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United States Military Academy (USMA)
Combined Arms Tailgate 2010
WHEN: 18 September 2010
WHERE: United State Military Academy - West Point
(Practice field on the west side of stadium.)
WHAT: Annual tailgate party. This year the Army Knights
will host North Texas.
Air Defense Artillery will have a marketing booth and
static displays on site.
For more information contact
ADA USMA Representative.
AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY SCHOOL
The summer months are an especially busy time for the
Air Defense Artillery (ADA) as with most branches, and this year
is no exception. In addition to the annual turn over in
commands; representation at Warrior Forge (Fort Lewis,
Washington); hosting Cadet Troop Leader Training cadets
(ROTC and US Military Academy [USMA]); and
participation in the Fires Symposium, we were even
busier than usual ensuring an ADA presence by planning
and participating in key events
such as the 100th Anniversary National Boy Scout
Jamboree, the ADA Roundup & Golf Tournament, the Army
10-Miler and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
Expo. Although some of the events are complete, several
have not yet started with even more on the horizon for
the future. Kudos go out to the ADA Force for
their superior support!
ADA support team
for the 2010 Warrior Forge Summer Camp at Fort Lewis,
(From L to R) CW4 David V. Jones, Office, Chief of Air
Defense Artillery (OCADA), Fort Sill, Oklahoma; SFC
Jamie A. Burns, OCADA; COL Rodney X. McCants, Assistant
Commandant, US Army Air Defense Artillery School
(USAADASCH), Fort Sill; LTC James P. Payne, Director,
OCADA; CPT Erin R. Schulten, 5-52 ADA, 11th ADA
Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas; CPT Chunka A. Smith,
Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS) at South
Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina;
and Lieutenant Joseph K. Catlaw, 5-5 ADA, 31st ADA
Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington.
NATIONAL BOY SCOUT
100th Anniversary of the National Boy Scout
Jamboree, A. P. Hill, Virginia.
A team from the 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort
Sill, Oklahoma, supported the 100th anniversary of the
National Boy Scout Jamboree from 21 July through 5
August 2010. By engaging the Scouts with
information on weapons systems and personal experiences,
they have possibly made an impact on the future members
of the ADA Force. Top Row (L to R) Staff Sergeant (SSG)
Harry J. Nelson, 3-6 ADA Fort Sill, Oklahoma; SSG Joey
A. Salas, 3-6 ADA; Sergeant First Class (SFC) Marlon V.
Miguel, 2-6 ADA; and SFC Richard I. Wilson Jr., 2-6 ADA.
Bottom Row (L to R) SSG Mandrill A. Demps, 3-6 ADA; and
SSG Christopher A. Taylor, 3-6 ADA.
CADET TROOP LEADERSHIP TRAINING (CTLT)
(Below, from left to right) Staff Sergeant Kenneth J.
Scarlett, 6th ADA Brigade, instructs a United States
Military Academy (USMA) cadet on the Stinger Troop
Proficiency Table Top Trainer.
Another USMA cadet
receives instructional information on Patriot engagement
control operations. Cadet
Jacob Bohn (USMA) is
receiving a crash course on the Patriot Engagement
Control Operations station. SSG Joseph L. Tolentino, 6th
ADA Brigade, provides instruction on the Stinger Troop
Proficiency Table Top Trainer to an Reserve Officer
Training Corps (ROTC) cadet.
(Below) Brigadier General Roger F. Mathews, Commandant
of the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School
(USAADASCH), Fort Sill, engages a CTLT cadet in
conversation about a his future in the Army
and career opportunities in ADA during the CTLT Social
at Fort Sill's Patriot Club on 6 August 2010.
(Below, top left) Sergeants First Class (SFCs)
Roberto S. Chavez and Aaron G. Drake along with Chief
Warrant Office Four David V. Jones from the Office,
Chief of Air Defense Artillery (OCADA), USAADASCH, and
6th ADA Brigade sponsors discuss ADA marketing items.
(Below, top right) Lieutenant Colonel James P. Payne,
Director of OCADA, discusses his experiences and branch
opportunities with visiting CTLT cadets. (Bottom left)
Master Sergeant Kevin M. Seeley, OCADA, provides
information to CTLT cadets. (Bottom right) SFC Jamie A.
Burns assists CTLT Cadets by explaining ADA specific
information in the brochures.
FIRST TO FIRE SOLDIER COMES IN FIRST
Private First Class (PFC) Cody Dodson competed for the
title of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Soldier of
the Year. PFC Dodson an exemplary MOS 14J (Air Defense
Artillery (ADA) Command, Control, Communication,
Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Tactical Operations
Center Enhanced Operator/Maintainer) Soldier is assigned
to a sense and warn platoon in Headquarters and
Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense
Artillery Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. On 29
July 2010, while still at Fort Lewis Washington, PFC
Dodson was officially notified that he had attained the
goal he had worked so hard to achieve -- he was named
the FORSCOM Soldier of the Year.
Private First Class Cody R. Dodson of Seattle,
Washington is a graduate of Kamiak High School. Dodson
enrolled in the University of Washington, but later
chose to serve the Nation by joining the United States
Army. PFC Dodson attended Basic Training at Fort
Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training
at Fort Bliss, Texas.
PFC Dodson was first recognized on 25 February 2010,
when he captured the Battalion Soldier of the Quarter
Board followed by winning Soldier of the Year titles
from the 108th ADA Brigade (12 March), 32nd Army Air and
Missile Defense Command (17 May), Fort Bliss (11 June),
III Corps (24 June), and most recently the FORSCOM
Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lewis Washington
(30 July). PFC Dodson travels to Fort Lee, Virginia in
early October to represent Air Defense Artillery as a
contender in the Army's 2010 Best Warrior Competition.
The winner will be announced on 25 October 2010 at the
Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference.
PFC Dodson is married to the former Susan Vallin of
Vancouver, Washington and they have one son Silas who is
1 ½ years old. He plans to pursue a commission in the
United States Army Officer Corps through the Green to
XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS SOLDIER OF THE YEAR
See April 2010
edition of ADA Online.
Link is at the bottom of this page along with links to
past monthly issues.
Northrop Grumman Delivers
First Hardware Developed for Integrated Air Defense
General Roger Mathews (left), Commandant of the U.S.
Army Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Sill,
Oklahoma; Karen Williams, Vice President of Air and
Missile Defense Systems for Northrop Grumman's
Information Systems; and Major General "Gino" Dellarocco,
Program Executive Officer, Missiles and Space at
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, talk about what Northrop's
delivery of the first battery engagement operations
center for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle
Command System will mean to warfighters. The computers
for the center are mounted in the shelter on the truck
OPERATIONS OTHER THAN ADA
CAMP SHAHEEN, Afghanistan: 2nd
Lieutenant Price Harris, B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th
Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky,
instructs an elite group of Afghan National Army 209th
Corps soldiers during a NATO Weapons Fielding T3 (Train
the Trainer) Course 8 Aug 2010. The training will enable
them to independently instruct Afghan National Army
(ANA) Soldiers throughout the northern provinces in
Afghanistan on the mechanical fundamentals, familiarity
and marksmanship of various NATO weapons. The ANA 209th
Corps is replacing their old Soviet-style weapons with
six different types of NATO weapons including the M-16
rifle, M240B machine gun, M249 light machine gun, M2 .50
caliber machine gun and the M24 Sniper Weapon System.
Harris is currently stationed at Camp Mike Spann,
Afghanistan, until June 2011.
(Photo by Air Force Tech.
Sgt. Casey Martin, Region Command-North Public Affairs
More than half of the original
97 men of Silver City's Battery B, 716th AAA Gun
Battalion of the New Mexico National Guard are deceased.
Only a handful remain in Grant County. It was 60 years
ago on Saturday that the unit was called up to serve on
active duty during the Korean War. From left are:
Richard P. Lucero, 77; Henry E. Ortiz, 92; Joe
Gutierrez, 76; Johnny T. Saenz, 77; Maurice Aragon, 82;
Andy Padilla, 80; Byron K. Puleston, 80; and Tommy Ryan,
76. (Photo by Christine Steele/Sun-News)
Remembers and Honors Its Soldiers
60 Years Later
(Silver City Sun News/14 August 2010)
The men wanted adventure and the Army needed bodies.
That's how it was then, in the late 1940s -- though you
could hardly call them all men yet, as many were still
in high school. World War II was over, and the Korean
War hadn't started yet, when many of Silver City, New
Mexico's young men decided to join the Army National
Guard and were assigned to Battery B, 716th AAA Gun
To read their story, click links
Later, Local Men Remember Time in Guard
Original LIFE Magazine article from 60 years
ago (page 25).
The men of Silver City's
Battery B 716th, AAA Gn Bn (90mm) during an annual IG
Inspection conducted May 1955. Bottom row, left to
right: Raymond Harris, Andy Padilla, Sammie Chavez, Ward
Shoemaker, Col. Pinther (IG) Maj. Maroney (Adv.), Capt.
Phillip Andrews, Byron K. Puleston. Top row, left to
right: Rudy Padilla, Bert McCoy, Ruben Ramirez, Tommy
Ryan, George Jameson, Robert Gillespie, Manual Rico,
Santiago Rios, Maurice Aragon, Richard Vicor, Albert
Grady, Oscar Salars.
(Photo courtesy of Tommy Ryan)
The men of Silver City's 200th
Battery B 716th, a National Guard Unit called up to
serve during the Korean War, 60 years ago this weekend.
It was the second time Silver City's National Guard Unit
was called to action - the first being 10 years before
during World War II. Those men ended up going on to
serve in the Philippines and many didn't return. Those
who did were survivors of the brutal forced march that
came to be known as the Bataan Death March. Perhaps
because of this, Silver City's Battery B 716th was
spared going to war again. The unit trained at Fort
Bliss in El Paso for about a year before being sent to
Canada with Army Field Forces to test new radar systems
designed for cold weather. They were discharged in
(Photo Courtesy of Tommy Ryan)
From left to right (Guidon) SSG Nancy A. Wingo, (first
row) SSG Sarah L. Aldrich, SGT Scott R. Pavy, SSG
Raymond L. Glenn, SGT Jose M. Rivera, SGT James R. Davis
(second row) SSG Jesse J. Juristo, SSG Steven G.
Whiteside, SSG Brandon J. Mounce, SSG Robert J. Fortune,
SGT Robert S. Ray, SSG Desmon A. Harvey, SGT Brad L.
Blevins (third row-Instructors) SSG Michelle M. Chartier,
SSG Joshua A. Vance, SFC Robert S. Thomas, SFC Scott R.
McAlister, Mr. Christopher L. Haag.
(Photo by SFC Jesus M. Gonzalez, B/3-6 ADA)
Patriot Master Gunner Class 03-10
By Staff Sergeant Brandon
On Friday, 20 August 2010, at
the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 13
military occupational specialty (MOS) Air Defenders were
recognized as graduates of the largest Patriot Master
Gunner (PMG) class in the history of the course. This very demanding course
began with the largest enrollment (18) of students, but
the grueling course load and taxing demands took its
toll. The Guest Speaker for the graduation was Command
Sergeant Major Gary W. Coleman, the current 4th
Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (Air and
Missile Defense), 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
Command sergeant Major from Fort Hood, Texas.
Staff Sergeant Steven G. Whiteside, an MOS 14T (Patriot Fire Control Enhanced
Operator/Maintainer) Soldier from C Battery, 3rd
Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (C/3-6
Sill, Oklahoma, was selected as the Honor Graduate for excellence
Staff Sergeant Robert J. Fortune an
(Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer)
Soldier assigned to
HHB-A/3-6 ADA, Fort Sill and Staff Sergeant Jesse J. Juristo
a 14E Soldier
HHB/4-5 ADA, Fort Hood,
Texas, shared the distinction of the Commandant’s List Awardees.
The Patriot Master Gunner Leadership Award for PMG Class
#003-10 was presented to Sergeant Brad L. Blevins a
ADA in Okinawa, Japan.
About the author:
Staff Sergeant (P) Brandon J. Mounce is an MOS 14E,
serving as an
Instructor/Writer assigned to B Battery, 3rd Battalion,
6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
SSG Mounce is also a graduate of this class.
HELLFIGHTERS STEP UP TO ASSIST
WITH AFGHAN TRAINING
(Article by 1LT Will Andrews with photos by SPC
Francis M. Markley.)
Members of Charlie Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air
Defense Artillery Regiment (C/2-44 ADA), the "Strike
Fear" Battalion are operating in a non-standard ADA
mission in Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan.
(To read the article and view
more photos click on the link in the title above.)
Above: Staff Sergeant Keith E. Pleva, C/2-44 ADA,
instructs an Afghan National Civil Order Patrol
student on the proper handling and aiming of an AK-47.
Above: Sergeant Preston M. Durham,
C/2-44 ADA, presents a certificate of appreciation to
Instructor of the Cycle during a graduation ceremony
for the Afghan National Civil Order Patrol Basic Phase.
AIR DEFENDER BECOMES FIRES CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
CHIEF OF STAFF
AT FORT SILL, OKLAHOMA
On Tuesday, 17 August 2010
a special Reveille Ceremony was conducted at Fort Sill,
Oklahoma, to welcome the new Fires Center of Excellence
(FCoE) Chief of Staff Colonel Daniel L. Karbler. Colonel
Karbler is no stranger to Fort Sill or the FCoE and is
making the short move a little closer to the flagpole
from his previous position as Commander of the 31st Air
Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade. Brigadier General Ross
E. Ridge, Commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery
School (Fort Sill) officially welcomed the new Chief of
Staff. Colonel Karbler is one of the first ADA Officers
to be appointed to a position on the FCoE Commanding
General's command staff.
2010 ADA ONLINE ARCHIVES
2009 ADA ONLINE ARCHIVES
August 2009 (Partial Issue)
September 2009 - No Issue
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December 2009 - No Issue
Links to Air and Missile
Defense Articles From News Media Websites.
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Today in History
(The Associated Press)
... Clinton said he would leave it to his successor to decide
when, or if, to deploy a national missile defense prohibited by
a 1972 arms control treaty.
Speaks to Troops at Fort Bliss [Transcript]
(Los Angeles Times - Blog)
I wanted to come down to Fort Bliss mainly to say thank you and
to say welcome home. Now, I just met with some Gold Star
families, and yesterday I was at ...
Obama Thanks Fort Bliss Soldiers, Talks with Reyes About Border
(Silver City Sun News/El Paso Times)
Obama arrived to commemorate the ending of combat operations for
the US military at a speech to Fort Bliss soldiers.
Obama Greets Troops
at Fort Bliss
(Wall Street Journal - Blog)
Fort Bliss Soldiers
(Las Cruces Sun-News)
Obama at Fort Bliss:
Follow Live Coverage
(El Paso Times)
HUFFPOST HILL -
AUGUST 31st, 2010
(Huffington Post - Blog)
But the fact of the matter is that because of the extraordinary
service that all of you have done, and so many people here at
Fort Bliss have done, ...
Obama: End of Iraq Combat Mission Not Victory Lap
President Barack Obama told US troops on Tuesday that the end of
combat operations ...
Obama Sees Iraq Vow Fulfilled
ASSOCIATED PRESS 'TURN THE PAGE': President Obama greets members
of the military at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday.
"Operation Iraqi Freedom is ...
President Obama Will Not Run Around His New Somber Rug Tonight
(New York Magazine)
... and "You got served, insurgents," according to his remarks
today at Fort Bliss in Texas. Obama said he would not be taking
a "victory lap" when he addresses ...
Breaking Dawn: Building a Long-Term Strategic Partnership with
(Foreign Policy - Blog)
... a number of common concerns, both within Iraq and in the
region, including counterterrorism, counter-proliferation,
maritime security, and air defense.
US Troops Return to Fort Bliss
Euronews met Heather and her two
daughters Maddie and Taylor in their
house at the Fort Bliss military base. Heather fought back
tears, saying: 'I can't ...
First Thoughts: From 'Shock and Awe' to a Whimper
(msnbc.com - Blog)
Obama meets with US soldiers at Fort Bliss, TX before tonight's
speech, while Biden remains in Iraq… Boehner and McConnell
respond that the surge worked…
The Presidential Planner
(ABC News - Blog)
This morning, the President is scheduled to travel to Fort
Bliss, Texas, to meet with troops who have served at every stage
of the Iraq War.
MDA Awards Services Contracts Worth Up To $1.6 Billion Combined(Space
News)The US Missile Defense Agency successfully test fired a
two-stage interceptor missile June 6. Credit: Missile Defense
Agency photo Enlarge ...
Tea Party on New Start: More Right Than
In a related development, the First Coast Tea Party in Florida
is hosting a screening of the pro-missile defense documentary
“33 Minutes” on September 7, 2010.
Died Every 15 Hours, on Average, in Operation Iraqi Freedom
One U.S. soldier, Marine, airman or sailor died every 15 hours,
on average, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, which officially
ends on Tuesday. The last soldier reported to have been killed
in Iraq was Sergeant Brandon Maggart,
assigned to 5-5 ADA, on 22 August 2010.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Combat Brigades in Iraq Under
(Marine Corps Times)
While the “last full U.S. combat brigade” left Iraq today, just
under 50,000 soldiers from specially trained heavy, infantry and
Stryker brigades will stay in Iraq, as well as two combat
aviation brigades. Today, of the seven Advise and Assist
Brigades in Iraq, four are from the 3rd Infantry Division, based
at Fort Stewart, Ga. The 1st Heavy Brigade of the 1st Armored
Division, based at Fort Bliss, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team
of the 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colo., are
also serving as Advise and Assist Brigades.
Northrop, MDA Test Missile System
The BMDS element models engaged in PA09 included the Space-Based
Infrared System; Patriot Advanced Capability; Terminal High
Altitude Area Defense; Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense;
Ground-based Midcourse Defense; and Command, Control, Battle
Missile Defense Leaders: 'Layered'
Programs, Cooperation with Allies Essential to Meet Evolving
(al.com - Blog)
Lieutenant General Patrick O'Reilly, director of the Missile
Defense Agency, would have been happier if he'd gotten less
sleep Tuesday night. Before giving an overview of latest U.S.
missile defense strategy at the 13th annual Space and Missile
Defense Conference, O'Reilly told how the failure of a COTS -
that's commercial off-the-shelf - piece of equipment Tuesday
delayed another test of an airborne laser designed to shoot down
enemy ballistic missiles. But he described how work on other
programs, such as the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system -
currently the nation's only operational defense against limited
ballistic missile attack - and Terminal High Altitude Area
Defense missiles is proceeding according to the Ballistic
Missile Defense Review and guidance issued by the president
earlier this year.
Kill Vehicle In Two-Stage
- Press Release)
A Raytheon Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle performed a successful
fly out during a test of the Missile Defense Agency's
Ground-based Midcourse Defense System. The EKV met all test
objectives and gathered critical data on kill vehicle
performance, the company said.
Lockheed Martin Opens Battle Management
Test Facility at Huntsville
Lockheed Martin opened its Medium Extended Air Defense System
(MEADS) battle management and test facility here (Huntsville)
Wednesday, in what Retired Major General John Holly, Lockheed
Martin Space Systems Vice President of Missile Defense Systems,
called a "team effort with industry, government, customers and
our community." Germany, Italy and the United States have teamed
up to produce the system scheduled to replace the Patriot and
Hawk systems in Germany, the Nike Hercules in Italy and the
Patriot in the U.S.
Space and Missile Defense Conference
Largest Yet; Speakers Outline Rising Threat Around World
Huntsville Times - al.com - Blog)
"Air and missile defense forces will remain in high demand to
defend the homeland, to protect our forces, coalition partners
and allies, and to deter would-be aggressors," said Major
General Richard Formica, keynote speaker for Tuesday's luncheon.
His most recent duty was as commanding general of the Combined
Security Transition Command in Afghanistan, and he has been
selected for promotion and to become commander of the Army Space
and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command on
Northrop Grumman Gets $90M in Missile
Northrop Grumman received a $90 million order from the US
Missile Defense Agency to develop sensor technology used in
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
HOLMES: Ignoring Arms-Control History
Carries a Cost
Those following the debate over the New START treaty inked by
Presidents Obama and Medvedev in April know that both
governments dispute what it means. Russia says it'll impose real
restrictions on U.S. missile defenses. U.S. officials brush off
those claims. The dispute centers on language in the preamble
linking strategic offensive and defensive weapons and claiming
such linkage "will become more important as strategic nuclear
arms are reduced.”
Missile Launch System SLAMRAAM Introduced in Huntsville
A new launch system prototype was introduced by local missile
defense agencies in Huntsville on Wednesday. The advanced Air
and Missile Defense system will provide soldiers with added
protection from a variety of threats out in the field.
Bolton's “Eight Days” Highlight Obama's
(Heritage.org - Blog)
Deploy missile defenses to defend Israel and other US allies
from Iranian missile attacks. Hold more frequent missile defense
exercises with Israel and ...
'SLAMRAAM' Is Army's New Short-Range Air
The Surfaced-Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
(SLAMRAAM) system unveiled Wednesday at the Space and Missile
Defense Conference in Huntsville, is a truck that combines a
missile launcher with other advanced technologies. It's the
Army's future short-range air defense weapon.
Where's our Money?
(Veterans Today Network)
Among the weapon systems that the Pentagon refuses to let go of
is missile defense. Worse, it's trying to institutionalize the
system as part of NATO's ...
Northrop Grumman Delivers First Battery
Engagement Operations Center for Integrated Air and Missile
Defense Battle Command System
Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the first battery
engagement operations center for the Integrated Air and Missile
Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) to the U.S. Army.
MDA Director Says Layers Key to Missile
The key to a successful missile defense strategy is layers, the
director of the Missile Defense Agency said yesterday.
“Different missiles systems [are needed] so that if one fails or
one can be tricked, you have a completely different missile
system going after the second shot,” Army Lieutenant General
Patrick O’Reilly said. It’s “very challenging to get through two
Defense Considers Fewer Sole-Source
The Missile Defense Agency considers boosting competition for
multi-billion dollar contracts. GovExec reports the agency is
reviewing $37-billion dollars in
defense programs, to decide whether to open the contracts to
competitive bids. In the past, the agency has often used
sole-source contracts for its big programs. The news comes after
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced plans to cut more than
$100 billion dollars from the Pentagon Budget.
Kill Vehicle in Two-Stage Missile Test
A Raytheon Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle performed a successful
flyout during a test of the Missile Defense Agency's
Ground-based Midcourse ...
Partners To Review Meads Direction In
International partners funding the Lockheed Martin-led Medium
Extended Air Defense System (Meads) are expected to meet in
October to determine the fate of the effort just as Pentagon
cost estimators plan to complete a sweeping study of the price
of the air and missile defense system, according to Major
General Genaro Dellarocco, program executive officer of missiles
and space for the U.S. Army.
U.S. Missile Defense Agency Awards
Northrop Grumman $90 Million Task Order for Enhanced Command,
Control, Battle Management and Communications
- Press Release)
In September 2009, President Obama approved the PAA for missile
defense in Europe. The approach is based on an assessment of new
threats and a commitment to deploy technology that is proven,
cost-effective and adaptable to an ever-changing security
Army Receives Northrop System
When fully developed, the IBCS battery engagement operations
center will enable an Army air defense battery to establish
common battle command of air defense assets that are fully
integrated with other Army and joint IAMD systems.
THAAD Interceptor Fault Holds Up
(Global Security Newswire)
Lockheed Martin Corp. will not receive a contract to produce
Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense interceptors unless the firm
within 30 days proves it has fixed a defective switch for
preventing unintended firings of the antimissile weapon. The
faulty component was noted during qualification trials of the
The Threat of Nuclear Weapons
Today, the US needs a new strategy, a positive vision that
combines verifiable arms control, missile defense, a modernized
arsenal, and responsible ...
Royal Navy's Sea Viper Downs Target
The Sea Viper missile defense system has tested successfully
during British Royal Navy operational sea trials in the
Army Accepts First Air Defense Battery
The Army has accepted delivery of the first mobile battery
engagement operations center for integrated air and missile
defense from Northrop Grumman. The operations center when fully
developed will enable an Army air defense battery to communicate
with other Army and joint air and missile defense assets, the
U.S. Delays Anti-Missile Laser Test for
A high-profile test of a missile-destroying laser aboard a
converted Boeing Co 747 aircraft has been postponed for a third
time because of a technical glitch, the Pentagon's Missile
Defense Agency said.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Sets New Wartime
The study was conducted by the IAF together with its Air Defense
Division, which is responsible for operating missile defense
systems such as the Arrow,
Patriot and the soon-to-be deployed Iron Dome, which will be
used to shoot down short-range rockets like the Katyushas that
are the backbone of Hamas’s and Hizbullah’s missile arsenals.
Defense Jobs Face Shift From
More than one-third of the programs are tied to its Melbourne
and Palm Bay operations, including satellite communications,
missile-defense radios and ...
Monday, 16 August 2010
Russia's Most Recent Muscle Flexing
Russia continues to flex its muscles in Georgia’s breakaway
region known as Abkhazia. Georgia reported last week that the
Russians had taken an “extremely dangerous provocative step”
according to the Georgian foreign ministry by deploying the
S-300 missile defense system. The S-300 is Russia’s most
sophisticated missile defense system. It has been delaying
deploying this system to Iran.
Major U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal to Bolster Riyadh Against Iran
(The Cutting Edge)
The United Arab Emirates plan to purchase the very advanced
Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) surface-to-air
missiles, from the United States, and just this week Kuwait
announced its plans for a $900 million upgrade to its
U.S.-supplied Patriot surface-to-air missile systems.
Raytheon Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle Plays Key Role in Latest
(PR Newswire - Press Release)
A Raytheon Company Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV)
demonstrated successful two-stage flyout on 6 June 2010 during
the latest test of the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based
Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. "Once again, Raytheon radars
demonstrated exceptional performance in this critical test of
U.S. missile defense capability," said Karen Kalil-Brown,
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems vice president of National &
Theater Security Programs.
Missile Defense Conference Roars into Huntsville
(al.com - Blog)
The annual Space and Missile Defense Conference & Exhibition
displays Huntsville’s life blood this week at the Von Braun
Center. Visitors may need to use some state-of-the-art missile
guidance systems to get around and, in fact, some of the ongoing
construction has made the nearly-40 year-old facility look like
it's been the target for missile tests.
What Would an Israeli Attack on Iran Make Better
(Washington Post - Blog)
Incidentally, missile defense should be a key component of our
strategy to combat Iran's nuclear program. If we can use
technology to render their weapons ...
John Kerry: Approving the New START Treaty Keeps America Safe
(U.S. News & World Report)
Some have argued that the treaty will undercut our nuclear
deterrent, even though the general currently responsible for
commanding it argues precisely the opposite. Others have claimed
that the treaty will restrict our missile defenses, even though
the man in charge of the Missile Defense Agency, Lt. Gen.
Patrick O'Reilly, testified, "I do not see any limitation on my
ability to develop missile defenses."
China Ups Military Edge Over Taiwan, Pentagon Says
China is expanding its military edge over Taiwan, increasing the
lethality of its short-range ballistic missiles while raising
the risk of "misunderstanding and miscalculation," the Pentagon
said on Monday.
The Re-Hollowing of the Military
No one can say how our decline as a nuclear behemoth will affect
the dynamic of our long-term dealings with China and Russia,
especially when they have learned that we are prepared to throw
away our greatest advantage in the nuclear sweepstakes—our
missile defense—at the stroke of a treaty pen, while rogue
nations like North Korea and Iran are allowed to continue their
nuclear- and ballistic-missile programs unchecked.
Decision Time for Israel on Bombing Iran?
The Iranians are claiming that they have acquired four S-300 air
defense systems that would complicate an Israeli strike, a move
obviously meant to coincide ...
IAF Sets New Wartime Airspace Code
The study was conducted by the IAF together with its Air Defense
Division, which is responsible for operating missile defense
systems such as the Arrow,
the Patriot and the soon-to-be deployed Iron
Dome, which will be used to shoot down short-range rockets like
the Katyushas that are the backbone of Hamas’s and Hizbullah’s
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Soldier from Palm Bay Teaching Polish About Missile Defense
Joshua Prouty is a chemical, biological, radiological and
nuclear defense specialist with Army Europe's Bravo Battery, 5th
Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. He is nearing the
end of a 30-day deployment, part of a rotational training
program designed to familiarize Polish forces on the U.S. air
Israel's military, which has stressed offense as a solution to
the nation's lack of strategic depth, now stresses missile
Russia's S-300 Deployment in Abkhazia Aims Beyond Georgia
Russian officials have lined up to justify their country's
deployment of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles in Georgia's
breakaway region of Abkhazia, defending the move as necessary
for the air defense in Abkhazia and the other rebellious
Georgian republic of South Ossetia, both recognized by Russia as
independent states following a five-day war between Georgia and
Russia in August 2008.
Petraeus: War Strategy ‘Fundamentally Sound’
(The Washington Post)
General David H. Petraeus says the U.S. strategy to win the
nearly nine-year-old war in Afghanistan is “fundamentally
sound.” In a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with The
Washington Post, he said he sees incipient signs of progress in
parts of the volatile south, in new initiatives to create
community defense forces and in nascent steps to reintegrate
low-level insurgents who want to stop fighting.
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Defense Spending Cuts Decried as Severe, But They're Meant to
Stave Off Worse
(Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Savings: $10 billion to $12 billion over 10 years Curtail
missile defense development and deployment spending. Defense
Secretary Robert Gates believes that the U.S. government is
hurtling toward a financial train wreck, and he's trying to
minimize the damage to the Pentagon and the armed forces by
taking steps to trim military spending.
Russian Air Force Chief Confirms S-300 Deployment in Abkhazia
In fact, the S-300's were deployed almost two years before, in
November 2008, when Abkhazia became part of Russia's joint air
Senator Stevens, A Tremendous Loss to Missile Defense
(PR-USA.net - Press Release)
Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense
Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), has released a statement on the death
of Senator Ted Stevens yesterday caused by a plane accident up
in Alaska. Ellison knew Senator Stevens who was a strong
advocate for missile defense.
Shine: Atlas 5 Rocket Successfully Soars at Dawn
A sophisticated satellite was launched into space today to
improve the preeminent path of communications between the
president, military commanders and troops on the battlefield,
ensuring a survivable line of contact even in hellish scenarios
of nuclear warfare.
Analysis: NATO, Russia
(The Associated Press)
In the planning stages is a combined anti-missile defense system
that would protect all participating nations. U.S. Adm. James
Stavridis, the supreme NATO commander in Europe, told The
Associated Press that he would travel to Russia in the fall to
discuss missile defense, Afghanistan, counter-proliferation,
counterterrorism, and counter-narcotics, among other efforts.
Weapons Sales to Gulf Reach $60 Billion
Another deal, announced over the past week, is the possible sale
of the latest Patriot missile defense system to Kuwait for $900
over the past week, is the possible sale of the latest Patriot
missile defense system to Kuwait for $900 million. The proposed
deal would include the sale of 209 missiles.
Heritage v. Hartung on
(Huffington Post - Blog)
In his most recent piece, James Carafano takes me to task for
opposing the development of a massive missile defense system
aimed at rendering Russia's
Announcement by Russia Regarding the Deployment of Air Defense
Missiles in Abkhazia and South Ossetia
(France Diplomatie -
We have noted with concern the announcement regarding the
deployment of air defense missiles in Abkhazia and South
This deployment is unlikely to contribute to the stabilization
of the region.
Defense Depends on Strong Rocket Program, Rep. Rob Bishop Says
launched from North Korea or Iran likely doesn't have the
capability of reaching the United States. But one from Venezuela
could, says Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. And for him, knowing that
the Iranian and Venezuelan governments have been working
together for years means a missile threat could be a lot closer
NATO Slow To Deploy
Trainers To Afghanistan
A few weeks ago, hundreds of artillery troops and air defense
artillery soldiers from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Campbell,
Kentucky, started heading over to Afghanistan. They weren't part
of the so-called surge in combat troops. Instead, Defense
Secretary Robert Gates signed orders for them to work as
trainers because European nations were too slow in helping out.
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Northrop Grumman Delivers First Hardware Developed for
Integrated Air Defense System
(The Huntsville Times)
On Wednesday, Northrop Grumman rolled out a prototype Army air
defense battery engagement operations center - the first piece
of hardware the company has developed under contract for the
Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).
Getting IBCS in the hands of soldiers is our "number one
priority," said Brig. Gen. Roger Mathews, commandant of the
Army's Air Defense Artillery Center at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. "So
today is a big day."
Pentagon Plans Advanced Patriot Missile Sale to Kuwait
The Obama administration told Congress on Wednesday it planned
to sell Kuwait the latest production version of Raytheon Co's
Patriot interceptor missile amid concerns over Iran's growing
missile capabilities. Kuwait seeks as many as 209 MIM-104E
Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-T (GEM-T) interceptors valued
at up to $900 million, the Pentagon's Defense Security
Cooperation Agency said in a notice to lawmakers.
Russia Announces Deployment Of Air Defense Missile In Abkhazia
(All Headline News-AHN)
Georgian Foreign Ministry vehemently protested against the
deployment and described it as an extremely dangerous and
provocative move. The ministry also claimed that the development
would not only threaten the Black Sea region but also the whole
European security and expressed their inability to understand
the purpose of Russian action.
Clinton Sees GOP Backing
for START Treaty
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is central to the Obama
administration's reset of relations with Moscow and its overall
nuclear strategy, but the ratification process has been an
uphill battle. Clinton is making a final push.
News Digest: U.S. Plans to Sell Patriot Missiles
The United States is planning to sell more than 200 Patriot
missiles worth some $900 million to Kuwait as part of its
long-term effort to build up anti-missile systems in the Gulf.
China Urges Closer Military
Ties with Australia
(San Jose Mercury News)
A leading Chinese general urged closer ties with Australia's
military on Monday, amid a continuing freeze on Beijing's
contacts with the Pentagon.
Kratos to Exhibit at Space and Missile Defense Conference
(MarketWatch - Press Release)
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National
Security Solutions provider, will be exhibiting at the
Thirteenth Annual Space and Missile Defense (SMD) Conference &
Exhibition, August 16-19, 2010 at the Von Braun Center in
Huntsville, Alabama. The theme for this year's conference and
exhibition is "Enabling Regional Warfighters." The conference
brings together government, industry, and academia leaders
throughout the country to discuss global issues concerning
today's space and missile defense community.
Pentagon Plans Patriot
Sale to Kuwait
The Pentagon has informed the U.S. Congress of a possible sale
of Raytheon's MIM-104E Patriot missiles to Kuwait. This proposed
sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security
of the United States by helping to improve the security of a
major non-NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an
important force for political stability and economic progress in
the Middle East.
Boeing to Showcase Technology, Partnerships at Space and Missile
highlight its commitment to customers and its partnerships with
Alabama’s aerospace industry during the 13th annual Space and
Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition in Huntsville. One of
the efforts that Boeing will highlight at the conference is the
recently announced Boeing and Northrop Grumman team that is
pursuing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development
and Sustainment Contract.
Travels with Gates: Ship Visit Highlights Obama Missile Defense
(Stars and Stripes - Blog)
Last fall, Obama’s national security team scrapped the Bush-era
missile defense plan for Europe. The old plan was based on using
large, ground based interceptor missiles, or GBIs, designed to
take down similarly large incoming ballistic missiles.
Saturday & Sunday
7 & 8 August 2010
War Film Documents Grim Afghan Reality for Troops
An award-winning documentary about the war in Afghanistan is
refocusing attention from the generals leading the war to the
soldiers on the front lines.
Israel Matches Spending To New Technologies
The speed with which Israel’s administration can respond to new
threats and the changing definitions of war and victory is
triggering new concerns. The “Iron Dome” is a new lower-level
system to defend against short-range ballistic missiles and
long-range rockets, while “David’s Sling” is an associated
medium-altitude system that protects sites from medium-range
ballistic missiles. They are tied into a comprehensive air and
missile defense system that includes Arrow 2/3, and advanced
versions of the Patriot missile.
US Missile Defense Radar Station: Homeless but Searching
The so-called X-band radar ground station is supposed to enable
the first phase of the administration's new missile defense
shield over southern Europe and …
Russia Plans Major Defense Budget Upgrade
Under the proposed budget the Russian air force's Air Defense
Troops will continue to receive Pantsir S-400 short range air
defense missile systems while ...
Unique Exercise to Test US-Russia Hijack Response
(The Associated Press)
The U.S. and Russia, which have more bluster than cooperation in
their often-contentious history, will have their jet fighters
take turns pursuing a civilian plane across the Pacific next
week in a first-of-its-kind exercise to test their response to a
potential international hijacking.
Chinese Military Exercises Remind US of Need to Be Ready for
Earlier this week, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)
inaugurated “Vanguard-2010,” a series of air defense exercises
involving a variety of units from the PLA Air Force (PLAAF), but
also the PLA Navy (PLAN).
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Team Up in Bid for Big Missile
(The Huntsville Times - al.com)
Lockheed Martin is partnering
to up the ante in a bid for the Missile
Defense Agency's lucrative development, sustainment and training
contract for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense anti-ballistic
US, Russia To Cooperate In Air-Defense Drill
The United States and Russia are expected as early as today to
start a joint air-defense exercise involving a simulated
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Team Up Again
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are joining forces once again. The
companies announced Thursday they're pursuing the U.S. Missile
Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense Development and
Lonely Women Being Scammed By Fake Soldiers
(KTSM News Channel 9)
An on-line scam is targeting lonely women and making U.S.
soldiers look bad in the process.
A Senate Summer Reading List
(The Hill -Blog)
“The New START Treaty reduces constraints on the development of
the missile defense program in several areas,” Missile Defense
Agency Director General Patrick O’Reilly testified.
Hizballah, and Iran:
Rumors of Another Regional War
Another Israeli "red line" is Hezbollah's acquisition of
advanced surface-to-air missiles . . . which would reduce
Israel's air superiority over Lebanon.
Iran Announces Acquisition of S-300 Air Defense Systems
(Heritage.org - Blog)
According to Iran’s Fars news agency, Iran has obtained four S-300PT
air-defense missile systems.
Chinese Air defense Forces Battle Rain as Military Drill
Chinese air defense forces on Thursday battled rain while
continuing a five-day military exercise featuring drills that
include the relocation of air defense positions and command
ČR Will Host Missile-Defense Component
The Czech Republic will be the site of a key component for the
United States' amended European missile-defense system."After
the US administration changed their concept of a missile-defense
system in Europe, there were still negotiations on how allies
Prime Minister Petr
Nečas said. "I want to emphasize that it
didn't emerge as news, but it is rather a matter of continuous
Japan Considers Exporting SM-3 Missiles
Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 block 2A system is an advanced
version of the SM-3 ... Missile Defense System and is a
compliment to the Patriot missile.
4 August 2010
3 August 2010
New START Treaty Could Erode Senate's
Foreign Policy Role
This treaty does not constrain future development of missile
defense (except in a few limited ways). It does, however, create
a Bilateral Consultative ...
Pentagon to Cut Out
In 2009, he ended production of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter,
scaled back missile defense, retired scores of warplanes and put
on hold the planning on a ...
McChrystal Staff over Rolling Stone
Some Republican senators say they fear the treaty could limit
the ability of the US to develop a missile-defense system, and
that US nuclear-weapons ...
Europe And Beyond: US Consolidates Global Missile Shield
(Center for Research
Those sites include the Bezmer Air
Base in Bulgaria, fifty kilometers from the ... long-range Arrow
and medium-range David's Sling anti-ballistic missile ...
New START Puts No Limits on Missile Defense
Our central point of disagreement is whether New START will
place limits on US missile defense development efforts. The
short answer to this question is “no ...
Alabama Becomes New
Federal Hot Spot
In 2005, the BRAC recommended the
Missile Defense Agency move most of its operations out to
Redstone Arsenal in northern Alabama.
On the Release of the "To Walk the Earth in Safety" Annual
(US Department of
And also, the third piece of that conventional weapons
destruction is MANPADS, Man-portable
air-defense systems , or shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.
Congress Boosts Funding for Israel-US Defense Systems
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
A US House of Representatives subcommittee allocated a record
amount for US-Israel missile defense systems. The Appropriations
New START Treaty between Russia and US Could Lead to Better
(Christian Science Monitor)
Critics point to Russian provisions relating to missile defense.
But the language is in a nonbinding preamble and unilateral
Giant Sea-Based Radar Undergoes $7M
The Missile Defense Agency's giant floating radar is in for some
expensive repairs at Pearl Harbor and later on the West Coast.
August Forecast: Cloudy With a Chance of Mayhem
Additionally, Iraq of 2003 possessed only a small fraction of
the air defense capabilities it had in 1991, and thus posed
little real threat to US air ...
House Subcommittee Votes to Raise Missile Defense Aid to Israel
to Highest Level Ever
Lawmakers on a US House subcommittee have boosted missile
defense funding to Israel beyond what President Barack Obama
requested, elevating support to its ...
Russian Air Force Plan Cooperative Air Defense Exercise
The Russian Federation Air Force and the North American
Aerospace Defense Command will conduct a first-ever cooperative
air defense exercise.
Patriot Crew Drill
A new iPhone app has been designed
to help troops stay up to speed on the Patriot anti-missile
system, but users won't find this program in the iTunes App ...
SAIC and L-3 for Missile Defense Modeling and Simulation in
Contracts Worth Potential $641.9 Million
(Military & Aerospace Electronics)
Leaders of the U.S. Army
Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, Ala., are
awarding two contracts with a combined potential value of $641.9
million to develop critical technologies for modeling and
simulation of space and missile defense systems.
HUFFPOST HILL - AUGUST 2nd, 2010
(Huffington Post - Blog)
A House appropriations subcommittee has
allotted a record amount of funds for a joint US-Israeli missile
Forum: New START Treaty Should be
General Patrick O'Reilly, director of the US Missile Defense
Agency, all have endorsed the treaty. These defense experts and
military leaders have argued ...
China Military Launches Major Air
Amid a boom in defense spending, China has lavished funds
on its air force, navy and missile forces in recent years as
part of a gradual shift away from ...
Alleged Russia Missile Sale to Azerbaijan
Russian defense officials made on Monday
conflicting statements about reports that Moscow plans to sell
sophisticated air-defense systems ...
US Close to Missile Defense Agreement with
Bulgaria, Turkey, US Media Says
This is part of a
planned missile defense system in Europe, ... In May, the US
started deploying “Patriot” air defense systems in Poland, 60
kilometers from ...
Monday, 2 August 2010
US, Russia to Hold Joint Anti-Terror Air
The US and
Russia will conduct a cooperative air defense exercise for the
first time this month that will involve the mock takeover of an
House Subcommittee Appropriates US-Israel
Missile Defense Systems at Highest Levels Ever
(The Hill - Blog)
Appropriations Defense Subcommittee has just appropriated $217.7
million in funding for essential joint US-Israel missile defense
Amir Peretz to
Review Missile Defense
The Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee announced Monday that MK Amir
Peretz (Labor) will lead a special team
appointed by ...
Israel Could Receive More US Missile
A US congressional panel last week approved nearly $96
million in additional missile defense assistance for Israel
beyond what the Obama administration had ...
What Missile Defense and Nuclear
Disarmament Have in Common
But given Hartung's
longstanding views regarding missile defense, arms control and
nuclear disarmament, this argument—coming from him—is quite ...
NANA and Lockheed Martin Partner in
Missile Contract Bid
NANA Development Corporation announced July 22 they
will partner with Lockheed Martin in competition for the US
Missile Defense ...
Boy Scout Visits Armed Forces Area at
2010 National Scout Jamboree
are: US Air Force, the Air Force recruiting service, ... the
Army Air Defense Artillery, the Army Engineers, the Army Field
US to Advance European Missile Shield
With Radar Base Deal
Work on the European missile defense system
is slated to be finished by 2020 ... plug in their individual
antimissile systems -- based primarily on Patriot ...
Director of National Intelligence: Who is
Clapper was then a watch
officer and air defense analyst for the 2nd Air Division (later,
7th Air Force) stationed at Tan Son
Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam ...
USS Cape St. George Tests Air Defense
"We are the air defense commander," said Fire
Controlman 1st Class Chad W. Conrad, the
Lead SPY Radar Aegis Weapons System (AWS)
Technician on board Cape ...
Key US Radar to Come to Bulgaria or
Patriot missiles are in put on display during the presentation
at the Media Day on first rotation of 'Patriot' Air and Missile
Defense Battery in Morag, ...
Sunday, 1 August
3 Gets American Aid
The United States has agreed to continue sharing
the expense of developing the Israeli Arrow anti-missile missile
Littoral Combat Ship-1 (LCS-1)
Demonstrates Its Potential At RIMPAC
Clearly, the inherent
flexibility of the LCS design will
allow for other combinations of capabilities to be deployed,
such as air and missile defense, ...
Fairhope Soldier Trains Polish Troops
(Gulf Coast Newspapers)
An ADA Soldier from Baldwin County, Alabama, is serving
in the Army training Polish officers on the Patriot Missile
system in Morag, Poland.
Pulling Together in Poland
(DefenseNews.com - Subscription)
Securing a major Polish air
defense contract is likely to be
Bumar's most important challenge in upcoming years. The group
has tied up with MBDA, ...
Targeting Iran, Preparing for World War III
(The Market Oracle)
The air defense systems of the US, NATO
member countries and Israel are fully integrated. This a
coordinated endeavor of the Pentagon, NATO, ...
Ratify the Treaty
(New York Times)
We are no big fans of national missile defense
— the technology has yet to show that it can work. But the Obama
administration is moving ahead with a ...
Dispatches from the Jamboree
They have a sweet Army place with Army vehicles
and air defense, Navy and a lot of other great stuff. There is
also a very great new merit badge that is ...
US Missile Center May Operate on Czech
Soil in 2011: Minister
Xinhua News Agency)
The early warning center
of US missile defense may start operating on Czech soil by the
middle of next year, Czech Defense ...
The US military says it is close to striking a deal
that would make a partial missile-defense shield in southern
New START: Too Modest to Merit Partisan
Some critics express concern that the treaty will limit American
missile defense capabilities. The administration insists it will
not, and senior officials ...
May Soon Put 'Missile Umbrella' Over South Europe
In May, the United States opened a Patriot missile
base in northern Poland, ... in the US missile shield in Europe
as soon as all parameters of the system ...