Israeli and U.S. missile defense agencies successfully tested the Sparrow target missile used in anti-missile defense systems on Tuesday morning.
The Obama administration has cut $6 billion from U.S. missile defense programs at a time when missile threats are growing, chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces said Tuesday.
China is developing several new short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, according to a military intelligence report made public this week.
Deep cuts to the U.S. defense budget have led lawmakers to consider slashing funds for a key military program that was nearing completion, effectively rendering it useless in the near term after years of multi-billion-dollar development.
Russia is engaged in a major violation of the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States by building a new medium-range missile banned under the accord, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
The Pentagon will request $550 million less for missile defense programs in the budget proposal that is part of the Obama administration’s budget.
A delegation of Republican lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) have petitioned Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reverse the Obama administration’s recent decision to terminate a missile interceptor array that could protect United States soil from an Iranian attack and bolster U.S. defenses.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel cancelled the final stage of a Europe based U.S. missile defense system on Friday.
A scientific panel of experts said on Tuesday that the Obama administration’s plan for a phased missile defense in Europe will not adequately protect the United States from the looming threat of an Iranian long-range missile attack.