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September 22, 2015 | Missile Defense News

THAAD will cost 3tr won: Air Force chief

Korea Herald: Stationing an advanced U.S. missile defense unit on the peninsula will cost around 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion), the new Air Force chief of staff said Tuesday, though he reasserted that South Korea and the U.S. are not currently in talks over its purchase. “It should be about, give or take, 3 trillion… read more

September 22, 2015 | Missile Defense News

US Ambassador to Romania, Hans G. Klemm takes up post

Salon: Hans G. Klemm has presented his credentials to Romania’s president to take up his post as U.S. Ambassador to Romania. Klemm, a career diplomat who is Washington’s first ambassador to Romania since December 2012, was previously ambassador to East Timor from 2007 to 2010. He met Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu Monday and they… read more

September 21, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Missile Defense Questions Need a Political Answer by Duane Neal

IndraStra: In February 2015, two of the most senior leaders in the U.S. armed services, the Chief of Staff of the Army and the Chief of Naval Operations, delivered an “8-star memo” to the Secretary of Defense which recommended the Department sponsor a ballistic missile defense (BMD) strategy assessment, due to the growing challenges associated… read more

September 21, 2015 | Missile Defense News

USS Russell enters 7th Fleet, supports maritime security

DVIDS: USS Russell Public Affairs WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN – The Arleigh Burke- class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Sept. 20, after departing from their homeport of San Diego, California, Sept. 9. Commanded by Cmdr. Gill McCarthy, Russell is a ballistic missile defense ship that… read more

September 21, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Iron Dome intercepts Gaza rocket over Ashkelon

Times of Israel: The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired at the southern city of Ashkelon on Friday night, hours after a similar attack saw a rocket strike open land in a residential area of Sderot. The interception was the first since last summer’s 50-day war between Israel and armed Palestinian groups… read more

September 21, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Thaad touted amid security worries on peninsula

Korea Joongang Daily: The U.S. forces commander in the Pacific said in a Senate hearing on Thursday that he favored the deployment of the U.S.-led anti-ballistic missile system in Korea as a response to any potential missile launches by North Korea. “I think the key is to be ready for all outcomes regarding North Korea… read more

September 21, 2015 | Missile Defense News

U.S. Air Force Secretary Could Take on Expanded Space Duties

SpaceNews: The secretary of the U.S. Air Force would have a greater level of oversight over all Defense Department space programs, according to a draft memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work obtained by SpaceNews. The proposed move is intended to “de-emphasize individual programmatic actions in favor of strategic portfolio decisions,” Work’s memo says, and… read more

September 21, 2015 | Missile Defense News

US Top Nuke Envoy to Visit S. Korea for KIDD Meeting

The U.S.’ top nuclear envoy will visit South Korea to attend the 8th Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD). A South Korean government official said that the U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim will arrive in South Korea Tuesday afternoon. Opening on Wednesday, the two-day defense meeting will focus on… read more

September 21, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Lockheed, MBDA See NATO Future for MEADS

Defense News: Lockheed Martin and MBDA Deutschland are expecting to sign a contract with Germany next year to produce the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) and with that stamp of approval the pair is setting their sights higher. “We think that MEADS has the opportunity to be the NATO air and missile defense system,”… read more

September 18, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Raytheon ship-defense missile hits mark in test

Arizona Daily Star: The U.S. Navy has for the first time successfully fired a tactical ship-defense missile made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems from one of its new coastal combat vessels. In an Aug. 14 test disclosed by Raytheon on Thursday, the littoral combat ship USS Coronado fired a Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) from a… read more

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