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January 12, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Aegis Combat System upgrade gets Navy approval

UPI: The latest evolution of the Aegis Combat System for U.S. destroyers, Baseline 9.C1, has been certified by the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency. Certification for deployment follows four test events this past summer aboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) in which it detected, tracked and engaged two ballistic missile targets… read more

January 12, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Raytheon’s improved ship-defense missile hits mark

Arizona Daily Star: Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems says its latest version of a ship-defense system, co-developed with Germany, has successfully intercepted a missile target. Raytheon’s SeaRAM anti-ship missile defense system used a Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 for the first time to intercept an incoming target during a U.S. Navy live-fire exercise at China Lake… read more

January 11, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Navy’s Rail Gun Still Headed to Sea, but on Which Ship?

Defense News: WASHINGTON — One of the prime attributes of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers is the design’s 78-megawatt integrated power system, able to switch electrical power between propulsion, sensor and weapon systems. It’s long been touted as the best platform to field new energy-gobbling weapons like rail guns and lasers. A year ago, however, it… read more

January 11, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S. may send more strategic weapons to Korean peninsula: South Korea

Reuters: The United States and its ally South Korea were discussing on Monday sending more strategic U.S. weapons to the Korean peninsula, a day after a U.S. B-52 bomber flew over South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test last week. North Korea said it set off a hydrogen bomb last Wednesday, its fourth… read more

January 11, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Guam anti-missile unit’s main focus is North Korean threat

Stars and Stripes: ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — The nickname for the anti-ballistic missile task force stationed here doesn’t leave much doubt from what direction the threat is expected to come. “We’re the Musudan Manglers,” Lt. Col. Jefferey Slown said during a recent tour of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense unit, or THAAD,… read more

January 8, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Cavalier AFS significant link to missile warning/space defense

Air Force Space Command: Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. — Once a major piece of U.S. nuclear defenses during the Cold War, Cavalier Air Force Station continues to be a significant link in the nation’s missile warning and space defense scheme. The 10th Space Warning Squadron is a geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing at… read more

January 7, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S., South Korean Forces on Alert after North’s Nuclear Test

Voice of America: SEOUL—U.S. and South Korean military forces on the Korean peninsula have been put on high alert following North Korea’s fourth nuclear test conducted Wednesday. The U.S Air Force reportedly sent an atmospheric collection aircraft from the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa to gather residue radioactive particles produced by the North Korean blast… read more

January 7, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S. likely to step up efforts to build IAMD with Seoul, Tokyo

The Korea Herald: North Korea’s latest provocation is expected to serve as a catalyst to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and Japan, and bring in South Korea in Washington’s efforts to build a holistic integrated air and missile defense program, or IAMD. Japan has already been a stalwart supporter of the IAMD, while… read more

January 6, 2016 | Missile Defense News

A Bold New Baltic Strategy for NATO

The National Interest: U.S. security policy in North Central Europe is based on deterrence by punishment. As in the rest of its global alliance network, American extended deterrence in this region functions on the premise that the United States will be able to defeat the local challenger through devastating counterattacks. As for U.S. allies in… read more

January 6, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Europe’s Missile Shield and Iran’s Capabilities

Military Edge: On December 18, the same week UN experts declared that Iran’s October test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile was a violation of this summer’s nuclear deal, Washington announced the completion of an advanced missile defense facility in Romania. It is designed, among other things, to defend Europe against Tehran’s increasing missile capabilities.… read more

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