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  • The Other Obama Columbia Summit Debacle (w/ Argentina)

    04/18/2012 6:21:27 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies ^ | April 18, 2012 | netwmd Staff
    Does U.S. President Obama have a foreign policy or should we call it a "dangerous farcical policy." Is he even control of the White House? By now, most people have heard the story of how, "11 Secret Service agents" and "as many as 10 U.S. military personnel," hired prostitutes, drank alcohol, and possibly used illicit drugs -- all in "security preparation" for the president to attend the Summit of the Americas in Columbia. Besides the security debacle, Obama's diplomatic effort, "wasn't exactly smooth sailing." But there's a subtle clincher to Obama's ridiculous Columbia trip which belies his true incompetency, a...
  • Olympic missile defences (located at a cafe) under threat from the Corky-Fruited Water Dropwort

    03/10/2012 5:32:56 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies ^ | 10 March 2012 | By Glen Owen
    Plans to use surface-to-air missiles to protect the skies over London during the Olympics could be thwarted – because they will disturb the habitat of a rare wild flower.
  • Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile successfully test-fired

    07/26/2010 5:21:39 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett
    NDTV ^ | 26 July, 2010 | NDTV
    Chandipur-on-sea (Orissa): India's indigenously built Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile, capable of destroying hostile in-coming ballistic missiles, was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island off the Orissa's east coast on Monday. "The interceptor destroyed target missile at an altitude of 15 km," said Integrated Testing Range Director, SP Das. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) also sees it as a major success for India's indigenous air defence system. However, the defence sources said that "the trial, scheduled in last mid-March 2010, was abandoned in the last hour twice (on 15th and 16th March)...
  • More Upgrades For Patriot Tactical Missile Defense System

    02/06/2010 10:12:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 204+ views
    Space War ^ | 02/05/2010 | SPX Via Space War
    Raytheon has been awarded a $58.2 million contract for Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical, or GEM-T, missiles. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AAMCOM), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., issued the contract to upgrade 124 Patriot Advanced Capability-2 missiles to the configuration. This is a follow-on contract issued as part of AAMCOM's Patriot missile continuous technology refreshment program initiated in 2000. "Patriot is combat proven and trusted by 12 nations around the globe, and the continuing upgrades speak to the critical role Patriot plays in those countries' air and missile defense capabilities," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Patriot Programs at Raytheon...
  • Pentagon gives OK for Taiwan missile deal: official

    01/07/2010 1:52:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 437+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 01/07/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    The US Defense Department has approved the sale of upgraded missile equipment to Taiwan, a Taipei-based US official said Thursday, risking the ire of the island's rival China. The sale of the Patriot missile equipment is part of a package passed by the US Congress more than a year ago, said a spokesman with the American Institute in Taiwan, the US de facto embassy in the absence of formal ties. "The US Defense Department awarded Lockheed Martin Corp the contract to provide Patriot missile defence systems to Taiwan as part of a big arms deal approved by Congress in 2008,"...
  • Dismay In Europe As Obama Ditches Missile Defence [Allies Stunned!]

    09/17/2009 9:21:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 114 replies · 3,072+ views
    London Times ^ | September 17, 2009
    September 17, 2009 Dismay In Europe As Obama Ditches Missile Defence Philippe Naughton and Tony Halpin in Moscow President Obama dismayed America's allies in Europe and angered his political opponents at home today when he formally ditched plans to set up a missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The project had been close to the heart of Mr Obama's predecessor, President Bush, who had argued before leaving office in January that it was needed to defend against long-range ballistic missile attacks from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea. But it had hobbled relations with Russia,...
  • Barack Obama surrenders to Russia on Missile Defence

    09/16/2009 7:04:48 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 47 replies · 1,811+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | September 17, 2009 | Nile Gardiner
    I blogged a couple of weeks ago that the Obama administration was about to abandon its plans for Third Site missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. I wrote then that “if enacted, this would represent a huge turnaround in American strategic thinking on a global missile defence system, and a massive betrayal of two key US allies in eastern and central Europe. Such a move would significantly weaken America’s ability to combat the growing threat posed by Iran’s ballistic missile program, and would hand a major propaganda victory to the Russians.” It now looks as though the...
  • Will Obama surrender to Russia over missile defence?

    08/28/2009 11:01:48 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 560+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | August 29, 2009 | Nile Gardiner
    Reports in the Polish media indicate that the Obama administration is about to abandon its plans for “third site” missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. If enacted, this would represent a huge turnaround in American strategic thinking on a global missile defence system, and a massive betrayal of two key US allies in eastern and central Europe. Such a move would significantly weaken America’s ability to combat the growing threat posed by Iran’s ballistic missile program, and would hand a major propaganda victory to the Russians. This shift in US policy is intricately linked to a naďve...
  • US, Russia can resolve missile dispute: senator

    04/15/2009 10:23:09 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 4 replies · 253+ views ^ | Wed Apr 15, 9:06 am ET
    MOSCOW (AFP) – The United States and Russia can resolve a missile dispute that has poisoned relations in recent years and even start working together on the issue, a top US senator said on Wednesday. Russia has repeatedly expressed anger at US plans to place missile defence facilities in the Czech Republic and Poland, an issue that helped trigger a substantial deterioration in ties under former president George W. Bush. "We believe that if we can undertake some serious discussions and negotiations in the area of missile defence, this subject which has divided us can actually turn around and we...
  • Barack Obama's missile defence pledge fails to stir Czech audience

    04/06/2009 3:58:00 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 745+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 6, 2009 | Bruno Waterfield
    Barack Obama's praise for the Czech government's "courage" in hosting a planned United States missile defence fell flat with many of his supporters during a speech to an audience of 20,000 on Sunday. President Obama linked America's missile defence project to his wider vision of a world free of atomic weapons while setting out his new US policy on nuclear non-proliferation. "Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the US, but to Iran's neighbours and our allies. The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defence against these missiles,"...
  • Pyongyang, Tehran: Axis Of Missiles

    03/30/2009 5:44:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 361+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 30, 2009
    National Security: Iranian missile experts are helping North Korea with the imminent launch of an ICBM that can hit Alaska and Hawaii. Imagine a Taepodong-2 with a nuke. This is no time to gut missile defense.The enemy of my enemy is my friend, the saying goes. On Sunday, the Japanese paper Sankei Shimbun reported that a 15-member delegation from Tehran has been advising the North Koreans on their imminent "satellite" launch since the beginning of March. Iran recently launched its own satellite to demonstrate its global reach. The Iranian experts include senior officials with rocket and satellite producer Shahid Hemmat...
  • Russia halts Kaliningrad missile deployment

    01/28/2009 12:01:24 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 4 replies · 499+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 28, 2009
    Russia has suspended the deployment of its Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad due to a change in U.S. missile defence policy in Europe, Interfax news agency quoted a military official as saying on Wednesday. "The implementation of these plans has been halted in connection with the fact that the new U.S. administration is not rushing through plans to deploy" elements of its missile defence shield in eastern Europe, Interfax quoted the unnamed official in the Russian military's general staff as saying.
  • Cheap Method for Shielding a City from Rocket and Nuclear Warhead Impacts

    04/17/2008 1:03:22 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 11 replies · 78+ views ^ | Jan.10, 2008. | Alexander Bolonkin
    The author suggests a cheap closed AB-Dome which protects the densely populated cities from nuclear, chemical, biological weapon (bombs) delivered by warheads, strategic missiles, rockets, and various incarnations of aviation technology. [snip] The hemispherical AB-Dome is the inflatable, thin transparent film, located at altitude up to as much as 15 km, which converts the city into a closed-loop system. The film may be armored the stones which destroy the rockets and nuclear warhead. AB-Dome protects the city in case the World nuclear war and total poisoning the Earth’s atmosphere by radioactive fallout (gases and dust). Construction of the AB-Dome is...
  • Poland says no deal on missile defence base unless U.S. helps upgrade military

    02/23/2008 12:59:51 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 45 replies · 87+ views
    AP ^ | Sat Feb 23 | By Ryan Lucas
    WARSAW, Poland - Poland will only sign up to accept a U.S. missile defence base if Washington gives significant help to modernizing Poland's military, the Polish defence minister said in comments published Saturday. "As long as we cannot sign an agreement about a satisfactory contribution by the Americans to the modernization of our armed forces, we can't talk about our agreeing to an American installation on our territory," Bogdan Klich was quoted as saying in an interview with the daily Polska. Washington wants to place 10 missile defence interceptors in Poland and a radar system in neighbouring Czech Republic as...
  • Satellite shoot-down shows missile muscle

    02/15/2008 9:52:08 AM PST · by Jason Kauppinen · 54 replies · 63+ views
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  • Poland, US agree in principle on military cooperation

    02/01/2008 3:15:10 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 44+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb 01
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Poland said Friday it has reached a deal in principle with the United States for aid to modernize Polish air defenses in return for Warsaw's hosting a controversial US missile shield. But Poland's visiting Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski added that "a great deal of work" lay ahead while his host, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, spoke of "some progress" and "some momentum" on missile defense. Amid concerns about the potential risks of hosting US missile interceptors, Warsaw has been pressing the United States to help upgrade the Polish armed forces, and notably to boost the country's...
  • Smashing hit (India to build Missile Defence shield)

    12/18/2007 8:31:15 PM PST · by Arjun · 3 replies · 62+ views
    DEFENCE Smashing hit T.S. SUBRAMANIAN The DRDO’s Advanced Air Defence missile propels India into a select group of countries with the ability to intercept ballistic missiles. PTI THERE was applause at first, followed by five minutes of silence as missile technologists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scanned the consoles in front of them. After 25 seconds of tension, a deafening applause broke out in the Mission Control Centre (MCC) on Wheeler Island, 17 kilometres from Dhamra on the Orissa coast. The atmosphere turned electric as the young men and women missile technologists went delirious with joy. Full-throated...
  • India eyes key missile defence test

    11/25/2007 11:00:06 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 11 replies · 152+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 26 Nov 2007, 0000 hrs IST | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Very soon, India will take a crucial step towards proving its fledgling ballistic missile defence (BMD) system. In the first week of December, the country plans to unleash a new "interceptor" missile to "kill" an incoming "hostile" missile over the Bay of Bengal. This new interceptor missile, an "endo-atmospheric" one, will take on the "enemy" missile at an altitude of 15-20 km above the earth, on the lines of the American Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system. A year ago, on November 27, India had tested an "exo-atmospheric" hypersonic interceptor missile to successfully destroy an incoming Prithvi missile at...
  • Australia's defence links 'worry' Russia

    09/19/2007 7:36:53 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 33+ views ^ | September 19, 2007
    GROWING military co-operation between Australia, Japan and the US is worrying Moscow, as is work on US-Japanese missile defence co-operation, a top foreign ministry official said in an interview today. "The strengthening of US-Australian-Japanese ties has got our attention.... Narrow alliances, especially tight military-political unions, are a worry,'' Deputy Foreign Ministry Alexander Losyukov told daily Vremya Novostei newspaper. "We don't hide that concern - we talk about it with the Australians and the Americans,'' he said. Mr Losyukov said Moscow was also worried over US-Japanese co-operation on missile defence. "They explain this by what appear to be not entirely justified...
  • Russia threatens to deploy missiles near Poland

    07/04/2007 6:01:19 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 14 replies · 514+ views
    AFP ^ | Jul 04
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia issued a veiled threat Wednesday to deploy rocket units in the Kaliningrad exclave near Poland if Washington does not draw back from its missile defence plans in central Europe. "If our offers are accepted, Russia will not believe it necessary to deploy new rocket units in the European part of the country, including in Kaliningrad," Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying.
  • NATO backs U.S. missile plan

    06/25/2007 3:30:52 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 114+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | June 23 2007 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - NATO's secretary-general mounted a stout defence of Washington's missile shield plan on Monday, the day before meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin when the issue is likely to top the agenda. Russia has described United States's plan to place part of its missile shield in eastern Europe as a threat and the issue has divided European politicians with some saying it is vital for defence and others saying it is misguided. "You don't have to be Einstein to understand that 10 interceptor rockets don't pose any threat to Russia and the Russian people," NATO's Jaap de Hoop Scheffer...
  • HASC Panel Targets Missile Defense, Milspace

    05/03/2007 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Freeport · 10 replies · 448+ views
    The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is recommending Congress cut the boost-phase Airborne Laser missile defense effort by $400 million, re-evaluate nuclear weapons policy while slowing the Reliable Replacement Warhead, (RRW) and bar the Pentagon from deploying Trident nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles as converted, conventional prompt global strike weapons. The panel, which marked up a still-changeable portion of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill May 2, also proposes an undetermined funding cut for the proposed European site under the U.S. ballistic missile defense system (BMDS). But the panel did not require NATO participation in the ongoing bilateral negotiations between...
  • US Missile Shield a Threat to Europe Unity: Chirac

    The U.S. anti-missile shield project, which is strongly opposed by Russia, risks creating “new lines of division in Europe,” French President Jacques Chirac warned March 9. ”The project raises numerous questions which require consideration before they are answered,” the French leader told a press conference following a summit of EU heads of state and government in Brussels. ”We have to be very careful not to encourage new lines of division in Europe,” said Chirac, attending his last formal European summit. The United States wants to build a bank of 10 interceptors in Poland from next year to shoot down missiles...
  • First S-400 missile regiment to go on combat duty in Russia

    MOSCOW: The first air defense regiment equipped with new S-400 Triumf ground-to-air missile systems will be put on combat duty in the Moscow Region in the middle of 2007, a manufacturer said Tuesday. The Military-Industrial Commission, which answers directly to the Russian president, meets Tuesday to consider prospects for a fifth-generation air-defense system and building aerospace defenses in the country. "The [new] regiment will have more [missile] batteries than regiments currently equipped with S-300 air defense systems," said Alexander Lemansky, chief designer at the Almaz Science and Production Association. Lemansky said new S-400 systems considerably differ from S-300 systems by...
  • US Mulls Missile Defense Systems Expansion To Poland-Official

    06/22/2006 9:37:28 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 197+ views
    Morningstar ^ | 06-22-06
    US Mulls Missile Defense Systems Expansion To Poland-Official 06-22-06 06:58 AM EST WARSAW (AP)--Signs that North Korea is preparing to test-fire a long-range missile have given greater urgency to U.S. proposals to expand its missile defense system with a base in Europe, a U.S. official said Thursday. "North Korea today has a missile on the launch pad and we're all wondering when or if it's going to launch. I think if there ever was a demonstration and a requirement for missile defense, that's kind of it," said Robert Joseph, the U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security....
  • Report: Poland tops Pentagon list for US missile defence site

    03/04/2006 10:50:47 AM PST · by lizol · 20 replies · 622+ views
    M&C News ^ | Mar 4, 2006
    Report: Poland tops Pentagon list for US missile defence site Mar 4, 2006, 13:58 GMT Warsaw - Pentagon experts favour NATO member Poland as a potential location for the overseas portion of the United States National Missile Defence (NMD) project, Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported Saturday quoting sources in Washington. The US-based NMD plan is designed to protect it and fellow NATO defence alliance members plus Japan from a potential nuclear missile attack by rogue states. Washington is now expected to make a political decision on the location of a large anti-missile base in Europe to serve as the overseas...
  • Russia successfully launches new ballistic missile

    12/21/2005 4:06:27 AM PST · by Flavius · 16 replies · 529+ views
    interfax ^ | 12.21.05 | na
    Dec 21 2005 9:47AM Russia successfully launches new ballistic missile MOSCOW. Dec 21 (Interfax) - The strategic submarine Dmitry Donskoy incorporated in Russia's Northern Fleet successfully launched a latest ballistic missile Bulava from the White Sea on Wednesday morning, a Russian Defense Ministry source told Interfax. "It was an underwater launch," the source said. Russian Navy commander's aide Cap. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo later told Interfax that the missile's reentry vehicle hit a target at the Kura range on the Kamchatka Peninsula at a calculated time. "This was the first underwater launch of a Bulava missile and the second launch...
  • Washington talking to Warsaw about possible U.S. missile base in Poland

    11/17/2005 1:13:40 AM PST · by twinself · 418 replies · 3,851+ views
    CNEWS ^ | November 16, 2005 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. and Polish officials are discussing building a base in Poland from which U.S. interceptors could shoot down long-range missiles as part of a global defence network, a Pentagon official said Wednesday. It would be the first American strategic missile defence site outside U.S. territory, and would be designed to defend all of Europe against intercontinental-range missiles - primarily those launched from the Middle East. No decision has been made to proceed with a missile defence base in Poland and alternative sites in Europe are a possibility. But the Pentagon official said Poland appears to be the...
  • Ties with India should not alarm neighbours: US

    08/12/2005 9:35:41 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 231+ views
    The Dawn Newspaper ^ | August 13, 2005 Saturday | The Dawn Newspaper
    WASHINGTON, Aug 12: The US State Department has said that America’s rapidly growing relationship with India is no cause of alarm for New Delhi’s neighbours. Department’s Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli told a briefing in Washington that instead of being alarmed, India’s neighbours should look at the Indo-US relationship as holding the “promise of greater stability (and) greater prosperity for the entire region”. “We certainly do not see any cause for concern on the part of India’s neighbours for the relationship that is developing between the United States and India,” said Mr Ereli when asked whether the tie-up might cause concern...
  • GAG ME WITH A SPOON: CIA Orchestrates Regime Change In Canada

    04/05/2005 9:42:52 AM PDT · by Reinhard · 46 replies · 1,498+ views ^ | April 5, 2005 | George French
    Well fellow travellers it appears there be be a scandal on the horizon. CTV news actually used a blog originating out of the U.S. as a source for a story that is not supposed to told here in Canada. The Gomery Inquiry has a gag order to prevent the publishing of testimony from said Inquiry. That is not unusual for courts and judicial proceedings. However, what is new is that certain American websites are publishing day to day testimony, and EXPLOSIVE testimony it is. In a nutshell it appears our leaders are crooks. Surprise, surprise. Since 1867 we have been...
  • Alienating Washington - and for what? (Canada's Liberals' childish anti-Americanism)

    02/28/2005 10:04:24 AM PST · by GMMAC · 24 replies · 1,088+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | February 28, 2005 | Lorne Gunter
    Alienating Washington - and for what? National Post Monday, February 28, 2005, Page: A16 Byline: Lorne Gunter If Prime Minister Paul Martin feels obliged to warn the Americans not to invade Canadian airspace with their anti-ballistic missiles in case they're attacked, isn't he also obliged to warn the North Koreans, the Iranians, the Chinese and whomever else might someday fire a ballistic missile through our airspace in the other direction? I mean, it is our airspace, after all. Surely, the PM's warning applies to all nations alike. He can't be worried just about an American breach, can he? Or is...
  • Defence isn't immoral No wisdom in failing to protect our country

    12/06/2004 4:56:12 AM PST · by Ginifer · 2 replies · 221+ views ^ | Mon, December 6, 2004 | EZRA LEVANT
    President George W. Bush asked for only one thing during his visit: That Canada participate in continental defence. It is no secret North Korea is developing inter-continental ballistic missiles, and has sold them to other rogue states like Iran. Combine that with North Korea's professed arsenal of nuclear warheads, and the world has a new and unique risk: A nuclear threat from an unstable, erratic regime. Those adjectives did not apply to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Paranoid it was; but stable, at least in so far as its nuclear options were kept in check by America's nuclear...
  • Ottawa backs missile pact

    09/28/2004 7:08:53 AM PDT · by Ashamed Canadian · 14 replies · 255+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Sept. 28, 2004 | BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH
    OTTAWA - Canada should work with the United States in the controversial missile defence program for political reasons, not just security concerns, Defence Minister Bill Graham says. "We are talking about the nature of the relationship we want with the United States and that's why I'm a strong proponent," Graham said in an interview. "My view is, on continental defence matters, we should be really accommodating of the Americans and work with them as closely as we possibly can." Both Canadian and U.S. officials have argued the defence shield, costing an estimated $53 billion (U.S.), is needed to protect North...
  • Russia Suspicious About U.S. Deal on Danish Radar

    08/09/2004 12:12:43 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 21 replies · 459+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 09 2004 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday a U.S. deal with Denmark to upgrade a radar in northwestern Greenland had raised fresh security concerns over Washington's planned missile defense shield. The deal signed on Friday allows Washington to upgrade the Thule radar to use it in a chain of similar U.S. installations stretching from Alaska to Britain designed to avert potential missile attacks against North America. In 2001, Moscow bowed to a U.S. decision to abandon the bilateral 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and develop a missile defense system after Washington said it wanted to defend itself against strikes from states...
  • Pro or con, stay skeptical of U.S. base assumptions

    07/15/2004 2:09:58 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 3 replies · 269+ views
    The Prague Post ^ | July 15, 2004
    As the United States intensifies its search here and in Poland and Hungary for a site to host a "son of Star Wars" missile-defense system, get ready for a barrage of "here come the foreign invaders" chatter in the Czech media. You know, the Soviets had bases here and they were the bad guys. So anyone else who wants to have a military base here will clearly a) destroy the country's sovereignty, b) exploit the Czech Republic for its own evil plan of world domination and c) enslave the population. Now, when the base builder happens to be the United...
  • US mulls placing missile defence system in Japan: Report

    04/05/2004 2:01:09 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 111+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | April 05 2004 | AFP
    The United States is considering deploying a land-based missile defence system in an emergency before Japan completes its network against ballistic missile attacks in four years, a daily said on Monday. Washington has informally sounded out Tokyo on the plan aimed at protecting US military bases and other facilities in Japan from such attacks, the major Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported. Citing Japanese and US sources, Yomiuri said Tokyo intended to discuss the plan promptly. The US military is considering deploying the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3), a US army surface-to-air guided missile that is capable of intercepting such missiles...
  • El Al Planes Due to Receive Anti-Missile System

    02/18/2004 1:54:00 PM PST · by yonif · 158+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 22:12 Feb 17, '04 / 25 Shevat 5764
    Israel Aircraft Industries’ (IAI) Flight Guard anti-missile system for civilian airliners has passed the development stage and is currently being installed on El Al passenger jets according to a report by Globes. El Al purchased the first systems from IAI subsidiary Elta Electronic Industries in recent weeks according to the Globes report and the system is expected to be installed on El Al’s Boeing 767s within two months. The Defense Ministry, which is paying for the purchase of the new systems, has budgeted 6 million shekels for El Al’s initial purchase of the systems. The estimated cost of one system...
  • Canada: Layton plays the anti-Yankee card

    01/27/2004 9:13:15 AM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 182+ views
    National Post ^ | January 27 2004 | J.L. Granatstein
    NDP leader Jack Layton is a man of great energy and high purpose. To him, Canada is a nation without enemies, a nation whose security is threatened only by climate change, global disparities, abuses of human rights -- and the United States government of George W. Bush. Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) -- or Star Wars, as Layton inaccurately describes it -- threatens Canada's independence, will never work, and will cost Canada millions and millions. Worse, as Layton said in a large newspaper advertisement on Jan. 22, "Star Wars is un-Canadian," undermining "Canada's proud tradition of peacekeeping." Layton's advertisement listed six...
  • Australia: missile pact angers China

    01/14/2004 9:54:32 AM PST · by knighthawk · 13 replies · 117+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 15 2004 | John Kerin and Rebecca Di Girolamo
    CHINA has condemned Australia's decision to join the US's "son of Star Wars" missile defence project, warning that the move threatens to undermine security in the Asia-Pacific region. A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Canberra said yesterday that Beijing had expressed longstanding opposition to Washington's missile defence plans. "Our position on this is clear and has been stated many times," the spokesman, Feng Tie, said. Senior Chinese Foreign Ministry officials have over the past year repeatedly condemned the missile interception system, which it regards as damaging to global non-proliferation efforts. China also fears the involvement in the system of...
  • Canada hedging its bets on missile defence

    01/13/2004 11:28:08 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 178+ views
    National Post ^ | January 13 2004 | David Rudd
    Canada is about to grit its teeth and begin discussions on a U.S. plan to create a missile defence grid covering North America. The plan to build one or two sites comprising long-range surface-to-air anti-ballistic missiles and radars was conceived in the 1990s by the Clinton administration, albeit at the behest of a Republican-controlled Congress. The justification was, and is, ostensibly, to defend the continental United States (and Canada) from missiles fired by "rogue" states which cannot be deterred from gross misbehaviour by America's nuclear arsenal. The countries most often cited as potential threats to the United States include North...
  • Canada hedging its bets on missile defence

    01/13/2004 11:13:33 AM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 111+ views
    National Post ^ | January 13 2004 | David Rudd
    Canada is about to grit its teeth and begin discussions on a U.S. plan to create a missile defence grid covering North America. The plan to build one or two sites comprising long-range surface-to-air anti-ballistic missiles and radars was conceived in the 1990s by the Clinton administration, albeit at the behest of a Republican-controlled Congress. The justification was, and is, ostensibly, to defend the continental United States (and Canada) from missiles fired by "rogue" states which cannot be deterred from gross misbehaviour by America's nuclear arsenal. The countries most often cited as potential threats to the United States include North...
  • North Korea slams Japanese plan to acquire US missile defence system

    12/25/2003 6:55:09 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 188+ views
    The News International ^ | December 25 2003
    TOKYO: North Korea, which shocked Japan in 1998 when it sent a ballistic missile over the country, criticised Tokyo on Wednesday over a plan to buy a US missile defence system, saying it would increase tension. North Korea, embroiled in an international dispute over its nuclear arms programme, said Japan was pushing ahead with its plan under the "absurd pretext" of a North Korean missile threat. "This decision of Japan brought to light before the international community its sinister intention to realise its ambition to turn the country into a military giant and launch overseas aggression," the North’s news agency...
  • North Korea threatens 'arms not words' against Japan (for setting up missile defence system)

    10/11/2003 7:58:04 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 13 replies · 162+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | October 11 2003 | AFP
    North Korea says "arms, not words" were necessary for dealing with Japan's attempt to set up a missile defence system. The latest outburst comes just days after North Korea demanded Japan be excluded from the next round of six-nation talks into its nuclear weapons program. "Japan's moves for military build-up and overseas expansion have gone to extremes and the threat of missile and re-invasion comes from Japan to the DPRK (North Korea)," the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. "Closely following Japan's reckless moves, the army and people of Korea recognize that they should approach Japan with arms...
  • Join Star Wars Jr, says Australian navy

    07/15/2003 12:31:45 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 281+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 16 2003 | John Kerin
    AUSTRALIA should join the US global missile shield to provide a protective umbrella for forces increasingly deployed to trouble spots in the Pacific and Asia, a navy report claims. The report, by the Royal Australian Navy Seapower Centre, said "the Government would be abrogating its responsibility to ADF soldiers, sailors and airmen if it espoused a new strategic role for them without providing tools to carry it out". Author, RAN Commander Tom Mueller, said Australia should fit three air warfare destroyers, due to be delivered in 2006, with an anti-ballistic missile capacity to provide cover for deployed forces. The ships...
  • Japan to deploy own 'Star Wars' missile defence

    06/22/2003 6:57:57 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 314+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 22 2003
    JAPAN plans to deploy advanced interceptor missiles to beef up its defence system amid fears North Korea has up to 170 medium-range missile units targeting the country, a daily newspaper said today. The Security Council of Japan and the cabinet will adopt a plan to allocate funds for two types of missile systems - Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) - in late July, the Yomiuri Shimbun said, quoting government sources. The government intends to begin the 200-billion-yen ($US1.7 billion ($2.54 billion) defence program as early as April 2007, the mass-circulation newspaper said. The plan came after the...
  • Kim Jong-il, peacemaker

    05/10/2003 4:42:49 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 195+ views
    National Post ^ | May 10 2003 | Andrew Coyne
    Oceania is at war with Eurasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia. And Canada has always been against nuclear missile defence. Or is it, Canada has always been in favour? Damn. I have given up trying to keep pace with the twists and turns of Liberal foreign policy. The Chrétien government has a quite unnerving mastery of doublethink: to hold two entirely opposed thoughts in their heads at the same time is child's play to them. So it isn't quite true to say they have done an about-face on national missile defence, merely because at one time they...
  • Yes to missile defence

    05/10/2003 4:39:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 147+ views
    National Post ^ | May 10 2003
    The U.S. plan to field a missile defence system is putting strain on the ideological rivets keeping the Liberal party bolted together. America's launchers would be based in Alaska. But since missiles from Asia and the Middle East would likely pass through our airspace, the United States wants Canada on board the project. U.S.-friendly Grits, including Art Eggleton, the former defence minister, Finance Minister John Manley, and David Pratt, chairman of the Commons defence committee, argue for Canada's participation. Prominent left-wing Liberal MPs, on the other hand -- such as John Godfrey and John Harvard -- want Ottawa to have...
  • Canada: We can be involved -- or irrelevant

    05/08/2003 9:31:40 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 27 replies · 177+ views
    National Post ^ | May 08 2003 | J.L. Granatstein
    A few months ago, Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham was denouncing the very idea of National Missile Defence. Now he, Defence Minister John McCallum, and even Prime Minister Jean Chrétien have been making noises that suggest Canada will buy into the Americans' plan for a continental missile protection plan. What's changed? The first point that is clear is that U.S. President George Bush, his determination no longer in doubt after the Iraq war, is going to press ahead with development of a small National Missile Defence (NMD) system and has made plans for initial deployment by 2005. No effective NMD...
  • Missile defence, vindicated

    02/22/2003 8:51:54 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 390+ views
    National Post ^ | Februari 22 2003
    In his recent appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee, CIA Director George Tenet was asked, "What is the likelihood that [the North Koreans] currently have a missile capable of hitting the West Coast of the United States?" He turned to the officials sitting with him, conferred with them briefly and replied, "I think the declassified answer is, yes, they can do that." In fact, he allowed that the North Koreans probably have one or two "plutonium-based devices" at their disposal. Of course, it comes as a surprise to no one that North Korea is pursuing a nuclear program. The...
  • Ballistic Missile Defense System Passes Latest Test

    11/27/2002 6:32:55 AM PST · by Sparta · 43 replies · 248+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2002 | Ken Adelman
    Last week was a milestone for our homeland security. No, not because of passing a bill -- but because of passing a test. That is, the test for effective protection against the vilest leaders in the world launching the vilest weapons: Ballistic missiles topped with nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. Indeed a ballistic missile defense system for homeland security will protect us more than any Department of Homeland Security. And that's what advanced last Thursday, when a bullet hit a bullet in space, over the oceans. That mind-bending event proves that BMD is more than Ronald Reagan's pipe dream. It's...