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  • America's Missile Defense Systems: The Ultimate Paper Tiger?

    02/11/2018 12:33:22 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 31 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 11, 2018 | Sebastien Roblin
    On the morning of January 31, 2018, an Aegis Ashore missile battery based in Kauai, Hawaii cued onto an approaching intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). The installation launched an SM-3 Block IIA missile to intercept the IRBM at speeds over fifteen times the speed of sound. However, the MDA was also obliged to report that the SM-3 failed to hit the oncoming target—the second failure in a row out of three Block IIA tests conducted since February 2017.
  • A US ballistic missile defense test just failed. Here's what it means

    01/31/2018 3:02:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/31/2018 | Tom Rogan
    Don't be too shocked by the news that a U.S. ballistic missile interceptor test has failed. First reported by CNN, the Hawaii based test was conducted by the personnel assigned to the Aegis ashore missile defense system. But while the test is obviously a disappointment, the U.S. remains years away from having a missile defense program that can, with high confidence, launch and destroy nuclear warhead armed ballistic missiles. "High confidence" are the key words here. U.S. ballistic missile defense capabilities are actually pretty competent nowadays. While they might struggle with advanced countermeasure-equipped ballistic missiles from China or Russia, North...
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik: The East Coast needs a missile defense post(Fort Drum)

    01/25/2018 5:24:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 25, 2018 | Elise Stefanik
    Rep. Elise Stefanik: The East Coast needs a missile defense post by Rep. Elise Stefanik | Jan 25, 2018, 12:01 AM North Korea's rapidly improving missile technology capabilities have alarmed Americans. As Kim Jong Un continues to demonstrate his dangerous commitment to advancing his nuclear weapons capabilities and missile program, U.S. policymakers must ensure that our entire nation is protected – including the tens of millions of Americans living along the East Coast. In November, North Korea launched the Hwasong-15 ICBM over the Sea of Japan. The missile reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile, flying...
  • President Trump: A year of real change

    01/20/2018 4:24:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 20, 2018 | President Donald J. Trump
    Even as Democrats continue to obstruct and play politics, I have never stopped fighting for the people, and I have no intention of changing course. I promised Jan. 20, 2017, would be remembered as a new day for all Americans – the day the people became the rulers of this nation once again. For the past 365 days, that promise has been my guide. We are putting America first, making real change in Washington, and creating opportunities for all of our people. From coast to coast, there is a renewed spirit. Our country is roaring back more quickly than anyone...
  • New York Times Psychiatrist Calls for New Law to Prevent Trump From Nuking Us All

    01/18/2018 6:40:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | January 18, 2018 | Chris Reeves
    On Wednesday, The New York Times published an op-ed from guest contributor Steven Buser, a clinical psychiatrist who previously worked for the U.S. Air Force. Unfortunately, instead of providing actual insight about President Trump’s mental health, Buser used his authority as a former evaluator of airmen who worked with nuclear weapons as a license to commit psychiatric malpractice. Without providing any concrete evidence, Buser portrayed Trump as a potential existential threat who is mentally unstable enough to launch an “impulsive first strike nuclear attack” on some unnamed foe. In response to this imaginary crisis, Buser urged Congress to pass a bill...
  • Hawaii false missile alert reveals shocking vulnerabilities to state's EMA

    01/14/2018 9:55:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2018 | Rick Moran
    The false alert yesterday that informed Hawaiians a missile was inbound and told for residents to seek shelter was caused by an employee of the Emergency Management Agency pushing "the wrong button" during a shift change. How would you feel if you received this text message on your phone? "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." It took EMA about 30 minutes to send out the correction to phones, although the tweet confirming the false alarm went out within a couple of minutes. NO missile threat to Hawaii.— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018 But it...
  • The Russion Collusion Narrative

    01/01/2018 11:30:24 AM PST · by Timocrat · 27 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 01/01/2018 | Sundance
    Let us be clear on what the “insurance policy” was. The insurance policy was, in totality, the entire fraudulent Russian Conspiracy Narrative; and all of the accompanying –and subsequent– FBI and DOJ collaborative actions that were taken, under the auspices of an FBI counterintelligence operation, in order to generate an entirely false premise. The goal of using the “insurance policy” was to destroy, and possibly impeach, President Trump.
  • Taking a Better Shot at Missile Defense

    12/14/2017 5:22:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 14, 2017 | Ed Feulner
    Thirty-three minutes. That’s all the time we’d have to respond to an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile from anywhere in the world. Roughly half an hour to avert disaster – if we’re lucky. Sure, that isn’t the most cheerful thought to entertain, especially at Christmas time. But with all the saber-rattling coming from North Korea these days, not to mention other global hotspots, we don’t have the luxury to pretend this threat doesn’t exist. A successful nuclear strike would carry an unthinkable toll. The bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945 had an explosive yield of 15 kilotons of...
  • The US May Add THAAD Missile Systems On The West Coast

    12/03/2017 4:51:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Two congressmen told Reuters the Pentagon was looking into new locations to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, systems. ... North Korea's latest missile test showed yet another step forward for the country's missile program; it went higher than any previous test. That being said, the North doesn't seem to have mastered re-entry.  A U.S. official told CNN the most recent missile likely broke up as it came back into the Earth's atmosphere.
  • Exclusive: Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites - officials

    12/03/2017 4:37:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2017/12/03 | Mike Stone
    Exclusive: Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites - officials Mike Stone SIMI VALLEY, Calif (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea’s missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack. West Coast defenses would likely include Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missiles, similar to those deployed in South Korea to protect against a potential North Korean attack. The accelerated pace of North Korea’s ballistic...
  • Flynn Splits from Trump Lawyers

    11/23/2017 2:49:06 PM PST · by Heff · 289 replies
    NY times ^ | November 23, 2017
    A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller
  • South Korea tests new missile capable of striking Scuds

    10/26/2017 10:00:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/25/2017 | Elizabeth Shim
    South Korea's self-developed tactical surface-to-surface missile, or KTSSM, test-launched successfully on Tuesday, Seoul's military said. But the system's completion will be delayed by four years because of missing components that are being sought for purchase and have yet to be approved by the United States, local newspaper Hankyoreh reported Wednesday. The test of the KTSSM on Tuesday took place at the Agency for Defense Development in Anheung, and was attended by South Korean lawmakers on the National Assembly defense committee, who gave the launch a standing ovation after two missiles flew into the atmosphere, local news service EDaily reported. The...
  • Australia to fit warships with anti-missile defence systems

    10/02/2017 8:31:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3 October 2017 | Colin Packham
    SYDNEY, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday nine war ships set for construction in 2020 will be fitted with long-range ­anti-missile defence systems to counter the threat of rogue nations. Australia's proposed frigates will use Aegis combat systems, produced by Lockheed Martin, in conjunction with SAAB Australia technology, Turnbull said. Tensions in the region have spiked considerably in recent months as North Korea conducted a series of tests of its medium- and long-range ballistic missiles, some of which flew over Japan, as well as its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3. Pyongyang, which ultimately...
  • If North Korea Fires an ICBM, the US Might Have to Shoot It Down Over Russia

    09/30/2017 5:31:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Defense One ^ | 2017-09-30
    If North Korea Fires an ICBM, the US Might Have to Shoot It Down Over Russia Missile-defense physics may require interceptors to fly into ‘the teeth of the Russian early warning net.’ If Pyongyang fires a missile at the United States, its most-likely trajectory would take it over the North Pole. A U.S. attempt to shoot down that missile would probably occur within Russian radar space — and possibly over Russia itself. “It’s something we’re aware of,” Gen. Lori Robinson, who leads both U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said Wednesday. “It’s something we...
  • Yes, the U.S. Navy Can Shoot Down North Korean ICBMs: Aegis defense system is already capable.

    09/28/2017 9:35:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/28/2017 | Henry F. Cooper
    Yes, the U.S. Navy Can Shoot Down North Korean ICBMs Its Aegis ballistic-missile defense system is already capable and can be more so with certain upgrades. By Henry F. Cooper — September 28, 2017 North Korea continues to test its nuclear weapons and its means to deliver them, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can reach America. We clearly need the best ballistic-missile defense (BMD) systems possible. Even with this urgent need, some think we still have time, because they think that North Korea still must develop greater accuracy and the means to reenter the atmosphere before it can threaten...
  • Clinton is convinced Trump campaign colluded with Russia

    09/12/2017 6:43:02 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 61 replies
    NY POST ^ | September 12, 2017 | Mark Moore
    Hillary Clinton said she’s “convinced” that Trump campaign associates cooperated with Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, according to a report. “There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort,” Clinton told USA Today in an interview released late Monday. “Because there’s no doubt in my mind that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win. And there’s no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his operation with Russian money. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the Trump...
  • Royal Navy Complete first firing Test of a New Air Defence System

    09/04/2017 11:00:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Sep 4, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    The CAMM missile is seen on its first flight from HMS Argyll. The missile’s clean aerodynamic design provides it with improved performance in the air, while also making it highly compact for installation onboard ship. Photo: MBDA The Sea Ceptor weapon system recently completed its first successfully firings from HMS Argyll. The frigate is one of three Royal Navy Type 23 frigates being modified with the Sea Ceptor system, replacing the older Sea Wolf. The test is a major milestone for the life-extension program of Type 23 frigates. HMS Argyll is the first Type 23 to undergo the life-extension program....
  • Why Didn’t the US Shoot Down That North Korean Missile?

    08/31/2017 8:20:51 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 46 replies
    Defense One ^ | August 29, 2017 | Patrick Tucker
    The military’s record of hitting intermediate-range missiles is less than perfect. That makes the decision to attempt an intercept much harder. This story has been updated to reflect recent developments overnight. North Korea launched another medium-range missile on Monday, this one right over Japan. Despite Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ threats to shoot down missiles aimed at Guam and President Donald Trump’s Pyongyang-aimed bluster, the United States and Japan let it fly. Why? After the test, Trump on Tuesday said that “all options are on the table,” as every president has said for decades. But the Pentagon is still reluctant to...
  • US successfully tests shooting down ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii

    08/30/2017 12:25:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/30/2017 | Daniella Diaz
    The United States conducted a successful missile defense test that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the US Missile Defense Agency. The Standard Missile-6, built by major US defense contracter Raytheon, intercepted the missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight after being fired from the USS John Paul Jones. The test comes amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the US. Earlier this week, an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-12, was fired over Japan. A US official, however, told CNN...
  • Goodbye, MiG: Boeing, General Dynamics Debut Anti-Aircraft Stryker

    08/09/2017 11:46:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | August 09, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: If you fly Russian MiG fighters, Sukhoi attack jets, or Hind helicopters, your life just got a little harder — and in the event of war, potentially much shorter. At the Space & Missile Defense conference here, General Dynamics rolled out the latest variant of their eight-wheel-drive Stryker armored vehicle, with the troop compartment that’s normally in the back replaced with a Boeing-built anti-aircraft turret. Scroll down for our photos of the vehicle, dubbed the Maneuver SHORAD (Short-Range Air Defense) Launcher, or MSL Stryker. Evolved from the Cold War era Avenger, which mounted Stinger missiles on Humvee, the...