he says will be caused in Israeli cities.

He bluntly told a recent conference on missile defense held at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv that in the face of a sustained missile bombardment, the military would use its missile defense systems primarily to protect key bases rather than population centers "to preserve Israel's capability to fight a war and save lives as far as possible."

Rubin knows what's he talking about. He founded and directed Israel's Missile Defense Organization and headed the program that developed the high-altitude Arrow missile, the top layer of Israel's multitier missile defense system and designed to intercept Iranian ballistic missiles.

The scale of the threat was later spelled out by Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, director of military intelligence, who asserted Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Palestinian militants possess 170,000 missiles, everything from short-range unguided rockets to intermediate range ballistic missiles like Iran's Shehab-3b and the more advanced Sejjil-2 now being developed.

"For the first time in many decades, the enemy has the ability to drop considerable amounts on munitions on the cities of Israel," he warned, according to the Times of Israel daily.

In the past, he observed, Israel's air force was able to counter the threat, but the sheer scale of the missile power in the hands of Israel's adversaries means that's no longer so.

Worse, it pretty much sidelines the military's ground forces with their big battalions, tanks and artillery.

These disclosures of the scale of the missile threat are clearly intended to prepare Israel's 7 million people for a war in which the entire civilian population will for the first time be on the front line.

People living in the Galilee region in northern Israel got a taste of this new kind of warfare in the summer of 2006, when Hezbollah unleashed nearly 4,000 missiles and rockets during the 34-day conflict. Now Hezbollah's reputed to have 45,000 missiles.

Those attacks by largely unguided rockets killed 54 Israelis. The Armaggedon-like scenario now envisaged by Israel's military will involve thousands of casualties if the missile bombardment is sustained for several weeks, as planners believe it will.

Rubin was quoted by the Jerusalem Post as warning that the Iranians and others are starting to upgrade these relatively primitive weapons "into smart rockets" that increase their lethality.

"The Iranians took the Zelzal-2 and turned it into a guided rocket," he said. "The third generation of it contains a homing sensor and a GPS.

"The Syrians can have this capability too, to create a fully guided M600 rocket with GPS. Hezbollah probably has these too."

The M600 carries a warhead of 1,100 pounds of high explosives. A guided version would be "devastating," Rubin said.

A barrage of guided weapons "can paralyze Israel's war economy," he said. "And of course it can inflict massive casualties."

Iran has long supplied Hezbollah with weapons through Syria. Now that Syria is torn by civil war, Israeli officials claim Tehran and Damascus have stepped up the transfer of advanced surface-to-surface and anti-aircraft systems to Hezbollah for use against the Jewish state.

Israel's air force is believed to have mounted four or five airstrikes against these weapons held in storage in Syria controlled by the embattled Damascus regime or out in the open as they were being transferred by road.

U.S. officials say Hezbollah, which has troops fighting alongside the Syrian regime, is now smuggling these missiles into Lebanon by breaking them down to disguise the loads.

Israel is highly secretive about the airstrikes and has never acknowledged them. But it fears it will eventually be dragged into the Syrian war, which is part of a wider conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The Lebanese military reported Israeli last week jets flying north to Syria. Soon after, explosions were reported in Latakia. Syrian rebels claimed a military warehouse containing S-300s was hit. Israel said nothing.

 

 

Israel shoots down rocket fired from Gaza: reports

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Feb 06, 2014 - Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system shot down a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip towards the southern city of Ashkelon on Thursday evening, media reports said.

Public radio and army radio both reported that there were no injuries or property damage.

They said another rocket fired by Gaza militants during the afternoon fell in open countryside.

The Israeli military could not immediately confirm either incident.

On Tuesday, Gaza's Hamas rulers said they had redeployed a 600-strong special security force tasked with preventing cross-border rocket fire, after reports it had pulled the unit back two days before.

Hamas spokesman Islam Shahwan said then that the militant Islamic movement would "not allow the occupation (Israel) to break off the ceasefire" that ended an eight-day, full-scale conflict with the Jewish state in November 2012.

The Hamas force was deployed on January 21, but withdrawn at the weekend as a protest after four Israeli air strikes on Hamas training camps in the strip.

While Hamas itself does not routinely fire rockets, Israel says it holds the group, which seized power in Gaza in 2007, responsible for such attacks.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews battle Israel police over the draft
Jerusalem (AFP) Feb 06, 2014 - Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews battled police across Israel on Thursday in a wave of protests against their young men being called up for military service.

Police said that around 3,000 protestors blocked main roads in Jerusalem, the ultra-Orthodox Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, the southern city of Ashdod and towns in central Israel.

An AFP photographer in Jerusalem said police fired water cannon at demonstrators who danced in the deluge.

They carried placards reading "Stop the ultra-Orthodox draft" and "Only in Israel is Bible study a criminal offence", she said.

Baton-wielding mounted officers charged stone-throwing protesters, she added.

Police said that at least 30 people were arrested for public disorder offences around the country, but there were no reports of injuries on either side.

The protests were sparked by cuts in government funding to Jewish theological seminaries, or yeshivas, and a crackdown on young ultra-Orthodox men seeking to avoid Israel's compulsory military draft.

The cabinet last year approved moves to end a practice under which tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox were exempted from military service if they were in full-time yeshiva study.

While new legislation is so far incomplete, the authorities are hardening enforcement of existing law.

Military service is compulsory in Israel, with men serving three years and women two. Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up roughly 10 percent of the country's population of just over eight million.

 

 

Israel to help India develop missile defense shield

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Feb 7, 2013 - Israel will collaborate with India, one of its key arms customers, to develop an integrated missile-defense system intended primarily to counter Chinese nuclear and conventional missiles, and Israeli defense industry executive said.

The U.S. Defense News weekly reports the program, approved by India's Defense Ministry, is a joint effort by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems with India's Defense Research and Development Organization, state-owned Bharat Dynamics Ltd and Bharat Electronics Ltd.

The enterprise sounds remarkably like the four-tier missile defense shield that the Jewish state has developed over the last few years -- accelerated by the 2006 war with Lebanon's Hezbollah, during which northern Israel was battered for 34 days by nearly 4,000 rockets, an unprecedented bombardment of civilian areas, with no defenses.

Defense News reported the proposed system will integrate India's long-range Prithvi air defense missile system, which is understood to be ready for deployment in 2015, with a mobile radar system being developed by BEL in partnership with IAI.

India's DRDO will work with IAI and Rafael on this program. India is currently expanding and upgrading its armed forces and is one of the world's biggest arms importers.

Defense News quoted a Rafael executive attending India's Defexpo defense show as saying the network will involve short-range and medium-range Israeli and Indian systems.

IAI, with heavy U.S. funding, developed the Arrow anti-ballistic system first deployed in 2000. Today, it's almost finished testing the Arrow-3 variant which it has developed with the Boeing Co. of the United States.

Arrow 3 is designed to intercept Iran's Shehab-3 and the more advanced Sejjil-2 ballistic weapons in space outside Earth's atmosphere. It's expected to become operational in 2016.

The larger Arrow-2, currently in service, operates at a lower altitude and will be used as back-up for Arrow 3 to intercept any hostile missiles that get past Arrow-3.

Rafael builds the mobile Iron Dome system, which counters short-range missiles like those used by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip against Israel.

Iron Dome, whose computer system can differentiate between rockets that will impact in populated areas and empty countryside, has by official Israeli tally destroyed 84.2 percent of all rockets it has engaged with its Tamir interceptors since it was deployed in early 2011.

Iron Dome is the bottom rung of the missile defense shield the Israelis are constructing.

Rafael is also developing another system known as David's Sling, which is designed to intercept medium-range missiles, as well as ballistic weapons that get past Arrow-3 and Arrow-2.

Defense News reported the Rafael executive in India said the company has offered to build India a dedicated command, control, communications, computers and intelligence system known as C4I, to integrate with the planned missile defense system.

The new joint program does not yet have a name, but a contract is expected to be signed within six months, Defense News reported.

India has in the past expressed interest in acquiring IAI's Arrow and Rafael's Iron Dome systems, and the Israeli defense companies have clearly hoped to secure lucrative export sales with these systems.

But since the Americans are now involved in the development of these programs and are sharing technology, the Pentagon could block such exports to safeguard these advanced technologies.

Even so, in February 2013 Rafael put its rocket-killing Iron Dome system, and the Stunner interceptor used in David's Sling, on display outside the Jewish state for the first time at the Aero India exhibition in Bangalore, the hub of India's growing high-tech sector.

"The Ministry of Defense has given Rafael the green light to sell the systems to other countries, although no contracts have been reported yet," Israel's Globes business daily reported at the time.

In November 2012, Indian newspapers reported the country's defense planners were considering the acquisition of an indigenous version of Iron Dome.

DRDO scientists had earlier suggested India look at the possibility of a joint development program with Israeli companies to produce an Indian version of the system.

India is slated to spend in excess of $150 billion on modernizing its military over the next decade as it prepares to confront the burgeoning military power of northern neighbor China.

IAI, flagship of Israel's defense industry, secured a $1.1 billion contract with the Indian navy in 2009 to provide the advanced Barak-8 tactical air-defense missile for its warships.

 

 

Israel to start Arrow 3 production although key test still to come

 
‎19 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:13 PMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Jan 21, 2013 - The Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries are so confident the Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system will be able to destroy hostile missiles in space, they're reported to be planning to start production even before flight testing has been completed.

And that includes the critical test of actually intercepting a target missile that will simulate an incoming Iranian Shehab 3b ballistic weapon, which Israel views as its main missile threat at the moment.

The Israeli business daily Globes reported Arrow 3, being developed by state-owned IAI and the U.S. Boeing Co., is scheduled to undergo that test sometime in the next few weeks.

Defense expert Yuval Azulai said the Ministry of Defense and IAI's engineers "are so convinced that the missile will work that they've decided not to waste precious time and to begin production.

"Few interception tests are planned anyway, and if the tests that will be carried out indicate a gap between planned and actual performance, minor software updates should be able to correct them."

Arrow 3 is expected to become operational in 2015, and planners at the Defense Ministry are already thinking about future upgrades of the system to give every Iranian missile an explosive reception," Azulai said.

The two-stage Arrow 3 system successfully passed its second flight test over the eastern Mediterranean Sea Jan. 3 and reached its operational altitude outside Earth's atmosphere.

Officials said the "kill vehicle" jettisoned its booster rocket and carried out "various maneuvers" in space for several minutes using thrust vectors.

During the 10-minutes test, it communicated well with the system's advanced Green Pine radar developed by Elbit Systems subsidiary Elta Systems and the command-and-control center built by Tadiron, now part of Elbit's Elisra division.

Arrow 3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles in space before they're over Israel and shoot them down at high altitudes to disintegrate nuclear, chemical or biological warheads.

Unlike the Arrow 2 variant currently in service, which is designed to intercept ballistic missiles at lower altitudes within Earth's atmosphere with explosive warheads, Arrow 3 uses interceptors that ram their targets.

Arrow 3 will constitute the topmost tier of a multilevel missile defense shield known as Homa, Hebrew for Wall, that's being put together with hefty U.S. funding over and above the annual $3.1 billion in U.S. military aid Israel received.

Arrow 2, operational for several years, will be its back-up, gunning for any ballistic missiles that slip through the Arrow 3 screen.

The next level down will be David's Sling, designed to counter medium-range missiles and cruise missiles. It's being developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel's biggest defense company after IAI, and the U.S. Raytheon Co.

Rafael's Iron Dome system, designed to intercept unguided rockets and short-range missiles, forms the bottom level.

It's been operational since early 2012 and by the military's tally has racked up a kill rate of 84.6 percent against the rockets unleashed by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip it has engaged.

On Saturday, Rafael announced on its website that it plans to unveil yet another system, Iron Beam which uses a high-energy laser to destroy short-range rockets, artillery and mortar shells, at the Singapore Air Show to be held Feb. 11-16.

It's designed to complement Iron Dome, and once operational would reduce the cost of intercepting rockets, such as those used by the Palestinians and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Each radar-guided Iron Dome interceptor costs nearly $100,000 but Iron Beam would cost significantly less.

The United States and Israel worked on a laser-based missile defense system known as Nautilus (1996-2005). It cost $300 million, but was shelved because of its perceived poor performance in cloudy weather and in countering salvos of missiles and rockets.

The tactical high energy laser project was conducted by the Northrop-Grumman Corp., the prime contractor, with a group of Israeli companies that included IAI, Rafael, Elbit and Tadiran.

In February 1996, Nautilus shot down a rocket in a test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the first time a rocket had been destroyed in flight by a laser beam.

But the program was constantly held up in the U.S. Congress and in 2001 Israeli commanders deemed Nautilus irrelevant and too expensive.

 

 

Raytheon resumes work on US Navy Air and Missile Defense Radar

 
‎11 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:43 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Jan 16, 2014 - Raytheon has received a resume work order from the U.S. Navy to commence development of the new Air and Missile Defense Radar. The order followed the official Government Accountability Office update of its database to reflect the status of the AMDR contract award protest as withdrawn.

On October 10, 2013, Raytheon was awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the engineering and modeling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar (AMDR-S) and Radar Suite Controller (RSC). AMDR is the Navy's next generation integrated air and missile defense radar and is being designed for Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyers beginning in 2016.

"The Raytheon team and plans are in place, ready to move forward on the program," said Raytheon's Kevin Peppe, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems business area. "Our focus is now dedicated to delivering this critical AMDR capability to the Navy."

Under the contract, Raytheon will build, integrate and test the AMDR-S and RSC Engineering Development Models (EDMs). For the ship sets covered under this contract, the AMDR suite will integrate with the existing AN/SPQ-9B X-band radar. The base contract begins with design work leading to Preliminary Design Review and culminates with system acceptance of the AMDR-S and RSC engineering development models at the end of testing.

This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $1,633,363,781. Previously appropriated FY13 funding in the amount of $156,960,000 will be obligated at time of award. This contract includes options for manufacturing low-rate initial production systems which may be exercised following Milestone C planned for fiscal year 2017.

This contract was awarded following a full and open competition, with three offers received.

 

 

Israel's Rafael and Raytheon to co-produce Iron Dome

 
‎06 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎09:32:00 AMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Jan 14, 2013 - Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel's second-largest state-owned defense company, is reported ready to start co-producing its Iron Dome anti-missile defense system with the Raytheon Co. of the United States, consolidating an alliance that's already developing the Stunner interceptor missile of Rafael's David's Sling system designed by Rafael.

Defense News, a U.S. weekly, says Rafael is expected to sign on to a new deal with Raytheon, the world's biggest missile manufacturer, on the Tamir, Iron Dome's maneuverable, radar-guided interceptor.

Raytheon, headquartered at Waltham, Mass., said in 2012 it would welcome the opportunity to partner Rafael on Iron Dome production.

Under the new arrangement, Raytheon would head a group of U.S. subcontractors for co-production of Tamir components and subsystems, with final assembly of the missile batteries carried out by Rafael in Israel.

Iron Dome is the only combat-tested component of a planned four-tier missile defense shield Israel is constructing.

Defense News reported a final agreement between the U.S. and Israel governments is expected within weeks.

U.S. lawmakers representing states with major defense industry links have long been pushing for co-production deals with Israel's high-tech defense sector -- which has developed Iron Dome, along with David's Sling and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems dedicated to form the unique defense shield known as Homa, Hebrew for The Wall.

All the systems have been heavily financed by the United States.

The Arrow program, which has cost around $1 billion so far, dates back to the 1980s. Arrow 3 is being developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and the Boeing Co. of the United States.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives demanded in April 2012 the United States get access to Iron Dome technology before approving $680 million in military aid to Israel from fiscal 2012 to 2015, so it could acquire more batteries for the system, designed to intercept short-range rockets used by Hezbollah in Lebanon and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

The Pentagon has shown little interest in acquiring Iron Dome technology. But pressure has built from the House Armed Services Committee as U.S. defense budget cuts have built up significantly amid the threat of widespread closures in the defense industry.

Lawmakers claimed the United States had already invested nearly $900 million in Iron Dome development and production, including an upgraded variant, and should be allowed some rights to the system's proprietary technology.

The new deal between Rafael and Raytheon, pending approval by Israel's Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency, could be a landmark development that will give U.S. defense companies access to Israeli technology on an unprecedented level.

"We didn't start with Raytheon," said Pini Yungman, director of Rafael's Missile Defense Systems Directorate. "But after careful consideration we understood the strategic partnership that has proven itself with David's Sling would provide the most benefit on Iron Dome and plans, in the future, to extend our activities for possible use by the U.S. Army."

Defense News reported David's Sling's two-stage Stunner interceptor could offer a low-cost alternative to the single-stage Patriot PAC-3 air-defense missiles built by Lockheed Martin.

Although successive U.S. administrations have provided substantial funding for the Israeli systems, all the key elements of Iron Dome, including the interceptor, its guidance system, radar and battle management system remain under Israeli ownership.

The Israelis, dependent on $3 billion in U.S. military aid a year, have been reluctant to share the rights on their missile-defense technology which has broken new ground in recent years.

There was little visible enthusiasm for sharing technology that could ultimately produce major export sales for Israel's defense sector, which increasingly relies on exports to maintain production lines for the Israeli armed forces.

Possibly more important, those sales pay for research and development by Israelis firms that produces such weapons as Iron Dome, which the military says has destroyed 84.6 percent of all hostile missiles and rockets it has engaged since it became operational in early 2011. Some Israeli missile experts question that kill rate.

Iron Dome constitutes the bottom tier of the Homa shield. David's Sling is designed to counter medium-range weapons and cruise missiles.

IAI's Arrow 2 is designed to counter Iranian and Syrian ballistic missiles at high altitude and long range. Arrow 3 will intercept ballistic weapons outside Earth's atmosphere.

 

 

Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries' Arrow 3 Interceptor Completes Second Flight Test

 
‎03 ‎March ‎2014, ‏‎05:48:35 PMGo to full article
Palmachim Air Base, Israel (SPX) Jan 09, 2014 - The next-generation Arrow 3 interceptor, co-developed by Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) MLM Division, has completed its second successful flight test, further demonstrating its ability to enhance Israel's multi-tier anti-ballistic missile defense strategy.

Arrow 3 is the latest interceptor for the Arrow Weapon System jointly developed by Israel and the United States. It can be launched earlier after threat detection and engage threats at higher altitudes outside the Earth's atmosphere than previous interceptors.

"This successful flight test, 10 months after the first, is an important milestone in the decade-long partnership between IAI and Boeing in the Arrow program, and a demonstration of the effective solutions that come from global cooperation in the face of evolving threats," said Bill Dickerhoff, Arrow program director for Boeing.

The flight was conducted by the Israel Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency during a test of Israel's national missile defense system. It began on Jan. 3 at 7:58 a.m. local time when the Arrow 3 interceptor launched from an Israeli test range and flew in accordance with its mission profile before terminating as planned over the Mediterranean Sea.

The Arrow system is the world's first operational, national missile defense system. Prime contractor IAI-MLM is responsible for interceptor development and production and system integration. Boeing co-develops and co-produces the Arrow 3 interceptor and provides interceptor components for the in-service Arrow 2.

 

 

Lockheed Martin Advances Affordability Across U.S. Navy's Aegis Weapons System To Secure Multi-Year Contract

 
‎25 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎09:02:38 AMGo to full article
Bethesda MD (SPX) Jan 09, 2014 - Under a recent contract order for the production of Aegis weapons systems, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy championed an affordability approach that will drive cost savings into all phases of the program, including production, integration and test.

The $574 million contract includes the production of seven destroyers (DDGs 117-123) and an option for one Aegis Ashore assembly, which together will contribute to the United States Navy and Missile Defense Agency's layered defense system. The systems will operate the next generation integrated air and missile defense capability, Aegis Baseline 9, at their core.

"Four decades ago, the Aegis program was born at our facility in Moorestown - and today it has evolved into a national asset, both at sea and on shore," said Dale P. Bennett, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business. "This contract represents the partnership and innovation of our joint government/industry team who are bringing the future of Aegis to the warfighter in an affordable and sustainable way."

The central component of the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis weapons system is the SPY-1 radar, the most widely fielded naval phased array radar in the world. The team recently completed the 400th SPY-1 antenna at its Moorestown facility. The Aegis weapon system and SPY-1 radar are deployed on more than 100 ships worldwide.

The additional Aegis Ashore assembly will be built as part of the administration's European Phased Adaptive approach and deployed to Poland, the second Host Nation participating in the missile defense strategy. Aegis Ashore is an evolution of proven sea-based Aegis BMD capabilities and utilizes innovative adaptations for a land-based environment.

The Aegis Ashore system to be deployed to Romania, the first Host Nation, recently entered its operational readiness stage in Moorestown, N.J., while the Aegis Ashore system at the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii is preparing for its first live test next year.

 

 

Israel moves closer to anti-missile shield with Arrow 3 test

 
‎15 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:07 PMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Jan 6, 2013 - Israel's latest test-firing of its high-altitude Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system marks a major step toward the Jewish state's plan to build a multilayer missile defense shield against everything from Iranian intermediate-range ballistic weapons to home-made rockets built by Palestinian militants.

The Arrow, under development by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries and the Boeing Co. of the United States, will be Israel's primary defense against ballistic missiles when it's declared operational. That's currently expected to be some time in 2015.

The system's upgraded missile underwent its second flight test Friday over the eastern Mediterranean although it did not involve an interception, officials reported.

The test took place at the Palmahim air force base on the coast south of Tel Aviv. The two-stage Arrow reached its operational altitude outside Earth's atmosphere where it is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles high enough to disintegrate chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

Yair Ramati, head of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, said the test, which was attended by U.S. officials, involved the solid-fuel exo-atmosphere interceptor jettisoning its booster rocket.

"The kill vehicle continued to fly in space and conducted various maneuvers ... for a couple of minutes" using thrust vectors, Ramati reported.

The interceptors do not carry explosives, but destroy their targets by ramming them at closing speeds of thousands of feet per second and vaporizing them.

The Arrow 3 system will constitute the topmost tier of the planned Homa -- Hebrew for The Wall -- defense shield and will be dedicated to intercepting ballistic missiles held by Iran, the embattled Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad, and, increasingly, Hezbollah in Lebanon.

U.S. officials are reported to believe Hezbollah, which is backed Tehran and Damascus, is smuggling the components of advanced missile systems into Lebanon from Syria where the systems were delivered by Russia in the last two years to build up their arsenal of long-range weapons capable of hitting anywhere in Israel.

Shipments already in Lebanon are believed to include several supersonic P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles. Seventy-two of these weapons were delivered to Syria in 2012-13.

The Yakhont, considered the most advanced missile of its type in the world, "represents a new type of threat," Vice Adm. Eliezer Maron, Israel's former navy commander, warned Sunday, since defense systems to counter such missiles are subsonic.

He said Israel has defenses in place against the sea-skimming Yakhont, but gave no details. The Israelis say their offshore natural gas fields likely would be a prime target for the Yakhont.

The 33-month-old civil war in Syria has raised questions about Assad's control over his military's Russian Scud B and C ballistic missiles. Israel estimates the regime, which is decommissioning its chemical weapons, has used about half of its several dozen Scuds against rebel forces.

Arrow 3, which underwent its first flight test Feb. 25, 2012, is the latest variant of the system IAI, flagship of Israel's defense industry, which has been developing it with the Americans since 1988 at a cost well in excess of $1 billion.

Arrow 1 was first deployed in 2000. Arrow 2, with at least two batteries operational, will back up Arrow 3 at lower altitudes when the new variant becomes operational, picking off any ballistic missiles that get through the first line of defense in space.

The next tier down in the missile shield is the David's Sling system defense under development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the U.S. Raytheon Co. to counter medium-range missiles and rockets.

The bottom layer is Rafael's upgraded Iron Dome system, primarily designed to intercept short-range rockets.

It was deployed in early 2012 and the Israeli military boasts it has destroyed 84.6 percent of the targets it engaged in clashes with Palestinian militants.

That claim has been questioned by some Israeli missile experts, who say it has been highly inflated to boost the morale of Israelis who have been repeatedly warned they face the prospects of sustained weeks-long missile bombardment by their adversaries if a new war breaks out.

This has fueled concerns the multi-tier defense system might not be able to cope with a major missile attack on all fronts, which single-interception trials cannot simulate.

 

 

Satellite of Russia's early warning constellation burns down in atmosphere

 
‎10 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎02:50:26 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Dec 23, 2013 - The Kosmos-2393 satellite integrated in the Oko system, the space component of Russia's early warning system ceased to exist Saturday night, Interfax was told at the Vympel interstate joint-stock company, which is part of the Almaz-Antei air defense corporation.

"According to our knowledge, the satellite disintegrated entering the atmosphere somewhere above the Southern Hemisphere last night. Its debris could have reached the Earth in the Indian Ocean," a spokesperson said.

"Vympel will shortly report more accurate data concerning the time when the satellite ceased to exist and where," he said. The US space control system confirmed the early reports from Vympel.

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Lockheed Martin-Built SBIRS Geo-2 Missile Defense Early Warning Satellite Certified For Operation

 
‎05 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎07:41:08 AMGo to full article
Sunnyvale Ca (SPX) Dec 22, 2013 - The second Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite built by Lockheed Martin to provide our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence was recently declared operational.

The SBIRS GEO-2 satellite received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance on Nov. 25, just eight months after its March 19 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with performance that matches, and in some cases exceeds requirements.

SBIRS GEO-1 was declared operational on May 21, 2013.

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.

The SBIRS architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in GEO, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) orbit, and ground hardware and software.

The integrated system supports multiple missions simultaneously, while providing robust performance with global, persistent coverage.

"The certification of GEO-2 just eight months after launch validates the performance advances we expected to start seeing as the SBIRS program moved into full production," said Jeff Smith, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) mission area.

"Our team is focused on providing the Air Force with improved affordability and resiliency, as well as evolving SBIRS to new capabilities as we exploit the unprecedented detailed data received from the system."

Lockheed Martin's SBIRS contracts include four HEO payloads, four GEO satellites, and ground assets to receive, process, and disseminate the infrared mission data. The company delivered HEO-1 in 2004, HEO 2 in 2005 and HEO 3 this past June.

These HEO payloads have provided mission performance surpassing specifications.

This fall, GEO-3 successfully passed functional integration testing of its spacecraft bus and is on schedule for delivery to the Air Force in 2014. GEO-4, also in production, is scheduled for delivery in 2015. Lockheed Martin is currently under contract for SBIRS GEO-5 and GEO-6 long-lead parts procurement.

The SBIRS team is led by the Infrared Space Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. Air Force Space Command operates the SBIRS system.

 

 

Raytheon begins building 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar

 
‎05 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎07:41:08 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Dec 22, 2013 - The U.S. is taking another positive step toward meeting the growing demand for systems that can help protect against the increasing danger posed by ballistic missiles.

Raytheon has started building the 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar for the Missile Defense Agency after being awarded a $172.7 million contract, which was previously announced by the Department of Defense on Dec. 17, 2013.

An integral element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), AN/TPY-2 is a mobile X-band radar that helps defend against the more than 6,300 ballistic missiles that, according to MDA estimates, are not controlled by the U.S., NATO, China or Russia.

"Beginning production of a 12th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar is so important because this X-band sensor is the backbone of U.S. missile defense around the globe," said Dave Gulla, vice president of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"The U.S., our warfighters, allies and security partners can count on the AN/TPY-2 because it has performed flawlessly in every test to date against all categories of ballistic missiles."

AN/TPY-2 is a high resolution, mobile, rapidly deployable X-band radar capable of providing long- range acquisition, precision track, and discrimination of short-, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The AN/TPY-2 may be deployed globally in either terminal or forward-based mode.

In terminal mode, the AN/TPY-2 serves as the search, detect, track, discrimination and fire-control radar for the THAAD weapon system, enabling the THAAD missile to intercept and destroy threats. In forward-based mode, the AN/TPY-2 cues the BMDS by detecting, discriminating and tracking enemy ballistic missiles in the ascent phase of flight.

+ On Oct. 25, 2012, two AN/TPY-2 radars - one terminal and one forward-based - participated in FTI-01, the MDA's largest and most complex exercise. In a complex raid scenario involving multiple targets, both radars met or exceeded all test objectives.

+ On April 15, 2011, a forward-based AN/TPY-2 extended the battlespace by enabling a Standard Missile-3 to launch on remote and intercept a separating Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile.

+ Raytheon has delivered eight AN/TPY-2s to the Missile Defense Agency. Some of those radars are currently helping defend the U.S. and its allies in the European, Pacific and Central Command area of responsibilities.

 

 

Patriot missiles demonstrate field readiness

 
‎05 ‎February ‎2014, ‏‎07:41:08 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Dec 18, 2013 - Raytheon's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System test fired nine Patriot missiles at McGregor Range, N.M., during its annual Field Surveillance Program (FSP), successfully engaging inbound and outbound unmanned air breathing targets.

This was the first FSP conducted with the PAC-2 missiles, using the recently launched Post Deployment Build-7 (PDB-7) software and the modernized radar with radar digital processor.

"All of our Patriot partners participate in the FSP as part of our Engineering Services Program and contribute randomly picked missiles from their inventory to verify the integrity of the missiles in the field through independent assessment," said Ralph Acaba, vice president for Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"Having each partner contribute a small number of missiles for testing is a cost-effective way to ensure the field readiness of the worldwide inventory of missiles that the global Patriot family relies on."

This test comes on the heels of the successful PAC-3 FSP test conducted on November 20th. In 2013 alone, missiles from the U.S. and several foreign military sales customers have been test fired under the FSP.

 

 

U.S. to boost Israel defense missile funding by $173M

 
‎23 ‎January ‎2014, ‏‎06:20:48 PMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Dec 16, 2013 - U.S. lawmakers have approved boosting funding for Israel's missile defense program by $173 million in fiscal 2014 as the Jewish state's military establishment draws up a new defense doctrine to protect cities from Hezbollah's growing missile arsenal.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli military intelligence now believes that the Iranian-backed Lebanese movement now possesses around 5,000 long-range missiles that can reach Tel Aviv, the country's largest conurbation, and carry warheads packing between 1,300 pounds and one ton of explosives.

On Monday, leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services Committees unveiled a cut-down defense authorization bill for the coming fiscal year that would boost U.S. missile defense spending by $358 million to $9.5 billion.

The legislation also authorizes additional funding of $173 million for joint missile defense projects underway with Israel.

Funds for collaborative missile projects with Israel are separate from the $3.1 billion in military aid the United States provides Israel annually.

The bill must now go before Congress for a final vote. The legislation's promoters called for a vote before the Legislature recesses for the end of the year.

The proposed funding includes nearly $34 million for the improving the high-altitude Arrow 3 system currently being developed by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries and the Boeing Co. of the U.S.

Arrow 3 comprises the upper level of a planned four-tier Israeli missile shield.

The system is designed to intercept Iran's Shehab-3b and Sejjil-2 ballistic missiles, including any armed with nuclear warheads, beyond Earth's atmosphere on the second half of their trajectory.

Ynet news, the English-language website of Israel's Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot, has reported that two recent Arrow 3 trials demonstrated the system's "high reliability" and exceeded expectations.

Inbal Kreiss, who until recently headed the Arrow 3 program, told a seminar at Tel Aviv University that "the missile's ability to change course while reaching the targeted missile was proven beyond all doubt as the accuracy of interception high above the State of Israel was improved."

He said further tests will be conducted over the next 18 months, including at least one launch into space and "an experimental interception of a missile that simulates a long-range enemy missile with a range of about 1,250 miles."

Some $22 million of the $34 million the armed services committees earmarked for Arrow 3 will for developing the system's "kill vehicle," the interceptor designed to hit and destroy hostile missiles.

The earlier Arrow 2 variant remains in service, with batteries deployed in northern and central Israel. It operates at a lower altitude.

Once Arrow 3 is deployed, it will be used as a back-up for that system to pick off any missiles that get past it.

Additional back-up for Arrow 3 will come from David's Sling, a system to counter medium-range threats, now being developed by Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Raytheon Co. of the U.S. for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Israel's Missile Defense Organization.

The MDA requested further funding for Arrow 3 in April as part of a $220 million package for fiscal 2014.

The authorization bill now before the U.S. Congress includes an appropriation of $117.2 million for David's Sling, according to details released by the bill's sponsors.

This system will cover the gap between Arrow 2 and Rafael's Iron Dome system, designed to counter short-range missiles and rockets. It constitutes the bottom lawyer of Israel's missile shield.

Iron Dome became operational in early 2011 and by official count has successfully intercepted 84.6 percent of the targets it engaged in several clashes with Palestinian rockets.

The Israeli military currently has five batteries deployed, but it needs as many as 20 to ensure complete coverage of the country.

The compromise bill proposed by the two armed services committees supported a request by U.S. President Barack Obama for $200 million for Israel to buy additional Iron Dome batteries.

It also added $15 million to establish a co-production capability for Iron Dome components by Israel and the U.S., a move apparently intended to consolidate U.S. efforts to achieve greater joint production of the Israeli-designed missiles.

The renewed funding push also underlines U.S. efforts to ensure U.S. defense budget cuts do not affect military aid to Israel.

 

 

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Astrium, Raytheon team to compete for NATO ballistic missile defense work
Astrium and Raytheon have signed a teaming agreement that formalizes the companies' plans to compete for the role as lead system engineers and integrators for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization' ... more
 
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Iran nuclear accord means NATO missile defence unnecessary: Russia
The accord with Iran to curb its nuclear programme means a planned NATO anti-missile system in Europe, hotly opposed by Moscow, is no longer necessary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov argued Wednesday. ... more
 
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IBCS Completes US Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Demonstration
The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman have demonstrated a warfighter-focused, net-centric battle command system for integrated air and missile defense (IAMD). The Army demonstration, conducted from Oct ... more
 
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Patriot performance excels in PAC-3 test firing
Raytheon's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully test fired two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The mission consisted of two single firings ag ... more
 
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Israel moves closer to missile defense shield
Israel, alarmed that a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement will leave its security exposed, has moved closer to consolidating its multilayer missile defense shield, with the successful interception of a short-range ballistic missile by its David's Sling system, under development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the U.S. Raytheon Co. ... more
 
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US has time to boost bid for Turkey missile system: FM
Turkey would look again at a US bid for a multi-billion-dollar contract for the country's first long-range anti-missile system providing Washington agrees to produce it jointly, a top Turkish official said Monday. ... more
 
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US to keep Patriot missiles in Turkey for another year
The United States will keep two Patriot missile batteries in Turkey for another year to help bolster the country's air defenses against threats from Syria's civil war, the Pentagon said Monday. ... more
 
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Unprecedented Dual Intercept Success for MEADS at White Sands Missile Range
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) intercepted and destroyed two simultaneous targets attacking from opposite directions during a stressing demonstration of its 360-degree air and missil ...

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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