Missile Defense News

February 5, 2015 | Events

MDAA Congressional Roundtable: Homeland Missile Defense

On February 5, 2015, the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance hosted a roundtable discussion on U.S. Homeland Missile Defense with a bipartisan group of Congressional Staffers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives at the United States Capitol. We were honored to have the two most premier experts in the nation on the Ground… read more

February 5, 2015 | Other News

Pakistan Tests Cruise Missile

Defense News: ISLAMABAD — Monday’s test of the Ra’ad air-launched cruise missile may have been designed to check the effectiveness of an upgrade, according to analysts. The test was announced in a press release by the military’s media arm, Inter Services Public Relations. It provided few details, only saying, “Pakistan conducted a successful Flight Test… read more

February 4, 2015 | Other News

Ashton B. Carter expected to win easy approval as new U.S. defense secretary

Washington Post: Facing no significant opposition on Capitol Hill, Ashton B. Carter is expected to win easy approval from the Senate to become the next secretary of defense. But when he appears for his confirmation hearing Wednesday, he’s still likely to face a grilling from lawmakers — about President Obama’s national security policies. Carter, 60,… read more

February 4, 2015 | Threat News

Iran’s missile program “not included” in nuclear talks: negotiator

Xinhua: Missile program of the Islamic republic is not included in the nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers, Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said here on Tuesday. “Within the framework of nuclear talks between our country and the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany), in the past… read more

February 3, 2015 | Threat News

Iran Satellite Launch Sparks Concern

MDAA Ian Williams   February 3, 2015 —Iran launched a small reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Monday at approximately 3:50am, a demonstration of the country’s growing competency in rocket and missile technology. This is the fourth satellite Iran has launched since 2009. The satellite was carried by a 72-foot Safir rocket, the booster of which is based… read more

February 3, 2015 | Other News

Obama’s Defense Budget Aims Higher, and at Overseas Conflicts

New York Times: WASHINGTON — President Obama is asking the new Republican Congress for a base defense budget of $534 billion in 2016, the Pentagon said on Monday in its annual budget release, exceeding by $35 billion the mandatory across-the-board reductions known as sequestration. Separately, Mr. Obama is asking for an additional $51 billion to… read more

February 3, 2015 | Other News

Seeking a strategy-driven defense budget for challenges facing U.S.

Washington Post: Walter Pincus Sen. John McCain, the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wants the fiscal 2016 defense budget to be strategy-driven rather than budget-driven. Defense Department officials claim the $585.3 billion being sought in the Pentagon’s fiscal 2016 request is strategy-driven. But what’s President Obama’s strategy? And if you are like… read more

February 3, 2015 | Threat News

Test launch of Russia’s new Yars-based ballistic missile due in March — source

ITAR Tass: MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. A test launch of the new solid propellant inter-continental ballistic missile RS-26, based on the previous model RS-24 Yars has been scheduled for the middle of March, a source in the defense industry said. “There are plans for launching the RS-26 toward the end of the quarter, some day… read more

February 2, 2015 | Other News

Canister based Agni V, India’s most potent missile, test-fired successfully

Financial Express: Marking another milestone in the country’s deterrence capability, India today successfully carried out the maiden canister-based trial of its most potent missile Agni-V, which has a strike range of over 5000 kms and can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne. The missile was launched from a canister mounted on a road-mobile… read more

February 2, 2015 | Threat News

Analysis: Iranian ICBM claim falls short of the mark

IHS Jane’s 360: Claims that Iran is preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) are based on incorrect analysis of a satellite image showing the new facility at the Khomeini Space Centre in Semnan province. The claim was first made on 21 January by Israel’s Channel 2 on the basis of an undated EROS-B… read more

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