Congress to Cut Key U.S. Missile Defense System

Funding cut comes as Chinese, Iranian, Russian cruise missile threat grows
Unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile being launched during an operational test / AP

Congress is poised to significantly cut funding for a key U.S. missile defense system that is slated to be deployed against threats in the Washington, D.C., area, prompting outrage from former military leaders and defense industry insiders.

U.S. Missile Defense System Destroys Target in Key Test

A flight test of the exercising elements of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system is launched by the 30th Space Wing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency at the Vandenberg AFB, California June 22, 2014.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co on Sunday hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said.

The intercept will help validate the troubled Boeing-run Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system which provides the sole U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and the Raytheon Co kill vehicle that separates from the rocket and hits an incoming warhead.

China Launches Three ASAT Satellites

Small maneuvering orbiters include one with a robotic arm
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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
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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.