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July 12, 2017 | Threat News

North Korean ICBM ‘likely’ to be able to strike San Diego with two years, analysis says

The Japan Times: North Korea’s new long-range ballistic missile will “likely” be able to strike targets on the U.S. West Coast — including San Diego — with a 500-kilogram nuclear warhead in the next one to two years, the U.S.-based monitoring group has said in an analysis. The influential 38 North website, run by the… read more

July 11, 2017 | Threat News

STRATCOM chief: US must speed weapons tests to counter North Korea

Stars and Stripes: STUTTGART, Germany — The United States is moving too slowly in response to North Korea’s rapidly improving missile development program, the general in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal said. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who leads U.S. Strategic Command, said the U.S. must take more technological risk to counter the communist state’s… read more

July 11, 2017 | Missile Defense News

US says missile defense system successfully intercepts projectile during test

CNN: A United States-built missile defense system on Tuesday successfully intercepted its target during a test run, the US Missile Defense Agency said. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system successfully shot down a target over Alaska, according to a news release. “I couldn’t be more proud of the government and contractor… read more

July 11, 2017 | MDAA in the News

Congressional delegation at odds with experts on defending Hawaii

Stars and Stripes Okinawa: HONOLULU (Tribune News Service) — Hawaii is now within reach of North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles after the rogue nation’s successful test launch on July 3, some experts maintain. So what should be done to better protect the state? Hawaii’s congressional delegation continues to place faith in 36 ground-based interceptor missiles,… read more

July 11, 2017 | MDAA in the News

Kim Jong-un promotes head of North Korea’s missile agency after ICBM test ‘success’

Express: Jang Chang-ha, the communist state’s new colonel general was reportedly rewarded for helping Pyongyang’s missile development agency refine the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) while he was leader of the group. The Hwasong-14 ICBM was test-fired last Tuesday and has the power to hit the US states of Alaska and Hawaii, according to experts. David… read more

July 11, 2017 | Missile Defense News

US deployed Patriot missiles to Lithuania for multinational war games

Stars and Stripes: STUTTGART, Germany— The U.S. military deployed Patriot missiles to Lithuania on Monday to take part in upcoming war games, marking the first such deployment of the sophisticated missile defense system to the small Baltic nation, Lithuania’s defense ministry announced. The arrival of the Patriots “demonstrates the steadfast U.S. commitment to the security… read more

July 11, 2017 | Missile Defense News

THAAD Successfully Intercepts Target in Missile Defense Test

Missile Defense Agency: The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency, and U.S. Army soldiers of the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Fort Bliss, Texas, conducted an intercept test today of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) element of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system. The test,… read more

July 10, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Poland To Buy Israeli-Made Patriot Missiles

The Jerusalem Post: Poland has signed a memorandum of intent with the United States to buy the Patriot missile system along with interceptor missiles from Israel’s David Sling missile defense system in a deal worth close to $8 billion. “A memorandum was signed tonight that the US government has agreed to sell Poland Patriot missiles… read more

July 10, 2017 | Threat News

North Korea Celebrates Missile Launch With Interpretive Tap Dance and Rocket Songs

Newsweek: North Korea celebrated the launch of its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile test—which some experts say has the capacity to reach Alaska and the Pacific Northwest—with an art performance that depicted the release of rocket Hwasong-14. The Sunday spectacle was described by KCNA, North Korea’s state news service, as an event “enjoyed [by] respected… read more

July 10, 2017 | Threat News

When Iran launches missiles, Democrats want transparency from Trump

The Washington Examiner: For six months now, the Trump administration has been required to notify Congress within 48 hours any time Iran conducts a ballistic missile launch. That requirement will expire at the end of 2019. But even though that’s more than two years away, Democrats are already thinking about extending it for another three… read more

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