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Congress, Pentagon Renew Old Fight Over 3rd Missile Defense Site

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon has long worried about the multi-billion dollar price tag that comes along with building a new interceptor field and its infrastructure. Influential lawmakers want a permanent site built that will support close to 1,000 jobs in their districts.

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Tackling Hypersonic Threats: Offense Or Missile Defense?

Posted by Colin Clark on


Offensive missiles are much cheaper than missile defenses. So is the best defense a good offense?

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Army Reboots Cruise Missile Defense: IFPC & Iron Dome

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The new approach will focus on an urgent but largely unmet threat: Russian and Chinese cruise missiles.

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Beyond INF: Countering Russia, Countering China (Analysis)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Long-range precision fires… would provide us the capability (to) either, for example, support the Air Force by suppressing enemy air defenses at hundreds upon hundreds of miles or support the Navy by engaging enemy surface ships at great distances as well,” said Army Secretary Mark Esper. But those examples are two distinctly different missions, each most relevant to a different theater of war.

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Beyond INF: A Democratic House & A New Era Of War (Analysis)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


INF proponents emphasize the risk of nuclear weapons. But, despite its name, the treaty bans a wide range of conventional weapons as well — and it’s non-nuclear, precision-guided missiles that have changed how war is actually waged.

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New Tests Prove IBCS Missile Defense Network DOES Work: Northrop

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“There’s a real capability that can be deployed as soon as the government says it can be,” Northrop Grumman’s Rob Jassey told me, possibly even in “months.”

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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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Missile Defense Vs. China, Russia: Decentralize, Disperse, & Hide

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: China or Russia could all too easily detect and destroy US Army missile defenses, exposing American forces to devastating attack, a forthcoming study finds. Patriot and THAAD units are big groups of big objects — launchers, radars, command posts — that emit lots of heat and radio/radar waves, are hard to camouflage, and can’t… Keep reading →

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‘Drive Russians Bananas’ With Rockets In Boxes: CSIS On Hidden Missiles

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“All warfare is based on deception,” Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago. It’s a lesson the US military largely forgot after the Cold War, when we got in the habit of building huge, easily targeted bases. Now we must relearn deception as Russia, China, and other adversaries field, not only their own precision weapons, but… Keep reading →

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GMD Missile Defense Hits ICBM Target, Finally

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Two days after North Korea’s latest missile launch, the US conducted a successful test of its homeland missile defense system for the first time in almost three years. Codenamed FTG-15, today’s event was also the system’s first test ever against an “ICBM-class” target, as opposed to lesser surrogates, the Missile Defense Agency announced. The painful… Keep reading →

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