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April 28, 2015 | Missile Defense News

GOP, Pentagon tussle over East Coast shield

Politico: The Pentagon has repeatedly said it doesn’t need — nor can it afford — a third anti-missile battery on American territory to defend against a possible attack from North Korea or Iran. But that hasn’t stopped congressional Republicans, ideologically predisposed to a more comprehensive missile shield than Democrats, from pushing for one on the… read more

April 28, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Turkish company to take part in NATO’s defense program

Anadolu Agency: Turkey’s defense systems producer, ASELSAN, will be part of the team involved in the NATO Ballistic Missile Defense program, the company announced Monday. In February, the NATO Communications and Information Agency awarded a contract worth up to $77 million to Leidos, a U.S. company specializing in defense, to provide systems engineering and integration… read more

April 28, 2015 | Missile Defense News

US-Japan defense deal broadens Tokyo’s role in face of growing Chinese might

The Guardian: The United States and Japan have unveiled new rules for defense cooperation in a historic move that will give Japanese armed forces a more ambitious global role amid concerns over China’s rising sway. Under the revised guidelines, Japan could come to the aid of US forces threatened by a third country or, for… read more

April 23, 2015 | Missile Defense News

House Pushes for Missile Defense Improvements to Counter Russia

Military.com News: The House Armed Service’s Strategic Forces subcommittee said Wednesday that Russia’s acts of aggression on the Ukraine border have increased the urgency in developing America’s missile defense systems. Subcommittee leaders made their comments in the markup of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act in which they called developing a new kill vehicle for… read more

April 23, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Seapower Markup Supports US Navy Programs

Defense News: WASHINGTON — The US Navy’s fiscal 2016 budget submissions in general enjoy support on Capitol Hill, but questions remain about several programs and certain strategic direction aspects. With its markup released Wednesday morning, the House Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee provided several answers about how the debate could go, showing strong backing across… read more

April 23, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Schumacher selected as SMDC deputy commander

Redstone Rocket: The secretary of the Army has approved the selection of Julie Schumacher for the position of deputy to the commander for Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. Schumacher, a member of the Senior Executive Service since November 2011, has served as the acting deputy to the commander since October and will… read more

April 22, 2015 | Missile Defense News

South Korea Is Planning a Huge Increase in Defense Spending

The Diplomat: On Monday, South Korea said that its defense budget would grow markedly over the next five years amid a growing perception of threats from North Korea. According to Yonhap News, South Korean defense spending will grow by $214.7 billion (232 trillion won) between 2016 and 2020. The annual rate of increase will be roughly… read more

April 22, 2015 | Missile Defense News

$286m David’s Sling funding bill introduced in House of Representatives

Times of Israel: WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation to continue funding for the joint US-Israel air defense system known as David’s Sling was introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill introduced Tuesday by Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., would authorize $286 million for procurement, research and development for the midrange missile defense… read more

April 22, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Raytheon reaches deal with Poland

Boston Globe: Even as the United States cuts its military spending, insurgencies in Eastern Europe and civil wars in the Middle East are raging. It is a disaster for world peace but an opportunity for US arms makers such as Waltham-based Raytheon Co. In the past six months, Raytheon has made three overseas sales of… read more

April 21, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Turkey Shifts Away From West on Defense

Wall Street Journal: ISTANBUL—Since the Ottoman Empire traded swords for guns two centuries ago, Turkey’s military has relied on Western arms and know-how. Now, the country’s leadership is pushing to end that arrangement in a shift that is rattling its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies. Ankara has recently moved to diminish Turkey’s military dependence on… read more

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