MDAA in the News

October 31, 2018 | MDAA in the News

US Warship Successfully Intercepts, Shoots Down Ballistic Missile In Military Test

IFLScience: For the second time in a row, the Department of Defense has successfully tested a key missile defense system capable of detecting, tracking, and ultimately striking down an enemy ballistic missile. On October 26, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) launched an “enemy” medium-range ballistic missile from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai,… read more

October 29, 2018 | MDAA in the News

U.S. missile defense system intercepts medium-range missile in test

Reuters: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military said it successfully tested a key missile defense system on Friday, in a milestone that experts say shows a growing U.S. capability to knock down an incoming, medium-range missile from countries like North Korea and Iran. The Aegis system used in the latest test was fitted with a… read more

October 26, 2018 | MDAA in the News

Jamie McIntyre’s Daily on Defense

The Washington Examiner: The decision to withdraw from the INF is getting praise in some quarters, including from some of Trump’s harshest critics. “Just because President Trump does something doesn’t mean it’s wrong,” writes Max Boot in the Washington Post. “Declaring that the United States is ready to walk away is a good first step… read more

October 9, 2018 | MDAA in the News

Girl Powered event: Sugar, spice, everything STEM

GCU Today: Forget stirring gooey cookie batter. Instead, fourth- through eighth-grade girls at Saturday’s Girl Powered STEM Workshop in Grand Canyon University’s Engineering Building stirred up a little chemistry, churning out a few batches of wonderfully flubbery, slime-like gooey gak. Then — mind storm! —  they programmed LEGO cars. Their minds also were blown hearing… read more

September 28, 2018 | MDAA in the News

Analysts: Israel Will Act In Syria Despite Russia’s S-300 Defense System

Media Line: Russia’s deployment in the coming weeks of advanced the S-300 missile defense system in Syria will limit air strikes carried out by Israel and the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State but not stop them entirely, according to defense analysts. “On the geopolitical level, the provision of the S-300 to Syria would certainly… read more

September 18, 2018 | MDAA in the News

SpaceX: We’ll Consider Launching Space Weapons If Asked

Defense One: Today, it’s Tesla Roadsters; tomorrow, space lasers? SpaceX’s president and CEO says the firm would consider launching weapons into orbit for the U.S. government, if asked. “If it’s for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would,” Gwynne Shotwell said, in response to a question about SpaceX’s willingness to launch “offensive… read more

September 14, 2018 | MDAA in the News

MDA: Space-based Kill Assessment constellation nearly in place, set to deliver new capability

Inside Defense: The Defense Department is putting the final pieces in place for its Spaced-based Kill Assessment project that aims to give combatant commanders the ability to determine whether an interceptor hit or missed an enemy ballistic missile, a new capability to help inform whether a second shot needs to be taken against an incoming… read more

September 7, 2018 | MDAA in the News

Patriot missile maintainers keep air defense artillery systems mission-ready

DVIDS: CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – While deployed to Southwest Asia, the maintenance team of Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade diligently safeguards the operational readiness of the combat force in its area of operation. The 1-62nd falls under the 31st Air Defense Artillery as part of Task… read more

September 7, 2018 | MDAA in the News

Pentagon mulls options for space-based missile defence sensors

Jane’s 360: The Pentagon is considering adding a significant array of space-based tracking assets to improve missile defence capabilities following a recent wave of congressional support. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor system is effective defending against a limited-sized raid of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the mid-course phase of flight, but its sensors can… read more

September 6, 2018 | MDAA in the News

US fast-tracking hypersonic weapons and will deploy space-based defenses

Next Big Future: Hypersonic weapons are weapons and vehicles that can move faster than 5 times the speed of sound. Russia and China have both deployed new rockets that are tipped with hypersonic warheads. The US has had hypersonic weapons development for decades but is now speeding offensive and defensive systems. Michael Griffin, the undersecretary… read more

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