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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

January 25, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S. missile shield to undergo test

Examiner: The head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has outlined several upcoming tests designed to improve the ability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system to protect the United States against long-range ballistic missiles. Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, MDA’s director, said Jan. 19 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in… read more

January 25, 2016 | Missile Defense News

US might upgrade Hawaii missile defense system

Engineering and Technology Magazine: The US military is considering turning its Aegis missile defence test site in Hawaii into a combat-ready facility to protect against ballistic missile attacks. Anonymous military sources have claimed that although the proposal has been in discussion for several years, it has recently gained fresh impetus following North Korean nuclear tests… read more

January 25, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S. strategic commander: Missile defense key to defending against N.K. threats

Yonhap: WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) — Ballistic missile defense is among key strategic deterrent capabilities necessary to cope with threats from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the U.S. strategic commander said Friday. “Our missile defense efforts are also part of our strategic deterrent kitbag, if you will, and it’s very important. We just look… read more

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