Monday, December 29, 2008
Qassam Missile/Rocket (Arabic: صاروخ القسام Ṣārūkh al-Qassām; also Kassam)
"...The Qassam rocket (Arabic: صاروخ القسام Ṣārūkh al-Qassām; also Kassam) is a simple steel rocket filled with explosives, produced by Hamas. Three models have been used. They are all free-flying artillery rockets lacking any guidance system. The Gaza Strip has been separated from Israel by a security barrier since 1996, which frustrated infiltration into Israel. ..."
Friday, December 26, 2008
Will Obama Change Reagan Test Site Missile Mission?
"...Marshall Islands leaders expressed concern about job losses at Kwajalein missile range during U.S.-Marshall Islands defense talks earlier this month in Majuro. But a bigger question for the Reagan Test Site is whether President-elect Barack Obama will dramatically reduce the level of missile defense work for this western Pacific base that has been the hub of America’s missile defense program since 1964...."
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Poll Proves Local Opposition to Kodiak Launch Complex
"...The poll clearly indicates local attitudes toward Space Pork Kodiak. ..."
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
U.S. Tests Missile Defense
"...commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, says there is a growing threat from nations that are vigorously working to develop capabilities that could strike U.S. allies or territory. ..."
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Missile defense 'is continuing to grow'
"...Although details of the incoming Obama administration's defense and budget priorities are unknown, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said Friday there is extensive support for the program in Washington and, increasingly, abroad..."
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Reuters Summit-Lockheed backs look at space threats
"...The U.S. Congress has approved $5 million for an independent study of possible space-based interceptor missiles as part of the emerging U.S. anti-missile defense...."
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Vought labor talks to continue in January
"...The two groups sat down for the first time since the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 735 went on strike at Vought’s Nashville facility on Sept. 27...."
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
NLOS-LS Team Completes Second Guided Test Flight of Precision Attack Missile
"...Raytheon Company's Missile Systems and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, completed the second guided test flight of the Non Line-of-Sight-Launch System's Precision Attack Missile...."
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Pentagon declares it a success, though decoy 'countermeasures' fail to deploy in the encounter over the Pacific Ocean.
Dummy target hit in missile defense test
"...While in flight, the target was tracked by radar systems in Alaska, at sea and at Beale Air Force Base in California. Information from five different sensors was integrated, then sent to the interceptor...."
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
NATO supports U.S. missile defense projects in Eastern Europe
"...NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday expressed their support for the U.S. missile defense projects in the Czech Republic and Poland, recognizing their "substantial contribution" to the protection of NATO allies from long-range ballistic missiles...."
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Up Up and Away
Raytheon Gets $54M Missile Defense Contract
"..."'Raytheon is the only company that has designed, developed and deployed exoatmospheric kill vehicles for the Ballistic Missile Defense System,' said Frank Wyatt, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Naval Weapon Systems. ..."
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Mission to back BRAC
Mission to back BRAC
"...Nearly $500 million more is being spent for local contractors to construct the necessary buildings for the new Army commands coming to the arsenal, which include the Missile Defense Agency, Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Material Command, Army Security Assistance Command and Rotary Wing Center...."
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A missile defense test fails in Japanese waters
"...on Nov. 20 the test of a missile shield being developed with the United States to protect against possible attacks from North Korea has ended in failure. ..."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Will Obama Continue 'Star Wars?'
"..."Congressional committees are looking to scale back the role of the Missile Defense Agency, an organization that has operated outside the normal rules for weapons programs since it was created by then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld in 2002," writes CQ's Josh Rogin...."
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Company Spotlight: deciBel Research
"...deciBel Research focuses on the design, development, testing, and exploitation of advanced radar target tracking and recognition algorithms. In this quest, deciBel Research excels in the detailed understanding of the phenomenology of radar signatures and their underlying generation process which includes in-depth knowledge of the fundamental sensor construct and data processing capabilities and how they, in turn, capture and interpret the underlying targets and environments phenomenology and physics. deciBel Research core Science and Technology expertise includes multi-frequency RF target phenomenology, advanced spectral estimation algorithms, advanced target motion algorithms, novel 2D and 3D imaging algorithms, and advanced fused, multisensor discrimination-based track algorithms. ..."
Iran's missile tests show need for European shield, officials say
"...Iran said it successfully test-fired a new generation of long-range surface-to-surface missile – one that could easily strike as far away as southeastern Europe with greater precision than earlier models...."
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
ASD, Inc. Celebrates 25 Years as Premier Information Technology (IT) Company
"...U.S. Army and Space Missile Defense Command, Washington Headquarters Services, Defense Intelligence Agency, Joint Forces Command, the Air Force Comptroller, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of Labor, and Department of Energy. Since graduating from the Small Business Administration 8(a) program, ASD has grown into a “big” small business with almost 200 employees; $18M in annual revenues; a corporate HQ’s in Arlington, Virginia; a field office in Huntsville, Alabama;..."
Testing Obama from the very start
"...Hours after Obama was elected president, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev gave a blistering speech vowing to place short-range missiles on Russian's border if Washington proceeds with planned missile defense systems in Eastern Europe...."
Barack Obama throws US missile shield into doubt
"...Officials in Warsaw said that after a conversation between President Lech Kaczynski and Mr Obama, they believe that the chances of the controversial project going ahead now stood at no more than "over 50 per cent"...."
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"...Thanks to the Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama’s Fifth District is a defense and high-tech hub. Parker got a boost when he invited several big-name defense contractors to watch a clip of Sen. Barack Obama pledging in 2007 to cut investment in unproven missile defense systems. “Some jaws hit the floor,” Parker claimed...."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
McCain vs. Obama on Missle Defense for Hawaii
"...The Taepodong-2, North Korea's most advanced missile, has a range of up to 9,300 miles. Hawaii is only about 4,350 miles southwest of North Korea. Hawaii should never have to live in the shadow of missile and nuclear attack. An effective Missile Defense would safeguard our island home from attack and even from nuclear..."
VIDEO: ABC Nightline Missile Defense Ft Greely
"...100th Missile Defense Brigade, April 25 (downloaded from SMDC [http://www.smdc.army.mil ])uploaded for use on Ares [ http://aresblog.net ] ..."
Reference: youtube video from ABC Nightline
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Israel Navy deploys state-of-the-art missile defense shield
"...Israel Aerospace Industries announced Sunday that they successfully completed a series of tests of a new missile defense system for the Israel Navy's fleets. The 'Barak-1' is ..."
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Taking The Steely Dan Approach to Missile Defense
"... Jeff Baxter, once the axman for the band Steely Dan, now works as a consultant on technological issues for the Department of Defense. That’s right, the man nicknamed “Skunk”, the same man who jammed out with Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s and later joined The Doobie Brothers, is now one of the country’s foremost experts on missile defense. ..."
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
SMDC official admits illegal lobbying
"...A Huntsville missile defense official convicted of taking $1.6 million in bribes admitted to not only squeezing contractors for kickbacks, but illegally lobbying Congress for unnecessary work to keep the money flowing and ..."
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The Need for Missile Defense
"...has taken significant steps to develop sea- and land-based missile defense systems, the next White House and Congress should continue supporting missile defense programs to enhance our national security...."
Monday, October 6, 2008
Raytheon Wins Stage I of U.S. Army's award for Integrated Battle Command System
"...IBCS is a U.S. Army development program with a modular, open architecture, "system of systems" construct allowing air and missile defense warfighters to use any sensor and any shooter within an integrated fire control network...."
Friday, October 3, 2008
Why does debate on defense spending matter in Oxford?
"...Miltec collaborates with the university on defense-related projects in the area of applied acoustics research - specifically high-tech sensors that can detect and identify cruise missiles and others that can triangulate the location of earthquakes or nuclear tests. From 2000-2007, Miltec got $12.2 million in six separate defense contracts. Miltec president Don Miller said he and other defense contractors fear that Obama will cut defense spending. "I have particular concerns that he will cut missile defense spending," he said. "It could set this country back 10 years."..."
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Americans deploy anti-missile radar in Israel
"...The radar, said to have a range of more than 2,000 kilometers is located in the south of the country, the radio added, and is operated by a permanent 120-strong US Army staff. Questioned by AFP, an Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman said he did "not know about such a deployment."..."
Friday, September 26, 2008
Area Army, missile defense work gets boost in bill
"...provides defense programs with $28.4 billion more than 2008 funding, said U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville. The bill includes nearly $8.7 billion for MDA programs, including about $284 million for the Multiple Kill Vehicle, $387 million for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor and $915 million for Ballistic Missile Defense System Tests and Targets..."
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Russian spies accused of agitating Czech public against US missiles
Washington plans to build the radar base near Prague as part of a missile shield that it says is intended to deal with the threat from Iran. The plan also calls for 10 interceptor missiles to be based in Poland...."
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
"...The U.S. government has spent more than $60 billion deploying a land-, sea- and air-based missile defense system aimed at intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles. The complex and controversial system has drawn sharp criticism for its cost and questionable efficiency, even as the Pentagon looks to the future of missile defense...."
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Monster is a great place to look for employment in the missile defense industry
As of the date of this article, job search giant Monster , identifies 821 job openings for Missile Defense. Some examples of employment in missile defense are C++ Software Developer (Missile Defense Systems), Mid Level Engineer Analyst (Missile Defense), Principal Industrial Security Specialist (ISSM) - Missile Defense Center, Project Manager, Missile Defense S&T, with companies like SAIC, Raytheon, BAE Sysytems, General Dynamics, and Boeing.
Missile test canceled due to target malfunction
"...The Army canceled a THAAD missile test planned for yesterday afternoon at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kaua'i because of a "malfunction with the target missile," the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said...."
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Missile attack in Pakistan, 7 dead
"...The United States maintains that Taliban and Al-Qaida forces operate with relative impunity in tribal areas along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan and use those areas as a staging ground to attack US forces and their allies inside Afghanistan.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Missile Defense Agency
"...To develop and field an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defense system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight...."
Friday, September 12, 2008
U.S. to sell $7 bln missile-defense system to the United Arab Emirates
"...The main item, worth up to $7 billion, is the so-called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which is built by Lockheed Martin Corp with a system radar from Raytheon Co, and could be used for possible defense against Iran...."
Air Force Tests Huge Airborne Laser Gun
"...test of the high-energy chemical laser was conducted Sunday by the contractors and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the company said...."
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sea-Based Missile Defense
"...The United States Navy plans to deploy a fleet of 18 cruisers and destroyers equipped to engage missiles from the sea before the end of the decade. Multiple theater commanders want and need the assets...."
Thursday, September 4, 2008
::► GOP calls for larger military, missile defense development
"... development and deployment of national and theater missile defenses is a top priority, and call for continued reform of the weapons acquisition process. “Effective, layered missile defenses are critical to guard against the unpredictable actions of rogue regimes and outlaw states ..."
Article Reference: www.armytimes.com
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
TERRY EVERETT: Missile defense shield good for America
"...It has been a long and difficult climb, but today we are actually implementing a basic missile defense system that spans across North America to the Pacific Ocean and now into Europe. The U.S. has key radar and missile interceptor sites in California and Alaska...."
Monday, September 1, 2008
Missile defense backers now cite Russia threat
"...WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. outrage over Russia's invasion of Georgia could prompt Congress to speed up plans for a missile defense system in eastern Europe...."
Friday, August 29, 2008
Polish PM to visit future missile defense site
"...It will be the first visit by Prime Minister Donald Tusk to the former military airport in the village of Redzikowo, on the Baltic Sea coast, where an American base with 10 missile interceptors is to be built just 115 miles from Russia's westernmost frontier...."
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Huntsville - Mid to Senior Level Analyst/Engineer
Missile Employment Spotlight: Miltec Ground Test Execution
"...Interfacing with the GMD Prime Contractor, the OTAs and Warfighters, component product offices, the Combined Test Force (CTF), Missile Defense Agency test groups and GMT personnel..."
Ending an apparent freeze on providing arms to the island, the deal comes at a time of warming cross-strait ties between China and Taiwan.
"...The Department of Defense has given the go-ahead for the purchase of 60 Harpoon Air Launch missiles made by McDonnell Douglas Corp. for delivery in 2009, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported Wednesday..."
"...the KE-ASAT program persisted throughout the 1990s, and hardware was even displayed as recently as 2005, despite the fact that the project had officially been canceled. Both the Pentagon and successive presidential administrations did not want the program, but the KE-ASAT kept rising from the dead because year after year Congress earmarked money for it...."
By George F. Will
The Devils in His Details
"...Iran is developing a missile inventory capable of delivering nuclear weapons the development of which will not be halted by Obama's promised "aggressive personal diplomacy." Yet Obama has vowed to "cut investments in unproven missile defense systems...."
Air Force Base Security Says Objector Violated “Ban and Bar”
"...The missile, a nuclear-capable vehicle with capacity for three warheads, deployed three test reentry vehicles, which reached their Pacific Ocean targets near Kwajalein Atoll..."
A listing of links/resources for the National Missile Defense (NMD)program
"...National Missile Defense - The Arctic Dimension , The Dragon Goes North: Chemical and Biological Warfare Testing in Alaska , Department of Defense Fact Sheets on 27 open-air Chemical and Biological Warfare Tests [Project 112] -- includes 12 tests at Fort Greely - Department of Defense, National Missile Defense and Alaska - Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, [July 19,2001], Missile Defense Agency Emplaces First Interceptor at Fort Greely - Missile Defense Agency, Department of Defense [pdf file, July 22, 2004], New Acquisition Procedures for Missile Defense - Heritage Foundation [February 4, 2004]..."
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Cities of Slupsk, Poland and Huntsville, Alabama Open Partnership Prior to Polish Prime Minster Tusk's Visit to Missile Defense Site
"..."Slupsk and its nearby region will be host to the US 10 two-stage ground- based defensive interceptors site that was agreed upon between Poland and the United States. Huntsville, Alabama has the most prominent engineering community for missile defense technology in the United States."..."
Briefing on the Missile Defense Agreement Between the U.S. and Poland
"...in the missile defense agreement, this is an agreement that covers things such as how the base would be operated, what the respective roles of the different parties would be and their rights; for instance, requirements that the United States has undertaken where we’ve committed not to conduct flight tests of the ballistic missile defense interceptors that would be stationed there out of that site. This wasn’t something we intended to do, but obviously this will fall on a populated area, so it’s an area of concern. Issues of command and control, protection of the environment, how access to the base will be governed, security of the base – things of that nature are covered in the ballistic missile defense agreement...."