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  • The U.S. should place more emphasis on hypersonic weapons development

    10/08/2018 1:50:02 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 34 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 10/8/18 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Notes Griffin further, in terms of hypersonic missile development, “The rest of the world is not stupid, and they are catching up to us. And, in some areas, have caught up.” Hypersonic vehicles can travel at speeds up to 5,500 miles per hour (hypersonic is considered five times the speed of sound or Mach 5). Currently, there are no missile defense systems that are agile enough to successfully target a hypersonic missile; in fact, current missile defense systems are vulnerable to spoofing by decoys and could also be rendered ineffective with electronic warfare. If you add the element of super-speed,...
  • Russia to send newer, S-300 missile defense systems to Syria

    09/24/2018 7:22:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Russian officials said Syria's outdated S-200 systems weren't sophisticated enough to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one. Monday's statement from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will send the newer S-300 missile defense systems to Syria within the next two weeks. Earlier in the war, Russia suspended a supply of S-300, which Israel feared Syria could use against it. Shoigu said Russia is now going to go ahead with the shipment because "the situation has changed, and it's not our fault." The supply of S-300s to Syria will "calm down some hotheads" whose actions "pose a threat...
  • Obama adviser backs off Bush missile defense line

    05/01/2009 12:04:16 PM PDT · by james500 · 19 replies · 1,640+ views
    AP ^ | 5/1/2009 | DESMOND BUTLER
    A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama says that Russia has some reasonable concerns about U.S. missile defense plans. Russia has strongly opposed U.S. missile defense plans in Europe. Moscow says the system could undermine the deterrent of its vast nuclear arsenal. ... However, Obama's coordinator for weapons of mass destruction policy, Gary Samore on Friday said that Russia's objections are legitimate as Washington and Moscow pursue nuclear reductions.
  • Russia using advanced missile system sales to drive wedge between U.S. and allies

    09/14/2018 4:20:42 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 15 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/14/18 | USA Features
    It’s understandable that the Chinese would seek the S-400, given Beijing’s lengthy ties to the Russian defense industry. But Turkey’s decision to buy the S-400 is particularly worrisome given that Turkey is a NATO ally and buying a weapon system from a great power rival of the alliance can be viewed as Ankara moving closer to Moscow in general. Also, buying a rival country’s air defense system cuts down on interoperability, which NATO is working to improve as Russia continues to pose significant threats to European interests.
  • Poland reacts to Trump-Putin meeting

    07/17/2018 1:38:37 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 99 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 2018 | Marcin Goclowski
    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: "I look at the latest developments, including Helsinki, where it might have been that one president of our neighboring country (Putin) was pressuring the U.S. president for concessions. But I have not seen any concessions, neither as regards the annexation of Crimea nor the war in Ukraine," Morawiecki said. "None of the voices that were appearing beforehand as hypothetically possible - concessions by the United States - have materialized. So I don't see where he (Trump) has made any significant concessions. Poland is the biggest former communist country in both the European Union and NATO,...
  • What Six Years of ‘Reset’ with Russia Have Wrought

    08/27/2015 10:15:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    What Six Years of ‘Reset’ with Russia Have Wrought by CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER August 27, 2015 On September 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports the Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action. The timing of this brazen violation of NATO territory — two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize America’s commitment to its...
  • NATO Summit: Poland pins its hopes on the USA

    07/11/2018 3:26:50 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    DW ^ | July 11, 2018
    Polish people love America Poland wouldn't mind seeing Trump as the advocate of Eastern European interests in Brussels. It's not just about a stronger NATO presence, but also about history and shared values. Many Poles see it as a given that the US should be responsible for their security, as the country suffered at the hands of neighboring Germany and Russia in the past and feels cheated by other European states. The PiS government agrees wholeheartedly with Trump's climate and migration policies, as well as criticism of the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. And there are concrete economic...
  • Is Russiagate really Hillarygate?

    07/04/2018 7:10:10 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2017 | Paul R. Gregory
    The most under covered story of Russia Gate is the interconnection between the Clinton campaign, an unregistered foreign agent of Russia headquartered in DC (Fusion GPS), and the Christopher Steele Orbis dossier. This connection has raised the question of whether Kremlin prepared the dossier as part of a disinformation campaign to sow chaos in the US political system. If ordered and paid for by Hillary Clinton associates, Russia Gate is turned on its head as collusion between Clinton operatives (not Trump’s) and Russian intelligence. Russia Gate becomes Hillary Gate. Neither the New York Times, Washington Post, nor CNN has covered...
  • US to spend $1 billion to install missile defense radar in Hawaii

    06/28/2018 9:35:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Duran ^ | 06/28/2018 | Frank Sellers
    A billion dollar antiballistic radar system is being planned for development in Hawaii in order to counter nuclear ICBM threats from somewhere. Even though, at the present moment, there aren’t any threatening postures from nations with ICBM tech, the need to spend 1$ billion on detecting and combatting those ICBMs is apparently greater than ever before, at least according to some congressmen.
  • America's Missile Defense Systems: The Ultimate Paper Tiger?

    02/11/2018 12:33:22 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 31 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 11, 2018 | Sebastien Roblin
    On the morning of January 31, 2018, an Aegis Ashore missile battery based in Kauai, Hawaii cued onto an approaching intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). The installation launched an SM-3 Block IIA missile to intercept the IRBM at speeds over fifteen times the speed of sound. However, the MDA was also obliged to report that the SM-3 failed to hit the oncoming target—the second failure in a row out of three Block IIA tests conducted since February 2017.
  • A US ballistic missile defense test just failed. Here's what it means

    01/31/2018 3:02:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/31/2018 | Tom Rogan
    Don't be too shocked by the news that a U.S. ballistic missile interceptor test has failed. First reported by CNN, the Hawaii based test was conducted by the personnel assigned to the Aegis ashore missile defense system. But while the test is obviously a disappointment, the U.S. remains years away from having a missile defense program that can, with high confidence, launch and destroy nuclear warhead armed ballistic missiles. "High confidence" are the key words here. U.S. ballistic missile defense capabilities are actually pretty competent nowadays. While they might struggle with advanced countermeasure-equipped ballistic missiles from China or Russia, North...
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik: The East Coast needs a missile defense post(Fort Drum)

    01/25/2018 5:24:12 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 25, 2018 | Elise Stefanik
    Rep. Elise Stefanik: The East Coast needs a missile defense post by Rep. Elise Stefanik | Jan 25, 2018, 12:01 AM North Korea's rapidly improving missile technology capabilities have alarmed Americans. As Kim Jong Un continues to demonstrate his dangerous commitment to advancing his nuclear weapons capabilities and missile program, U.S. policymakers must ensure that our entire nation is protected – including the tens of millions of Americans living along the East Coast. In November, North Korea launched the Hwasong-15 ICBM over the Sea of Japan. The missile reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile, flying...
  • President Trump: A year of real change

    01/20/2018 4:24:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 20, 2018 | President Donald J. Trump
    Even as Democrats continue to obstruct and play politics, I have never stopped fighting for the people, and I have no intention of changing course. I promised Jan. 20, 2017, would be remembered as a new day for all Americans – the day the people became the rulers of this nation once again. For the past 365 days, that promise has been my guide. We are putting America first, making real change in Washington, and creating opportunities for all of our people. From coast to coast, there is a renewed spirit. Our country is roaring back more quickly than anyone...
  • New York Times Psychiatrist Calls for New Law to Prevent Trump From Nuking Us All

    01/18/2018 6:40:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | January 18, 2018 | Chris Reeves
    On Wednesday, The New York Times published an op-ed from guest contributor Steven Buser, a clinical psychiatrist who previously worked for the U.S. Air Force. Unfortunately, instead of providing actual insight about President Trump’s mental health, Buser used his authority as a former evaluator of airmen who worked with nuclear weapons as a license to commit psychiatric malpractice. Without providing any concrete evidence, Buser portrayed Trump as a potential existential threat who is mentally unstable enough to launch an “impulsive first strike nuclear attack” on some unnamed foe. In response to this imaginary crisis, Buser urged Congress to pass a bill...
  • Hawaii false missile alert reveals shocking vulnerabilities to state's EMA

    01/14/2018 9:55:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2018 | Rick Moran
    The false alert yesterday that informed Hawaiians a missile was inbound and told for residents to seek shelter was caused by an employee of the Emergency Management Agency pushing "the wrong button" during a shift change. How would you feel if you received this text message on your phone? "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." It took EMA about 30 minutes to send out the correction to phones, although the tweet confirming the false alarm went out within a couple of minutes. NO missile threat to Hawaii.— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018 But it...
  • The Russion Collusion Narrative

    01/01/2018 11:30:24 AM PST · by Timocrat · 27 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 01/01/2018 | Sundance
    Let us be clear on what the “insurance policy” was. The insurance policy was, in totality, the entire fraudulent Russian Conspiracy Narrative; and all of the accompanying –and subsequent– FBI and DOJ collaborative actions that were taken, under the auspices of an FBI counterintelligence operation, in order to generate an entirely false premise. The goal of using the “insurance policy” was to destroy, and possibly impeach, President Trump.
  • Taking a Better Shot at Missile Defense

    12/14/2017 5:22:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2017 | Ed Feulner
    Thirty-three minutes. That’s all the time we’d have to respond to an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile from anywhere in the world. Roughly half an hour to avert disaster – if we’re lucky. Sure, that isn’t the most cheerful thought to entertain, especially at Christmas time. But with all the saber-rattling coming from North Korea these days, not to mention other global hotspots, we don’t have the luxury to pretend this threat doesn’t exist. A successful nuclear strike would carry an unthinkable toll. The bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945 had an explosive yield of 15 kilotons of...
  • The US May Add THAAD Missile Systems On The West Coast

    12/03/2017 4:51:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Two congressmen told Reuters the Pentagon was looking into new locations to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, systems. ... North Korea's latest missile test showed yet another step forward for the country's missile program; it went higher than any previous test. That being said, the North doesn't seem to have mastered re-entry.  A U.S. official told CNN the most recent missile likely broke up as it came back into the Earth's atmosphere.
  • Exclusive: Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites - officials

    12/03/2017 4:37:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2017/12/03 | Mike Stone
    Exclusive: Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites - officials Mike Stone SIMI VALLEY, Calif (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea’s missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack. West Coast defenses would likely include Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missiles, similar to those deployed in South Korea to protect against a potential North Korean attack. The accelerated pace of North Korea’s ballistic...
  • Flynn Splits from Trump Lawyers

    11/23/2017 2:49:06 PM PST · by Heff · 289 replies
    NY times ^ | November 23, 2017
    A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller