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January 26, 2018 | Other News

U.S. Military Drills With South Korea Planned After Olympics

Bloomberg Politics: The U.S. and South Korea will conduct joint military drills as “normal” after the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang end in March, Defense Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyunsoo said in a briefing Thursday. That stance was echoed at the Pentagon, where Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, staff director for the Joint Chiefs, told reporters,… read more

January 25, 2018 | Other News

Making Moves: SASC Advances Four More Pentagon Nominees

Politico: The Senate Armed Services Committee [Wednesday] advanced four new Pentagon nominees by voice vote to the full Senate. The panel approved the nominations of: Michael D. Griffin to be undersecretary of Defense for research and engineering; Phyllis Bayer to be assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment; John Henderson to be… read more

January 25, 2018 | Other News

After Turkey, Qatar interested in buying the Russian S-400 missile systems

Cyprus Mail Online: Qatar is in talks with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile air defense systems, Tass state news agency quoted the Qatari ambassador to Russia on Thursday as saying. Qatar is engaged in a deepening diplomatic row with some of its Gulf Arab neighbours, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE),… read more

January 25, 2018 | Other News

India to Test 800-km Range BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile in 2018

The Diplomat: The Indian Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) research arm, the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), is expected to test fire an extended-range supersonic BrahMos cruise missile by the end of 2018, according to Indian government officials quoted by local media outlets last week. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will test fire the extended-range air-launched… read more

January 25, 2018 | Other News

China consulting with US on participation in naval drills

Fox News: BEIJING – China’s Defense Ministry said Thursday it is consulting with the U.S. over again participating in large-scale multinational military exercises being held this summer. Spokesman Wu Qian told reporters at a monthly briefing that China had already been formally invited to take part in the Pacific Rim drills hosted by the U.S.… read more

January 24, 2018 | Other News

Orbital ATK joins DARPA to research hypersonic engines

UPI: Jan. 23 (UPI) — Orbital ATK announced on Tuesday that it has been tapped by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to study the integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies for use in a new aircraft propulsion system. Orbital is developing other advanced engines, such as a rocket pulse motor for cold weather,… read more

January 23, 2018 | Other News

Tokyo holds first North Korean missile attack drill

Global News: TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill on Monday with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters for the Japanese capital in the event of a North Korean missile strike. The choreographed evacuations at a fair ground and park ringing… read more

January 23, 2018 | Other News

Give the Low-Yield SLBM its Day in Court

Defense One: Two weeks ago, a draft of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review was leaked to the Huffington Post. The draft reportedly calls for lowering the explosive yield on a portion of U.S. submarine-launched ballistic missiles, or SLBMs, and it immediately triggered concerns that the United States will lower the nuclear threshold. If this… read more

January 22, 2018 | Other News

Tokyo’s first ballistic missile drill gets mixed reaction

Japan Times: In a first for Tokyo, a disaster drill based on a ballistic missile attack was held Monday in response to the nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. The drill took place in several locations in Bunkyo Ward near Tokyo Dome, including the Tokyo Dome City Attractions amusement park, Kasuga and Korakuen subway… read more

January 19, 2018 | Other News

Navy Will Start Construction in May on High-Tech Flight III DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer

The National Interest: Navy developers say NIFC-CA presents the ability to extend the range of attack missiles and extend the reach of sensors by netting different sensors from different platforms — both sea-based and air-based together into one fire control system. NIFC-CA is part of an overall integrated air and missile defense high-tech upgrade now… read more

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