The United States Missile Defense Agency said yesterday that, for the first time in history, it had successfully intercepted a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile (or ICBM) flying through outer space. With a typical closing speed of over 10,000 miles per hour, saying it was like “hitting a bullet with a…
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is reporting that its Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system has succeeded in its first attempt to shoot down an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile target (ICBM), the U.S. Department of Defense said in a press release.
As China continues to strengthen its presence in the South China Sea with new military installments built on man-made islands, North Korea may be implementing a similar strategy with new islands its building in the Yellow Sea.
The U.S. recently deployed the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea to buffer its defense against a possible North Korea missile attack. Indeed, Pyongyang’s aggressive ballistic missile testing and the possibility it is preparing for its sixth nuclear test justifies a robust response. But…
A key component of America’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system (GDM), which is supposed to stop ballistic missiles from hitting the United States, has a major flaw with its rocket interceptors. But the Pentagon doesn’t see a problem, and is moving forward to expand it anyway.
The American guided missile destroyer USS Mason and the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce came under attack by two cruise missiles fired from somewhere inside Yemen last Sunday. The Mason fired a whole bunch of weaponry at the attacking missiles in response, and it may just be the first time this naval defensive…
After the tragic take-down of a Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on Thursday by a surface to air missile, some members of congress have already suggested the implementation of missile defense systems on commercial airliners. However, at least one airline executive has already balked at the notion.
On Sunday, a ground-based interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed a mock enemy warhead launched from the Marshall Islands. The Pentagon hailed it as a major success for the troubled national missile defense system, which has cost $40 billion since 2004. But, in truth, it changes little.
Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report: the system to defend the U.S. from ballistic missiles doesn't work, and probably never will. But it gets worse. Congress then voted to expand the broken system, allocating money for a new, sub-par missile defense site. How did this happen?
Sometimes, reality beats science fiction. This is one of them: The heart of the Soviet missile defense system looks like a building designed by Industrial Light & Magic. It's believed to be the most precise orbital tracking system in the world.