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New US/Japanese Missile Readying For New Generation Of Threats [Sponsored]

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The joint venture on the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor between Raytheon and the Japanese defense industry could point the way for international defense cooperation in the future.

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Back Off, Iran: US & Israel Complete Groundbreaking Missile Defense Exercise

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For the first time, the US plugged its high-altitude THAAD into the Israeli missile defense network — just one of the ways the two countries are cooperating against Iran.

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

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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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Will Budget Crunch Pentagon Laser & Space Investments?

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Despite increasing uncertainty over President Trump’s surprise proposal to cut $33 billion from defense, the Pentagon’s R&D chief says he’s confident more cash will be pumped into laser weapons and new space capabilities.

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Japan Aegis Ship Tracks, Destroys Ballistic Missile

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The Japanese government is spending billions on sea and ground-based missile defenses, but all the talk in the Pentagon is on space, as the U.S. scrambles to meet new hypersonic threats from China and Russia.

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Rep. Gabbard Pushes For Heftier Hawaiian Missile Defenses

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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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Bolster Missile Defenses Against North Korea; Could Help With China

Posted by Jon Glassman on


  What should the United States and its allies do to improve their ability to stop North Korean missiles? Enhanced missile defense performance would be the best guarantee against a North Korean breakout. Should fighting occur, missile defense performance will determine how much of a time cushion is available to U.S. and allied offensive forces… Keep reading →

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Missile Defense R&D Getting Short Shrift: CSIS

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATE MDA Deputy says transfer talks with services “making progress” WASHINGTON: Long-range R&D for missile defense is being squeezed by near-term needs, warns a new report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies. The problem? The duties of the Missile Defense Agency keep expanding even as its budget shrinks. CSIS’s solution? Reform MDA in either… Keep reading →

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US, Japan Sign Arms Trade Pact: Missile Defense Co-Production & More

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Japan and the US just threw open the door to arms sales between the two longtime allies, something Japan had long resisted. The deal is the latest sign of how fear of a rising China is pushing Japan away from its post-World War II pacifism. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani quietly… Keep reading →

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47 Seconds From Hell: Last-Ditch Robotic Missile Defense

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: In a report out this morning, CSBA scholars Bryan Clark and Mark Gunzinger argue that we don’t just need new technology and new tactics to confront the growing missile threats from China and Russia, though lasers, railguns, and hypervelocity projectiles are all useful. We need a different missile defense mindset than what we have today, one that trusts… Keep reading →

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