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May 20, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Ukraine Open to Hosting Missile-Defense System

ABC News: Ukraine is open to considering proposals to place a ballistic missile-defense system on its territory to ward off the risk of attacks from Russia, a senior Ukrainian defense official said Wednesday. So far no one has offered. Oleksandr Turchynov, the head of Ukraine’s National Security Council, told Ukrinform news agency in an interview… read more

May 20, 2015 | Missile Defense News

NATO’s missile defense capability set for modernization

UPI: NATO’s missile command-and-control system is to be modernized by ThalesRaytheonSystems under a contract worth more than $105 million. The upgrades will strengthen and expand the functions of the alliance’s current missile defense command-and-control system and allow the alliance to link national sensors and interceptors with NATO’s Air Command at Ramstein Air Base Germany. “The… read more

May 18, 2015 | Missile Defense News

House Paves the Way for Japan to Buy Aegis Ashore; Adds Anti-Air Warfare to European Sites

USNI News: The National Defense Authorization Act passed on Friday by the House of Representatives includes measures to improve the capability of U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense sites and to make it easier to sell the land-based system to allies. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) strategic forces subcommittee chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) offered an amendment… read more

May 15, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Missile shield for Gulf to take years, and heavy U.S. commitment

Reuters: May 15 A U.S.-supplied missile shield to protect Gulf nations against Iranian attacks will take years to complete, requiring a step-up in regional trust, more U.S. sales of sensitive weapons, and intensive U.S. training to avoid mishaps in the volatile region. A renewed joint commitment to build the regional defense system was one of… read more

May 15, 2015 | Missile Defense News

German defense ministry reportedly decides on ‘Meads’ missile defense system

Deutsche Welle: The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ), a leading German national daily, reported on Friday that Berlin’s defense ministry had decided to purchase the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) developed by US defense giant Lockheed Martin in cooperation with German MBDA and Italian companies. The defense ministry has, however, so far declined to confirm the… read more

May 14, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Getting the GCC to Cooperate on Missile Defense

War on the Rocks: This week President Obama convenes a summit with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, at which he will reportedly urge GCC members to move forward on missile defense cooperation. The range of cooperation under consideration consists of greater information and intelligence sharing, interoperability, additional foreign military sales on both a… read more

May 14, 2015 | Missile Defense News

The Middle East Has Four Minutes To Act If Iran Fires a Missile

Defense One: If Iran launches a ballistic missile at the Middle East, nuclear or not, Arab states would have as little as four minutes to act before impact. Ideally, the launch would be detected, the missile tracked during its flight by radar and its trajectory then passed to an interceptor missile, which would then blast off.… read more

May 14, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Wiggins becomes SMDC’s senior enlisted Soldier

Redstone Rocket: Members of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command witnessed Command Sgt. Maj. Jerome Wiggins assume the top-level noncommissioned officer responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. James Ross to become the command’s 11th command sergeant major. During the change of responsibility Friday, Lt. Gen. David Mann, SMDC/ARSTRAT commander, passed the ceremonial sword… read more

May 14, 2015 | Missile Defense News

The Masterplan for Stopping North Korea’s Deadly Underwater Nukes

The National Interest: North Korea’s apparently successful test of a workable submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) was big news over the weekend. Signs that North Korea had been working on designing and testing both an SLBM and a submarine with the vertical missile launch tubes capable of firing them have been circulating for some time. In March, Admiral… read more

May 12, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Air & Missile Defense Radar sails through Critical Design Review

PR Newswire: TEWKSBURY, Mass., May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) have completed the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) critical design review. The outcome confirms Raytheon’s design and technologies as mature, producible and low risk; on track to meet all radar performance requirements, on schedule and within cost.… read more

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