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  • Israel Reportedly Considers Pre-Emptive Attack on Iran (shhhhh)

    11/02/2011 10:01:49 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Fox ^ | November 02, 2011
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly trying to rally support for an attack on Iran, according to government sources. Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralize Iran's nuclear ambitions, Sky News reports. A "narrow majority" of ministers currently oppose the move, which could lead to retaliation. In response to reports of an effort to gain cabin approval on Netanyahu's proposal, Lieberman said: "Iran poses the most dangerous threat to world order." Lieberman added that Israel's military options should not be a matter for public discussion.
  • U.S. missile defense aimed at countering Russia, China - Baluyevsky

    04/24/2007 4:30:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 183+ views ^ | Apr 24 2007
    MOSCOW. April 24 (Interfax-AVN) - Head of the Russian General Staff Gen. Yury Baluyevsky has reiterated that the U.S. missile defense system is aimed at countering the Russian and Chinese nuclear potentials. "The real goal [of the U.S. in deploying a missile defense system], and it remains true today, is to create a shield to counter the Russian and Chinese nuclear potentials and to guarantee its invulnerability," the general told a press conference on Tuesday. "I don't care who says otherwise, but I, as a military man and the head of the General Staff, still consider this as the real...
  • Russian goals have never changed

    02/15/2007 12:33:12 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 34 replies · 1,794+ views
    Baraboo News Republic ^ | February 15th, 2007 | Caspar Weinberger, Jr
    Thank you, Vladimir Putin. Thank you for confirming that the Cold War is very much alive and that your nation is responsible for keeping it so. After all, it is far better for us to know absolutely who you are and what your intentions continue to be. Thank you for confirming that we can trust the Soviets to be Soviets and that nothing has changed in your country except that you found it convenient after the Berlin Wall fell to act "American." Your words changed: "Comrade" became "citizen," "Premier" became "President." Western styles found you clothed in sharp suits...
  • US sets conditions for shooting down N. Korea missile

    06/22/2006 1:15:09 PM PDT · by familyop · 37 replies · 1,537+ views
    Reuters ^ | 22JUN06 | Carol Giacomo and Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea is far along in its preparations for testing a long-range ballistic missile but the United States would not necessarily use its missile defense system to shoot it down, U.S. officials said on Thursday. After a week in which unnamed American officials had stoked alarm about activities at a missile site in eastern North Korea, the U.S. government appeared ready to ease tensions somewhat. White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley said it remained uncertain if North Korea actually planned to test-fire the missile, an act which Washington has warned would be seen as a provocative...
  • Missile defence launches US-Ukrainian co-operation

    01/17/2006 5:32:08 AM PST · by Wiz · 118 replies · 681+ views
    Jane's Intelligence Review ^ | 2006 Jan 17 | Dr Eric Miller
    Although Ukraine's December 2004 Orange Revolution sparked speculation about the country's potential to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), mainstream security analysts have missed the potential for co-operation with Kiev on missile defence. But US President George W Bush and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko have said that this is a promising area for co-operation. During their 4 April 2005 meeting in Washington, the two presidents agreed "to work together on missile defence, including beginning negotiations on a framework to facilitate such co-operation and closer industry-to-industry collaboration". These few words may lift US-Ukrainian security co-operation to new heights.
  • Putin's show of strength triggers fear of fresh nuclear arms race

    12/26/2005 10:55:13 AM PST · by lizol · 18 replies · 788+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Mon 26 Dec 2005 | FRASER NELSON
    Putin's show of strength triggers fear of fresh nuclear arms race FRASER NELSON POLITICAL EDITOR VLADIMIR Putin has sparked fears of a new arms race between Russia and the United States by deploying a nuclear ballistic strike force system that officials made clear could penetrate US anti- missile defences. On Christmas Eve, the Russian army activated a new fleet of Topol-M missiles that can fit a nuclear warhead and travel 6,000 miles, changing trajectory to foil any enemy interception device. The accompanying hawkish rhetoric of the Russian military commanders and the frenetic response of the US navy have stoked concern...
  • Russian airforce chief warns Poland

    12/22/2005 11:56:00 AM PST · by lizol · 20 replies · 939+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 22.12.2005
    Russian airforce chief warns Poland 22.12.2005 The chief commander of the Russian air force has warned Poland against involvement in the construction of an anti-missile shield. General Yuri Baluyevskyi intends to raise this issue with the Polish military during his planned visit to Warsaw. Since the parts of the Son of Star Wars system may serve to fight Russian missiles, Poland and other east European countries where they are to be installed should think about the possible consequences, the general told a Russian daily.

    03/14/2005 10:17:48 AM PST · by jb6 · 1 replies · 214+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | March 14 | Alexander Shishlo
    BRUSSELS, March 14 (RIA Novosti, Alexander Shishlo) - The second command-staff exercise on the theatre of operations (TVD) anti-ballistic missile defence (ABM), Collaborative Arrow 2005, will be held at the De Peel air base in the Netherlands under the aegis of the Russia-NATO Council from March 14 to 23. More than 50 representatives from Russia, as well as ten NATO countries, will participate in the exercise, the North-Atlantic alliance's press service reported. The first theatre ABM exercise under the aegis of the Russia-NATO Council was held in Colorado Springs (the USA) in March 2004, and Russia will play host to...
  • Poland’s dilemma

    07/27/2004 2:06:47 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 9 replies · 436+ views
    Monday Morning ^ | Jul 26 | By Gwynne Dyer
    “We’re interested in becoming a concrete part of the arrangement”, said Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman Boguslaw Majewski, after it was revealed on July 10 that Poland has been in secret talks with the United States for the past eight months on locating elements of the US ballistic missile defense system, including interceptor missiles, on its territory. Then it came out that Washington has also been talking to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria about it, but Poland is definitely the leading candidate. Poland’s main problem has always been its geography: sandwiched between Germany and Russia, it was regularly conquered...
  • Missile Defense Didn't Cause Sept. 11

    04/13/2004 5:37:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 119+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | April 12, 2004 | Baker Spring
    A few rounds of the Blame Game are to be expected as the commission investigating the run-up to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, wraps up its work. Certainly, when four commercial jets are hijacked and used as missiles to kill 3,000 innocent people in less than an hour, there is ample blame to go around. But one recent claim – that the Bush administration was so focused on missile defense that it overlooked the more imminent threat of terrorist attack, that its security strategy emphasized the wrong defense against the wrong enemy – can't go unanswered. This new line...
  • Putin Watches As Missile Launch Fails

    02/17/2004 12:07:05 PM PST · by PureSolace · 14 replies · 217+ views
    AP / Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2004; 2:45 PM | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Putin Watches As Missile Launch Fails By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV The Associated Press Tuesday, February 17, 2004; 2:45 PM MOSCOW - A technical glitch thwarted the launch of Russian ballistic missiles in the Barents Sea on Tuesday during naval maneuvers overseen by President Vladimir Putin, who watched the massive exercise while decked out in naval officer's garb aboard a nuclear submarine. The failed launch - part of an exercise described as the largest show of Russian military might in more than 20 years - marred an event apparently aimed at playing up Putin's image as a leader attempting to restore the...
  • Why the Bush victory still worries China's militarists

    02/16/2004 8:43:38 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 59 replies · 251+ views
    Brookes News ^ | 02.16.04 | Peter Zhang
    Why the Bush victory still worries China's militarists Peter ZhangBrookesNews.ComMonday 16 February 2004 When Jiang Zemin offered the customary congratulations to Mr Bush on his presidential victory he was grinding his teeth as he did so. In fact the grinding of teeth could be heard throughout China's military establishment. Gore was their man. Sa gua (stupid) as they sneeringly referred to him. In their view, any country stupid enough to re-elect Clinton was surely stupid enough to elect Gore. Well, it was a very close thing indeed. (I still believe that Gore would have had his clocked wiped, as...
  • South Korea receives advanced Patriots

    11/19/2003 10:51:38 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 111+ views
    Washington Times ^ | By Bill Gertz
    <p>OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — You can tell which way is north here by the way the Patriot missiles are pointed.</p> <p>Army Capt. Ryan Foxworth, commander of the Charlie Company battery of Patriot missiles, said Osan Air Base just received the most advanced Patriot in the past two months.</p>

    08/31/2003 12:42:27 AM PDT · by FreepForever · 55 replies · 767+ views
    NYT ^ | August 30, 2003 | James Brooke
    Hours after North Korea reportedly threatened to test a nuclear bomb, the Japanese Defense Ministry asked Parliament to spend $1 billion a year through 2007 to build an American-designed missile shield to defend the main cities of the Japanese archipelago. Under the plan, elaborated and accelerated in recent weeks, Japan would spend $1.2 billion next year, nearly 10 times the amount spent on missile defense over the last five years. "Given recent behavior, we cannot discount the possibility that North Korea's nuclear weapons program is already quite advanced," the Defense Ministry wrote in a White Paper prepared before reports Thursday...
  • Star Wars: Why We Need a Missile-Defense System

    06/09/2003 1:45:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies · 228+ views ^ | June 9, 2003 | Edwin Feulner
    Let’s face it: Perfect safety doesn’t exist. No matter what we do, there will always be those who want to kill us because they hate our freedoms, because they hate freedom, or just because they hate Americans. That’s why we need a missile-defense system -- today more than ever. The Bush administration knows this. It recently issued “National Security Policy Directive 23,” which makes missile defense the law of the land. In it, the president ordered the Pentagon to deploy long-range missile interceptors in Alaska and California by September of next year. My colleagues and I at The Heritage Foundation...
  • Arms Control Folly - No piece of paper will curb North Korean aggression

    04/28/2003 3:23:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 161+ views
    WSJ ^ | April 28, 2003 | ROBERT L. BARTLEY
    <p>So North Korea cements its standing as a member of the Axis of Evil by boasting that it already has nuclear weapons and hinting it might use them. No one proposes to meet this threat by invading forthwith, but no one has any other good answer either. At least we can understand how we got into this fix; it's a tale of extraordinary folly.</p>

    03/27/2003 2:35:15 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies · 236+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | March 25, 2003 | M. D. Nalapat
    Despite the hype about nuclear weapons being created in high school laboratories, the reality is that the fabrication of a usable bomb requires a mix of both talent and infrastructure that is available to few states. In terms of purchasing power parity, India is today the fourth biggest economy in the world. It has tens of millions of trained technicians and an industrial base that dates back to the period when the country was under British rule. However, India struggled for two decades before weaponizing the nuclear device it exploded in 1974. Equally difficult was its missile odyssey. Forty years...
  • Missile defense safely on track

    12/19/2002 3:41:13 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 157+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2002 | James Hackett
    <p>After twenty years of talk about whether and how to defend the country against ballistic missiles, President Bush has made the long-awaited decision to deploy such defenses, directing the placement of 10 interceptors in Alaska and California in 2004, 10 more in 2005, and 20 on Aegis ships. The deployment decision, which President Clinton refused to make two years ago, came despite a miss in a missile defense test last week, showing the administration's confidence in the effectiveness of the system.</p>
  • Bush Missile Defense

    12/19/2002 3:34:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 211+ views ^ | Dec. 19, 2002 | Charles R. Smith
    Protect America, Friends and Allies It has been suggested that the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, gave George W. Bush a concrete reason to be president. If that is so, then Dec. 18, 2002, gave President Bush a legacy. "When I came to office, I made a commitment to transform America's national security strategy and defense capabilities to meet the threats of the 21st century," stated President Bush. "Today I am pleased to announce we will take another important step in countering these threats by beginning to field missile defense capabilities to protect the United States as well as...
  • Gertz: Pentagon plans defense against Mideast missiles

    12/19/2002 10:34:42 AM PST · by sonofatpatcher2 · 14 replies · 184+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 12-19-02 | Bill Gertz
    <p>The Pentagon is planning to build a second missile-defense interceptor system near the East Coast or in Europe to counter missile threats from the Middle East, Bush administration officials said yesterday.</p> <p>President Bush announced Tuesday that the Pentagon will build a limited missile-defense system by 2004, situated in the West and primarily aimed at defending the United States against long-range missile attacks from North Korea or China.</p>