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History Making Integration of Air Force
and Air Defense Artillery at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Mark Gonzalez, Driver for the I Corps Deputy Commanding
General (DCG) for Sustainment; Specialist (SPC) Jason
Mayes, I Corps Air and Missile Defense Detachment
(AMD-D) Command and Control (C2) Operator; SPC Ryan
McCahey, I-Corps AMD-D C2 Operator; Chief Warrant
Officer 4 (CW4) Samuel T. Ngaropo, I-Corps Joint
Interface Control Officer(JICO); Brigadier General (BG)
Heidi V. Brown, I Corps DCG for Sustainment; Colonel
(COL) Rob Evans, Commander, 13th Air Forces, 1st Air
Support Operations Group; Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Bruce
Beyerly, Commander, 5th Air Support Operations Squadron;
and Sergeant First Class (SFC) Antoine Huff,
Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) I Corps AMD-D,
pose for a joint photo outside the 5th Air Support
Operations Squadron Compound; Joint Base Lewis-McChord,
(Photo by Sergeant Ryan Manuel, I-Corps AMD Detachment
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1st ASOG, I-CORPS Detachment Partner to Improve
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Kathleen M. Doyle, OCADA)
31st ADA Cuts Ribbon on
New Complex, Unveils Memorial
At the 31st Air Defense Artillery
Brigade Complex Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony
on 16 April 2010 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, family and
friends hugged, former West Point classmates greeted
each other and Soldiers who had served together got
reacquainted. And, everyone in attendance learned about
the three Soldiers who contributed so much to the Army,
the ADA Branch and the community.
(Article by Jeff Crawley, Fort
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31st ADA BDE Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Remarks
(Fires Center of Excellence facebook Video)
Defense Brigade Memorializes & Dedicates New Facilities
on Ft. Sill
(Photos by Brandi
Matthew Zielinski Memorial April 16, 2010
(USMA Class of 1987 Website -
Article by Paul Britton)
ADA Soldier Surprised
at Top NCO Award
Specialist Patrick Jeffrey, 21, of Sarasota, Florida,
was congratulated as he was named Soldier of the Year by
the 18th Airborne Corps commander and command sergeant
major. Specialist Jeffrey is a
Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer
with B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense
Artillery Regiment, 108th ADA Brigade, Fort Bragg, North
(Article by Henry Cunningham,
Military Editor, Fayetteville Observer.)
To read more read:
Airborne Corps Names NCO, Soldier of the Year
Specialist Patrick J.
Jeffrey, B/3-4 ADA, 108th ADA Brigade, was recognized as
the XVIII Airborne Corps Soldier of the Year in front of
all the Brigade's enlisted Soldiers on 23 April
(Photo by Ms. Eve Meinhardt (left and top) and SPC Chad Seibold, 108th ADA
Private First Class Trevor
Gaston of the 2nd Battalion, 263rd Air Defense
Artillery, Anderson, South Carolina, demonstrates a
Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) at
Bolling Air Force Base, 14 April 2010. Air Defense units
from South Carolina and Ohio have been on rotating
deployments to the National Capitol Region (NCR) to
support homeland defense. This continued operation began
in 2001, just days after--and in response to--the 9/11
U.S. Army National Guard Air Defense Artillery Units
Protect the Nation's Capital
Although you don't see them,
Soldiers from the 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade of
the Ohio National Guard see you anytime you fly into the
nation's capital. The task force, which is headquartered
at Bolling Air Force Base, is one of the largest
missions under Operation Noble Eagle and charged with
defending 2,500 square miles of air space over the
District of Columbia and its surrounding communities.
Air Force Master Sergeant Mike R. Smith andphoto by
Specialist Darron Salzer, both of the National Guard
Goes Live -- Down Range
For many, the morning started well before dawn as
Soldiers assembled in the motor pool to ready their
vehicles one final time for the drive to the range.
(By First Lieutenant
Shannon S. Clark,
2-44 ADA, PAO.)
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ADA Instructor Wins TRADOC Award
Warrant Officer Adam Shereyk, currently assigned to the
32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss,
Texas, was named the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine
Command Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year for 2009.
Chief Shereyk was recognized for his work as an
instructor with the 2nd Battalion, 6th ADA Regiment, 6th
ADA Brigade, which relocated from Fort Bliss to Fort
Sill, Oklahoma, during Shereyk's time as an instructor.
(Article by Mr. Jeff Crawley
and photo by Ms. Marie Berberea both with the Fort Sill
Work to Start on 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade's
Workers at Osan Air Base,
take the first steps next week to build a new
headquarters building for the 35th Air Defense Artillery
Until now, the brigade’s headquarters has been housed in
a set of steel shipping containers that were welded
together to create a two-story interim headquarters
situated in relatively remote part of Osan.
(By Franklin Fisher, Stars and
Courtesy of the U.S. Army
An artist’s rendering shows the building to be
constructed as headquarters for the Army’s 35th Air
Defense Artillery Brigade at Osan Air Base, South
Korea. The project also calls for a five-level
parking garage. The garage is slated for completion
by September 2011, the headquarters by May 2012.
2010 FIRES SEMINAR
Theme: Adaptable Fires for Full Spectrum
at Fort Sill, Oklahoma 17 - 21 May 2010
The 2010 Fires Seminar
will be held at the Reimer Conference Center at the
Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, from
17-21 May 2010. Preceding these events is the BCD
on 14 May, attendance is by invitation only.
during 1-14 April 2010 is only available for active
duty, DoD, Reserve, Guard, and FA/ADA retired General
General registration opens15 April and closes 10 May
2010 for everyone!
Contractors are welcome as space is available.
Click here for more information or online registration.
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CSM Paris A. Williams Sees
3-3 ADA Safely Home from Iraq
Command Sergeant Major Paris A.
Williams, a frequent contributor to ADA Online, and 570
other officers and Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd
Air Defense Artillery from Fort Bliss, Texas, just
returned from a yearlong deployment to Iraq. The
battalion's mission was to provide indirect fire
protection in support of combat operations.
(Article by Sylvia
Decker, The Telegraph.com)
Fort Sill 043-ASIT4
Patriot Master Gunner
30 March 2010, eight Air Defense Artillery
Soldiers became the first Patriot
Master Gunners to graduate from the 043-ASIT4 Course at
the US Army Air Defense Artillery School since its move
to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Staff Sergeant Kevin M. Kruthers, an Military
Occupational Specialty (MOS) 14E (Patriot Fire Control
Enhanced Operator/Maintainer) Soldier from A Battery,
5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (A/5-7
ADA) from Rhine Ord, Germany, is recognized for
excellence for his achievement at earning both the Honor
Graduate and Leadership Award of Class 001-10.
ADA Senior and Advanced Leaders Course (SLC/ALC)
Class 002-10 Graduation
At a combined ADA Senior and
Advanced Leaders Course Class 002-10 Graduation on 2
March 2010, the following Soldiers were recognized for
The SLC Distinguished Honor Graduate
for Class 02-10 was
Sergeant First Class Freeman K. Beckwith, an MOS 14J
(Air Defense Command, Control, Communication, Computers
and Intelligence [C4I] Tactical Operations
Center Enhanced Operator/Maintainer) from A Company, 101st
Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
The SLC Honor Graduate for Class 02-10
was Staff Sergeant Chad A. Kidwell, an MOS 14J Soldier
from Headquarter and Headquarters Company (HHC), 1st
Space Brigade, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Mitchell W. Stout Leadership Award
for SLC Class 02-10 was Sergeant First Class Anthony M.
Lester, an MOS 14J Soldier from HHC, 1st
Armored Division, Wiesbaden, GE.
The ALC Distinguished Honor Graduate
for Class 02-10 was Staff Sergeant Jesse C. Ward,
MOS 14E Soldier from B/3-6 ADA from Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
The ALC Honor Graduate
for Class 02-10 was Staff Sergeant Michael W.
Maggipinto an MOS 14J Soldier from C/2-44 ADA, Fort
The Mitchell W. Stout Leadership Award
for ALC Class 02-10 was Staff Sergeant Amy L. Smith
an MOS 14T (Patriot Launching Station Enhanced
Operator/Maintainer) from C/3-6 ADA, Fort Sill,
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Links to Air and Missile Defense Articles
From News Media Websites.
15 April 2010
Allegations Arise Of Threats Made By Top Fort Bliss Command
Some soldiers and their families have had to live in deplorable
conditions at Fort Bliss, dealing with black mold, lead paint
affecting the health of them and their children. Now there are
allegations of threats and intimidation by top commanders if
soldiers and their families spoke out about the problems.
Aerostats: Military Testing High-Tech
The skies over the Utah desert
are becoming the test site for a new fleet of hulking high-tech
dirigibles. One of the unmanned balloons – a 242-foot-long craft
known as an aerostat – was launched Wednesday morning about 80
miles west of Salt Lake City. The U.S. military is hoping the
Aerostats will provide battlefield commanders a bird's-eye view
of cruise missiles and other threats.
Lockheed Gets $424M Bump on Missile Defense Work
Lockheed Martin has won a $424 million contract modification
from the Defense Department to continue building a key component
of the national ballistic missile defense system. Under the
contract modification, Lockheed Martin will continue with
overall integration of the command, control, battle management
and communications portion of the missile defense system
focusing on adding more sensors and weapons systems, company
officials said today.
Securing Senate Votes to Ratify Treaty is No Sure Thing
Most Republicans have questions about the administration’s
nuclear agenda that they want answered before they’ll vote yes.
That means debate over the START treaty is likely to become the
battleground for policy differences on matters of missile
defense, nuclear modernization and a new generation of bombers.
US Military Testing High-Tech Dirigibles in Utah
(The Associated Press)
The skies over the Utah desert are becoming the test site for a
new fleet of hulking high-tech dirigibles the U.S. military is
hoping will provide battlefield commanders a bird's-eye view of
cruise missiles and other threats.
India Delivering Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile
V. K. Saraswat, Scientific Adviser to the
Defense Minister and the head of the Defense Research and
Development Organization, made
case for deploying space-based object recognition sensors to
keep tabs on adversaries and generally gather military
intelligence. This is especially essential for tracking and
detection of troop movements and without the sensors India's
ballistic missile defense system wouldn't be the "potent weapon"
it should be.
Scuds For Hizballah Change The Game
(Basil & Spice)
According to senior
Israeli officials, including President Shimon Peres, Syria has
provided Scud missiles to Hizballah in Lebanon. If true, this
represents a major change in the military situation in the
region and provides Hizballah with the capability to strike
targets virtually anywhere in Israel.
Army Preparing for Mountainous, Battalion-Sized Test
(United States Army - Press Release)
The U.S. Army is planning a rigorous, large-scale Limited User
Test, or LUT, of its Increment 1 Early Brigade Combat Team
technologies at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., later this
year. The evaluation will test robots, sensors, UAVs and a
battlefield network in Afghan-like mountainous terrain.
Raytheon-Boeing Team Validates Joint Air-to-Ground Missile
Seeker During Captive Flight Test
(PR Newswire -
Raytheon Company and The Boeing Company completed a second
series of captive flight tests for the Joint Air-to-Ground
Team Bliss's UAV
(War On Terror News)
During World War II, the Air Defense Artillery Center of
Excellence at Fort Bliss, Texas, used radio controlled planes as
anti-aircraft artillery targets. Soldiers from the 1st Brigade
Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, also out of Fort Bliss, have
carried on with the rich history of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Missile Defense and
the Prague Treaty
There have been
erroneous claims that the Prague Treaty counts the five
Minuteman III silos at Vandenberg that were converted for
missile defense missions and that “the launchers themselves
probably will be eliminated. That is incorrect. The passage from
the treaty clearly notes that the provision does
to launchers previously converted. (Nor, obviously, would it
apply to new missile-defense launchers in Alaska or Poland.)
Launch Complex Loses
(Kodiak Daily Mirror)
The Alaska Aerospace Corporation is looking for new customers to
launch rockets from its Kodiak Launch Complex as it prepares to
lose business from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, its most
He's a Dreamer, He's a Realist
Amid those historic arms-control battles, those of us who
supported missile defense and cruise missiles argued that the
Russians' goal in these agreements was to shut down superior
Why America's Survival As a Free Country Is At
For his part, Gingrich strongly supports a beefed up defense
capacity, including a serious plan for
defense to protect America and its
Doctrine Carries Shrinking Stick?
Defense is being diminished as well. Take missile defense: Vice
President Joe Biden said last week: "Because of advances in
conventional capabilities and technologies such as missile
defense, we need fewer nuclear weapons to deter adversaries ..."
And Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said on NBC's Meet the
Press last weekend that the U.S. needs "more missile defense."
Chief Calls Again for Missile Defense Cooperation with Russia
Anders Fogh Rasmussen , NATO's Secretary-General reiterated on
Wednesday his call for closer cooperation with Russia on the
issue of the European missile defense. Calling it “a security
roof that will give real security to our people."
The "New START" Treaty: Did the Russians Have Their Fingers
Based on their statements, it would appear that the Russians
believe that the New START treaty is as much about missile
defense as it is about strategic arms reduction.
Airship Makes Maiden Flight in Utah
The Army's Joint Land Attack
Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS,
made its first test flight from about 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday
above the Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range north of the
U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground.
US Military Testing High-Tech Dirigibles in Utah
The U.S. military has begun testing massive high-tech dirigibles
— designed to provide battlefield commanders with a bird's-eye
view of cruise missiles or other threats — in the skies over the
Utah desert. Known as aerostats, the dirigibles are outfitted
with radar and communications systems to provide long-range
surveillance targeting threats from aircraft, ballistic and
New Air Defense Systems to Take Part in Moscow's VE-Day Parade
Russia's new short-range gun and missile air defense systems
will take part in a Victory Day parade on Red Square in Moscow.
DM Praises Iran's
(Fars News Agency)
Iran announced on Sunday that the country has built the first
home-made mid-range missile defense system named as 'Mersad'.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier
General Ahmad Vahidi praised the capabilities of Iran's missile
industries, citing a CIA report that the country is now even
able to export Ballistic missiles to the other countries.
Can Join Missile Warning System
American President Barak Obama wants to work out a new
architecture of anti-missile defense, which will be mobile, able
to react to threats more flexible and in which NATO will take
In an editorial on April 9, Investors Business Daily adds: Obama
has already gutted U.S. missile defense, cancelling deployment
of additional ground-based interceptors at Fort Greely in Alaska
and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. He has also
canceled ready-to-deploy missile defenses such as the Air
Force's Airborne Laser program, which destroys enemy missiles in
their vulnerable boost phase.
Barak: Hezbollah Scuds Undermine Stability
The transfer of Scud missiles from Syria to Hezbollah
"undermines the balance of power and threatens regional
stability and calm," Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
James Carafano: Obama Pushing US into Iran Fight
"The problem is that most of our strategy that he’s implementing
is increasing the likelihood of proliferation. Cutting missile
defense makes you more vulnerable, which makes nuclear weapons
more attractive. Declaring that you’re not going to modernize is
a less credible deterrent.”
(The Battalion – the Voice of Texas A&M)
For centuries the edges gained in warfare
were technological. Although tactics were certainly important,
they were more standardized across the board and the army with
the advantage was the one with bigger cannons, more accurate
firearms and the most soldiers. The arms race of the Cold War
was largely upended by the prospect of extending missile defense
to the cosmos — an initiative too costly for the Soviets.
13 April 2010
Senate Approves TRICARE Legislation
The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that
explicitly states service members, military retirees and their
families will not have to purchase additional health insurance
under the new health reform law.
Edge of Deterrence
(The Cutting Edge)
The Department of Defense released its Ballistic Missile Defense
Review Report (BMDRR) on February 1, 2010, laying out America's
long-term policy on ballistic missile defense.
Iran 1 Year or More from Nuclear Weapon
The ranking U.S. General in the Middle East jokingly referred to
Iran's leader, President Ahmadinejad, as a top recruiting
officer for US Central Command. Each time Ahmadinejad steps up
to the podium, it sends ripples through the rest of the Arab
world. “These ripples have prompted Arab allies to interact with
Central Command in ways previously not seen,” Petraeus said.
Just last month, for example, Secretary Gates visited Saudi
Arabia and Oman to discuss more comprehensive missile defense
systems within their borders, directed at Iran.
Mark Davis: All Obama Has Done is Weaken Our Nuclear Stances
A well-armed police force makes criminals think twice about
committing crimes. A well-armed America makes global tyrants and
terrorists think twice about plying their dark will. Is no one
alarmed that modern-day Russia still bristles at missile
defense? After years of complaining about our plans to protect
two U.S. allies that were once Soviet satellite states, Moscow
enjoyed the satisfaction last year of seeing President Barack
Obama yank the rug from beneath Poland and the Czech Republic.
Bulgaria Wants Part in US European Defense Shield
The country's position on plans to deploy US interceptor
missiles on Bulgarian soil was presented by Prime Minister,
Boyko Borisov, during the meeting of US President, Barack Obama,
with leaders from Central and Eastern Europe in Prague on April
8. “The question about Bulgaria's support for a new US missile
defense system in Europe has not been officially posed, but when
this happens, the Parliament will have the final say,” Borisov
told Obama, stressing that Bulgaria must be the active partner.
Air Force Official: US Strategy Undermined by Vulnerability of
(National Defense Magazine - Blog)
The Air Force still expects the Army’s missile-defense units to
help safeguard bases from enemy ballistic and cruise missiles.
Oliver Fritz, the Air Force’s Assistant Director of Strategic
Planning says the Air Force worries that there may not be enough
Patriot anti-missile systems to protect bases in the future.
“Are we making clear that this is a requirement for the future
projection of military power?” he asks. “Are we vocal enough?
This is not just protecting the Air Force, but a node for joint
Iran Talks Big on Missile Capabilities
Hot on the heels of unveiling its first indigenous short-range,
air-defense missile system, Tehran asserts that it will
manufacture advanced Russian S-300 missiles itself if Moscow
persists in not delivering weapons Iran ordered in December
GOP Says Treaty Might Imperil Missile Defense
House Republicans plan to press military officials this week on
the status of U.S. plans to base missile defenses in Europe and
whether the latest nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia
threatens the program from moving forward.
Iran to Build Long-Range Missile Defense
(Fars News Agency)
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier
General Ahmad Vahidi unveiled his ministry's plans to produce
long-range air defense missiles in a bid to strengthen the
country's defensive capability against potential enemy attacks.
UPI News Track Top News
Russia's president says he might withdraw from the recently
signed U.S.-Russia nuclear disarmament treaty if U.S. missile
plans in Europe create "imbalance." Speaking on ABC's "Good
Morning America" Monday, Dmitry Medvedev said American missile
defense plans in Europe could conflict with language in the
START treaty stating there is an "interconnection between the
strategic offensive arms and missile defense."
The Bear is Back
(New York Post)
The first step was abandoning our democratic Eastern European
allies, including Poland, that had defied Putin by agreeing to
host US missile-defense systems in their countries: Obama
dropped the plan because it offended the Russians. This was
followed a week ago by the START treaty that locks us into
permanent nuclear decline while Russia is free to modernize its
nukes and even build its own missile-defense shield.
Nuclear Bombs, Terrorists, Ronald Reagan: Security Goals and
(Politics Daily - Blog)
Just to make sure the Kremlin understood he'd be a hard
bargainer, Reagan added: "Simple-minded appeasement or wishful
thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal
of our past, the squandering of our freedom.'' But Reagan also
carried a copy of a letter he'd privately written to Gorbachev
earlier that summer, raising the idea of completely eliminating
nuclear weapons and putting the security of the superpowers in
missile defenses. (George P. Shultz, Reagan's dour secretary of
state, wrote later he'd been unable to talk Reagan out of the
idea of complete nuclear disarmament.)
Air Defense: Another Iranian Triumph
Iran announced that it has developed a new anti-aircraft missile
system, based on the half century old American Hawk system. The
U.S. sold Iran Hawk systems in the 1970s, and Iran has tried to
keep these in service ever since. It is believed that Iran
obtained key components for their new missile system from China.
Iran says it is manufacturing and deploying their new system.
Transcript: George Stephanopoulos Interviews Russian President
And the-- the issue of missile defense still seems to divide the
United States and Russia. And I just have a very-- simple
question. If the United States continues to develop missile
defense in Europe, will Russia withdraw from the START treaty?
China, Russia Against Iran Energy Sanctions
The ABC interview was conducted on Friday, a day after Medvedev
and Obama signed a nuclear arms reduction treaty in Prague.
During the interview, Medvedev warned that he could walk away
from a nuclear disarmament treaty if a US missile defense
program in Europe creates an imbalance.
Medvedev said former Cold War foes Russia and the United States
negotiated specific language in the preamble of the new START
treaty he signed last week with US President Barack Obama.
12 April 2010
Failure To Launch
It is useful to remember that Russia, together with China, has
long lobbied for limits--either overt or implicit--on America's
A Pole Apart
(Investor's Business Daily)
Lech Kaczynski was a Polish patriot and a friend of the West who
believed in the defense of freedom and democracy and we treated
him shabbily. In a Polish press statement about a post-election
call, Kaczynski is reported to have been told by Obama "that the
missile defense project would continue." It did not. This was a
slap in the face of a man who was committed to the plan even if
it meant offending a Russia that both militarily and
economically could do Poland harm.
US Says Iranian Bomb Not Inevitable
Robert Gates, U.S Defense Secretary said, “At the end of the day
what has to happen is the Iranian government has to decide that
its own security is better served by not having nuclear weapons,
than by having them. And it’s a combination of economic
pressures; it's a combination of more missile defense, and
cooperation in the Gulf to show them that any attack, we can
Air Strikes on Iran by
US and Israel Unacceptable: Russia
(Times of India)
"Any air strike against Iran by the United States or Israel
would be unacceptable. This is a last resort that exists in the
plans of both the United States and Israel," the chief of
Russian General Staff Nikolai Makarov said.
Obama's Nuclear Strategy and the Russian Resurgence
Post - Blog)
First, Medvedev called for an American/Russian partnership in
the development of a global ballistic missile defense system.
Then he said that the just-signed treaty will be nullified if
U.S. ballistic missile defense development appears aimed at
Aegis Upgrade Tracks Live Targets
Lockheed Martin Corporation said Monday it identified and
tracked live targets for the first time using a new signal
processor that combines Aegis ballistic missile defense and
anti-air warfare capabilities.
Poland's Acting President Reassures Nation in Mourning
Poland's interim president, Bronislaw Komorowski, reassured his
countrymen Monday that the government continues to function
despite the airplane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski
and a number of senior officials, stunning Warsaw's political
elite and plunging the nation into a remarkable display of
national mourning. Poland has dispatched 2,200 soldiers to
Afghanistan, for instance, and has announced plans to send
several hundred more. Moreover, it had agreed to host
anti-missile installations and U.S. forces under the Bush
administration's missile defense plan, since modified by
Planned US Missile
Defense in Europe Might Induce Arms Race
The US plans, to deploy
missile defense elements in Europe might induce an arms
race, said Chief of Staff of Russia's armed forces Nikolay
Makarov on Monday.
Iran Starts to Produce New
Iran has started production of an advanced
air defense missile
system. And a large number will be delivered to the country's
armed forces this year.
How Does the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty Undermine America's
It is absolutely
imperative that a new START agreement not undermine our
post-Cold War defensive posture by linking offensive weapons
with missile defense. Reports indicate that the treaty does
exactly that. While a
White House press statement claims that the treaty will have no
constraints on missile defense, the Kremlin seems to be under
the opposite impression.
Russian Firm Joins World's Top 20 Arms Producers
Almaz-Antei is one of Russia's largest air defense
manufacturers, specializing in production of small, medium- and
long-range air defense systems, including the S-300 Favorit and
S-400 Triumf systems. Almaz
Antei has recently announced that it is currently developing six
new types of air defense/missile defense systems.
Top Officials Stress Country's Nuclear Strength
Gates said the United States is now "stronger, not weaker," in
large part because of an increased focus on
Saturday and Sunday
10 and 11 April 2010
Clinton on Iran Nukes: "Their Belligerence is Helping to Make
(ABC News - Blog)
asked Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates about changes
in the U.S. nuclear posture in my “This Week” joint interview
Gates said, “We have more robust deterrents today, because we've
added to the nuclear deterrent missile defense. And -- and with
the phased adaptive approach that the president has approved, we
will have significantly greater capability to deter the
Iranians, because we will have a significantly greater missile
Iran: Tehran's Unveiling of New Air Defense System Seen as a
Warning to the West
(Los Angeles Times - Blog)
Iran unveiled a new "homemade" missile defense system on Sunday
that its defense minister claims is capable of destroying
"advanced airplanes flying at
low and medium altitudes" in a show of force that can easily be
read as a warning to Western powers seeking to pressure Iran
over its nuclear program.
Lieberman: Not Enough Votes in Senate to Ratify New START Treaty
(The Hill - Blog)
"We need that defense to protect our allies and ourselves from
Iran," Lieberman said. President Barack Obama backed away from
the controversial missile shield, a plan launched under
President George W. Bush, at the beginning of his term, earning
kudos from Russia but disappointment from Poland and the Czech
Lieberman: Obama Won't Get Nukes Treaty without Major Changes
(Huffington Post - Blog)
As for the specific complaints that Lieberman has with the
proposed treaty, tinkering with the missile defense approach
seems to be the most difficult task, as it was a major sticking
point in U.S.-Russia negotiations.
In Event of WMD Attack, "All Bets Are Off"
The United States is also bolstering missile defense systems, in
spite of concerns from Russia about the program that weighed
down negotiations over the recently-signed New Strategic Arms
Reduction Treaty. Clinton said the U.S. has reached out to
Russia for cooperation in its missile defense program.
Iran Hasn't Achieved Ability to Build Nuclear Arms, Gates Says
The U.S. believes Iran isn’t yet capable of building a nuclear
weapon and the steps being taken to impose tighter sanctions are
aimed at heading off that possibility, Defense Secretary Robert
Gates said today. The potential economic pressure of sanctions
is part of a plan to persuade Iran that it would be less safe
a nuclear weapon than without, Gates said. The plan also
includes a stronger missile defense system to guard against an
Iranian assault, he said.
Iran Builds Hi-Tech Air Defense Shield
(Fars News Agency)
"The Mersad air defense system that is ready for delivery to the
Air Defense Base is a mid-range defense system capable of
destroying advanced airplanes in low and mid altitudes," Iranian
Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi told reporters.
Vahidi reiterated that Mersad is resistant to electronic warfare
and can be used as part of a network of radar and air defense
Iran Begins Production of Air-Defense Missile
(Wall Street Journal)
Iran announced the development of a new, more advanced,
anti-aircraft system, the defense minister said Sunday.
Ahmad Vahidi said the new Mersad, or Ambush, air-defense system
would be able to hit modern aircraft at low and medium
Iran to Complain to U.N. Over Obama Nuclear "Threat"
Iran will lodge a complaint with the United Nations about what
it sees as U.S. President Barack Obama's threat to attack it
with nuclear weapons, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.
How to Build on
the Start Treaty
(New York Times – OpEd)
New Start is the first tangible product of the administration’s
promise to “press the reset button” on United States-Russian
relations, so what should come next? Let’s begin with missile
defense. Future arms talks should make a serious exploration of
a joint United States-Russia program that would provide a
bulwark against Iranian missiles.
Obama's Nuclear Foreign Fallacy
(Human Events - Blog)
Reagan invested billions of dollars into our missile defense
program, but ever since Obama took office, he has targeted these
shields time and time again.
Obama's Russian Miracle: How the Kremlin Backed Down on the
(Huffington Post -
From the beginning of these talks, the
two sides have been grappling over just one issue. Russia wanted
to include a point in the treaty that would prevent the United
States from building its anti-missile shield in Eastern Europe.
They believed (and with good reason) that this shield could be
used against Russia if Russia ever decided to lob one of its
warheads at the West.
Polish Leader, 95 Others Dead in Russia Jet Crash
(The Associated Press)
Poland, a nation of 38 million people, is by far the largest of
the 10 formerly communist countries that have joined the
European Union in recent years. It has become a firm U.S. ally
since the fall of communism — a stance that crosses party lines.
U.S. Patriot missiles are expected to be deployed in Poland this
year. However, under the Obama plan, Poland would host a
different type of missile defense interceptors as part of a more
mobile system and probably not until 2018.
9 April 2010
Republicans Pose Test for Treaty With Russia
Senators will evaluate whether the new inspection and
verification system is adequate, and Republicans will focus on
any impact on
Overnight Brief: April 9, 2010
Russian leaders have vowed to go no further unless the US
missile defense program in the
US Loses First Osprey in Afghanistan, 4 Dead
(The Associated Press)
A Taliban spokesman said militants shot down the aircraft, but
the insurgents often make exaggerated claims. NATO said the
cause was still under investigation. With room for up to 24
passengers, it comes equipped with sophisticated guidance and
missile defense systems.
Obama Hopeful for New START Pact's Prospects in Senate
(Global Security Newswire/NTI)
Republican Senators from Arizona John McCain and Jon Kyl noted
concern about the treaty's missile defense provisions, the
reported. Although the agreement contains no binding limitations
on U.S. missile defense deployments, it "has the potential to
constrain improvements to U.S. missile defenses, if objected to
by the Russians," they added in the release.
Lockheed Martin has Successful Test with Hellfire II
Lockheed Martin says a recent proof-of-principle flight test of
its AGM114R Hellfire II missile, referred to as Romeo,
successfully struck its designated target using laser aim point
technologies. See also
Army Modifies Hellfire Launcher Deal.
Fort Bragg NCO, Manages Deployed Unit's Supply Activity in
Southwest Asia (Systems)
At a non-disclosed base Staff Sergeant Michael Sondles performs
a critical mission for his deployed unit, the 1st Battalion, 7th
Air Defense Artillery (1-7 ADA) – he manages the Supply Support
Activity (SSA), for the unit’s deployed Soldiers. Sondles' unit
from Fort Bragg, N.C., provides air defense force protection
from air breathing threats and tactical ballistic missiles using
the Phased Array Tracking Intercept of Target (Patriot) Missile
System, maintaining a strategic crisis response while defending
deployed bases in the U.S. Central Command area of
responsibility (AOR). Sergeant Sondles said he stays pretty
GOP: Treaty Might Imperil
While the arms pact, which requires a two-thirds vote of the
Senate for ratification, does not propose any curbs on missile
defense, Russia issued a "unilateral statement" at the treaty
signing declaring it can pull out of the accord if it feels
threatened by any buildup of U.S. missile defenses.
With Mitch McConnell in the Room, Clinton Makes Robust Case for
New START Ratification
(The Washington Independent)
Anticipating GOP objections on missile defense or rogue-state
proliferation, Clinton said she wasn’t suggesting New START in
itself would lead to a change in Iranian or North Korean
Carlson, The Dailycaller.com:
I think the key though is not the missile reduction but missile
defense. And Russia has said point blank we're not for allowing
the U.S. to build a missile shield against Iranian nukes. I
don't see the Senate going along with it until Russia moves on
Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist:
What that implies is if the United States does something new on
missile defense -- for example, if it were to reintroduce the
systems it had originally intended to put in the Czech Republic
and Poland, say to reintroduce it in Romania or elsewhere, that
would be a step that would undo the status quo and it would make
the treaty null and void. That is the implication of what he
said. The Russians would walk away.
Ronald Reagan Rolls Over in His Grave
Had Reagan and Gorbachev been able to move just a bit on the
question of missile defense, we would be living in a world today
were terrorists and rogue nations would have a dramatically more
difficult time getting their hands on errant Russian nukes and
technology blueprints. Yet, here we once again find ourselves
with Senate Republicans suggesting that they may not support a
nuclear reduction treaty based on the very same issues.
Medvedev Offers to Work With US on Missile Defense
"We proposed our services to the United States in establishing a
global missile defense system. We need to think about this,"
Medvedev told reporters.
Senate GOP is Not Opposing New START Treaty... Yet
The offices of leading GOP lawmakers, not
just Kyl and McCain, are still pouring over the treaty text and
investigating whether or not what the treaty says about missile
defense is really problematic for them. "While we were initially
advised that the only reference to missile defense was in the
preamble to the treaty, we now find that there are other
references to missile defense, some of which could limit U.S.
Transcript: George Stephanopoulos Interviews President Obama
“So, some tough but successful negotiations with the Russians,
now comes the Senate. You sounded pretty confident about
ratification, but you know there is this concern about missile
defense, and a lot of Republicans believe that even these
unilateral Russian statements linking missile defense in the
treaty could imperil it,” stated Stephanopoulos.
Should be an Active Side on Anti-Missile Defense Shield Issues:
If the system of anti-missile defense shield is introduced it
will defend the whole Europe, said the Bulgarian Prime Minister
(PM) Boyko Borisov at the meeting between the Central and
Eastern European heads of state and the U.S. President Barak
Obama, the government’s press office announced.
8 April 2010
New START Would Render US Vulnerable to Missile Attack
The Obama Administration, while acknowledging that there would
be language in the preamble of New START alluding to a link
between strategic offensive arms and missile defenses, asserted
flatly that it would not impose any restrictions on U.S. missile
defense options. The assertions have turned out to be
misrepresentations. Basically, the language asserts that missile
defense capabilities must come down as the numbers of strategic
nuclear arms come down.
Pentagon Expects Years of Study before Making Changes to US
Nuclear War Plans
(Global Security Newswire)
In addition, deploying more modern sensors -- several of them developed
for missile defense -- could, during a crisis, help the Pentagon
"know sooner that weapons are being postured for launch, that
weapons actually have been launched, [and] where they're going
precisely," General James Cartwright, the Vice Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
(Investor's Business Daily - Editorial)
That gutting of missile defense came on
the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on Sept.
17, 1939. "Just after midnight," related Czech interim Prime
Minister Jan Fischer, "I was informed in a telephone call by
President Barack Obama that (his) administration had decided to
pull out from the planned missile defense shield installations"
in the Czech Republic and Poland. Now the betrayal is complete.
a Modern Nuclear Security Enterprise
(IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters)
prohibits the conversion of ballistic missile defense
interceptor launchers to intercontinental ballistic missile
(ICBM) or submarine- launched ballistic missile (SLBM)
launchers, and vice versa. However, according to the document,
“this provision has no effect on our ability to develop and
field missile defenses.”
NATO Head Says Afghanistan's Karzai a Good Partner
It was unclear if
the self-declared interim government in Kyrgyzstan would allow
the U.S. base at Manas to remain open and keep supplying U.S.
forces in Afghanistan. Pentagon officials said alternative
supply routes could be used. On the subject of a missile defense
system to defend Europe, the United States and possibly Russia,
Rasmussen was hopeful an agreement could be worked out by the
end of the year despite budget constraints.
The Last Tango in Prague
(The Moscow Times)
Josef Stalin once said, “It’s not important how the people vote,
but who is counting the votes.” This could also apply to
counting the warheads in the New START agreement. During the
16-month talks, Russia's objections focused on two issues:
refitting strategic launchers with conventional weapons and
Czech FM Praises START, invites Russia to Join Missile Defense
“Reasons for building the missile defense
are still valid as nuclear terrorism is still in place. We are
repeating all the time that this is an open project not just for
the allies in NATO, but also for the Russian Federation. And
it’s up to the Russian Federation to decide at which level and
by which means they would be part of such missile defense,”
Czech Foreign Minister
Jan Kohout told RT.
The Obama Administration's Ballistic Missile Defense Program:
Treading Water in Shark Infested Seas
The Obama Administration's plan for
ballistic missile defense and its proposed FY 2011 budget for
the missile defense program would leave the program treading
water. At the same time, the threat of ballistic missile attack
on the U.S. and its allies will continue to increase as more
state and non-state actors gain and improve the missile
Evaluating the US-Russia Nuclear Deal
(Wall Street Journal)
The White House and Kremlin can't seem to agree what's in it,
but it appears to restrict US missile defense efforts and has no
limits on Russia's tactical nukes.
US Looks to Non-Nuclear Weapons to Use as Deterrent
U.S. military officials say the intercontinental ballistic
missiles, known as Prompt Global Strike weapons, are a necessary
new form of deterrence against terrorist networks and other
adversaries. As envisioned, the conventional missiles would give
the White House a fresh military option to consider in a crisis
that would not result in a radioactive mushroom cloud.
Obama Heads to Prague to Sign Arms Deal
The agreement — "New START," as it is known — is clear evidence
of an improved U.S.-Russian relationship that had fallen to such
a low in recent years that some worried about a second Cold War,
with disputes over U.S. missile defense plans, Moscow's 2008
invasion of Georgia and NATO expansion to Russia's doorstep.
Russia to Deliver
S-300 to Iran
Despite intense pressure from the West,
Russia plans to deliver its advanced S-300 surface-to-air
missile systems to Iran. Angered by delays in the delivery,
Tehran has threatened to build its own missile defense system if
Russia caved into Western demands to resist the missile sale.
(ABC News - Blog)
Russia continues to claim new treaty establishes “inextricable
connection” with missile defense – White House says they’re
wrong. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov recently stated that
“linkage to missile defense is clearly spelled out in the accord
and is legally binding.
“We're Not Moving Away from Nuclear Deterrents” but “No Need”
For Reliable Replacement Warhead
In a live DoD Live Bloggers Roundtable on President Obama's
review of America's nuclear posture, Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Nuclear & Missile Defense Bradley Roberts said,
“So long as nuclear threats remain from
these [rogue] states, the nuclear umbrella will remain as part
of this overall regional deterrence architecture.”
A Nuclear Iran and the Futility of Sanctions
Israel has deployed elements of the “Arrow” system of ballistic
missile defense, but even the Arrow could not achieve a
sufficiently high probability of intercept to protect civilian
populations. Further, now that Obama has backed away from
America’s previously-planned missile shield deployment in Poland
and the Czech Republic, Israel has no good reason to place its
security hopes in any combined systems of active defense.
Pakistan To Test-Fire Italy Air Defense Missiles
Pakistan will test-fire the Spada 2000 air defense system
acquired from MBDA Italia in July, a source at the firm said.
MBDA's Italian operation is also working on the MEADS missile
defense system launched by the U.S., Germany and Italy. Bouvier
said the Critical Design Review at system level should be
completed by mid-year.
Russian Military Set to Upgrade Bulk of Weaponry By 2020
According to the draft program, the Russian Armed Forces should
receive more than 1,500 combat aircraft and about 200 air
defense systems by 2020. Russia also plans to develop a unified
air defense/missile defense network.
Russian Missile Delivery to Iran Pending
Russia and Iran signed a contract in 2005 for the sale of the
S-300 missile defense system, though developments on the
delivery have since stalled.
6 April 2010
Chinese Cyber Spy Ring Hacks Into India's Secret Documents
Chinese internet hackers are reported to have broken into top
secret files of India's Defense Ministry and Embassies around
the world raising fears that major missile and armament systems
of New Delhi may have been compromised.
Russia May Exit New Arms Deal If US Boosts Missile Defense
Russia will have the right to exit the accord if “the U.S.’s
build-up of its missile defense strategic potential in numbers
and quality begins to considerably affect the efficiency of
Russian strategic nuclear forces,” Lavrov told reporters in
US Unveiling New, More Restrictive Nuclear Policy
On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia reserves
the right to withdraw
from its new arms-control treaty with the
U.S. if it decides the planned U.S. missile-defense shield
threatens its security.
Iran Urges Russia to Resist Missile Sale Pressure
Iran urged Russia on Tuesday not to bow to Western pressure over
the sale of a Russian missile defense system to the Islamic
Republic which could protect its nuclear facilities from air
China Cyber-Espionage Eyes Indian Defense
Sensitive security information linked to
India's missile and armament systems may have been compromised
by Chinese hackers believed to have broken into top secret files
of the Indian Defense Ministry.
Nuke Review Takes Comprehensive Look at Strategy
The Nuclear Posture Review, released today, is the first
overarching look at U.S. nuclear strategy since the end of the
Cold War. The scope includes the roles of missile defense,
conventional strike, force levels, the weapons complex and the
role of arms control in shaping U.S. nuclear posture, a senior
US Unveiling New, More Restrictive Nuclear Policy
(The Associated Press)
The new policy comes just two days before Obama and Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev are scheduled to sign a new START
treaty, a bilateral agreement that will cut the number of
strategic warheads and missiles maintained by the world's two
largest nuclear powers.
US Hopes to Ease Russia Fears on Missile Defense
(The Associated Press)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the US will
continue to try to seek common ground with Russia on missile
defense despite the Kremlin's fear that such systems are aimed
at crippling its nuclear arsenal.
Obama Embraces Missile Defense in Nuclear Review
For an Obama team that has been skeptical of the past U.S.
administrations' efforts to rapidly deploy ballistic
missile-defense systems around the world, missile defense sure
does get star billing in the United States'
newly released report
on overall nuclear strategy.
5 April 2010
Missile Shield Still Being Discussed, Russia Says
The Kremlin has objected to U.S. proposals to locate missile
defenses in Europe on the grounds that it would undermine
Russia's own nuclear deterrence. The Obama administration put
forth a revised plan for a missile shield last year that
envisions a phased deployment of land- and sea-based
interceptors around Europe as a hedge against possible short-
and medium-range missiles fired from Iran.
Gates Unafraid To Lock Horns With Top Generals
On Thursday, Gates ordered a sweeping overhaul of the senior
mentors program, imposing a series of new rules on hiring, pay
Stanford's David Holloway Weighs in on US-Russian Nuclear Treaty
Slated for Signing this Week
(Stanford University News)
The treaty does not restrict America's plans to build a missile
defense shield in Europe, but explain the tensions between
Russia and US over that issue.
Czechs Torn Over US Nuclear Treaty with Russia
As Obama returns to Prague Castle on Thursday to sign a nuclear
arms reduction treaty with Russia, Czechs differ over whether
his conciliatory dialogue with their former occupier is
dangerously naïve or a laudable step toward global security.
Saturday - Sunday
3 - 4 April 2010
Obama's Victory Lap in Prague
ago during a Washington think-tank conference on U.S.-European
relations a few days after Obama met with Medvedev for the first
time in London, one senior administration official described the
proposed arms treaty as the "low-hanging fruit" in the
relationship. The tree bearing that fruit must have grown higher
and higher as issues such as verification, telemetry, and
missile defense kept delaying agreement.
Nuclear Heartland Anxious About
(The Associated Press)
Here in America's nuclear heartland, where underground missile
silos dot the landscape, a proposed U.S.-Russia treaty to reduce
nuclear weapons is nothing short of alarming.
Romania Defends Role in US
The US defense department, in its Ballistic Missile Defense
Review, reckons the ballistic missile threat "is increasing both
quantitatively and qualitatively, and is likely to continue to
do so over the next decade". It points particularly to missile
programs in North Korea and Iran.
Low Cost, Slightly Legal, Missile
China recently received the last of 15 battalions of S-300MPU
anti-aircraft missile systems bought from Russia. However, China
is using its own, locally designed and built, HQ-9 systems.
Unlike the S-300, China can upgrade the HQ-9 and sell it to
anyone. Thus, earlier this year, an HQ-9 anti-aircraft system
successfully shot down a ballistic missile. This capability is
important to many potential
2 April 2010
Israeli Unveils Tank-Defense System of the Future
On a dusty, wind-swept field overlooking the Mediterranean, a
small team of researchers is putting the final touches on what
Israel says is a major game changer in tank defense: a miniature
anti-missile system that detects incoming projectiles and shoots
them down before they reach the armored vehicles.
France Poses Questions on NATO Missile Shield
(Global Security Newswire/NTI)
The Obama administration has proposed a revised plan for
European missile defense that would be comprised of sea- and
land-based missile interceptors fielded around the continent.
France's defense minister yesterday seemed to question the need
for a NATO missile shield that would be intended to counter
possible missiles launched from Iran.
The US Senate, Not the UN, Will Be the Judge of This Treaty
(Heritage.org - Blog)
Does the Treaty, Either Directly or Indirectly, Limit the
Missile Defense Options of the US? Ratification of this treaty
would have profound implications for the security of the United
States for years to come. Accordingly, those actually charged
with approving U.S. treaties, U.S. Senators; need to ask some
probing questions about the agreement in the months to come.
Gates Orders Overhaul of Pentagon Mentor Program
Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered an overhaul of the
Pentagon's use of retired senior officers to advise the
military, limiting the pay of "senior mentors" and requiring
them to disclose their business ties to defense contractors. One
Pentagon offshoot, the Missile Defense Agency, refused even to
disclose the names of its mentors.
China to Buy Air Defense Systems from Russia
Russia has delivered 15 batteries of S-300 anti-aircraft
missiles to China, Interfax news agency reported on Friday,
under a contract analysts said could be worth as much as $2.25
Obama, Medvedev to Sign Landmark Nuclear Arms Pact
The START successor deal will not resolve simmering tension over
missile defense, which has haunted ties since the Reagan era.
NG Advances Army Training with VICTR/E Lab
US defense company Northrop Grumman announced it is advancing
Army training initiatives as part its Integrated Air and Missile
Defense Battle Command System.
New START Seen Facing Political, Technical Challenges in Russia
(Global Security Newswire/NTI)
Members of Russia's political elite are worried about what the
agreement says or does not say about US ballistic missile
defense and "prompt global strike" systems, according to the
Russia Delivers Missile Systems to China
“Japan is purchasing the American Patriot system, and likely the
Chinese think they need to have their own air defense and
missile defense capabilities.
1 April 2010
Pentagon Refutes Trident Missile Launch In Saudi Arabia Test
The Pentagon refuted Wednesday that the United States test-fired
a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying
nuclear warheads during a military exercise with Saudi Arabia
last week. Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Withington, a Pentagon
spokesman, said there was no launch of either Trident or any
other missile during the exercise, which began last week.
U.S. Trident Missile Test-Fires in Saudi Arabia News and Updates
(World Buzz Now!)
The news reports that Saudi Arabia and the U.S conducted a joint
military exercise on Wednesday. A US submarine launched a
ballistic missile called the Trident, which is capable of
carrying not one but a number of Nuclear warheads.
Wants Explanation Over NATO's Missile Defense System
French Defense Minister Herve Morin said on Wednesday that the
European alliance needs more explanation over NATO's pricy
missile defense system as the cost is threatening the already
tight military budget of Europe.
Obama's Anti-Missile Defense Adviser
President Barack Obama has nominated an
anti-missile defense adviser who may soon receive congressional
approval — and put Americans in danger.
No Daylight Between Medvedev and Putin on Nuke Treaty
During the most contentious moments of
the U.S.-Russian negotiations over
nuclear treaty, it often seemed as
if Russian President
Medvedev and Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin were working at
cross purposes. Putin
role of spoiler for making public statements
about U.S. missile defense plans.
31 March 2010
Missile Defense Could Rebuild Confidence of European Citizens
that NATO is Taking Care of Their Security
(ISRIA - Registration)
Building a missile defense shield to cover all European
countries could rebuild people's confidence in NATO and show
them that NATO was genuinely taking care of their security,
rather than just engaging in operations at the other end of the
world, the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov said at
the Brussels Forum today.
Valcourt Planning Retirement, Enjoys Final Salute at Sill
Lieutenant General David P. Valcourt, who was commanding general
of Fort Sill when the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
Commission announced its recommendations on May 13, 2005, says
he thinks the Air Defense Artillery is a good fit at Fort Sill.
Grad Finds West Point Challenging
In the Army, leadership starts with discipline, hard work and
sacrifice, a message Blake Rulison brought to students at his
alma mater, MacArthur High School in Lawton, Oklahoma. On behalf
of the US Military Academy at West Point, Rulison’s gave a
presentation on expectation, application and requirements when
applying to become a cadet at the most prestigious military
30 March 2010
AIR DEFENSE: We Will Repel You
The Pentagon says it is prepared for a Chinese ballistic missile
system, with anti-missile systems deployed in the Pacific (on
land and at sea) to deal with such a weapon.
The Promise of Euro-Atlantic Missile Defense
We are not starting from scratch. NATO allies have been looking
at various missile-defense options for some time. NATO itself is
developing protections for our deployed troops. But with the new
US approach to missile defense, there are now much better
opportunities for an effective NATO-wide system that would
enhance the territorial defense of our populations and nations.
Ukrainian Defense Ministry Plans Joint Air Defense Drills with
The Ukrainian Defence Ministry plans to hold joint air defence
exercises with Belarus and Russia in 2010, the ministry's
STRATCOM Commander Keeps Focus on Deterrence
"We continue to strengthen and sharpen our focus on deterrence
while at the same time preserving our freedom of action in space
and cyberspace," Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, head of Strategic
Command (Stratcom), said in last week's appearance before the
Senate Armed Services Committee. In 2002 came space operations,
including global command and control (those communication and
early-warning satellites in space) and missile defense.
US, Russia Hit Language Barrier in Pact
"But there is no limit or constraint on what the United States
can do with its missile defense system."
The difference in
interpretation on missile defense could determine the fate of
START when the administration sends the document to the Senate
29 March 2010
Fort Hood Soldier Dies Of Gunshot Wound
Private First Class Donnell C. Harris,
23, of Linden Mass., died Sunday in Killeen of a gunshot wound,
Fort Hood said Monday. The circumstances of the death are under
investigation. Harris was assigned to Fort Hood's Echo Battery,
1st Battalion, 44th
Air Defense Artillery
Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
US Hopes Nuclear Arms Pact to be Ratified This Year
Ellen Tauscher, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms
Control, insisted the new treaty placed no limits on US
defense systems, despite Russian
suggestions last week that either side had the right to pull out
of the offensive nuclear arms agreement if the other beefs up
North Korea Threatens US, South Over Demilitarized Zone
(Global Security Newswire/NTI)
U.S. Pacific Command Chief Admiral Willard told the House Armed
Services Committee last week that there are serious concerns
that Pyongyang is a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction.
He pointed to the missile tests the North carried out in 2009 as
one basis for this fear, the Defense Department said in a press
An Illusory New START
(The Moscow Times)
Finally, although there will be a declarative statement in the
treaty that defines a link between nuclear weapons and missile
defense, there is nothing in the treaty that would limit the
United States from developing a strategic missile defense
Obama Intervened Frequently in Arms
(Global Security Newswire/NTI)
Negotiations revolved around several other points of contention:
formulating new monitoring terms that Moscow could consider
equitable, provisions for sharing missile test flight data, and
whether to link nuclear reductions to limitations on a planned
U.S. missile shield in Europe. Russia long refused to budge on
its positions, wagering that Obama would offer concessions in
order to close the deal before his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance
ceremony in December 2009.
Navy Selects GD
to Support NAMDC
US defense company General Dynamics received the award as part
of the Navy's SeaPort-enhanced contract vehicle to support the
Navy Air and
Command at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in Virginia.
Israel Models Missile
(Global Security Newswire/NTI)
The test incorporated defenses Israel could
currently access: the Arrow 2 system, Aegis warships armed with
Standard Missile 3 interceptors, a U.S. X-band radar fielded in
the Negev Desert and the nation's Patriot air-defense batteries.
National Review: Short-Lived Restoration
The administration infuriated the democracies in Eastern Europe
by backing down on missile defense and getting into a fracas
with India in Copenhagen over global warming.
Kratos Successfully Launches Hypersonic Propulsion Research
"This successful mission demonstrates
Kratos direct participation, capabilities and support in a
number of critical National Security areas, including next
generation weapons research and development, weapons system
support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and
ballistic missile defense," ) said David Carter, President of
Kratos' Defense Engineering Solutions Division.
High-Tech Gear Tested at
Fort Bliss Deemed 'Unreliable'
High-tech combat gear tested at Fort Bliss is "immature,
unreliable and not performing as required," a federal report