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Friday, December 28, 2012

Specialized Missile Defense System Equipment order awarded to Kratos

Kratos Receives Order for Specialized Missile Defense System Equipment; Eric DeMarco Comments

"...Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. has won an $8 million order for specialized equipment related to a certain missile defense program, according to a company statement...."

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Track Santa! NORAD has a site to track Santa

Track Santa! NORAD has a site to track Santa

"...Want to track Santa so you can know exactly where he is at. Show your children where Santa is starting December 1, 2012. Simply click on the link/image below starting December 1. The link is provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command...."

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sold: missile complex in Nekoma, N.D. sold for only $530,000

Unknown bidder offers $530,000 for former Safeguard missile complex in Nekoma, N.D.

"...The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex at Nekoma, N.D., has been sold for $530,000, but its fate is unknown...."

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Funding for MEADS left out of a final defense bill for 2013

Congress prohibits funding for missile defense system developed in Central New York

"...The conference committee’s final report said it prohibited funding for the Medium Extended Air Defense System, or MEADS. ..."

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We need an East Coast Missile Defense Site

Defense Bill Likely to Mention East Coast Missile Site

"...negotiations that most likely will lead to the inclusion of language requiring the Defense Department to conduct a study outlining a plan for building an East Coast missile defense site...."

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Russia claims it can defeat ANY anti-missile defense system

Sergei Karakayev

 [Photo: RIA Novosti]

Russian missiles capable to resist any anti missile defense system

"...Under any possible scenario the Russian Strategic Missile Forces will be capable to withstand the potential of any missile defense system and to ensure fulfillment of tasks, Sergei Karakayev, Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, has told today...."
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Huntsville's Raytheon Missile Plant Uses Robots to Build Missiles

Raytheon's Missiles Are Now Made by Robots

"...The 55,000-square-foot Raytheon facility opened its doors last month in Huntsville, Ala., to produce the Standard Missile-3 and SM-6, interceptors used by the U.S. Navy to shoot down ballistic missiles. The factory stands as unique because of its heavy use of autonomous transport vehicles that carry missile components throughout the factory..."

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

North Korea has successful long-range missile launch

N. Korea Launches Long-Range Missile

"...the U.S. and other key allies, including China and Russia -- which traditionally support North Korea -- believe it is a thinly disguised attempt to test an intercontinental ballistic missile. With further development, such technology could be used to develop a missile that could one day reach the United States. ..."

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Japan to protect population from falling missile debris

Order issued to intercept North missile debris

"...Japan stepped up preparations Friday for a long-range rocket North Korea has warned it will launch during a 13-day period from next Monday, ordering the projectile's destruction should any part of it threaten to fall onto Japanese territory...."

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

$81M contract for missile-defense system to BAE

BAE gets $81M contract for missile-defense system

"...for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon-system..."

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Friday, November 30, 2012

MEADS test successful

Successful missile defense test

"...The Medium Extended Air Defense System - or MEADS - detected, tracked, intercepted and destroyed a target in its first-ever intercept flight test...."

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

At Huntsville's new missile plant, America's missiles come to life

At new missile plant, America's missiles come to life

"...Raytheon, one of the world's largest military contractors, opened a brand-new missile production and test facility in Huntsville, Ala. Close by the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal, the facility will be used to..."

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Iron Dome missile defense system saving lives during current attacks

Iron Dome shield restricts Israeli casualties

"...For all the bloodshed and terror wrought by rockets raining down on Israel from Gaza yesterday, the damage would have been far worse without Iron Dome, a missile defence system built with American help and especially designed to defend the Jewish state. ..."

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Monday, November 12, 2012

University of Alabama graduate appointed CEO of Lockheed Martin

University of Alabama grad appointed CEO of Lockheed Martin

Marillyn A. Hewson
"...The new CEO of global aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. is a University of Alabama graduate two times over...."
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) approves possible Qatar and the United Arab Emirates missile defense system sales

U.S. clears sale of Lockheed missile defense system to UAE, Qatar

"...Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have requested the sale of up to $7.6 billion in Lockheed Martin Corp missile-defense systems to counter perceived threats and lower their dependence on U.S. forces, the Pentagon announced on Monday...."

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Tucson-based Raytheon Missile SM-3 missile fails to intercept

Tucson tech: Raytheon-built interceptor is under review after 'miss'

"...the only "miss" during the Oct. 25 test - a whiff by an interceptor made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems - was an unwelcome setback to a major program that Raytheon only recently got back on track...."

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Iron Dome missile defense system undergoes upgrade

Iron Dome battery upgraded

"...Fifth rocket defense system's battery features better interception range, response time..."

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Employment: Senior System Safety Engineer

Senior System Safety Engineer for Missile Defense

"...Reviews product systems, associated support equipment and facilities, functional specifications and operations, and establishes safety requirements for assigned systems. Independently analyzes and recommends safety criteria in system design, equipment and procedures to control or eliminate hazards. Develops safety documents as required to support customer and test/operational range requirements. Performs audits of operational areas and reports effectiveness of system safety program. Participates in accident investigations involving damage to products or..."

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Huntsville: Final proposal revision for Lockheed Medium-range Ballistic Missile Targets contract

Lockheed Martin Submits Final Proposal For Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Targets

"...Lockheed Martin performs Targets and Countermeasures program management and engineering in Huntsville and production in Courtland, Ala. The Lockheed Martin-led..."

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sophisticated missile defense test a success

Military Conducts Largest, Most Complex Test Of Ballistic Missile Defense System

"...The test at Kwajalein Atoll on Wednesday was designed to demonstrate the system’s ability to defend against a raid of five nearly simultaneous threats, agency spokeswoman Pamela Rogers said. The targets included one medium-range ballistic missile, two..."

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Missile defense system is needed now

Missile defense system is needed now

"...It was disappointing that neither Vice President Joe Biden nor Congressman Paul Ryan offered concrete solutions to the problem of a nuclear Iran aside from tougher sanctions. Why not strengthen our missile defenses..."

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weapon System successful test

Lockheed Martin's Missile Defense Systems Engage Multiple Targets During First Ever Integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System Test

"... Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile and Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System successfully engaged in the first-ever test of all three systems demonstrating the integrated capabilities of today's U.S. regional missile defense systems...."

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Redstone Arsenal to produce abundance of smoke Thursday

Safety test at Redstone to produce smoke plumes

"...Officials with Redstone Arsenal announced that they will be testing a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense missile round on Thursday..."

Reference: Rocket City - Huntsville, Alabama .

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lockheed Martin DIAMONDShield™ C2 platform

Lockheed Martin Introduces Advanced Air And Missile C2 System That Provides Commanding View Of The Battlespace

"...By linking weapon and sensor data with advanced map-based Command and Control (C2) capabilities, the DIAMONDShield™ C2 platform provides operators a wide range of intuitive decision-support aids that allows them to plan and execute air defense missions with greater speed, higher confidence and reduced ownership costs...."

Reference: Sacramento Bee .

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 joint air and missile defense exercise

U.S.-Israeli Military Exercise Sending Message to Iran

"...The U.S. and Israel will begin their largest joint air and missile defense exercise by the end of this month, sending a message of solidarity between the nations to Iran and to American voters just before the Nov. 6 presidential election. ..."

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator

Boeing trucks ahead with 8-wheeling laser weapon

"...Boeing said that it's now engaged in the next phase of its contract with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, in which it will install a 10-kilowatt solid-state laser in the system, which has been slightly renamed as HEL MD, for High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator. Field tests will take place in the coming year to let the high-power SSL system show off its dexterity at acquiring, tracking, and defeating "threat-representative" targets...."

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Lockheed consolidates Targets and Countermeasures operations to the Rocket City

Lockheed consolidates operation

"...HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has completed centralization of its Targets and Countermeasures operations, moving facilities and employees to Huntsville, Ala...."

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Missile Defense Protecting Japan From Rogue Regimes

With East Asian Missile Defense, U.S. Sends a Clear Message to China

"...What purpose does missile defense in East Asia serve for the U.S. and its allies? The official narrative in Washington and Tokyo is straightforward: Missile defense is insurance against any unwarranted aggression on the part of a rogue North Korean regime in possession of increasingly robust missile capabilities. ..."

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Iran warns U.S.

Iran warns it will hit US bases if Israel attacks

"...TEHRAN, Iran - A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned that Iran will target U.S. bases in the region in the event of war with Israel, raising the prospect of a broader conflict that would force other countries to get involved, Iranian state television reported Sunday...."

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Friday, September 21, 2012

US Army, Navy Demonstrate JLENS' Ability to Defeat Anti-ship Cruise Missile

"...During the test, a JLENS' fire-control radar acquired and tracked a surrogate anti-ship cruise missile target. The track information was passed to sailors via the Raytheon-made Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) sensor-netting system. The sailors then fired a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-6 at the target. Initial SM-6 guidance used targeting information provided by the JLENS via CEC to the Aegis Weapon System (AWS)..."

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Missile test prompts UFO reports

US Army missile test sparks UFO reports in Southwest

"...PHOENIX — People across the Southwest got an early-morning show in the sky Thursday, courtesy of a trio of unarmed missiles fired from New Mexico, one of which left a brilliant contrail that changed colors as it was illuminated by the rising sun. ..."

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Orbital Sciences Corporation successfully launches target vehicle


"...successfully launched a Patriot Target Vehicle (PTV) under contract with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Space Development Launch Operations (SDLO). The PTV served as an intercept target for the U.S. Army Lower Tier Project Office (LTPO) Patriot missile defense system...."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kratos to Provide Rocket Launch Products and Services for Ballistic Missile Defense Programs

Kratos Awarded $10.5 Million Task Order to Provide Rocket Launch Products and Services for Ballistic Missile Defense Programs

"...announced today it has been awarded a $10.5 million task order under its $100 million U.S. Army Multiple Award Prime Contract (MAC) for Theoretical Studies and Engineering Research (TSER). The Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Detachment White Sands (NSWC PHD Det WS) utilizes the TSER contract to support various national security related customers, including the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program...."

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

High-altitude nuclear burst. - the Wikipedia description

High-altitude nuclear burst. - the Wikipedia description

"...The only nations to detonate nuclear weapons in outer space are the United States and the Soviet Union. The U.S. program began in 1958 with the Hardtack Teak and Hardtack Orange shots, both 3.8 megatons. These warheads were initially carried on Redstone rockets. Later tests were delivered by Thor missiles for Operation Dominic I tests, and modified Lockheed X-17 missiles for the Argus tests. The purpose of the shots was to determine both feasibility of nuclear weapons as an anti-ballistic missile defense, as well as a means to defeat satellites and manned orbiting vehicles in space. High-altitude nuclear blasts produce significantly different effects. In the lower reaches of vacuous space, the resulting fireball grows much larger and faster than it does near the ground, and the radiation it emits travels much farther...."

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Missile Defense Agency chief Patrick O’Reilly not out yet

Missile Defense Agency chief out? Not so fast

"...A month ago, when President Obama nominated Navy Rear Adm. James D. Syring to head the troubled Missile Defense Agency, some folks thought that meant that Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, the current MDA director, would be out soon...."

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Rocket City will be the epicenter of missile defense expertise

Groundbreaking for Redstone Arsenal’s Von Braun IV Building to House Missile Defense Systems

"... work is officially underway to add a huge building to the Von Braun Complex on Redstone Arsenal. Military and political leaders say the new facility will make the Arsenal the epicenter of missile defense expertise in the world...."

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Raytheon awarded contract modification

Raytheon to Supply More Missiles - Analyst Blog

"...Raytheon Company ( RTN ) was awarded a $230.4 million contract modification from the Missile Defense Agency for a sole-source cost-plus-incentive-fee contract action. The addition to the contract consists of 14 Standard Missile-3 Block IA Missiles and 5 Standard Missile-3 Block IB Missiles. The total value of this contract modification is $230.4 million increasing the total contract value from $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion. Work on the contract will be done in Tucson, Arizona. Raytheon expects to finish work on the contract by September 30, 2014...."

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong passes

Neil Armstrong, first person to walk on moon, dies of complications from heart surgery

"...Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who with "one small step" from the Apollo 11 lunar module on July 20, 1969, became the first person to walk on the moon, died Saturday at 82...."

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Barring budget accord, AZ could lose billions, see major layoffs, he tells Raytheon workers

McCain: Defense cuts will hit here

"...The cuts would be divided equally between defense and non-defense federal programs, though defense represents about 19 percent of the entire federal budget, McCain told a crowd of about 400 workers at Raytheon's plant complex near Tucson International Airport...."

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Space and Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville tout local missile work

Lockheed's Alabama missile programs touted as bright spot in gloom over defense budget

"...there was plenty to smile about as they outlined some of their programs during the 15th annual Space & Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville. Lockheed Martin is the third-largest defense and aerospace employer in the Huntsville-North Alabama area, with a "little over a thousand fired-up employees who are providing capabilities and services and programs to our warfighters..."

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Iran prepares with upgraded missile

Iran unveils new missile, starts air defence site

"...President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi attended a ceremony at which officials unveiled the fourth-generation Fateh 110 short-range missile, with a range of about 300 km (180 miles), and other upgraded hardware...."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

X-51A missile test fails

Third test flight of X-51A hypersonic missile ends in failure

"...Wright Patterson AFB has confirmed in an official press release that Tuesday’s test of the Waverider X-51A unmanned hypersonic missile has failed...."

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Missile Integration Technician Salary at Redstone Arsenal, AL - National Salary Trend from Indeed

Missile Integration Technician Salary at Redstone Arsenal, AL - National Salary Trend from Indeed

"...Average Missile Integration Technician salaries for job postings in Redstone Arsenal, AL are 3% lower than average Missile Integration Technician salaries for job postings nationwide...."

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary rockets contract awarded to Lockheed

Army awards $353 million to Lockheed for rocket system known as '70-kilometer sniper rifle'

"...The Army has awarded a $353.2 million contract for the seventh production lot of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary rockets to Lockheed Martin.

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Automatic military budget cuts will be devastating for workers

Budget cuts would affect 10,000 jobs at Lockheed Martin

"...A Huntsville defense industry giant is predicting a coming wave of automatic military budget cuts will be devastating for workers, bad for America's security, and cruel to families.

Lockheed Martin Vice President Dennis Cavin said for people who work in the defense industry, the coming wave of automatic defense cuts would be devastating. ..."
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Friday, August 10, 2012

New Missile Defense Agency director picked

Obama picks new Missile Defense Agency director

Rear Admiral James D. Syring

"...President Obama has nominated Navy Rear Admiral James D. Syring for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as director of the Missile Defense Agency, at Fort Belvoir. ..."

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Stop wiggling your missile while you are on the job!

Pentagon’s War on Porn Spreads to Missile Defense Machines

"...The Missile Defense Agency’s executive director, John James Jr., has warned his staff against “inappropriate” use of the agency’s servers — specifically, “accessing websites, or transmitting messages, containing pornographic or sexually explicit images.” As every visitor to such websites knows, they risk “the introduction of malware or malicious code.”..."

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Still no corrective action for Lt. Gen. O’Reilly

Missile Defense Agency awaits ‘corrective action’

"...On Tuesday afternoon, our colleague, Craig Whitlock, asked DOD spokesman George Little whether Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had “been briefed on that report? And, does he still support Lt. Gen. O’Reilly’s position there?”..."

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Von Braun 4 (IV) complex to break ground in Fall at Redstone Arsenal

Turner Universal to Build Von Braun Complex, Phase IV Missile Defense Agency Administrative Building at Redstone Arsenal

"...In addition to the Von Braun Missile Defense campus, the project at Redstone Arsenal includes design and construction of a multi-story, 225,000-square-foot administrative facility for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Turner expects to break ground this fall. ..."

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Pentagon building missile-defense radar station at a secret site in Qatar

Pentagon Bulks Up Defenses in the Gulf

"...The Pentagon is building a missile-defense radar station at a secret site in Qatar and organizing its biggest-ever minesweeping exercises in the Persian Gulf, as preparations accelerate for a possible flare-up with Iran, according to U.S. officials...."

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Rooftop missiles approved for Olympics

Judge OKs rooftop missiles during London Olympics

"...the British army will be putting a battery of high-velocity missiles on the roof. The defense ministry says the missiles, capable of shooting down a hijacked aircraft, are a key piece in the elaborate jigsaw of security for the London Olympics, which start July 27. ..."

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Raytheon awarded missile interceptor contract ($636m)

Raytheon awarded $636m contract for missile interceptor

"...TUCSON - Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a $636 million contract to provide a vehicle capable of intercepting a ballistic missile in space...."

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MDA Director Gen. Patrick O'Reilly bullied staff (report says)

MDA Chief O'Reilly Abuses Staff, Internal Report Says

"...Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, regularly bullied and screamed at his staff and mismanaged his office, and recommends "corrective action." ..."

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

A list of Nike missile sites (US)

A list of Nike missile sites (US)


... a list of Nike missile sites. This article lists sites in the United States, however the United States Army also deployed Nike missiles to Europe as part of the NATO alliance, with sites being operated by both American and European military forces. U.S. Army Nike sites were also operational in South Korea, Japan and were sold to Taiwan.

Leftover traces of the approximately 265 Nike missile bases can still be seen around cities across the United States. As the sites were decommissioned they were first offered to federal agencies. Many were already on Army National Guard bases who continued to use the property. Others were offered to state and local governments while others were sold to school districts. The left-overs were offered to private individuals. Thus, many Nike sites are now municipal yards, communications and FAA facilities (the IFC areas), probation camps, and even renovated for use as Airsoft gaming and MilSim training complexes. Several were completely obliterated and turned into parks. Some are now private residences. Only a few remain intact and preserve the history of the Nike project. The missile sites are listed by the state in which they are located. The vast majority of the installations were combat ready launch facilities. Each site listing contains information concerning a particular site...."

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Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (Vintage, Book, Amazon)

Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (Vintage)Wernher von Braun

Michael J. Neufeld, curator and space historian at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, delivers a brilliantly nuanced biography of Wernher von Braun, Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (Vintage).

Chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich and one of the fathers of the U.S. space program, Wernher von Braun is a source of consistent fascination. Glorified as a visionary and vilified as a war criminal, he was a man of profound moral complexities, whose intelligence and charisma were coupled with an enormous and, some would say, blinding ambition. Based on new sources, Neufeld's biography delivers a meticulously researched and authoritative portrait of the creator of the V-2 rocket and his times, detailing how he was a man caught between morality and progress, between his dreams of the heavens and the earthbound realities of his life.

Reference: Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War (Vintage)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kauai, Hawaii, target missile launch and intercept

Raytheon missile to be assembled in Huntsville destroys target in 2nd successful test

"...In today's test, a target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, on Kauai, Hawaii, at 4:15 a.m. CDT and flew northwest over the Pacific Ocean. The USS Lake Erie Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ship detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar, according to MDA. The crew used Lockheed Martin's second-generation Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system to launch the SM-3 Block IB missile toward an intercept.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Coal miners fire missiles during clash over jobs

Replacing pickets with missiles: Spanish mining protests grow violent

"...Striking coal workers blocked roads with burning tires and fired missiles at police to stop them breaking up protests in northern Spain on Tuesday, officials from the recession-hit country said. While some miners have remained underground for 23 days, thousands of others in the northern provinces of Asturias and Leon set tires alight..."

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

German and Italian officials warn U.S. that missile program funding cuts will damage ties with U.S.

Germany, Italy urge funding for missile program

"...German and Italian officials warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that their plans to cut off funding for a ground-based NATO missile defense program built by Lockheed Martin Corp would endanger U.S. ties with their countries...."

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Friday, June 8, 2012

103 air-to-ground rockets stolen (Sofia, Bulgaria)

2 Bulgarian army officers arrested for rocket thefts

"...SOFIA: Two Bulgarian army officers were on Friday arrested on suspicion of stealing 103 air-to-ground rockets from their airbase near the eastern city of Burgas, army prosecutors said...."

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

$2 billion U.S. missile interceptor deal for Lockheed Martin Corp

Lockheed wins $2 billion U.S. missile interceptor deal

"...Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) has won a preliminary contract valued at up to $2.02 billion to build at least 42 interceptor missiles for the U.S. military's missile defense agency, the Pentagon said on Tuesday in its daily digest of major arms deals...."

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Friday, June 1, 2012

THAAD radar, the most advanced mobile radar array on Earth

This X-Band Radar System Is What Keeps Iran and Israel from Nuking Each Other

"...the Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance, AN/TPY-2, it is a high-resolution, X-band radar array that has been integrated into missile interceptor systems like the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)—hence the nickname, THAAD radar...."

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Friday, May 25, 2012

The Cold War is over. Let’s defend the population

The Cold War is over. Let’s defend the population.

"...The most visible dispute in U.S.-Russian relations now pits the American desire for protection from prospective Iranian and North Korean nuclear missile threats against the Russian desire for the United States to remain fully vulnerable to Russia’s offensive nuclear capabilities. Russian officials are demanding that the United States sign a legal document guaranteeing that the United States will, as a matter of policy, intentionally remain exposed to Russian nuclear weapons...."

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Real protection for parts of NATO Europe against ballistic missile attack

NATO, Defying Russia, Moves Forward With Missile Shield

"...NATO leaders have agreed to activate a new missile defense shield in three years—openly defying Moscow, which claims the system is aimed at Russian targets..."

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Friday, May 18, 2012

East Coast missile shield site approved by House

House approves East Coast missile shield site in $643 billion defense bill

"...approved the bill in a 299-120 vote after approving dozens of amendments, some after fierce debate that revealed disagreements on issues such as detainee policy, nuclear cooperation with Russia and the speed of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan...."

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Successful intercept for Raytheon's SM-3 program

Raytheon Completes First Flight Test of Improved SM-3

"...PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, KAUAI, Hawaii, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) completed the first successful flight test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB, which is the cornerstone of phase two of the administration's Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA). This is the 20th successful intercept for Raytheon's SM-3 program. ..."

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Russia's top military officer threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe

Pre-emptive Strikes

"....Last week, Russia's top military officer threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if the USA goes ahead with her controversial plan to build a missile shield..."

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Russia threatens United States - prepared to use "destructive force preemptively" to stop the United States

Russia threatens preemptive strike over planned US missile shield

"...Russia’s chief of defense staff reportedly warned Thursday that his country was prepared to use "destructive force preemptively" to stop the United States from creating a missile-defense system in Europe...."

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Friday, April 27, 2012

East Coast missile defense site being considered

Fort Drum eyed by House Republicans for new missile defense site

"...The House Armed Services committee is considering an East Coast missile defense site because of growing concern about Iran. Right now, Fort Greely, in Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, in central California, house the nation's 30 missile interceptors...."

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Missile interceptors are running into production glitches

Reports cast doubt on U.S. missile defense in Europe

"...They say missile interceptors are running into production glitches, radars are underpowered, and sensors cannot distinguish between warheads and other objects...."

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Missile-technology: six noteworthy advances

Blast-off: 6 recent missile advances

"...Missiles have been prominent in the news lately, with India’s successful test, North Korea’s failed one, and much talk of missile defense systems in Europe and the Persian Gulf. Here are six noteworthy missile-technology advances – three offensive, three defensive – revealed in recent weeks...."

Tags: Missile-technology, India's Agni-V Missile, North Korea’s Unha-3 Missile, South Korea’s Hyunmoo Missile, US missile interceptors, Iran’s S-300 missile defense, Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense,

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

North Korea Uncooperative

North Korea Says It Will Abandon Deal With U.S.

"...abandoning an agreement in made in February with the United States, in which it promised to suspend uranium enrichment, nuclear tests and long-range missile tests. ..."

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Get a decommissioned missile silo condo for protection,

Missile silo becomes condos with Doomsday in mind

"...can set you up in an 1,800-square-foot condominium built in a decommissioned missile silo in the middle of the desolate Kansas prairie...."

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Huntsville a major player in defense

Interceptor missiles, radars with Huntsville ties in place as North Korea plans rocket launch

"...Those Standard Missile 3 interceptors aboard U.S. and Japanese Aegis destroyers are made by Raytheon. And a version of those SM-3 missiles will soon be put together at the $75 million plant the company is building on Redstone Arsenal...."

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North Korea's Unha-3 Missile Crashes

U.S. watches for North Korea's next move after rocket crash

"...The Pentagon said it was keeping an eye on North Korea. "It's not just about missiles. It's about other things that they have and might do," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters, saying he could not confirm any underground nuclear test preparations in North Korea...."

Reference: India Today .

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Japanese may use Aegis missile defense systems to intercept North Korean rocket

Japan orders missile units to intercept North Korean rocket if territory threatened

"...Japan’s defense minister Friday ordered missile units to intercept a long-range rocket expected to be launched by North Korea if the rocket or its fragments threaten to hit Japan...."

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Monday, March 26, 2012

“Missile to Moon,” airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27

APT documentary film 'Missile to Moon' reveals Wernher von Braun as a man on a mission

"...In recognition of von Braun’s 100th birthday, Alabama Public Television will air a 56-minute documentary titled “Missile to Moon,” which airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. ..."

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Russia offers airbase

US-Russia 'reset' gets a boost with Russian offer of airbase

"..."Letting them use Ulyanovsk could be just the beginning. We can move on to address other outstanding issues between us, such as the anti-missile shield in Europe." ..."

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Missile defense shield to provide safety around Olympic Park

Row rages over missile sites considered during Olympics

"...A British lawmaker has hit out at defense ministry plans to install surface-to-air missiles in his constituency during the Olympics, saying it was appalling sites like Shooter's Hill had been selected without consultation. ..."

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets

Iron Dome intercepts 5 rockets as barrage continues

"...The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Beersheba and Ahsdod early Saturday morning. ..."

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Patriot Engineering Services contract Issued by the Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Al.

Raytheon Awarded $138.7 Million Contract for Patriot Engineering

"...Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., the contract calls for Raytheon to continue to deliver systems analysis, ..."

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Israel is ready to conduct the first test of the Arrow 3 missile defense system

Israel to test next-generation missile defense system

"..."The initial trial of the advanced Arrow 3 will be performed in the near future to confirm the interceptor's effectiveness," Itzhak Kaya, head of the Arrow Missile Program at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), said in a military and aviation exhibition Thursday near Tel Aviv. ..."

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) battle manager at its facility in Huntsville, Ala

Lockheed Martin Corporation : Third MEADS Battle Manager Arrives In Huntsville for Integration Testing

"...The MEADS battle manager controls an advanced network-centric open architecture that allows any combination of sensors and launchers to be organized into a single air and missile defense battle element. Through a capability called plug-and-fight, sensors, shooters or other battle managers act as nodes on the network. From the MEADS battle manager, a commander can add or subtract nodes as the situation dictates without shutting down the system. ..."

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

U.S. budget plan could impact major defense contractors

Ariz. defense sector braces for cutback

"...Missile-defense systems are produced at Raytheon's Tucson division. Just last month, the U.S. Navy awarded the Tucson division a nearly $40 million contract for production and delivery of the AIM-9X Bock II infrared-guided air-to-air missile...."

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Raytheon Missile Plant at Redstone Arsenal

Running Raytheon's Redstone Arsenal missile plant an opportunity, homecoming for Athens native

"...Raytheon is on schedule to take "beneficial occupancy" of the plant from contractor Brasfield Gorrie of Birmingham in August. Stevenson said last week that will be when the specialized equipment can go in. The first delivery of SM-6 missiles from here is set for January 2013, followed closely by the first SM-3s...."

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From missiles to game apps

Tucson man enjoying game of life with profitable app creations for kids

"...Tegeder was writing computer code for missiles by day, and hammering out code for mobile-device game applications by night. Now, Tegeder has traded missiles for dinosaurs ..."

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Unparalleled BMD hit-to-kill intercept record, Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Missile Defense Programs Achieve Significant Milestones in 2011

"...Also in preparation for the November test, MEADS successfully completed a Battle Management Command, Control, Communications and Computers and Intelligence (BMC4I) software design review in Huntsville, Ala., in August. The review validated software design and functionalities needed for upcoming MEADS flight tests and demonstrations...."

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Protecting top-secret technical data on the U.S. Standard Missile-3

Obama To Betray Missile Defense Secrets To Moscow

"...issued a signing statement, something he once opposed, saying that language in the bill aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on the U.S. Standard Missile-3 — linchpin of our missile defense..."

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Drill shows Iran missile could hit Israel, U.S. bases

Iran test-fires missiles in Gulf exercise

"...Despite his use of the term 'long-range', the semi-official Fars news agency said the Qader's range was only 200 km (125 miles), and no figure was given for the Nour...."

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