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    FREE REPUBLIC | Friday, September 2, 2016 | onyx
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  • House Strategic Forces Chairman Slams Obama On Missile Defense

    03/20/2012 10:49:07 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    Aol Defense ^ | 3/20/2012 | Sydney J Freedberg
    The chairman of the House subcommittee on strategic nuclear forces slammed the Obama Administration today for what he called its lackadaisical approach to missile defense in the face of rising threats from North Korea, Iran, and – implicitly – China. "We all know that the world is getting less safe," Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) told reporters at a breakfast talk in Washington, D.C. "Look at North Korea, look at Iran," he said. "These are real and emerging threats that we need to stay ahead of," he said, "[but] if you listen to the hearings in our committee, there is a...
  • U.S. Military Satellites Achieve 'Holy Grail' of Missile Defense

    03/25/2011 10:15:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/24/2011 | Turner Brinton
    A pair of low Earth-orbiting demonstration satellites built by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for the first time on March 16 detected and tracked a ballistic missile launch through all phases of flight, a Northrop Grumman official said March 22. So-called birth-to-death tracking of a ballistic missile launch had never been done before from space -- and is the most significant achievement to date for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) spacecraft, said Doug Young, Northrop Grumman’s vice president of missile defense and warning programs. “It’s the Holy Grail for missile defense,” Young said during a media briefing here. [Top...
  • NATO Unites Against Iranian Missiles

    02/05/2011 9:35:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/5/2011 | The Strategy Page
    NATO has tweaked and tested its air defense systems to provide coordinated sensor (mainly radar) and control capabilities to support anti-missile missiles. The United States and several other nations have anti-aircraft missile systems that can also knock down ballistic missiles (mainly short range ones.) Now, the NATO air defense system can have additional anti-missile systems added, which the entire system able to coordinate defense against missile attack. The ultimate goal is to install American anti-missile systems capable of stopping longer range ballistic missiles, like those from Iran. This is expected to happen before the end of the decade, or sooner,...
  • Lockheed Martin Ramps Up Aegis

    01/25/2011 11:25:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week and Siace Technology ^ | 1/25/2011 | Michael Fabey
    The U.S. Navy has successfully completed a tracking exercise using the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system during Atlantic Trident 2011, which runs through Jan. 25. The guided missile cruiser USS Monterey and destroyers USS Ramage and USS Gonzalez tracked the short-range ballistic missile target launched from NASA’s Wallops (Va.) Flight Facility, the service said Jan. 21. The missile fell harmlessly into the Atlantic Ocean. Monterey and Ramage took turns tracking and simulating engagement of the target while Gonzalez, a guided-missile destroyer, tracked the target, the Navy says. All three ships tracked the missile, and Monterey and Ramage provided simulated...
  • Countering the Missile Threat

    12/16/2010 11:26:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 12/2010 | Rebecca Grant
    New generations of enemy missiles, and a willingness to use them, could put air bases under siege like never before. Operating from air bases under threat of missile attack may become one of the most important keys to projecting US airpower in the years ahead. For all its expeditionary experience, it has been decades since the Air Force has so intently focused on this problem. Now, top leadership is again taking it seriously. "The attack against the naval base at Pearl Harbor was recorded in history as a day which will live in infamy," said Air Force Chief of Staff...
  • Northrop Grumman Enters Competition For Next-Gen Aegis Missile

    11/14/2010 10:38:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 11/12/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Northrop Grumman is highlighting its deep experience on early intercept of ballistic missile threats to compete for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) next-generation ballistic missile interceptor currently planned for fielding in 2020. The company announced that it has submitted a proposal for the Next Generation Aegis Missile's (NGAM) concept definition and program planning phase set to get underway in 2011. The new interceptor will be designed to provide early intercept capability against some short range ballistic missiles, all medium range ballistic missiles, all intermediate range ballistic missiles and non-advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • MDA Officials Briefing Lawmakers On MRBM Target Cancellation

    06/30/2010 1:12:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Inside Defense ^ | 6/30/2010 | John Liang
    Missile Defense Agency officials are briefing lawmakers this week about the agency’s decision to cancel the competition for the Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Target class due to a lack of money. In a June 25 agency announcement posted on Federal Business Opportunities, MDA states that “sufficient funds are not available” to make a contract award for the MRBM Type 1 Target program. Consequently, “the solicitation was canceled,” the notice adds. In response to an Inside Missile Defense query, an MDA spokesman declined to comment in “advance of providing cancellation information to Congress.” “We’ve been receiving requests for info so I’m guessing...
  • F-15s May Air Launch PAC-3s

    04/12/2010 5:59:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 444+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/17/2007 | Martin Sieff
    Lockheed Martin has won a contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to explore firing Patriot Advanced Capability-3 anti-ballistic missiles from airplanes. The company said the tests would initially focus on using the Boeing McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle as the launch platform for the PAC-3s. Although the initial $ 3 million funding for the research program is small by the expensive R and D budgets of the BMD programs, its implications could be far reaching. The program is known as the Air-Launched Hit-to-Kill, or ALHTK, initiative. If successful, the program would eventually see U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft equipped with PAC-3s...
  • Ballistic Missile Threat Modeling

    02/08/2010 11:46:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 173+ views
    Aerospace Corporation ^ | unknown | John S. McLaughlin
    Development and operation of an effective missile defense system depends on a sound understanding of the threat—i.e., reliable models of how foreign missile systems look and operate. The most effective threat models are derived through close interaction between defense system designers and intelligence community experts. This interaction improves the designer's understanding of the intelligence driving the system requirements and the intelligence producer's understanding of which aspects of the missile threat are most important. The utility of a threat model may not depend on more degrees of freedom or decimals of precision, but rather, on a solid grasp of general target...
  • Critical Global BMD Milestones In 2009

    12/21/2009 9:19:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 401+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/22/2009 | SPX Via Space War
    Lockheed Martin missile defense systems achieved several key milestones in 2009, including five successful intercepts and numerous other major accomplishments, further solidifying Lockheed Martin as a world leader in air and missile defense. With 20 successful Aegis BMD intercepts, six successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) intercepts and 26 successful Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile intercepts since the inception of those programs, Lockheed Martin continues to build on its unmatched legacy as the pioneer of hit-to-kill technologies. "Lockheed Martin is proud to continue to lead ballistic missile defense efforts for the United States and allied nations," said John Holly,...
  • Aegis BMD System Upgrade Successfully Tracks Sophisticated Missile Targets in Exercise Series

    12/18/2009 1:15:07 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 380+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 12/17/2009 | Defense Professionals
    The second generation of Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, BMD 4.0.1, successfully detected, tracked and conducted simulated engagements against a variety of different ballistic missile targets during a series of tracking exercises in the Pacific. The key feature of the new system is a new integrated signal processor designed to improve the system’s discrimination capability to defeat sophisticated ballistic missiles and their countermeasures. During a series of four tests, the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie – upgraded with the BMD 4.0.1 Weapon System – successfully detected, tracked and guided simulated Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block...
  • Stratcom Signals PRC on Missile Defense

    11/16/2009 2:17:57 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 538+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 11/10/2009 | Colin Clark
    Posted in Intelligence, International, Policy, Space The man at the pointy end of the spear of missile defense and of nuclear weapons warned today that the US must carefully weigh any increase in missile defense — particularly on the west coast — to avoid triggering a “destabilizing” reaction by the Peoples Republic of China. “We have to be cautious about missile defense…[which] can be destabilizing if you are not careful,” said Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, commander of Strategic Command and one of the military’s brightest brains. When the US places anti-ballistic missile assets on the West Coast, “What does...
  • More THAAD

    10/24/2009 11:34:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 672+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/24/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army has formed its second THAAD anti-ballistic missile (ABM) battery. The first battery was formed last year, and will be ready for combat next year. Next, the army will form two more THAAD batteries over the next three years. Three years ago, there was a successful test of THAAD (a SCUD type target was destroyed in flight) using a crew of soldiers for the first time, and not manufacturer technicians, to operate the system. Each THAAD battery has 24 missiles, three launchers and a fire control communications system. This includes an X-Band radar. The gear for each battery...
  • Second THAAD Battery Activated

    10/22/2009 11:29:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 563+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/22/2009 | by Staff Writers
    The U.S. Army has activated its second Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery during a ceremony at Fort Bliss, Texas. THAAD is a defensive weapon system developed by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, a joint service organization within the Department of Defense. The ceremony marked the activation of A Battery/2nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command. The battery's equipment will consist of THAAD interceptors, launchers, a fire control and communications unit and radar. The commander of the new unit is Capt. Brendan McShea. Col. Joseph DeAntona of 11th Air Defense...
  • Awesome Aegis Ascendant

    10/04/2009 10:02:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 2,028+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/04/2009 | unknown
    The U.S. government, encouraged by the high success rate (83 percent) of U.S. Navy Aegis equipped ships using SM-3 missiles to shoot down ballistic missiles, has decided to expand the number of SM-3 equipped ships. Just this year, the navy completed equipping 18 ships with the Aegis anti-missile system, and that number may soon more than triple. This is part of a larger trend. Last year, the navy cancelled its expensive new DDG-1000 class of destroyers, partly because these ships were built to support amphibious and coastal operations, and did not have a radar that could easily be converted to...
  • STSS Satellites Successfully Launched

    09/30/2009 11:08:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 729+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/01/2009 | Staff Writers
    A critical space-based capability was added to America's ballistic missile defenses Sept. 25 when two U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstrator satellites built by Northrop Grumman were launched aboard a Delta II rocket. "This demonstration will show the inherent advantages space sensors bring to persistent missile tracking and engagement," said Gabe Watson, vice president and STSS program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "Space-based sensors will augment existing radar to enable missile tracking through all phases of flight from boost through intercept." The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, with the tandem-stacked STSS...
  • To Hell With 'Howevers,' Fund SDI

    12/08/2008 5:08:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 625+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 8, 2008
    Defense: A ballistic missile launched from Alaska is shot down by an interceptor launched from California. With threats from North Korea to Iran, it's time to ignore the skeptics and fully fund missile defense.It was the most realistic and most successful missile defense test ever in a Strategic Defense Initiative that could one day save an American city from a rogue missile strike. Yet the "yeah, but" media greeted this triumph with claims the concept is still unproven. It was as if the Wright brothers had announced man's first flight, only to be greeted with cries that they hadn't built...
  • Amateur Hour With Missile Defense

    09/21/2009 3:11:56 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 904+ views
    Humanevents.com ^ | 09/21/2009 | by Robert Maginnis
    Vicenza, Italy. President Obama’s decision to cancel our European ground-based missile defense system will prove to be very costly and his public rationale -- changed intelligence and improved technologies -- is far from the whole truth. This is a geopolitical disaster and risks our security as well. Last year, President Bush said “Iran is pursuing technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of increasing range that could deliver them.” His administration successfully negotiated with Poland and the Czech Republic to install a ground-based anti-missile defense system in those countries to counter the accelerating Iranian threat.
  • Star Wars: The Next Generation

    08/19/2009 5:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1,492+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 19, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The Air Force airborne laser program successfully completes a simulated kill from a plane able to find, track and destroy a live ballistic missile. We can shoot down enemy missiles. Instead, we're shooting down the laser program.The Aug. 10 effort was the third such test — sort of like a sniper sighting the target with the red dot of a laser without actually pulling the trigger. In early June, the airborne laser (ABL) program engaged two un-instrumented missiles. This was the first in-flight test against an instrumented target missile. A modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft took off from Edwards Air...