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F-35, SM-6 Participate in Navy Cruise Missile Defense Test

A Monday September 12, 2016 test at White Sands Missile Range demonstrated the ability for an F-35 to pass data to the Aegis Combat System through the Navy Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air, resulting in the successful intercept of a cruise missile target with a Standard Missile-6. The F-35 used its own sensors to pick up...

Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves Nominated to Head MDA

President Barack Obama nominated Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves to be the next director of the Missile Defense Agency. Greaves currently serves as the Commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. In this role he oversaw the Air Force’s acquisition efforts on military space programs, to include satellites and launch vehicles. Prior...

Israel, U.S. Sign Record Military Assistance Agreement

In an agreement signed on September 14, 2016, the United States pledged to provide Israel with $38 billion in military assistance over the next decade. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which replaces one expiring in FY2018, is the largest single pledge of military assistance in U.S. history. The agreement allocates $5 billion over the 10-year...

North Korea Launches No-Dong Missile Salvo

On September 5, 2016, North Korea test-fired a salvo of three No-Dong ballistic missiles. The missiles were launched from areas around the Hwangju county in North Hwanghae province and traveled around 1,000 km until they landed in the Sea of Japan. Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the launch constituted a “serious threat” to the country’s...