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.
Russia is reconsidering sales of advanced S-300 air defense missiles to Iran as the Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan resolution that would have linked granting Moscow permanent normal trade status to a halt in Russian arms sales to Syria.
Russia’s top general who recently threatened preemptive attacks on U.S. missile defenses is set to meet at the Pentagon Thursday with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Russia’s recent tests of ballistic missiles are clear signs Moscow is making good on announced threats to prepare preemptive strikes on U.S. missile defenses, a senior House Republican disclosed this week.
Russian missile manufacturers provided goods to Iran’s ballistic missile program, but U.S. intelligence agencies claim the proliferation is not part of an official Moscow policy of backing Tehran weapons programs.
House Republicans are demanding answers from President Obama on his alleged secret deal with Russia regarding plans for a U.S. missile defense shield.