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January 29, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Stoltenberg: NATO Defense Spending on Firmer Footing

Defense News: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says that alliance defense spending is moving in the “right direction,” although one country, the United States, still accounts for almost three-quarters of total defense expenditures. NATO’s annual report, released here Thursday, noted that the US estimate stood at 72 percent of total spending. Stoltenberg said that last year, 16… read more

January 29, 2016 | Missile Defense News

First Israeli APC gets advanced missile defense

Times of Israel: For the first time, an Israeli armored personnel carrier has been outfitted with the advanced Windbreaker missile defense system, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday. The active defense system has previously been installed on IDF tanks and saw combat during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, but Me’il Ruah in Hebrew, or… read more

January 29, 2016 | Missile Defense News

North Korea missile site activity revives talk of U.S. missile defense in South

The Fiscal Times: South Korea indicated increased willingness to host an advanced U.S. anti-missile defense on Friday as activity detected at a North Korean missile site revived talk of deploying a system opposed by China and Russia. U.S. military officials have said the sophisticated system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) was needed in… read more

January 28, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Vandenberg AFB to launch ground-based interceptor

KSBY San Luis Obispo News: Another launch is planned at Vandenberg Air Force Base. A U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight test of a Ground-based Interceptor is scheduled for Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. “The 30th Space Wing has a long and proud history of working diligently alongside our Missile Defense Agency partners to provide safe… read more

January 28, 2016 | Missile Defense News

PACOM commander Harris supports study of Aegis missile defense for Hawaii

Stars and Stripes: Establishing an Aegis Ashore missile interceptor site in Hawaii “may be a good idea” to help protect the U.S. mainland, the head of Pacific Command says. “Whether we do it or not should be an outcome of a deliberative process,” Adm. Harry Harris said during a speech Wednesday at the Center for… read more

January 27, 2016 | Missile Defense News

ISIS, Global Threats Boost US Arms Exports

A wide range of global threats posed by Islamic State militants and nations like Iran are continuing to fuel the sale of American-made arms around the world. Despite slower domestic sales in the U.S., the foreign market remains ripe. Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, reported that foreign orders made up 21 percent of the… read more

January 27, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S. Says It Will Step Up Defenses if China Fails to Act Against North Korea

The New York Times: BEIJING — Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Wednesday that if China failed to do more to curb North Korea’s enhanced nuclear capacity, Washington would take steps that China has strongly opposed, including deploying defense systems to protect American allies in Asia. “This is a threat the United States must… read more

January 26, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Defense minister calls for reviewing THAAD deployment

The Korea Times: Defense Minister Han Min-koo Monday cited the need for the nation to review a U.S. plan to deploy an advanced missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula to better deter North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile threats. “We should deal with the issue of the terminal high-altitude area defense (THAAD) system from… read more

January 26, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Missile Defense Test Thursday at Vandenberg Won’t Include Intercept Attempt

Noozhawk: A test launch for the missile-defense system is planned for Thursday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, but it won’t involve an intercept attempt. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency intends to conduct a test of a ground-based interceptor between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from an underground silo on North Base. “The 30th Space Wing has a… read more

January 26, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Seoul pressures China with THAAD

The Korea Times: South Korea’s changing stance on the THAAD missile defense system reflects growing worries here about China’s two-faced approach toward North Korea and its nuclear program, analysts said Tuesday. President Park Geun-hye and key defense officials have indicated that Seoul can allow the U.S. to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system… read more

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