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March 21, 2018 | Other News

North Korea acknowledges ‘sign of change’ in relations with US

Washington Examiner: ‘A SIGN OF CHANGE’: It’s been two weeks since the dramatic White House driveway announcement that President Trump had agreed to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and today we have the first glimmer of acknowledgment from Pyongyang. A commentary in the state-run Korean Central News… read more

March 21, 2018 | Threat News

Pentagon Admits Missile Defenses Powerless in Face of Russian Hypersonic Weapons

Sputnik News: US Strategic Command’s apprehensions were reportedly shared by President Donald Trump, who reportedly expressed concerns over Russia’s new ‘invincible’ intercontinental cruise missile and nuclear torpedo during a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin. In testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee, StratCom commander Gen. John Hyten struggled to find the right words… read more

March 21, 2018 | Threat News

The U.S. glimpses possible common ground with Russia

The Washington Post: President Trump’s pledge to pursue arms control talks with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin spotlights possible common ground between Washington and Moscow at a time of extreme discord and offers a remote chance that the two leaders could revive Cold War-era pacts that have broken down steadily in recent years. The remarks offered… read more

March 21, 2018 | Threat News

Japan joining US global anti-missile shield ‘directly affects’ Russia’s security interests – Lavrov

RT: The deployment of US missile shield components in Japan directly affects Russia’s national security and regional interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a press conference with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo. “Japan’s plans for deploying a global missile defense system directly affect [the] security interests of Russia,” Lavrov noted on his state visit,… read more

March 20, 2018 | Missile Defense News

Foundation for U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System Modernized

PR Newswire: DENVER, March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The system of systems that enables the disparate elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) to function as a complete global defense network has been revolutionized. The modernized Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system significantly improves collaborative Ballistic Missile Defense planning and provides global… read more

March 20, 2018 | Other News

LRASM moves forward with successful test firing

Jane’s 360: The air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) is on course to provide the US Navy (USN) with an early anti-surface warfare (ASuW) Increment 1 capability following a sixth successful test firing announced by the company on 19 March. The test saw two production-standard LRASMs launched from a US Air Force (USAF)… read more

March 20, 2018 | Other News

China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

Reuters: TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead. China has stepped up military spending and already dominates the South China Sea,… read more

March 20, 2018 | Missile Defense News

Air and missile defense CFT pursuing ‘layered and tiered approach’

Inside Defense: The cross-functional team focused on air and missile defense modernization has concentrated its early efforts on two urgent requirements, but its director is eyeing longer-range objectives for the next phase of the team’s operation. Brig. Gen. Randall McIntire told Inside the Army in a March 14 interview the CFT has been focused on… read more

March 20, 2018 | Other News

DoD’s cost of low-yield nuclear warhead for submarines set at $48.5 million

Defense News: WASHINGTON — The Pentagon expects to spend $48.5 million over the next five years developing a new low-yield nuclear capability for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. That figure was included in written submissions to Congress, obtained by the Union of Concerned Scientists and shared with Defense News ahead of upcoming hearings about the defense budget.… read more

March 20, 2018 | Other News

S Korea plans new missile unit to take out N Korean artillery sites

Asia Times: South Korea’s military reportedly has plans to create a surface-to-surface-missile unit that can take out long-range North Korean artillery batteries that are buried deep in the mountains on Pyongyang’s side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Public broadcaster the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) says the South Korean army will combine its first and third… read more

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