US to Arm NATO’s ‘Rapid Reaction Force’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday said the United States will supply weapons, aircraft and soldiers for NATO's rapid reaction force to help European states defend against what Washington imagines to be "security threats." Under the plan, the US will contribute intelligence and surveillance capabilities, special operations forces, logistics, transport aircraft, and a range of weapons support that could include bombers, fighters and ship-based missiles, the Associated Press reported. ...
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US Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend Cities From Russia

The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles. The plan calls for buying radars that would enable National Guard F-16 fighter jets to spot and shoot down fast and low-flying missiles. Top generals want to network those radars with sensor-laden aerostat balloons hovering over U.S. cities and with coastal warships equipped with sensors and interceptor missiles of their own. One of those generals...
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Russia Develops Super-High Frequency Cannon to take out Drones, Missiles

Russia’s Rostech Corporation is to unveil a super-high frequency weapon capable of taking down all kinds of drones, missiles and other high precision weapons. The presentation will be made at the Army-2015 military expo. The Mosow Radio Engineering Institute has developed a super-high frequency (SHF) ‘cannon’. It’s designed to knock out aircraft, drones, guided missiles and any airborne high precision weapons using electronics. The cannon creates an air-exclusion zone within a reported rad...
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Norway Submits To NATO Missile Defense System

After meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Norway's Prime Minister said the country is obliged to take part in the missile defense system. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg pledged that Norway will increase its military spending in line with NATO policy, and also contribute to the NATO missile defense system, after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday. "It is necessary for us to contribute to this," Solberg told a press conference on Friday ...
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UK May Host US Nukes To Counter Russia

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said in an interview that placing American nuclear warheads on British territory is not ruled out - but it would have to be "a very delicate act." There have been "some worrying signs of stepping up levels of activity both by Russian forces and by Russian-controlled separatist forces” in Ukraine, Hammond told the BBC's Andrew Marr. There have been media reports in the last week that Washington was considering withdrawing from a Cold War-era treaty wi...
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US to Deploy Missiles to Eastern Europe

The United States is contemplating deploying missiles to Europe as part of its military buildup on the continent in response to an overhyped yet non-existent Russian threat and, more specifically, alleged breaking of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Last July, the United States formally notified Moscow of what Washington believed was an INF violation. Russia allegedly tested a ground-launched ballistic missile that had a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. This type of ...
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US Option for Iran Intact Despite Russian Missiles

The delivery of Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Iran will not affect America's ability to strike at Tehran's nuclear facilities if necessary, top US military officer said Thursday. "We've known about the potential for that system to be sold to Iran for several years and have accounted for it in all of our plans," General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference. The United States for years has refused to rule out possible military action to sto...
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Russian General Warns NATO over Missile Shield

Russia’s top general warned European countries planning to host installations for a U.S.-led missile-defense shield that Russian forces would be forced to target them. “Nonnuclear powers where missile-defense installations are being installed have become the objects of priority response,” Gen. Valery Gerasimov said, referring to Poland and Romania. The comments came at a defense conference in Moscow where a series of high-level Russian leaders repeatedly warned of perceived threats that th...
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Russia Plans to Arm China with Missile Defense

China has signed a contract with the Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport for the purchase of the S-400 air defense systems, the company's chief executive Anatoly Isaikin said in an interview with the Russian daily Kommersant. "I will not disclose the details of the contract, but yes, China has indeed become the first buyer of this sophisticated Russian air defense system. It underlines once again the strategic level of our relations," Isaikin said, when asked whether it was true t...
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Russia Boosts Air Defense to Protect Against US

Russia’s active steps in boosting its air and missile defense capabilities are aimed against the potential threat of Prompt Global Strike which US “under certain conditions” might decide to carry out, says Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces’ deputy chief. The potential threat of Prompt Global Strike by the United States against the Russian Federation is one of the top challenges for the Aerospace Defense Forces, Major General Kirill Makarov told the Russian News Service radio. In this regar...
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US Pushes Missile Defense System in S. Korea

Washington wants to deploy a THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile interceptor battery to the South, where some 28,500 American troops are stationed, but Seoul fears this would antagonize China and Russia, which see the system’s deployment as a threat to their security, Yonhap news agency reported. In light of such sensitivity, US officials provided no clarifications as to why the issue will not be discussed when Ashton Carter visits Seoul from April 9-11 for his first face-to-f...
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Russia Upgrades Missile Attack Warning System

Russian Defense Ministry has issued a report on a forthcoming expansion of the national orbital grouping of the space echelon of the Missile Attack Warning System (MAWS). "The launch of the first spacecraft of the new generation has been scheduled for the second half of 2015," a spokesman for the ministry said. "The satellite will be taken into orbit by the Soyuz launch vehicle." He indicated that the Angara carrier rocket would not be used for this particular launch, since the Angara’s ne...
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United States & Israel Test Missile Defense

The United States and Israel have successfully tested a new missile system known as David's Sling, American and Israeli officials say. Trials of the new Israeli missile system being developed in partnership with the US began last week and ended on Tuesday, officials reviewing the project said on Wednesday. The trial was carried out this week in central Israel by the Israeli Military Affairs Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the officials noted. During the trial, ...
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Former Ambassador: US is Vulnerable to ICBM Attack

The United States has yet to build a reliable domestic defense system that would completely protect the country against a massive ballistic missile attack, admitted Steven Pifer, a former ambassador to Ukraine and director of the Arms Control Initiative at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. "The history of missile defense since 1983 has been one of downsizing expectations, as US programs have regularly encountered technological and budgetary limitations," Steven Pifer noted. The...
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