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January 11, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Navy’s Rail Gun Still Headed to Sea, but on Which Ship?

Defense News: WASHINGTON — One of the prime attributes of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers is the design’s 78-megawatt integrated power system, able to switch electrical power between propulsion, sensor and weapon systems. It’s long been touted as the best platform to field new energy-gobbling weapons like rail guns and lasers. A year ago, however, it… read more

January 11, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S. may send more strategic weapons to Korean peninsula: South Korea

Reuters: The United States and its ally South Korea were discussing on Monday sending more strategic U.S. weapons to the Korean peninsula, a day after a U.S. B-52 bomber flew over South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test last week. North Korea said it set off a hydrogen bomb last Wednesday, its fourth… read more

January 11, 2016 | Threat News

How Far Along Are North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles?

The Diplomat: After grabbing headlines the world over on January 6 for its (dubious) claim of having successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, North Korea released what it claimed was video of successful submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test on Friday. The test was supposedly carried out in late-December 2015. (You can view the full video here.) Immediately after… read more

January 11, 2016 | Threat News

Why new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missiles must still be pursued

The Economic Times: The United States should lift sanctions on Iran; no, it should impose new sanctions on Iran. The short answer is that the Obama administration should do both. The sanctions imposed to press Iran to negotiate curbs on its nuclear program should be lifted as promised when the recent nuclear agreement goes into… read more

January 11, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Guam anti-missile unit’s main focus is North Korean threat

Stars and Stripes: ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — The nickname for the anti-ballistic missile task force stationed here doesn’t leave much doubt from what direction the threat is expected to come. “We’re the Musudan Manglers,” Lt. Col. Jefferey Slown said during a recent tour of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense unit, or THAAD,… read more

January 11, 2016 | Threat News

16 intercontinental drills, Russian missile forces to double test launches in 2016

Russian Times: Russia’s missile corps plans to conduct 16 intercontinental ballistic missile launches this year, a two-fold increase from 2015. Over 100 command, tactical and special exercises will be held to maintain maximum readiness throughout the year. “The drills are going to be conducted in a tense and complicated environment, with the involvement of interacting… read more

January 10, 2016 | Threat News

North Korea Release Video of ‘Successful’ Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Test

International Business Times: North Korea released a new video Friday, showing a successful test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that was likely conducted in December. The footage surfaced only two days after the reclusive nation claimed to have successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test, raising worldwide concerns for international peace and security. The video,… read more

January 10, 2016 | Threat News

N. Korea is biggest concern for U.S. Navy Commander in Asia

USA Today: TOKYO — If North Korea were to launch ballistic missiles — equipped with nuclear or conventional warheads — against its neighbors, the front line of defense would fall to a soft-spoken naval flight officer from North Carolina. Vice Adm. Joseph  Aucoin took over as commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, based in Yokosuka, Japan, in September.… read more

January 8, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Cavalier AFS significant link to missile warning/space defense

Air Force Space Command: Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. — Once a major piece of U.S. nuclear defenses during the Cold War, Cavalier Air Force Station continues to be a significant link in the nation’s missile warning and space defense scheme. The 10th Space Warning Squadron is a geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing at… read more

January 8, 2016 | Threat News

US Noncommittal on Strategic, Missile Defense Assets for Korea

Defense News: The Pentagon and State Department remained careful Thursday when discussing whether strategic assets or missile defense systems could be moved closer to South Korea, but would not rule out anything when discussing US actions in response to Tuesday’s North Korean nuclear test. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook told reporters that the relationship between… read more

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