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UNITED STATES ARMY FIRES SYMPOSIUM
WHEN: 16 - 20 May 2011
WHERE: Fires Center of Excellence
(FCoE), Fort Sill, Oklahoma
WHAT: Field Artillery and Air Defense
Artillery/Air and Missile Defense Symposium /Conference
Each branch, as well as private industry vendors will
have a marketing booth and
static displays on site.
Mark your calendar and keep checking back for updates.
General John "Jack" Costello in 1997 as the Commandant
of the United States Army Air Defense Artillery School
at Fort Bliss, Texas. At right, Lieutenant General
(Retired) Jack Costello as Guest Speaker of the Fires
Center of Excellence (FCoE) Saint Barbara's Ball at Fort
Sill Oklahoma (4 December 2010).
Lieutenant General John Costello
“Leading the Charge into the XXI Century”
As the year comes to a
close the Air Defense Artillery community has learned of
the passing (27 December 2010) of a legendary leader,
Lieutenant General (Retired) John ‘Jack’ Costello.
Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, General Costello was a
1969 graduate of the Citadel, with a bachelor's degree
in political science and a commission as an Air Defense
Artillery (ADA) officer. Soon afterward the young
lieutenant was deployed to Vietnam where he was assigned
as a battalion adviser to the 4th ADA
Battalion in Qui Nhon, Republic of Viet Nam (RVN).
As a young company grade officer, Captain Costello was
given the unique opportunity of commanding twice at the
battery level. His first opportunity came with the
82nd Airborne Division, where he served as
the battery commander, of Battery B, 3rd
Battalion (ABN), 4th ADA Regiment, 82nd
Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Later
while in Germany, Captain Costello was also assigned as
Commander, Battery D, 1st Battalion, 59th
ADA Regiment, 8th Infantry Division in
General Costello’s other commands include Battalion
Commander of 2nd Battalion, 59th
ADA Regiment, 1st Armored Division in
Schwabach, Germany; Brigade Commander of the 35th
Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Brigade, I Corps at Fort
Lewis, Washington; Commanding General, 32nd
Army Air Defense Command in Darmstadt, Germany;
Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Defense
Artillery School, Center & Fort Bliss at Fort Bliss,
Texas; and finally as the Commanding General of the U.S.
Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Arlington,
It was Major General Costello who set the path for the
Air Defense Artillery branch to march into the 21st
Century. While serving as the Chief of Air Defense
Artillery, Commandant of the United States Army Air
Defense School and Commanding General of Fort Bliss, he
muster ADA's Patriot units under one shelter thereby
establishing ADA's first Center of Excellence at Fort
Bliss. He went on to become the Commanding General of
the United States Space and Missile Defense Command as
the Army marched forward into the new millennium.
His signature closing was always “First to Fire, ADA is
leading the charge into the 21st Century.”
His belief was that the only way to accomplish this was
by “recruiting and retraining” top quality Soldiers.
General Costello felt this was the paramount challenge
the branch faced as it prepared to enter the 21st
General Costello often quoted lessons from history as he
gazed into the future. He would reference a Duster
Track Commander, Sergeant Joe Bolado, leading a relief
column through the gates of Khe Sanh, Viet Nam, while
soliciting his beliefs in a doctrine that places an
emphasis on force protection, and a doctrine of always
employing an overwhelming force.
Strategically, General Costello firmly deemed that
“Space [was] the ultimate high ground.” He
petitioned for a synchronized battle space, which would
lead to overwhelming dominance. He understood that
through technology and knowledge management of our
assets and sensor feeds, the distributed effects would
be decisive, “allowing an adversary nowhere to run and,
virtually, nowhere to hide.”
After 32 years of active service, Jack Costello
continued to serve the Soldiers he loved, as the Vice
President of Business Development and Strategic Planning
for Raytheon Network Centric Systems based in McKinney,
Texas. He proudly led the Raytheon Improvised Explosive
Device (IED) Defeat Task Force. Understanding the
problem facing our Soldiers overseas, and personally
revamping the program into a focused effort General
Costello’s passion for Soldiers could be found in his
words, “Raytheon doesn't need to make a dime; we need to
solve the problem.”
Lieutenant General Costello will be buried at Arlington
National Cemetery on 18 January 2011. There will
be a Catholic mass beginning at 0845 at Fort Myer in the
Old Post Chapel with internment immediately following.
It is our hopes that he will hear his beloved bagpipes
on his way to his final rest. It was General Costello’s
wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: St.
Jude's Children's Research Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place;
Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org).
The passing of this “Air Defense Warrior” will be felt
by many within and outside of the Fires community.
General Costello’s honorable character, dedication mixed
with devotion and tenacity will allow Soldiers of today
and tomorrow to benefit from his legacy.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Michele (Micki),
their children and their extended family and friends.
Air Defense Artillery Branch
The Air Defense Artillery Association
Bid Farewell to the
On Her Retirement
Although Artillerymen look to our patron, Saint Barbara,
to watch over us and shield us from harm, for decades
there has been a more earthly lady, Mrs. Edith G.
Fanning, who has taken air defenders by the hand and
steered them in the right direction.
Since Saint Barbara is undeniably the First Lady of Air
Defense Artillery (ADA) and Ms. Genevieve Swick was
unofficially named the second, perhaps a most fitting
title for Mrs. Fanning would be the “Duchess” of ADA.
Mrs. Fanning, or Edith as she would insist you call her,
has devoted her class, grace, experience and knowledge
to members of the ADA community for decades.
(To read the complete
tribute click on the photo or title.)
Command and Control
14 December 2010, the United States Army Air Defense
Artillery School hosted a 140A Warrant Officer Basic
Course graduation for Class 18-10.
Instructor was Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) Promotable
(P) James W. Kurth with auxiliary instructors CW4
Mitchell C. Brown and CW2 (P) Jacob F. Moore.
Congratulations to the Honor Graduate Warrant Officer 1
(WO1) Christopher Willoughby. The Guest Speaker was CW4
David V. Jones the Proponent Warrant Officer (WO)
assigned to the Office, Chief of Air Defense Artillery
(OCADA), United States Army Air Defense Artillery
School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Chief Jones delivered an inspirational speech to the
graduates and audience members on the historical
expansion of the WO role as defined by the Army. In
Chief Jones' own words, "the expectations are greater
than ever, as the WO role incorporates adjectives such
as combat leader, advisor and mentor." Chief Jones
provided three major points of interest to the new
warrant officers to assist them and their corpsmen in
achieving those expectations, he called them the three
"Ls" (Listen, Learn and Live).
Under "Listen" he stressed the inherent danger in
becoming an expert, as sometimes, we reach a point where
we may believe we know it all. This belief could cause
us to become unapproachable and stifle subordinate
initiative. He further stressed that none of us knows
everything. and can still learn better or easier
ways of doing things. He challenged everyone to
consistently listen with an open mind.
Moving on to "Learning," he asked the audience to become
the expert both professionally and personally. "No
kidding," Chief Jones said, "become the expert the Army
requires of you and increase your cognitive bandwidth
via civilian education. Cultivate your abilities to
master critical thinking, articulation, decision making
and problem solving skills enhancing your leadership
skill set holistically."
In closing, Chief Jones provided a key takeaway to
"Live." He described it as mastering balance, and
effectively managing Army and family, as well as
professional and personal goals.
Congratulations to all the graduates.
Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I)
Enhanced System Operator
On 23 November 2010, the United States Army Air
Defense Artillery School hosted a combined Military
Occupational Specialty (MOS) 14J10,
Command Control, Communications, Computers and
Intelligence (C4I) Enhanced System Operator,
graduation for Classes 017-10, 518-10 and 525-10 at Fort
Special congratulations and recognition to the
Distinguished Honor Graduate, Private David E. Burke Jr.
from Class 017-10; and Honor Graduates Specialist Jeremy
H Horn from Class 017-10 and Private First Class Matthew
Owens from Class 518-10.
The Guest Speaker was Sergeant Major (SGM) Blake E.
Brimhall the Air Defense Artillery Proponent SGM,
assigned to the Office, Chief of Air Defense Artillery
Special thanks to the instructors, Staff Sergeant
Michael E. Dennis, Sergeant Kimberly R. Curenton and Mr.
Jeffery Staley for preparing our Soldiers for their
place in ADA. Congratulations to all the graduates.
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Links to Air and Missile
Defense Articles From News Media Websites.
1 December 2010
Former Fort Bliss Leader
Up for Promotion
(Las Cruces Sun-News/El Paso Times)
President Barack Obama has nominated former Fort Bliss
Commander, Major General Howard Bromberg for promotion to the
rank of lieutenant general. He was also nominated for the post
of deputy commanding general and chief of staff for U.S. Army
Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia.
Russia's Putin Warns West Over Missile Defense: Report
(Reuters) Putin said missile threats
against Europe must be tackled jointly -- a reference to an
agreement reached at a November 20 Russia-NATO summit to
cooperate on missile defense.
Putin Warns U.S. of Potential
Russian Nuclear Buildup
(Bloomberg) Russia will deploy strike
forces and nuclear technology against “new threats” posed by US
missile-defense plans in Europe unless the North Atlantic Treaty
Medvedev Warns Of Arms Race
In Absence Of Russia-NATO
(AHN - All Headline News)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned that Europe could end
up in a new arms race in the following decade if Moscow fails to
reach an accord on missile defense cooperation with the West.
Missile Defense Cooperation
with the Russian Federation
(US Department of State) The
Administration has repeatedly communicated to the Russian
Government at the highest levels that the United States will not
agree to any limitations or constraints on U.S. ballistic
missile defenses, and that the United States intends to continue
improving and deploying BMD systems to defend the U.S. against
limited missile launches, and to defend our deployed forces,
allies, and partners against regional threats.
Putin Warns West Over
(Deutsche Welle) Russian Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow will build up its nuclear
forces if it is left out of Western missile defense plans.
Air Defense Training Operation Moving to Lawton
(Houston Chronicle/The Associated Press)
A subsidiary of
Raytheon is moving an air defense
training support operation from
El Paso, Texas, to Lawton, OK. The
program's primary function is to train Army personnel on
upgrades to Patriot air and missile defense system equipment
operation and maintenance.
Russia Will Deploy Nukes If
Shut Out Of Missile Defense
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is
warning NATO that a combative new arms race will emerge if the
West ignores Russia's proposals concerning missile defence
NATO's New Strategic Mission
to Shore up Cyber Security,
(ExecutiveGov) To adapt NATO's mission to
“new threats,” the organization added missile defense and cyber
security provisions to the organization's strategic concept at
its annual summit in Lisbon, Portugal.
Army Space and Missile Defense Command to Honor Late
(al.com - Blog) As commander of
Redstone Arsenal and, later, of
Space and Missile Defense/Army Forces Strategic Command,
the late Lieutenant General Larry J. Dodgen honed a reputation
for visionary leadership, of always thinking of soldiers first,
of "leading from the front." Today, Dodgen's time at SMDC will
be memorialized with the dedication of a conference room in his
honor in the command's headquarters on the arsenal.
Official Briefs Congress on Missile Defense Progress
(Department of Defense) A hallmark of the
four-phase US approach to European missile defense is its
ability to adjust to the unpredictable, a senior Defense
Department official told Congress today.
The Cable: Kyl Demands More Information on Missile
as START Debate Looms
"As you know, the ballistic missile
defense program touches some of our country's most sensitive
technology, collection assets and real time intelligence," wrote
Senate Majority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), along with Senators
James Risch (R-ID) and
Mark Kirk (R-IL). "We therefore
request detailed responses to the following questions, before
the administration enters into any agreement or joint study
related to U.S. missile defenses [with Russia]."
Eizenkot: Iron Dome Meant to Protect IDF Bases Not
(Jerusalem Post) The Iron Dome and Arrow
missile defense systems are meant to protect IDF bases and the
army's ability to attack,
not necessarily to protect citizens, IDF
OC Northern Command Major General Gadi Eizenkot said at a
lecture at Haifa University on Tuesday.
Air Defense Training Operation Moving to Lawton
(KFSM) A subsidiary of defense contractor
Raytheon is moving an air defense
missile training support operation from
to Lawton. The program's primary function is to train Army
personnel on upgrades to the Patriot air and missile defense
system equipment operation and maintenance.
DFACs Spread Thanksgiving Spirit
(DVIDS) The 5th Battalion, 7th Air
Defense Artillery's DFAC at Rhine Ordnance Barracks won best
decorated cake in a competition for the Commander’s Trophy
during the 21st Theater Sustainment Command competition.
Veteran Accused of
(Marion County Record) Retired Army
Sergeant Ryan J. Newell, 26, formerly assigned to A Battery, 5th
Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, was charged Thursday with
stalking anti-veteran protestors, impersonating a law
enforcement officer and three counts of illegally using weapons.
Iran's Military Looks to the
Sky as New Priority
(The Associated Press) During five days
of military exercises in November, Iran claimed it successfully
tested an air defense missile battery built from a previously
Russia to Completely Re-Arm Anti-Aircraft Defense by
(RT) Russia will completely re-arm its
air defense forces by 2020 and the process will start as soon as
next year, a military official has said.
NORAD is Ready to Track
(EVLiving) For the 55th consecutive year,
the men and women of the North American Aerospace Defense
Command are getting ready to track Santa! The Tracks Santa
went live today and features holiday games and activities that
change daily. The NORAD Tracks Santa program began in 1955 after
a phone call was made to the Continental Air Defense Command
Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record" Mark Kirk Interview
- Blog) Kirk: I was concerned that at the Lisbon summit there
was a proposal that came forward to include the Russians in the
missile defense of the United States. I'm very concerned about
such a proposal. They're providing nuclear material and upgrade
to the Bushehr reactor in Iran. Other air defense equipment sold
to them. Russia invaded Georgia. Not exactly a reliable party in
the most sensitive defense program of the United States.
Naval Exercise Wraps Up In
(Department of Defense) ... readiness and
interoperability training covering a broad spectrum of
operations, from surface and anti-submarine warfare to air
defense, Cloyd reported.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Lockheed Fixes Safety-Switch Flaw That Delayed Missile
(Bloomberg) Lockheed Martin Corp. has
fixed a flawed safety switch that delayed delivery of the first
24 newest interceptor missiles and hindered a contract for the
company to build more … The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said in
July that the missiles couldn’t be assembled until repairs were
made to the mechanism, intended to prevent accidental launches.
Japan, US Start Largest Ever Military Drills Amid Korean
Novosti) The agenda of the exercises, which will continue until
December 10, include integrated air and missile defense, base
security, close-air support, ... security, close-air support,
...defense, base security, close-air support, ...
India Bolstering Missile Power
(The Diplomat) For a while now, Indian
defense scientists have been working hard on developing missile
systems that they hope will be game changers in any future
military conflict. The Agni series is the standard-bearer of
this Indian effort.
Missile Defense Systems Won't Protect Israel
Preparing for missile and rocket threat via
defensive systems is utterly ineffective - even supporters of
these systems do not claim that after firing its first 200
weapons at Israel, the enemy will desist from using its abundant
remaining supply of rockets and missiles.
Wikileaks Exposes Missile Defense 'Hundreds of Missiles'
(Blogcritics.org - Blog) The once in a
lifetime look behind the curtains of international diplomacy
provided by Wikileaks and their inside source is proving to be
highly volatile for international relations. Even though to date
only a few of the uncovered cables come from and went to the US
embassy in Moscow they have provided a deeper understanding of
the new ‘Phased – Adaptive Approach’ to missile defense.
Australia Worried Over
Australia has placed its acquisition of
Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles on the "projects of
concern" list because of procurement delays.
The Myth of Layering
(All Things Nuclear) The midcourse
Ground-based Missile Defense (GMD) system the United States has
deployed in Alaska and California would attempt to intercept
missile warheads above the atmosphere. Such “exoatmospheric”
defenses are susceptible to a range of countermeasures, such as
decoys, that can deny the defense the information it needs to
intercept a warhead. Moreover, such countermeasures can be built
with technologies that the U.S. intelligence community says are
within the reach of any country that can build a long-range
U.S. Missile Defense Is Vital
for Restraint of South Korea
(PR Newswire) Riki Ellison, Chairman and
Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), has
been observing the current situation involving North and South
Korea which developed last week and has offered his comments.
Ellison is one of the foremost experts in the field of missile
defense in the world.
Aster Chases Aegis And Patriot
(Strategy Page) France has successfully
tested an Aster 30 anti-aircraft missile shooting down a SCUD
class (600 kilometer range) ballistic missile.
Lockheed Martin Announces
Brad Hicks Joins Mission
Systems and Sensors Business
(PR Newswire) Hicks will serve as vice
president of radar programs under MS2's Radar Systems line of
business. "Brad brings extensive air and missile defense system
knowledge and expertise to Lockheed Martin," said Carl Bannar,
vice president of Radar Systems. "His appointment recognizes the
importance of leveraging our technology investments across our
radar portfolio as we provide our customers with the most
reliable, affordable solutions for their mission requirements."
Keen Sword Exercise
Sharpens US-Japan Alliance
(Edwards Air Force Base) About 10,500
U.S. service members and their Japan Self Defense Force
counterparts are participating in exercise Keen Sword 2011,
December 3rd through the 10th, on military installations
throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa and in the water surrounding
Japan. Keen Sword is a regularly-scheduled exercise designed to
strengthen U.S. and Japanese military interoperability and meet
mutual defense objectives, according to exercise planners.
Training events include integrated air and missile defense, base
security and force protection, close-air support, live-fire
training, maritime defense and interdiction, and search and
Friday, 3 December 2010
Wikileaks Reveal Greater
Need For Missile Defenses
(defpro) For example, deployments of the
US-built Theater High-Altitude Area Defense system could provide
additional intercept capability against shorter-range ballistic
Lockheed Martin-Raytheon Team
Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Contract
News) The Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team competing for the
Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment
Contract has received the final request proposal from the
Missile Defense Agency. The company noted that the contract will
continue development, manufacturing, test, training, operations
support and sustainment support of the GMD element of the
Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, which protects the
nation, our allies and friends against limited ballistic missile
West Point's Texas Bowl Game Site Familiar Area For Many
There was a lot of excited and happy
officers, cadets and soldiers at West Point this week as
Army announced it had accepted a bid to play in the Bell
Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas, Texas on December 30.
Playing in Texas will provide attendance opportunities for
soldiers from the large Army bases in Texas such as Fort Hood,
Fort Bliss, and Fort Sam Houston and the home of the Field
Artillery just 200 miles away at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma.
South Korean Threatens to Bomb; Obama
Must Send in the Raptors
(The American - Blog) North Korea has a
powerful air defense system. It boasts old, but effective
surface-to-air missile systems, including one, the SA-5, that
can range deep into South Korean territory.
Projects on the Way
(Las Cruces Sun-News) White Sands Missile
Range's Commander, Brigadier General John Regan, spoke at the
Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce's annual Military Update
Luncheon. He said there are several projects headed the
facility's way, including testing for the Medium Extended Air
Defense System, known as MEADS. Slated to start in 2012, the
program will be a coordinated effort between the United States,
Germany and Italy to replace the Patriot Missile Air Defense
System with the Hawk and Hercules missile systems. (???)
George Washington Strike Group Prepares to Begin Keen
(U.S. 7th Fleet) Training events during
Keen Sword 2010 will include integrated air and missile defense,
base security and force protection, search and rescue, ...
Provide For The Missile Defense
(Investor's Business Daily) National Security: Gazing out into
the unpredictable far future, humanity has but one reliable
weapon available against nuclear attack: missile defense.
Lockheed Martin-Raytheon Team Will Apply Proven Experience in
Bidding for Ground-Based Midcourse
(Bradenton Herald) "This team is prepared
and enthusiastic about our offer to support this critical
national asset," said Mathew J. Joyce, GMD vice president and
program manager, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "Backed
by proven performance and domain expertise, our bid will assure
a smooth transition. The entire Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team
is dedicated to a transparent partnership with the MDA and GMD
St. Pete Man Used Army to Escape Troubled Childhood, But
Couldn't Escape the Pills
(Tampabay.com) Jimmy Nunley served with
Delta Battery, 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 1st
United States Pressed Turkey To Host Missile Defense
(Space News) The United States has told
Turkey that a decision not to host the radar is essentially a
decision to opt out of missile defense coverage, based on the
physics and geometry of the missile defense shield, the ...
Israeli Argues Missile Threat Makes Civil Defense a New Priority
(World Tribune) Former Israel Missile
Defense Organization director Uzi Rubin said the military's
doctrine envisioned massive enemy missile attacks on Israeli
cities and towns.
Guest Blogger: What Are New START's Missile Defense Promises
(Heritage.org - Blog) Following a recent
meeting with the President, some of our pro-ballistic missile
defense (BMD) Senators expressed public optimism that
ratification of New START still might be possible in the lame
Israeli Argues Missile Threat Makes Civil Defense a New Priority
Former Israel Missile Defense Organization director Uzi Rubin
said the military's doctrine envisioned massive enemy missile
attacks on Israeli cities and towns.
Guest Blogger: What Are New START's Missile Defense
(Heritage.org - Blog) Following a recent meeting with the
President, some of our pro-ballistic missile defense (BMD)
Senators expressed public optimism that ratification of New
START still might be possible in the lame duck session.
Bravos and a Buffalo Chip to Hand Out
(Jamestown Sun) Bravo to the news that
about 75 soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense
Artillery Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard are
expected to be home for Christmas after a year deployment in
Sunday, 5 December
About 70 ND Guard Members Back from Deployment
(Jamestown Sun) About 70 North Dakota
National Guard soldiers have returned to the United States after
yearlong deployments overseas. A release from the Guard says the
soldiers, who are part of the 1-188th Air Defense Artillery
Battalion based in Bismarck, arrived at Fort Hood in Texas on
Sunday. They're expected back in North Dakota within a week.
North Dakota Soldiers Back on US Soil from Iraq and
(In-Forum) The Grand Forks-based 1st
Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment mobilized in
three groups in November 2009. With their return, the number of
North Dakota Guardsmen serving overseas has reached a low not
seen since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,
the Guard said in a news release.
UAE Looks to Upgrade Missile Defense Systems
(Reuters-Canada) - The United Arab Emirates is planning to
upgrade its missile defense systems and integrate them
regionally with other Gulf Arab states to shore up its defenses,
top military officials said on Sunday. (Also see article at
US Missile Defense Is Vital for Restraint of South Korea
(PR-USA.net) US Missile Defense Is Vital for Restraint of South
Korea (PR-USA.net) "It is with the belief in our nation's war
fighters in the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and the U.S. Korea
Command (KORCOM), that the deployment of missile defense
capability in South Korea, in the shape of the 35th Air Defense
Artillery Brigade and its Patriot batteries and the Aegis BMD
capable ships of the 7th Fleet deployed around the Korean
Peninsula, continues to deter North Korean use or threat of
their ballistic missiles during this time of tension. While
there is a great need for more missile defense assets in the
region, some satisfaction can be taken in the decisions that
have been made to have a limited missile defense capability in
place in and around Korea; rather than having no defense against
the large ballistic missile force of North Korea. This includes
South Korea's decision to have its own Patriot Fire Units
deployed," said Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the
Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, while summing up his
observations concerning the attacks.
Cape Played Role in Nuclear Defense
(Cape Cod Times - Subscription) In December 1957, the U.S. Air
Force announced plans to locate a Boeing and Michigan
Aeronautical Research Center missile site, known as a BOMARC, at
Otis Air Force Base. It was no secret that the 6½-ton
surface-to-air missiles had nuclear capabilities, but there was
little uproar among residents who apparently feared an enemy
attack more than the threat of radiation.
6 December 2010
Soldiers Arrive Home
(KXNet.com) The soldiers, who are part of
the First-One Hundred-88th Air Defense Artillery Battalion based
in Bismarck, arrived at Fort Hood in Texas today.
Russia Warns Against Missile-Interceptors in the Barents Sea
Speaking at a press-conference in Moscow, Russia’s NATO envoy
Dmitri Rogozin said there are not any missile threats in
northern Europe, so there is no need for any anti-missile
systems there, RIA Novosti reports. Quoted by the Associated
Press, Rogozin underlines that Russia won’t accept NATO’s
proposed cooperation on European missile defense if the Western
Alliance deploys missiles in Poland, the Baltic- or the Barents
Vice President Biden Rewrites History - To Our and Our Allies'
(Family Security Matters) Why does the
new START treaty hang in the balance? In part, because missile
defense advocates, who spent years pressing the US to adopt such
weapons, are now ridiculed as having pushed the wrong systems
with the wrong countries -- even though all currently planned
defenses are precisely those first acquired and deployed by
these same missile defense advocates. What has been left out of
the Vice President's retelling of history is that the European
system, killed by this administration, was planned to protect
all of Europe and America -- not from Iranian short- and
medium-range missiles but from long-range Iranian missiles. The
argument from missile defense critics, including from
then-Senator Biden and many of his colleagues, was that Iran was
not building such missiles. Therefore, they said, there was no
need to build a defense as had been planned for Poland, along
with complimentary radar for the Czech Republic.
BMD Field Set to Expand in Coming Years
With ballistic-missile-defense-capable ships set to guard Europe
from missile strikes starting next year and European bases in
the works, the Navy’s role in BMD is growing, and with it the
need for specialized officers.
Japan Exercise Sends Message of Cooperation to North Korea
Stripes) US military officials have said the relocation of
Japan's Air Defense Command from nearby Fuchu to Yokota will
enhance cooperation on the US-Japan missile defense programs.
While all parties involved say the U.S.-Japan training and the
South Korea artillery fire were planned well before North
Korea’s Nov. 23 artillery strike that killed four on Yeonpyeong
island, there is a strong message directed toward the North: Any
further provocations from North Korea could be met with serious
resistance from the three allies.
Medvedev Says NATO Must Involve Russia In Missile
Last month, NATO and Moscow agreed to cooperate on missile
defense and other security issues in what they hailed as a
"historic step" in setting aside past ...
NATO's Missile "Shield" Debated by Security & Defense
Parliament - Press Release)
The US plans for missile defense date back to the Reagan
Administration and the still born "Star Wars" program. The plans
were revived as a missile defense shield under the George W.
Bush's time in office. A recent NATO summit in Lisbon pledged
the 28 member organization to push ahead with a missile defense
capability and invited Russia to take part.
U.S. And NATO Allies Escalate Military Buildup Against
this year Washington announced the sale of land-based
interceptor missiles to Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United
Arab Emirates. It has supplied both Patriot Advanced
Capability-3 and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
missile systems to Gulf Cooperation Council states - Patriot
missiles to Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and a THAAD
missile shield system to the United Arab Emirates - and has
deployed sea-based Standard Missile-3 interceptors in the Gulf
on Aegis class warships.
UAE Plans to Enhance Missile Defenses
Newswire/NTI) The United Arab Emirates appears set to purchase
the Lockheed Martin Corp.-developed Terminal High-Altitude Area
Defense system. That arms deal could go through early next year,
a defense insider said yesterday. "Other Gulf states are also
thinking about THAAD," the source said.
Israelis Brace for Missile Firestorm
threat of missile attacks even as the country invests heavily in
developing air-defense systems experts say cannot provide
Turkey president: Israel Would be
Excluded from NATO Missile Defense Network
(World Tribune) Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Ankara has
ensured that Israel would not be given access to a proposed NATO
missile defense network, which would include radars and other
assets in Turkey.
US Embassy Cables: Pentagon Tells Warsaw Missile Shield
Adaptable to “Hypothetical” Threats
(The Guardian) The
discussion on the first day of the HLDG focused on providing
more details for U.S. Missile Defense plans and a prospective
Polish role in the new concept as well as additional aspects for
the deployment of a U.S. Patriot battery to Poland for training
US Embassy Cables: Poland Wanted Operational Patriot
Missiles, Not 'Potted Plants'
(The Guardian) For example, when told last autumn that the
Patriots would not be integrated -- at least initially -- into
the Polish air defense system, Deputy Defense Minister
Komorowski angrily responded that Poland expected to have
operational missiles, not "potted plants." Merited or no, our
Polish interlocutors believe: 1) (assuming successful SoFA
talks) Patriots will start rotating to Poland this year
regardless of the outcome of Washington's review of the Missile
Defense program; 2) the battery will have some undefined
"operational capability;" 3) the garrison remaining in Poland
after 2012 will have the same size and composition as the
uniformed elements that will staff the rotations; and 4) access
to Patriot equipment for training will not be substantially
impeded by provisions of the Export Control Act.
Republican Senators such as Jon Kyl (AZ) and Scott Brown (MA)
have been withholding support for the ...
New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
(New START) Signed by President Obama and Russian President
Medvedev on April 8, the treaty has not yet been ratified by the
required two-thirds majority of the U.S. Senate. Senator Kyl and
others have indicated that they are concerned about potential
restrictions on missile defense and modernization of the U.S.
nuclear arsenal. These are strange objections for two reasons.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Report: Raytheon Raked in $4.58B in Federal Contracts
(Eagle Tribune) Much of the work done at
the locations has to do with the Patriot missile system, "the
world's most advanced air and missile defense system," according
LEADERSHIP: Arabs Throw Money At The Iranian Threat
(Strategy Page) Two years ago the UAE
(United Arab Emirates) ordered $7 billion worth of American
THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile systems
to protect itself against the growing arsenal of Iranian
MBDA Relies on Hi-tech Transfer to Win Turkish Defense
(Hurriyet Daily News) Francesco Diella,
commander of Italy's Air Defense Artillery Command in Sabaudia,
said his unit was content with the performance of the SAMP/T
Poland Asked US About Missile Shield Uses, Cables Show
(Hurriyet Daily News) During the
administration of former U.S. president George W. Bush, Poland
agreed to take part in a proposed missile defense system, a
scheme that sparked a crisis between the U.S. and Russia. U.S.
President Barack Obama has abandoned the project and a more
modest system is being developed, with the Russians invited to
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Emirates Seek Gulf-Wide Missile Shield
(UPI.com) In September, the US Congress
cleared the sale of three Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
anti-ballistic missile systems produced by Lockheed Martin Space
Systems. Other key contractors are Boeing, Raytheon and
US Lawmakers Urge Delay
on START Vote
(AFP) A group of US House Republicans
urged the US Senate Tuesday to delay action on a landmark treaty
with Russia until next year, citing worries about missile
defense and upkeep of the US atomic arsenal.
Keen Sword to the 'Rescue'
(Sourdough Sentinel) Significant training
events during Keen Sword 2011 include search and rescue as well
as integrated air and missile defense, base security and force
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Third-Generation Anti-Ship Missile Defense System
Switched from Open Source Operating System RTOS
(Military & Aerospace Electronics) Needing real-time determinism
and more efficient debug capability for their third generation
anti-ship missile defense system, engineers at CEA in Canberra,
Australia, switched from an open source real-time operating
system (RTOS) to the INTEGRITY RTOS from Green Hills Software in
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Superheroes Without a Superpower
(The Moscow Times) Only two weeks after
the initial Lisbon euphoria, both President Dmitry Medvedev and
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have returned to their old habit
of provoking NATO and the United States. In his
state-of-the-nation address last week, Medvedev threatened a
“new arms race” if the West remained deaf to Russia’s proposal
for a “sectoral” missile defense system.
Broad Protection Expected for NATO Missile Shield
(Global Security Newswire/NTI) Russia has
long opposed US missile defense plans, seeing in them a scheme
to undermine Moscow's nuclear deterrent. Last month, the Kremlin
agreed to ...
US Aircraft Slated for
Poland Rotations, Polish Defense Minister Says
(Stars and Stripes) Soldiers from the Kaiserslautern-based 5th
Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery work just 40 miles from the
Russian border. The emphasis on sending missile defense trainers
and aircraft for joint exercises instead of permanently
assigning troops is an attempt to keep an ally happy while not
angering Russia, which has long been sensitive about a U.S.
presence in the region, Stanilko said.
Russia, Kazakhstan Eye Missile Warning System Work:
President Dmitry Medvedev said failure to include Russia on the
alliance's missile defense plans would trigger a new arms race.
Poland Vexed by US Reversal on Missile Interceptors,
(Global Security Newswire/NTI) The US
failure to deploy Patriot missile interceptors to Poland greatly
frustrated Polish officials who were expecting the systems and
anticipating a quick boost to their defensive abilities, the
Associated Press reported yesterday.
Russia to Consolidate Missile, Air Defenses
(Global Security Newswire/NTI) Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev has directed that the nation's air and
missile defense systems be integrated prior to next December,
RIA Novosti reported.
Obama Commits to Base Missile Interceptors in Poland
(Xinhua) President Barack Obama on
Wednesday committed the United States to basing land-based SM-3
interceptors in Poland in the 2018 timeframe as part of its
NATO- wide missile defense system. The Phased Adaptive Approach
to European missile defense, unveiled by Obama in September 2009
to replace the Bush-era missile defense shield program in the
Czech Republic and Poland, will be deployed in four stages from
next year until 2020 and would be capable of intercepting
long-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Under the
plan, U.S. interceptor missiles and radar will be stationed in
Europe, for which NATO member states have to invest 200 million
euros (280 million dollars) to link their existing anti-missile
systems to the U.S. system.
Soldiers Returning to Grand Forks
(Grand Forks Herald) Soldiers with the
Grand Forks-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery
Regiment will arrive back in North Dakota tonight.
ND Guard Soldiers Returning
to State Today
(Jamestown Sun) Transportation was
arranged this afternoon for a group of North Dakota National
Guardsmen returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Soldiers
with the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment
arrived in Fort Hood, Texas, on Sunday and have been working
through the demobilization process there. They will arrive in
North Dakota later today, concluding their yearlong
North Dakota Soldiers Back from Wartime Missions
(DVIDS) “We are so pleased to safely
welcome home the soldiers of the 1-188th Air Defense Artillery
Regiment,” said North Dakota Govenor Jack Dalrymple. “They did
an outstanding job in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are proud of
all they have accomplished on behalf of our state and nation.
Defense Department Leaders Urge Treaty Ratification
(DVIDS) “The senior leaders of the
military understand the treaty well, because DOD focused in
detail on what we wanted from the treaty as we conducted the
nuclear posture review,” said James N. Miller, Principal
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. “The new treaty
strengthens strategic stability with Russia, provides the United
States flexibility to retain and modernize robust missile
delivery systems, and advances U.S. security interests including
nonproliferation,” he continued.
Kazakhstan, Russia Look to Missile Defense Cooperation
(Global Security Newswire/NTI) Kazakhstan
appears set to purchase Russian S-300 air-defense technology and
the two nations are considering collaborating on a ballistic
missile early warning system, Reuters reported.
US Hails Turkey's 'Constructive' Role at NATO, OSCE
(Today's Zaman) Gordon noted that issues
such as the location of the ballistic missile defense system's
powerful X-band radars will be discussed by allies in the coming
Thursday, 9 December 2010
US House of Reps Approves $200m for Iron Dome Deployment
The US House of Representatives Wednesday voted to approve over
$200 million to help the deployment of the Iron Dome missile
defense system in Israel, AFP reported. Speaking of the 212-206
vote, Democratic Representative Steve Rothman said, "This is
only the latest example that when it comes to defense, military,
and intelligence cooperation, the relationship between the US
and Israel has never been stronger," according to the report.
Russia to Give S-300 Anti-Missiles to Kazakhstan
(RT) Russia is set to supply Kazakhstan
with S-300 systems as part of the development of joint regional
air and missile defense.
Gates Visits United Arab Emirates
(DVIDS) "And so, in integrated air and
missile defense, shared early warning, maritime task forces
[and] counterterrorism cooperation, the idea is to leverage the
Yemen, Iran Subject of Gates'
Talks in UAE
(The Associated Press) ... security
worries about Iran, the terror threat in Yemen and the UAE's
continuing interest in developing a more sophisticated missile
Greedy Algorithms Best for Multiple Targets
(EurekAlert - Press Release) What
algorithms should an air defense system work with? Particle
swarm algorithms if there are ten targets to be hit. If there
are more than ten targets, greedy algorithms work best. These
findings are presented by researcher Fredrik Johansson at the
Informatics Research Centre, University of Skövde, in Sweden.
House Approves Funding Bill Including Iron Dome Missile
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency) The US House
of Representatives included missile defense assistance for
Israel in a massive funding ...
Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Test ICBM Interloper ID'd
(SatNews) The Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS)
Demonstration program satellites, built by Northrop Grumman
Corporation and Raytheon Company, detected the test launch of a
Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)
September 17 and tracked it through the boost and post-boost
phases for the first time.
Australian Lawmakers Misled on Antimissile Stance,
(Global Security Newswire/NTI) Language
in a 2009 Australian defense white paper was seemingly crafted
to mislead left-leaning members of the nation's ruling Labor
Party regarding the government's stance on missile defense
collaboration with the United States, the Sydney Morning Herald
reported. The article is based on U.S. diplomatic dispatches
made public by the transparency organization WikiLeaks. The
document's coordinator, former Australian Defense Department
Deputy Secretary Mike Pezzullo was quoted in a June 2009 cable
as saying to U.S. Embassy personnel that language in the white
paper "in reality would allow the GOA (government of Australia)
to continue its missile defense research and development
cooperation with the United States." Pezzullo also "described
the ALP left wing as still wedded to the '1980s anti-Star Wars
missile defense' concept and said that the first paragraph in
the missile defense section of the paper was a nod to this
powerful faction of the party,'' according to the cable.
And You Think Your Cell Phone Bill Is High
(Tapped - Blog) The Army is currently testing phones, according
to spokeswoman Annie Gammell. Yesterday, in fact, soldiers at
Fort Bliss in Texas were testing a phone and system built by
Monax, a division of Lockheed Martin that's trying to get into
the tactical 3G market. The Army is also looking at phones your
average consumer would be familiar with, like the iPhone or
phones on the Android system.
France's Silent Strategic Revolution
(Huffington Post -
Blog) Even more fundamentally, however, Paris feared that
missile defense would undermine its nuclear posture. The French
position was clear.
Letter: Kyl's Treaty Opposition Jeopardizes Our Safety
(Prescott Daily Courier) Our own Arizona
senator, Jon Kyl, plans to torpedo passage of the Strategic Arms
Limitation Treaty when passage of this treaty would help make us
all safer. Thwarting passage will likely cause less cooperation
from Russia on sanctions against Iran, on securing loose nukes
and on passage through Russia of weaponry needed by our forces
Ryukyu Warrior: Improving Readiness
(Marines.mil) Exercise Ryukyu Warrior is
a joint unit-level training event conducted locally between
elements of 1st MAW, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Logistics
Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Air Force’s 18th
Wing, U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and U.S. Army 1-1 Air Defense
Russia Reportedly To Supply Advanced Air-Defense Systems
says Russia will soon supply it with S-300 missile systems as
part of a plan to create a regional air-defense system.
Friday, 10 December 2010
House OKs Administration Earmark for Israel's 'Iron
(National Journal) Tucked into a massive
continuing resolution approved by the House on Wednesday is an
extra $205 million for an Israeli missile defense ...
Digest - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Gates stresses threats in
Iran and Yemen
(Washington Post) In a meeting with Abu
Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Gates was
expected to discuss ongoing regional security worries about
Iran, the terrorism threat in Yemen and the United Arab
Emirates' interest in developing a more sophisticated missile
Army Satellite Success With SpaceX (Launch)
(SatNews) The Army's first satellite in
more than 50 years piggybacked into low earth orbit Wednesday as
part of SpaceX's launch of its two-stage Falcon 9 booster rocket
and prototype reusable space capsule, Dragon.
Japan, US Wrap Up Joint Military Exercises
(CNN International) The United States and
Japan wrapped up seven days of joint military exercises Friday,
as tensions simmered on the Korean peninsula. About 40,000 U.S.
service members and Japanese military personnel took part in
"Keen Sword" drills. It was the 10th such exercise since 1986,
and they focused on air and missile defense, base security and
force protection, search and rescue, and maritime defense.
Demo Satellites Detect, Track Missile
(UPI.com) Demonstration satellites built
by U.S. companies Northrop Grumman and Raytheon successfully
detected and tracked an ICBM test launch. The single re-entry
test vehicle from the missile traveled about 5,300 miles to a
pre-determined point about 200 miles southwest of Guam. The
missile defense satellites transmitted tracking data to ...
AIR DEFENSE: Mobile Centurion Opens Fire
(Strategy Page) After two years of
talking about it, and doing some tinkering, the U.S. Army
finally mounted a Centurion anti-rocket/mortar system on a heavy
truck, and successfully fired it. This Centurion was originally
developed six years ago, as "C-RAM".
Kazakhstan, Russia Agree to Joint Air Defense Shield
(Central Asia Newswire - Subscription)
Kazakhstan and Russia have agreed to set up a joint air defense
Agni II Plus Fails First Flight Test
(Defense Update) Test launch of India’s
latest nuclear capable ballistic missile failed this morning,
after the Agni II Plus (A-2) ballistic missile plunged into the
Bay of Bengal few seconds after liftoff from India’s Integrated
Test Range(ITR) at Wheeler Island at the eastern state of
New START Treaty Implicitly Limits Missile Defense
As the oft-used question goes: Are you going to believe me or
your lying eyes? This is the White House’s apparent strategy
with respect to ratification of the New START treaty that may
set a dangerous trap for future missile defense deployments. The
current US plan is to deploy ...
Missile-Defense System to Get Pentagon Test After January
(Bloomberg) The Pentagon next week plans
to test a Boeing Co. missile defense system that failed to
intercept its target ...
Sun Sets on Keen Sword Exercise
(Sourdough Sentinel) The exchange brought together more than
40000 US and Japanese military personnel and focused on
integrated air and missile defense, base security and force ...
White House Intensifies Military Buildup In Poland
purpose of improving the interoperability, sustainability, and
deployability of Poland's Armed Forces," and "expand air and
missile defense cooperation. ...
Railgun Shot Heard Round the World
(msnbc.com) ... and the high
velocities achievable are tactically relevant for air and
missile defense," Rear Adm. Nevin Carr, chief of naval research,
said in a Navy ...
Monday, 13 December 2010
Navy Railgun Fires 33-Megajoule Shot
The Navy announced last week that it hit a milestone with its
railgun project. The railgun fires a very fast projectile that
is accelerated with electricity rather than gunpowder or
explosives. The weapon payload uses kinetic energy to destroy
targets rather than a high-explosive warhead. (See also
The Bipartisan Push for Missile Defense
(Daily Caller) On November 20th at the
Lisbon summit, NATO officially announced it would move forward
with a missile defense system for Europe that will use the US
Investments in Ballistic Missile Defense
(US Department of State) The
Administration is committed to defending the U.S. homeland
against the threat of limited ballistic missile attack and
defending against regional missile threats to U.S. forces and
Allies. This commitment is reflected in substantial investments
in ballistic missile defense (BMD). The President’s fiscal year
2011 (FY2011) budget request includes $9.9 billion for missile
Arms Race: Russia Ready to Pay the Price
(RIA Novosti) At least, the
above shows that the US is fully aware of the missile
defense–strategic arms reductions link when its own interests
are at stake.
General to Israeli Civilians: Missile Defense Not Here to
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
(Antiwar.com) These comments were
seen at the time as being an effort to sell the public on the
expensive and ineffective missile defense programs, but it seems
U.S. Army Wants to Give Free Smartphones
(Gather.com) Mike McCarthy of
Future Force Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss says, “We're
looking at everything from iPads to Kindles to Nook readers to
... (See also
Wall Street Journal - Blog
Yearenders: US, Russia, EU Powers Play
with European Security
(Xinhua) Medvedev warned in
his state-of-the-nation address that if talks with NATO on
missile defense failed within a decade, "a new round of arms
race will ...
Northrop Grumman-Built STSS Demonstration
Satellites Show 'Force Multiplier’ Capability in Aegis Campaign
- Press Release) Both STSS satellites transmitted tracking data
to the Enterprise Sensors Lab (ESL)
at the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center at
Schriever Air ...
Tax Cut Tango
(Capitol News Connection)
Support for Power Breakfast comes from Raytheon, committed to
Integrated Air and Missile Defense solutions that protect
against airborne and ballistic
missile threats across air,
land, sea and space.
Taiwan Trumpets Cruise Missile Production
(UPI.com) Washington has tried to
bolster Taiwan's defenses, including selling the Taiwanese $6
billion worth of missile defense systems in a deal announced
How NATO-Russia Talks on Missile Defense
Could Halt – or Launch – a New Arms Race
(Christian Science Monitor)
Some security experts say the most urgent quest of our time is
convincing Moscow to allow the US to defend the West with a
missile defense shield.
US Army Wants to Give Soldiers a Choice
of Apple iPhone or Android Phone
Insider) As reported this week by the Army Times, the Army is
considering making a smartphone a standard piece of equipment in
a soldier's bag. Based on the proposal, the Army would even pay
the soldier's monthly phone bill. Army-issued phones are already
used in a variety of fashions through the Connecting Soldiers to
Digital Applications program. But the next step, reportedly
already in testing, is to deploy smartphones in war zones.
The Navy's New Super Gun Explained
(AOL News) ... are tactically
relevant for air and missile defense," Rear Adm. Nevin Carr,
chief of naval research, said in a release announcing the latest
Fog, Air-Traffic Issues
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Scrub VAFB Launch
A missile-defense test planned
for Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base was delayed due to
unfavorable weather, but the team hopes to try again as soon.
The test should occur between 8 a.m. and noon today, with the
interceptor missile scheduled to blast out of an underground
silo on North Base several minutes after the target takes off
from the Kwajalein Atoll, about 4,200 miles southwest of
Missile Blasts Off from Vandenberg Air Force Base
(KSBY San Luis Obispo News) The
multi-million dollar launch is part of a missile defense test.
The ground based interceptor test will defend against an
intermediate-range ballistic ...
Soldiers Test Smart Phones in Field Exercise
(United States Army - Press
Release) Phase II of "Connecting Soldiers to Digital
Applications" (CSDA) kicked off Dec. 8, with a field exercise in
which Soldiers from the Army Evaluation Task Force (AETF) tested
'Being With The Young People' Is Military's Best Part
(eMilitary.org) Major General Francis
Mahon doesn't know the number of funerals he has attended in his
life as a Soldier, but every one of them has touched his heart.
Today, as director for test at Missile Defense Agency, his role
when it comes to the Soldiers serving in harm's way has changed,
but his mission and heart remains in the same place.
Raytheon to Continue Software Development for the AN/TPY-2 Radar
(PR Newswire - Press Release) "As an
integral component in MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense System,
the AN/TPY-2 radar is one of the critical systems that our
warfighters rely on to ...
Raytheon Tests SLAMRAAM Missile from New Platform
(Brahmand Defense and Aerospace News)
TEWKSBURY (BNS): Raytheon has successfully test-fired its
SLAMRAAM (Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air
Missile) system at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. This is the
second ballistic test firing of AMRAAM missiles from the new
Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle (FMTV) platform.
Long-Range Missile Defense
(CNN International) A test of the United
States' only long-range missile defense system failed Wednesday
-- the second failure this year in two tries.
Boeing Missile System Misses Target for Second Time This Year,
(Bloomberg) The Missile Defense Agency
“was unable to achieve a planned intercept of a target over the
Pacific Ocean,” Richard Lehner, a spokesman, said in a statement
US Missile Intercept Test Fails
(Washington Post) The interceptor's
sensors worked and the EKV was deployed, but it missed,
according to a statement from Rick Lehner, a spokesman for the
US Missile Defense ...
Raytheon Powers Up DOD Missile Defense Systems
(Washington Technology) Raytheon Co. will
continue creating software and other IT capabilities for the
Missile Defense Agency under a $43 million contract ...
(Santa Barbara Edhat) The Missile Defense
Agency was unable to achieve a planned intercept of a ballistic
missile target during a test over the Pacific Ocean today.
McFarland is New DAU President
The Defense Acquisition
University has a new president. DoD has named Katrina McFarland
to head the university, replacing Frank Anderson, who retired in
May. McFarland comes to DAU from the Missile Defense Agency,
where she was director for acquisition.
Missiles and Missile Defenses in Europe Highlight Limits of
(Georgiandaily) Beyond that controversy
some details emerged on what type of missile defense Russia
wants to “share” with NATO. Russia wants what it calls a
New START Myths Debunked, Missile Defense Edition
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Reality: New START preserves our ability to deploy effective
missile defenses. New START does not limit US missile defense
systems or in any way diminish ...
US Long-Range Missile Test Fails
(Gant Daily) A
U.S. long-range interceptor missile was unable to take out its
target in a defense test over the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday.
The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency spokesman Rick Lehner
issued a statement with sparse details.
Contract Continues X-Band Radar Work
(UPI.com) Raytheon will continue software
development for the AN/TPY-2
radar system under a $43 million contract modification from the
US Missile Defense ...
Leadership of Army Space and Missile Defense Command Changes in
(al.com - Blog) Despite icy weather
and the early closure of Redstone Arsenal, a star-studded
audience assembled Wednesday afternoon in the Bob Jones
Auditorium as Lieutenant General Kevin T. Campbell passed
command of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces
Strategic Command to
Lieutenant General Richard P.
MEADS International Announces New Executives
(defpro) David Berganini has been
named President of MEADS International (MI) by its Board of
Directors. MI is the transatlantic joint venture developing the
Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) , a next-generation,
ground-mobile air and missile defense system that will replace
US Missile Defense Test
Fails over Pacific
(Reuters) A test
of the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles
failed on Wednesday, the second in a row involving the system
managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said.
Missile Defense Program Failed Second Test in a Row, US Says
Post) A test of the US missile defense program failed Wednesday,
the second in a row involving the system, the Defense Department
Israeli Missile Defenses Not Focused on Civilians, General Says
Security Newswire/NTI) An Israeli general said on Sunday the
nation's antimissile systems are primarily intended to defend
military sites from enemy attack, potentially leaving civilians
vulnerable, United Press International reported. Israel,
meanwhile, is developing and deploying rocket and missile
defense technology, including the Arrow, David's Sling and Iron
Imagining an Iranian ICBM
(National Post) An Israeli engineer,
named Uzi Rubin, the former head of Israel's Missile Defense
Organization, gave a
presentation on Iran's missile
program that showed how quickly Iranian technology is advancing.
During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, Iran was so backward that
it had to import its missiles from Libya. Today, the country
flies its own satellites. Along the way, Iran has developed an
indigenous missile-production infrastructure. The country now
has the capability to design, construct and deploy multi-stage
solid-fuel systems roughly similar to the U.S. Polaris A1 and
Friday, 17 December 2010