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  • U.S. Air Force asks industry for proposals to replace nuclear missiles

    07/30/2016 11:03:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies ^ | 07/29/2016
    The Air Force said in a statement it expected to award up to two contracts for a new ICBM weapons system, or ground-based strategic deterrent, sometime next summer or fall. It also expected to award up to two contracts in the same time frame for a new nuclear cruise missile, or long-range standoff weapon. Modernization of the U.S. nuclear force is expected to cost more than $350 billion over the next decade as the United States works to replace its aging systems, including bombs, nuclear bombers, missiles and submarines. Some analysts estimate the cost of modernization at $1 trillion over...
  • US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations

    05/26/2016 6:02:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 64 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 25, 2016 | Dan Mangan
    Maybe they use the '80s flick "War Games" as a training film, too. The U.S. Defense Department is still using — after several decades — 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces, a jaw-dropping new report reveals. The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Government Accountability Office report.
  • Obama, the Iran Scam, Ben Rhodes and Public Credulity

    05/08/2016 2:36:33 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 8, 2016 | Dan Miller
    A recent article by David Samuels at the New York Times Magazine, based on an interview with Obama's foreign policy guru Ben Rhodes, purported to explain how, and about what, the Obama administration lied to get public support for the Iran Scam. According to the article, the principal Obama lie involved who was the Iranian president when the negotiations with Iran began. It's much deeper and worse than that. As Paul Harvey would say, “Here’s “the rest of the story.” Iranian President Rouhani was elected on June 15, 2013 and assumed office on August 3d. According to Rhodes, negotiations started...
  • Khamenei: Missiles are the key to Iran’s future

    It's a great time to be a despotic tyrant who threatens your neighbors. And as Khamenei knows, to be quite open about it. Who's going to do anything? Who would be enough of a fool to think that anyone with real power in Iran thought otherwise? Oh. Right. As always, beware of media characterizations that pretend this or that Iranian official is “moderate” or “more moderate” or whatever. They’re grading on a pretty radical curve when they tell you that, but it’s irrelevant at any rate. Only the mullahas have real power in Iran, and lest you have any doubt...
  • Senators Demand Obama Fire Top Aide for Iran Deal Deception

    05/16/2016 6:16:28 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    freebeacon ^ | May 16, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Leading members of Congress are calling on President Barack Obama to fire one of his top advisers amid a deepening scandal over accusations the White House intentionally misled lawmakers and the American public about the contents of last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, according to a letter sent Monday to Obama and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The lawmakers are pressing Obama to fire deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes following revelations he and other officials “spearheaded the charge to mislead elected lawmakers and the American people about the Iran nuclear deal and the negotiations that led to...
  • Report of Syria Gas Attack and Russian ICBM Over Israel

    06/07/2012 5:08:15 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 5 replies
    ynetnews. ^ | 06.08.12 | Ynet Reporters
    Was UFO a Russian ballistic missile? Russian Defense Ministry says it successfully test-fired intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday; earlier, unidentified flying object reported in Israel, Lebanon, other states in region and Reports from the Syrian cities of Daraa, Hama and Dir al-Zur are claiming that Assad's forces are using unknown gas shells against civilians.,7340,L-4239820,00.htm
  • Secret Foreign Ministry document: Venezuela sends uranium to Iran

    05/25/2009 1:37:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 1,062+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/25/2009 | ap
    Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The two South American countries are known to have close ties with Iran, but this is the first allegation that they are involved in the development of Iran's nuclear program, considered a strategic threat by Israel.
  • Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit

    02/22/2008 2:35:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 184+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/22/08 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing
    February 22, 2008 Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing Video need to know: expert opinion on the satellite operation The United States provided dramatic proof of its capability to destroy an object in space when a US navy missile scored a direct hit on an American satellite falling out of control. Missile experts said that the Standard SM-3 weapon, fired from the USS Lake Erie, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, took about three minutes to reach the satellite 150 miles (240km) up in the sky, flew above...
  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 9 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • Susan Rice: Not 'Achievable' to Stop Iran from Nuclear Enrichment

    03/02/2015 9:56:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 3/2/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    Susan Rice told AIPAC It was "neither realistic nor achievable" to expect Iran to stop enriching uranium: "We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal. I know that some of you will be urging Congress to insist that Iran forgo its domestic enrichment capacity entirely," Rice told AIPAC, as the crowd broke in to chear. "But, but, but as desirable as that would be, it is neither realistic nor achievable."
  • Susan Rice: A Bad Deal is Worse Than No Deal (with Iran)

    03/02/2015 9:09:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    INN ^ | 3/3/2015, 2:15 AM | Elad Benari
    President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, on Monday recalled her first visit to Israel, speaking at the AIPAC policy conference. […] Washington would like to see a “viable, sovereign Palestinian state living side by side with a Democratic, Jewish state of Israel,” she added. […] A nuclear Iran is a threat to Israel and is also an “unacceptable threat to the United States,” stressed Rice, who then stressed, “I want to be very clear: a bad deal is worse than no deal, and if that is the choice there will be no deal.” […] Referring to the interim...
  • For the first time, Russia has more deployed nuclear warheads than U.S.

    10/02/2014 10:52:26 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 74 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department. Russia now has 1,643 warheads deployed on intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers. The United States has 1,642, said the fact sheet released Wednesday.
  • Iran Has Ballistic Missile That Poses Threat to United States

    01/22/2015 9:42:04 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 71 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/22/2015 | Caroline B. Glick
    Column one: Iran, Obama, Boehner and Netanyahu Iran has apparently produced an intercontinental ballistic missile whose range far exceeds the distance between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and Europe. On Wednesday night, Channel 2 showed satellite imagery taken by Israel’s Eros-B satellite that was launched last April. The imagery showed new missile-related sites that Iran recently constructed just outside Tehran. One facility is a missile launch site, capable of sending a rocket into space or of firing an ICBM. On the launch pad was a new 27-meter long missile, never seen before. The missile and the launch pad indicate...
  • Obamalateral Disarmament - U.S. To Cut ICBM Squadron

    11/22/2013 6:22:04 AM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Data ^ | November 22, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Breaking yet another promise, this one to Congress, the administration jeopardizes our national security with plans to eliminate an entire squadron of intercontinental ballistic missiles and destroy its silos. Yet another example of what President Obama meant in 2012 when he promised Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, that after his re-election he would have more "flexibility" on defense issues, comes on the news that an ICBM squadron would be scrapped to comply with the New START Treaty — even as both the Russians and Chinese deploy new ballistic missiles. A document...
  • N. Korean general says Pyongyang has nuke-tipped ICBMs on standby

    03/07/2013 8:11:31 PM PST · by Deathtomarxists · 125 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2-8-13 | NA
    Brief excerpt; The paper said the general made clear at a speech given at a rally in Pyongyang that intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and other rockets capable of attacking pre-set targets have been armed with various types of atomic warheads.
  • Report to Congress Outlines Iranian Threats

    04/20/2010 6:48:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 263+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 20, 2010 – Iran may be capable of striking the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile by 2015, according to a Defense Department report submitted to Congress yesterday. The unclassified analysis outlines near-term and longer-term threats posed by Iran, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its desire to extend its influence in the Middle East. “With sufficient foreign assistance,” the report states, “Iran could probably develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States by 2015.” The report states that central to Iran’s “deterrent strategy” is its pursuit of a nuclear program that could...
  • Russia Hits the Accelerator (Nuclear Missile Deployment)

    06/25/2007 5:55:47 AM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies · 515+ views ^ | 6-17-07 | Jim Dunnigan (?)
    June 17, 2007: Russia will now be replacing RS-18 (SS-19) and RS-20 (SS-18) ICBMs with the newer RS-24 (SS-27 Topol M), more rapidly than earlier planned. This is the result of more money being allocated to buying ICBMs, and more reliable new ICBMs becoming available. Russia continues to test launch RS-18 and RS-20 ICBMs. Russia still has 140 (out of a 1980s peak of 360) RS-18s in service, and expects to keep some of them active until 2010. The test firings for the last two years have been successful, and other quality-control tests have come back positive. The 106 ton,...
  • From Moscow, a New Chill

    05/27/2007 3:24:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 807+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 27, 2007 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    FROM the day Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer, died of polonium poisoning in London last November, officials in Russia treated the investigation of his death as if it were simply a matter of bad public relations. They dismissed accusations of Russian involvement as nonsense fabricated by President Vladimir V. Putin’s enemies. Britain last week punctured Russia’s strategy. A decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to accuse another former K.G.B. officer of the murder and demand his extradition pushed Russia out of the international court of public opinion and into the international court of law. If recent history is...
  • Iran Incapable of Creating ICBMs says Russia

    11/02/2006 10:03:33 PM PST · by DTAD · 12 replies · 444+ views
    The head of the Russian military’s general staff, Yuri Baluyevsky, said Thursday Iran does not have the technological means to create intercontinental ballistic missiles, Radio Free Europe reports. “According to our information, today Iran has no technological or technical capabilities to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile,” he said.
  • Rumsfeld eyes ICBMs in terror war

    08/28/2006 11:36:56 PM PDT · by DTAD · 42 replies · 1,369+ views
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska: US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday warned North Korea may pose a threat as a weapons seller to terrorists and that America would consider taking the nuclear warheads off intercontinental ballistic missiles so they could be used against terrorists. Rumsfeld, in Alaska to visit a missile defense installation weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a long-range missile believed capable of reaching the United States, said North Korea is testing missiles to show the capabilities to potential buyers. "They sell anything to anyone," he said.
  • Conventional ICBMs

    03/28/2006 11:18:53 AM PST · by JZelle · 76 replies · 1,263+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-28-06 | Bill Gertz
    The United States could use a force of intercontinental ballistic missiles with conventional warheads because nuclear weapons may not deter terrorists and rogue states, the general in charge of the U.S. Strategic Command says. Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright told a Pentagon-sponsored missile defense conference on Monday that "it's very difficult for a nuclear weapon to be a credible deterrent against an extremist." In addition to the "tyranny of distance" that makes it hard for military forces to get to an area of the world very quickly, there is also the problem of the inadequate speed of current conventional...
  • China has nine brigades of ICBMs, Web site claims

    07/26/2005 10:32:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies · 1,036+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 7/27/05
    The 2005 US report on Chinese military power has a previously undisclosed part that says China has nine brigades armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of reaching the US, claims an article on a Web site which specializes on China's military weapons. The article, carried by the Web site, claims that the unreleased part of the Pentagon report released July 19 says that three of the nine brigades are equipped with Dong Feng-31 land-based mobile strategic missiles, with the other six armed with Dong Feng-5 ICBMs. In addition, China's 094 nuclear submarines, armed with strategic missiles, have undertaken...
  • (Iran's Nuke Program:) 'Stick and carrot method not working'

    05/13/2005 2:56:09 PM PDT · by anotherview · 15 replies · 502+ views
    Yediot Ahronot ^ | 13 May 2005 | Doron Sheffer and Associated Press
    'Stick and carrot method not working' Shalom calls for international pressure to stop Iran reaching nuclear capabilities; more than 200 Iranian youngsters volunteer to carry out suicide bombs against Israel By Doron Sheffer and Associated Press Iranian youngsters prepared to die Photo: AP Iran's threat to the world is a nightmare, says Shalom A “nightmare” is how Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom defined Thursday the possibility that Iran may be able to achieve nuclear capabilities. “The possibility that Iran’s regime would be able to threaten the existence of the world with the press of a button is a nightmare,” Shalom told...
  • Military talks about missile program (Taiwan)

    05/02/2005 11:43:50 PM PDT · by Paul_Denton · 1 replies · 315+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | Tuesday, May 03, 2005,Page 1
    Military talks about missile program REASSIGNMENTS: The recently formed Missile Defense Command will be disbanded, but the defense minister seemed to imply that Taiwan was developing ballistic missilesBy Rich ChangSTAFF REPORTERTuesday, May 03, 2005,Page 1 Advertising Minister of National Defense Lee Jye (—›Œ†) yesterday for the first time may have implied that Taiwan is developing long-range strategic missiles. In a speech yesterday at the Legislative Yuan, Lee announced that "the military will temporarily dissolve its missile command, but the command will be re-established once the military has strategic weapons." He said the currently existing Missile Defense Command units will be...

    10/28/2004 6:29:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 34 replies · 2,778+ views
    Private Email | OCTOBER 28, 2004 | Unknown
  • ***North Korea Deploys New 4,000 Km Range Missiles*** Top News

    05/04/2004 12:53:11 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 58 replies · 264+ views
    Chosun Ilbo Newspaper (Seoul) in English ^ | 5 May 2004 | Chosun Ilbo Newspaper, South Korea (in English)
    North [Korea] Deploys New 4,000 Km-Range Missiles North Korea has begun work on deploying intermediate range ballistic missiles (with ranges of 3,000~4,000km) it developed last year, building underground bases at two sites. This is much sooner than South Korean and American military authorities had expected. A high ranking government source said Tuesday that, "North Korea is in the middle of building two underground missile sites in Yangdok County, South Pyongan Province and Sangnam-ni, Hochon County, North Hamgyeong Province. Construction is about 70 to 80 percent complete." The source added, "In particular, U.S. spy satellites have discovered about 10 of...
  • Minuteman ICBMs Soldier on As Peacekeepers Get Mothballed

    03/26/2004 5:13:24 PM PST · by Calpernia · 32 replies · 414+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 26, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The U.S. military will upgrade its Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles while retiring its Peacekeeper missile force, a senior officer told a Senate subcommittee March 25. The larger, multinuclear-warhead-carrying Peacekeeper ICBMs are being decommissioned as part of the Moscow Treaty brokered between the United States and Russia in May 2002. "With Peacekeeper deactivation proceeding as planned, the Air Force has implemented an aggressive life extension program for the Minuteman III ICBM force to ensure weapon system reliability through 2020," Navy Adm. James O. Ellis Jr. explained to members of the Senate Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Ellis heads the U.S. Strategic Command...
  • Putin's Nuclear Show Blows Up In His Face

    02/17/2004 5:59:11 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 345+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-18-2004 | Julius Strauss
    Putin's nuclear show blows up in his face By Julius Strauss in Moscow (Filed: 18/02/2004) Russia's biggest military exercise since the collapse of communism flopped yesterday, ruining an attempt to project Vladimir Putin as a global leader and reaffirm the country's status as a nuclear superpower. With Mr Putin and a host of military officials watching from the nuclear submarine Arkhangelsk, two intercontinental ballistic missiles went wrong during a firing from a submarine believed to be the Novomoskovsk. They were aimed at Kamchatka on the Pacific coast. A malfunctioning satellite was blamed. Putin promised that Russia will again be a...
  • Kerry Took Cash From Chinese Military Intelligence

    02/02/2004 9:42:24 PM PST · by TBP · 104 replies · 1,303+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, Feb. 2, 2004 | Carl Limbacher
    Democrats are counting on Sen. John Kerry's military credentials to convince voters that he can be trusted with America's national security. But documents that surfaced over the weekend raise serious questions about whether Kerry was duped in the 1990s into helping the Chinese military perfect its ability to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons. In 1996 Kerry met with Liu Chaoying, the daughter of a powerful Chinese military official who also doubled as vice president of a subsidiary of the state-owned China Aerospace Corp. Before the meeting, held in Kerry's Senate office, Liu's sponsor, Johnny Chung, made clear she was...