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Aegis Ashore Scores Another Hit As US, Japan Build Up Defenses

Posted by Paul McLeary on


By 2021, plans call for Japan to have eight Aegis destroyers, four of them capable of launching the SM-3 Block IIA missiles, whose second successful test in a row comes as a vindication after two previous failures.

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Israel Deploying to Eastern Europe, Pacific for First Time Alongside U.S. Forces

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The Trump Pentagon is undergoing a major shift to focus on great power competition. And it’s looking for allies to step up in places that might come as a surprise.

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New Admiral In The Pacific, And He’s Got His Eye On China

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The incoming commander of US Pacific Fleet issues a warning about growing Chinese ambitions while taking charge of the world’s largest fleet.

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Rep. Gabbard Pushes For Heftier Hawaiian Missile Defenses

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Pentagon planners aren’t only worried about North Korean ICBMs, but Chinese hypersonics and medium-range missiles. That means, according to analysts, that an array of distributed systems are needed to meet a wide range of potential threats.

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This Is Not The ICBM You Are Looking For; Detailed Analysis Of North Korean Missile

Posted by Ralph Savelsberg on


North Koreans are showmen: large 16-wheeled off-road trucks carrying missiles through the streets of Pyongyang are all about showing the ‘American Bastards’ that North Korea has credible road-mobile ICBMs. The ‘Young General,’ as Kim Jong-Un likes to style himself, has even claimed those ICBMs can threaten San Diego, Texas and Washington DC. American leaders have… Keep reading →

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SM-6 Can Now Kill Both Cruise AND Ballistic Missiles

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


From the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea, the US military is getting more and more worried about the threat from various missiles. But all incoming missiles are not the same, which makes missile defense much harder. That’s the problem Raytheon’s SM-6 interceptor tackled in a recent test that has important tactical implications. If you… Keep reading →

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Crafting A Pacific Attack & Defense Enterprise: The Strategic Quadrangle

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The pivot to the Pacific started more than a century ago. The United States first became a Pacific power in 1898, the year the US first annexed Hawaii and then gained Guam and the Philippines (as well as Puerto Rico) from Spain after a “short, victorious war.” The United States is at a turning point… Keep reading →

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Okinawa Move, Key To Pacific Pivot, Will Cost More Than $10.6B: GAO

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Sloppy number-crunching at the Department of Defense means that the official price tag to move 9,000 Marines off Okinawa to Guam, Hawaii, and Australia – already estimated at a whopping $10.6 billion – is probably short of the real cost, according to a draft Government Accountability Office (GAO) report obtained by Breaking Defense. [Update:… Keep reading →

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