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September 18, 2018 | Other News

Why China-Russia military exercises should provoke soul-searching in the West

South China Morning Post: Vostok 2018, Russia’s biggest war games in nearly 40 years involving almost 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft and two Russian naval fleets, took place from September 11 to 15 in Russia’s central and eastern military districts. What made it more exceptional is that it was attended by 3,200 troops with… read more

September 18, 2018 | Missile Defense News

Congress wants new plans from Army on its indirect fire protection suite development

Defense News: WASHINGTON — The Army has changed its acquisition plan for its Indirect Fire Protection Capability — designed to defend against rockets, artillery, and mortars as well as cruise missiles and drones — in a variety of ways and before Congress hands over dollars for the program, it wants more details on how the… read more

September 18, 2018 | Other News

Estonia’s defense minister on Russian threats and defending the Baltics

Defense News: WASHINGTON — In 1994, Jüri Luik helped lead negotiations with Russia on the withdrawal of troops from Estonia. Since that time, he has served in a variety of positions for the government in Tallinn, including stints as foreign and defense minister and as ambassador to NATO, the U.S. and Russia. His third stint… read more

September 18, 2018 | Other News

North Korea’s Kim says summit with Trump stabilized region, sees more progress

Reuters: SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday his “historic” summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore stabilized regional security, and that he expected further progress at an inter-Korean summit aimed at reviving stalled nuclear diplomacy. Kim thanked South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for bringing about the Singapore meeting… read more

September 18, 2018 | MDAA in the News

SpaceX: We’ll Consider Launching Space Weapons If Asked

Defense One: Today, it’s Tesla Roadsters; tomorrow, space lasers? SpaceX’s president and CEO says the firm would consider launching weapons into orbit for the U.S. government, if asked. “If it’s for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would,” Gwynne Shotwell said, in response to a question about SpaceX’s willingness to launch “offensive… read more

September 18, 2018 | Other News

Space Force & Command To Cost $13B For First Five Years: SecAF Memo

Breaking Defense: Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), both oft-criticized and widely admired builder of America’s military satellites and missiles, will become part of a defense-wide Space Development Agency boasting “extraordinary authorities to move quickly and efficiently,” according to the Air Force plan for a Space Force. The other vital nugget in the… read more

September 18, 2018 | Missile Defense News

The US Navy is going to need a bigger boat, and it’s getting ready to buy one

Defense News: WASHINGTON — The U.S. surface Navy is moving rapidly toward buying a new large surface ship that will replace the aging cruisers, a ship that Navy leaders and experts say will need to be spacious to accommodate future upgrades and weapon systems. The office of the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Surface… read more

September 18, 2018 | Missile Defense News

NATO stuck in the middle of a messy, multi-billion dollar weapon sale between Turkey, Russia and the US

CNBC: WASHINGTON — NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, is stuck in the middle of tricky weapons sale between Russia and Turkey and the United States. Last year, Ankara signed an agreement with Moscow for S-400 missiles, a deal reportedly worth $2.5 billion. All the while, Turkey has helped finance America’s most expensive weapons… read more

September 17, 2018 | Threat News

Tu-22M3 Long-Range Bombers Carry Out Airstrikes During Vostok 2018 Military Exercise

The Diplomat: More than 10 Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range strategic and maritime strike bombers of the Russian Air Force carried out an airstrike on an airfield of the simulated enemy in the Zabaikalsky Territory as part of the Vostok 2018 military exercise, Russia’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) said in a September 15 press release. During the… read more

September 17, 2018 | Missile Defense News

Defense giants bet big on small satellites

Washington Post: Major U.S. defense contractors are working to reinvent their satellite businesses to include satellites no larger than a microwave oven, as they try to keep pace with a new crop of commercial technology companies leading a wave of disruption in the space industry… Read full post.… read more

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