China Launches Three ASAT Satellites

Small maneuvering orbiters include one with a robotic arm

China’s military recently launched three small satellites into orbit as part of Beijing’s covert anti-satellite warfare program, according to a U.S. official.

Military Cooperation Between Cuba, North Korea Revealed

North Korean ship carrying Cuban missile radar highlights rogue states’ military cooperation

The seizure of a covert shipment of missile parts from Cuba on a North Korean freighter is raising new fears that the two communist governments secretly are engaged in the trade of threatening ballistic missiles.

The North Korean ship seized Friday by Panamanian authorities included sophisticated Russian radar for SA-2 surface-to-air missiles and revealed for the first time military cooperation between Cuba and North Korea.

Sequestration Endangers Missile Defense Program

JLENS program faces cuts as Iran, North Korea missile threat grows
JLENS / Raytheon

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.

Treaty Cheating

Russia said to be violating 1987 missile accord
Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin / AP

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.

China Conducts Test of New Anti-Satellite Missile

Launch was disguised as a space-exploration rocket
China missile / AP

China’s military on Monday conducted the first test of a new ground-launched anti-satellite missile that was fired into space and disguised as a space-exploration rocket, according to U.S. officials.

Open Secrets

Pentagon plans to share missile secrets with Russia opposed by Republicans
Russian Topol-M missile / AP

The Pentagon held internal talks on declassifying sensitive missile defense technology that it plans to share with Russia as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to assuage Moscow’s opposition to European defenses.