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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Two more Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships headed to Japan by 2017

Hagel: U.S. to Send 2 More Aegis Ships to Japan

"...For reasons a senior defense official said included North Korean provocations, treaty commitments to Japan and U.S. national security interests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today that the United States will send Japan two more Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships by 2017...."

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Next intercept test in June

U.S. aims to correct issue behind 2013 failed missile defense test

"...The failed intercept last July involved the earlier version of the Raytheon kill vehicle, which failed to separate from the third stage of the booster rocket. Eventually both versions will be replaced by the new kill vehicle..."

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

India test launches long range N-missile from under the sea

India test fires long range N-missile launched from under sea

"...The submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is being readied for deployment on various platforms including the around 6,000-tonne indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant which will soon be ready for sea trials, sources said. ..."

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Fact Checking News Shows On Missile Defense Statements

PunditFact: Fact-checking the Sunday March 23 news shows

"...We can't check what Obama should have done, but we can look at Romney's assertion that Obama nixed a missile defense program in Eastern Europe "as a gift to Russia."..."

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Help the U.S. Space & Rocket Center build a new public exhibition featuring the Shuttle Training Aircraft used by space shuttle astronauts!

Help the U.S. Space & Rocket Center build a new public exhibition featuring the Shuttle Training Aircraft used by space shuttle astronauts!

Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA)
"...The U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation in Huntsville, Alabama is asking for your help to raise $70,000 to begin installation of a Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Shuttle Park. The aircraft, which bears the tail number N945NA..."
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

North Korea Launches 10 short-range missiles

North Korea fires 10 short-range missiles: Yonhap

"...North Korea fired 10 short-range missiles into the sea off the east of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported..."

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MDA Director Vice Adm. James D. Syring Discusses Missile Defense Threats, Capabilities

Missile Defense Agency Director Discusses Threats, Capabilities

Vice Adm. James D. Syring
Department of Navy Photo
"...Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring discussed the Missile Defense Agency’s concerns and its interests in improving capability and capacity during Aviation Week’s Defense Technologies and Requirements Conference. “All you have to do is read the press over the last week or so,” he said. “You [can] start to piece together what we’re concerned about, and the threat that is posed by the increasing ballistic missile threat around the world.”..."
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Reinstate the ballistic missile defense program and policy

Republicans: Revisit scrapped missile defense program to help Ukraine

"...Mr. Obama's move away from Bush's program in 2009 was largely perceived as a concession to pressure from Russia to cancel the program, something the U.S. denied. And now, pressure is mounting to return to the system as a way to flex U.S. military might without putting troops on the ground in Eastern Europe...."

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Torch Technologies, Inc., Huntsville, Ala. awarded $70,997,405 contract for missile element simulation

MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: Defense Dept. Contracts for Mar. 4, 2014

Torch Technologies, Inc.
Torch Technologies, Inc.
"...Torch Technologies, Inc., Huntsville, Ala. was awarded a $70,997,405 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for missile element simulation which will enhance and maintain the current suite of missile modeling simulation, hardware-in-the-loop and prototype development facilities. Funding and work performance location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Feb. 11, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-14-D-0017)...."
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2015 budget funding also to continue efforts aimed at developing a kill vehicle that could be used on a Standard-Missile-3 ...

Pentagon to upgrade, improve U.S. missile defense system

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Missile Defense Agency Photo
"...The fiscal 2015 budget also continues to fund that work, Syring said, noting that the effort was aimed at developing a kill vehicle that could be used on a ground-based interceptor, a Standard-Missile-3 or some future system...."
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Kuwait makes another order for patriot missile-defense systems from Raytheon

Raytheon reports $655 million order for Patriot missile-defense system

"..."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."..."

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Monday, February 17, 2014

USS Donald Cook and other destroyers form the centerpiece of Europe’s Phased Adaptive Approach program

USS Donald Cook prepares for first ballistic missile defense patrol

Photo: U.S. Navy
"...The Cook is the first of four American destroyers to move to Rota over the next two years, each equipped with Aegis radar system and SM-3 missiles capable of intercepting medium-range ballistic missiles. Together the ships will form the centerpiece of Europe’s Phased Adaptive Approach program, a missile shield with radar in Turkey, a command element in Germany, and ground-based interceptors in Romania and Poland. ..."
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Four locations to be studied for possible East Coast missile defense site (Environmental Impact Studies)

Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site

"...The environmental impact study will take two years and will look at how building and operating the facility would affect land and water use, air quality, transportation, and socioeconomic aspects of the community. Sites in Michigan, Ohio and Maine will also undergo studies...."

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Modification to existing Army contract for work on the Patriot Missile for Raytheon

Raytheon lands $108 million contract for work on Patriot Missile

"...modification to an existing Army contract for work on the Patriot Missile. A portion of the work will take place in Huntsville...."

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Growing strategic missile threat from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah...

Missile defense expert warns of growing strategic threat

"...Israel’s enemies are arming themselves with precision-guided heavy rockets and will inevitably come to possess GPS-guided ballistic missiles, an architect of the Israeli missile defense program warned on Wednesday...."

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Nuclear weapons, missiles and Dennis Rodman

McCain: Rodman is 'Dangerous Idiot' Aiding 'Brutal, Crazy Man'

"..."But the other part of it is very serious, because it props up and helps this incredibly brutal young man. Who, by the way, has nuclear weapons and missiles." ..."

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Monday, December 9, 2013

...More Missile Defense Contracts Awarded Recently

BAE Wins Share Of $220M Army Missile Defense Contract

"...Exelis Inc., Science Applications International Corp. and Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. have also been named as awardees..."

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Iranian agreement and missile defense

Would an Iran Deal Obviate Missile Defense in Europe?

"...Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the press that implementation of the agreement would make the planned deployment of U.S. SM-3 missile interceptors in Romania and Poland unnecessary...."

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fact or Fiction? Iranian missile-carrying Fotros drone developed

Iran unveils 'biggest missile-equipped drone'

"...the reconnaissance and combat drone Fotros had a range of 2,000km, capable of covering much of the Middle East, including Israel. "The Fotros drone has..."
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) test

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)
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US Tests New Stealthy Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile

"...Lockheed Martin conducted the second successful test of the new Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) it is developing for the U.S. Navy and Air Force. ..."
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

MEADS Missile Test: simultaneous targets intercepted and destroyed

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 missile defense (AMD) capabilities at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The flight test achieved all criteria for success...."

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Deputy Secretary General attends ballistic missile defense groundbreaking in Romania

Deputy Secretary General attends ballistic missile defence groundbreaking in Romania

"...NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow on Monday (28 October 2013) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony of the missile defence facility at the Deveselu airbase in southern Romania. “This facility will be an important part of NATO’s overall missile defences in Europe,” said Ambassador Vershbow...."

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Russian missile launch image captured by International Space Station

Mystery of the 'ghost cloud' solved: UFO sightings and strange hazes in the sky are traced back to a Russian missile launch

"...‘Saw something launch into space today. Not sure what it was but the cloud it left behind was pretty amazing,’ tweeted Nasa astronaut Mike Hopkins...."

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Defense Contractors: Capture these lucrative missile warning, missile defense contract worth billions

Air Force missile defense contracts could be worth $2 billion

"...An incredibly lucrative contract to provide missile warning, missile defense and other sensor systems to the United States Air Force may come up for competition for the first time in years..."

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Budget cuts may hurt Advanced Arrow 3 missile defense system

Advanced Arrow 3 missile defense system facing budget cuts

"...The ability to develop and purchase a major long-range missile defense system, meant to thwart long-range Iranian weapons, may be cut back because of financial restraints in the US ..."

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Turkey chooses Chinese FD-2000 missile defense system over U.S. system

U.S. concerned about Turkey's choice of Chinese missile system

"...Some Western defense analysts have said they were surprised by Turkey's decision, having expected the contract to go to Raytheon Co, a U.S. company that builds the Patriot missile, or the Franco/Italian Eurosam SAMP/T...."

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

25th successful flight test for the SM-3 program

Watch as a Huntsville-made Standard Missile-3 blasts a target out of the sky (video)

"...The SM-3 took out a target in which the launch time and bearing were not known and was the "most difficult target engaged to date," the Pentagon said in a release...."

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Radiance Technologies of Huntsville awarded $28 million Missile Defense contract

Huntsville's Radiance Technologies awarded $28 million Missile Defense Command contract

"...The work will be performed in Huntsville. The grant was awarded by the Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville...."

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

List of possible East Coast missile defense sites

U.S. names possible East Coast missile defense sites, but far from decision

"...Boeing Co manages the Pentagon's existing program to deal with long-range missile threats, while Raytheon Co and Orbital Sciences Corp build the interceptors and rockets. It is not yet known which contractors would be involved in construction of any new site...."

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Missile Defense Test successful intercept

Missile Defense Test Succeeds Against Medium-range Targets

"...The USS Decatur with its Aegis Weapon System detected and tracked the first target with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The Aegis ballistic missile defense weapon system developed a fire control solution, launched a Standard Missile-3 Block IA missile, and successfully intercepted the target...."

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

U.S. Military is missile-ready in the Med as congress delays

Israel and U.S. Conduct Missile Test in Mediterranean

"...Israel and the United States tested a new air-defense system on Tuesday morning, launching a missile from deep in the Mediterranean Sea..."

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Highlights of Missile Defense Achievements by Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Highlights Missile Defense Achievements During Space & Missile Defense Symposium

"...In addition to Fiscal Year 2013 missile and command launch system production for the U.S. Army, the contract marks the first Foreign Military Sale of the PAC-3 Missile to Kuwait. Kuwait is the sixth international customer for the PAC-3 Missile. The contract includes production of 244 hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missiles, 72 launcher modification kits and associated tooling, as well as program management. ..."

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Raytheon gets contract modification for the much needed missile defense program

Raytheon Awarded Nearly $403 Million Missile Defense Contract Modification

"...Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass., is being awarded a contract modification (P00010) under indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract HQ0147-12-D-0005. The value of this contract modification is $402,880,000, increasing the total ceiling value from $307,580,000 to $710,460,000. ..."

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Raytheon Co. raises outlook

Missile maker Raytheon raises full-year outlook

"...Raytheon Co., the maker of the Patriot missile, said Thursday that its second-quarter net income rose nearly 4 percent on higher demand for its weapons...."

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Missile parts transported by North Korean ship stopped by Panama

Panama: North Korean ship stopped with missile parts from Cuba

Missile Parts from North Korea 
Photos from Twitter account of President Ricardo Martinelli
"...The Panamanian government has discovered what appears to be “sophisticated missile equipment” hidden in the hull of a North Korean container ship that had set sail from Cuba and was slated to head home via the Panama Canal, President Ricardo Martinelli said late Monday...."
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Missile test results do not halt the need for system

Pentagon Confidence Not Shaken by Missile Interceptor Test Failures

"...The mid-course interceptor is part of the integrated missile defense network that includes targeting radar, as well as layered interceptors that can strike an incoming missile shortly after launch or as it approaches its final target. ..."
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Missile intercept not achieved in latest test

Missile Defense Interceptor Misses Target in Test

"...“An intercept was not achieved,” the statement said. “Program officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or causes of any anomalies which may have prevented a successful intercept.” ..."

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Upcoming test of the nation's ground-based ballistic missile defense system

Big radar vessel departs to test missile defense

"...The $2 billion Sea-Based X-Band Radar recently left Pearl Harbor to take part in an upcoming test of the nation's ground-based ballistic missile defense system..."

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Congress pushing for U.S. participation in developing Israel's Iron Dome counter-missile system

U.S. seeks to buy into Israeli missile programs

"...The U.S. House of Representatives this month tripled President Barack Obama's request for boosting U.S. funding of Israeli missile defense systems from $96 million to $284 million. This followed earlier increases in U.S. support for the Israeli missile programs...."

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Norway fires Naval Strike Missile in test

Norway military blows up ship in long range missile test

"...The Norwegian navy tests its new four-metre long, 880lb Naval Strike Missile by firing on one of its own ships, the KNM Trondheim, with spectacular results...."

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New missile facility in Huntsville rolls out first completed SM-3 from Raytheon missile integration facility

Raytheon delivers first standard Missile-3 from new Alabama missile integration facility

"...Delivering both SM-3 and SM-6 interceptors, Raytheon's new $75 million, 70,000 square-foot, all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal features advanced tools and the latest processes for missile production. The facility enables Raytheon to streamline processes, reduce costs and add value for the warfighter...."

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Huntsville, Alabama aerospace sector primed for growth, trade group says

Alabama aerospace sector primed for growth, trade group says

"...Many of the industry’s biggest players have long had a significant presence in the state. Both Boeing and Lockheed Martin have had operations in Alabama for more than 50 years. Boeing maintains its Strategic Missile & Defense Systems headquarters in Huntsville, as well as its largest program, Ground-based Midcourse Defense. Huntsville also is home to Boeing Exploration Launch Systems, which oversees NASA’s Space Launch System and support to the International Space Station...."

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Huntsville's freaky weather radar cloud-like anomaly

Scientists say radar blob over Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal possibly new kind of 'chaff' (updated)

"...HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The mysterious blob that appeared on radar screens over the Redstone Arsenal military base here Tuesday may have been caused by the release of a new form of ..."

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

China cyber attacks targeted missile defense programs

Pentagon aircraft, missile defense programs target of China cyber threat

"...a partial list of 37 breached programs, which included the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon — a land-based missile defense system that was recently deployed to Guam to help counter the North Korean threat...."

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Decommissioned missile silo for sale

Inside the decommissioned New York missile silo converted into a $750,000 home

"...Complete with escape hatches, warning signs, rooms filled with control panels, one bedroom, and one bath, the silo sits on 8.3 acres of upstate farm land with a beautiful waterfront view on to the foot of the Adirondack mountains...."

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

North Korea fires short-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday

Report: North Korea launches fourth short-range missile

"...North Korea fired a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, according to South Korea's semiofficial news agency Yonhap, citing a South Korean military official...."

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

U.S. Successful Missile Intercept Test Reported

Missile Defense System Completes Successful Intercept Test

"... In the test, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0 weapon system and a Standard Missile 3 Block IB missile intercepted a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. A separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and flew northwest toward a broad ocean area. The USS Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. ..."

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Extended Medium-range Ballistic Missile (eMRBM) Successful Test

Lockheed Martin And The MDA Conduct Successful Test Of New Air-Launched Missile Target Prototype

"...HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 13, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have successfully tested a prototype air-launched Extended Medium-range Ballistic Missile (eMRBM) target at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona...."

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Missile Defense Agency considering much needed East Coast missile-defense sites

Pentagon Plans East Coast Missile Defense Sites

"...The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is evaluating potential missile-defense sites on the East Coast to fortify existing interceptor locations in Alaska and California...."

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