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2010-11-01 15:53:10

In April 2010, the US government adopted a new nuclear strategy that depends on the conclusion that the current missile defense systems will reliably protect the continental United States in the extreme circumstances of nuclear-armed combat. Now research in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, shows that these defenses have not been tested against real-world threats and would not be effective in real combat conditions. The April 2010 strategy relies on assumptions that the...

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2008-10-17 08:05:00

Congress has approved a $5 million study of space-based missile defenses. This is the first time the development of space weapons will be considered since similar work was canceled in the 1990s. "Approval of the study highlights the need to provide comprehensive protection from the growing threat of missile attack and to limit the vulnerability of vital satellites to attack," said Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican and a key supporter of missile defenses. Kyl told the senate: "We have the...

2006-08-15 14:12:24

By Jim Wolf HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) - The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency has begun working with Israel to help find ways to counter enemy rockets, a much shorter-range threat than the "Star Wars" mission to block ballistic missiles for which is it known, the head of the agency said on Tuesday. "We have been working with the Israelis ... as they go through with development of their own indigenous capabilities for that threat," Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering told reporters...

2006-08-15 14:10:00

By Jim Wolf HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency has begun working with Israel to help find ways to counter enemy rockets, a much shorter-range threat than the "Star Wars" mission to block ballistic missiles for which is it known, the head of the agency said on Tuesday. "We have been working with the Israelis ... as they go through with development of their own indigenous capabilities for that threat," Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering told reporters after a speech at a...

2006-07-12 13:00:00

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military said it successfully tested on Wednesday a missile-shield component built by Lockheed Martin Corp. to shoot down a ballistic missile in the last minute or so of its flight. The so-called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system, or THAAD, "exceeded its objectives" in the long-planned test by shooting down a non-separating Hera target missile at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Lockheed said in a statement. THAAD, which is still being...

2006-07-12 12:51:13

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it successfully tested on Wednesday a missile-shield component built by Lockheed Martin Corp. to shoot down a ballistic missile in the last minute or so of its flight. The so-called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense weapon system, or THAAD, "exceeded its objectives" in the long-planned test by shooting down a non-separating Hera target missile at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Lockheed said in a statement. THAAD,...

2006-07-05 12:32:47

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States placed its interceptor missiles in Alaska and California on alert for the long-range North Korean missile that failed less than a minute after being launched, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The launch of Pyongyang's intercontinental Taepodong 2 missile, and at least five shorter-range missiles, marked the first time the fledgling U.S. anti-missile shield has been officially reported to have been primed in response to a specific...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.