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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully fired a U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missile in a recent stockpile verification test at Fort Bliss, TX. The missile was fired from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher.  The test used an ATACMS Unitary variant missile to destroy a target approximately 175 kilometers away. The operation met all mission objectives, which included: Demonstrating of the missile/launcher interface and missile reliability; Collecting performance, technical and reliability data for assessment of production missiles; Validating missile performance and accuracy; and Proving performance of system software. "Lockheed Martin is constantly seeking to meet the needs of our customers," said Scott Arnold , vice president for Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our syst... (more)

Four Defendants Plead Guilty to All Charges, Including Conspiring to Acquire Anti-Aircraft Missiles and Provide Material Support to the LTTE, a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Defendants Were Caught in an FBI Undercover Sting Operation Attempting to Purchase Surface-to-Air Missiles, Missile Launchers, and Hundreds of AK-47 Automatic Rifles WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier today, in the midst of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, defendants Thiruthanikan Thanigasalam and Sahilal Sabaratnam pleaded guilty to conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and conspiring and attempting to acquire guided anti-aircraft missiles. Yesterday, defendant Sathajhan Sarachandran pleaded guilty to providing, conspiring to provide, and attempting to provide material support to the LTTE and conspiring and attempting to acquire guided anti-aircraft missiles, and Yogarasa Nadarasa pleaded guilty to attempting to pro... (more)

Patriot, SM-2 engage ballistic and cruise missile targets in sophisticated test scenario

RONALD REAGAN BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE TEST SITE, Kwajalein Atoll, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) radars, missiles and integrated systems played key roles in the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Flight Test Integrated-01, the largest combined developmental and operational integrated live fire missile defense exercise ever conducted. "This is the most sophisticated test of our ballistic missile defense capabilities ever attempted," said Tom Kennedy, Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems president. "Raytheon's radars, missiles and integrated systems are an indispensable part of our nation's missile defense architecture." During the test, Raytheon's AN/TPY-2 X-band radar detected a medium range ballistic missile target and provided cues to the THAAD weapon, enabling a successful intercept. Raytheon's Patriot system detected, tracked and succ... (more)

Press Briefing by National Security Advisor Steve Hadley

WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a transcript of a press briefing by National Security Advisor Steve Hadley: Via Teleconference Heiligendamm, Germany 4:58 P.M. (Local) MR. JOHN DROE: Hi everyone. Thank you for waiting. Steve Hadley, National Security Advisor to the President, will brief on the President's meeting with President Putin of Russia, as well as make some comments on the G8 declaration. Mr. Hadley. MR. HADLEY: The President had a meeting with President Putin. It was a good and constructive meeting. You will probably want to look at the transcript of their comments to the press after the meeting. Obviously, there was a discussion of missile defense. As you know, the United States has been and is pursuing a missile defense proposal that involves radars in the Czech Republic, and missile interceptors in Poland. This is an effort ... (more)

Missile Defense Intercept Test Failure Requires Bi-Annual Testing to Succeed

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), witnessed the ground based interceptor launch test yesterday at 3:40 p.m. PST at Vandenberg AFB at the Ronald Reagan missile defense memorial site. Ellison is one of the top lay experts in missile defense in the world. His comments and observations are below: Ellison opens with : "On a perfect sunny winter afternoon in California standing on the flat rocks of the Ronald Reagan Memorial overlooking the missile silos on the Pacific shoreline at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) engines light up with brilliance and the rocket disappears for a few seconds in the clouds of exhaust. The rocket reappears, accelerating and ripping through the clear sky with a single white ... (more)

AJC Welcomes Third UN Security Council Resolution to Curb Iran Nuclear Program

NEW YORK, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee welcomes today's UN Security Council resolution aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program. Resolution 1803 was adopted after Iran defied two previous Security Council resolutions. "The measures adopted today can only be as good as the willingness of the international community to implement them," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. Resolution 1803 provides for additional measures against Iran, including inspections of cargo to and from Iran that is suspected of carrying prohibited equipment, tightening of the monitoring of Iranian financial institutions and extending travel bans and asset freezes against persons and companies involved in the nuclear program. It adds names to the existing list of individuals and companies subject to travel and asset restrictions. It also bans all trad... (more)

Vectron's MEMS-based Oscillator Selected as Product of the Year by Electronic Design

Compact Oscillator, Ideal for Manufactures of Smart Munitions, Projectile Electronics, Missiles, Gun-Hardened and other High-Shock and Vibration Applications HUDSON, N.H., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions, today announced that Vectron's innovative MEMS-based VMEM5Q has been selected as the Best Clock Oscillator for 2008 by Electronic Design magazine. Electronics Design, the authority on emerging technologies for design solutions, made the selection in its highly anticipated annual "Technologies of the Year" article. Jack Browne, Technical Director of Microwaves & RF and Contributing Editor of Electronic Design, explains the choice of the VMEM5Q Series military clock oscillators as a Top Product of 2008: "In military electronics, the name V... (more)

Secretary of Defense Reverses His Decision to Defend Hawaii with Full U.S. Capability

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA),, announced today to the MDAA members that the United States is prepared to fully and completely defend Hawaii if the expected ballistic missile test by North Korea overflies Hawaii later this month or the first part of July. He gives credit to the last Administration for the deployment of assets, and he applauds the Administration of President Obama for taking action to use those missile defense assets if necessary. In April of this year when the North Koreans conducted their long-range missile test, Secretary Robert Gates over rode the combat commanders recommendation to deploy the full missile defense capabilities of the United States by not deploying the SB-X Radar and the ground-based interceptors. La... (more)

New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau Warns of Threats to National Security from Increasing Ties Between Iran and Venezuela

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The growing presence of Iran in Latin America is a threat to national security and demands greater scrutiny and action by the United States and Venezuelan's Latin American neighbors was the message delivered by New York Country District Attorney Robert Morgenthau at a lunch briefing today at the Brookings Institution organized by Global Financial Integrity and the American Interest. Addressing an audience of academics, civil society groups, Congressional staff, and journalists, Mr. Morgenthau discussed how the "blossoming relationship" between Iran and Venezuela presented opportunities for Iran to circumvent U.S. and international economic sanctions designed to prevent them from developing long-range missile capacity and nuclear technology for military purposes. Mr. Morgenthau cited "scores of Memoranda of Understa... (more)

U.S. Navy Flight Tests New Raytheon SM-2 Target Detecting Device

POINT MUGU, Calif., Jan. 22, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy flight tested Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) new Standard Missile-2 target detecting device. The SM-2 Block IIIB flight was the lowest altitude intercept to date using the new device, which enhances the SM-2's ability to detect and destroy threats. The missile was fired from USS STERETT (DDG-104) during combined combat system ship qualification trials. The test flights included additional SM-2 Block IIIA, SM-2 Block IIIB and SM-2 Block III missiles. The missiles engaged multiple targets under stressing conditions representing a variety of threat scenarios. "These tests demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of SM-2 as it continues to evolve," said Ron Shields, Raytheon Missile Systems Standard Missile program director. "The SM-2's ability to successfully employ this new target detecting device aga... (more)

Israel's Protection from Iran Rests With President Obama

WASHINGTON, October 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA),, has analyzed the current situation with Iran and given his comments below. Ellison is one of the top lay experts in missile defense in the world: A momentous week of unveiling Iran's second nuclear site, which confirmed their intention to disperse and protect non-civilian nuclear development, coupled with their ballistic missile launches over the weekend from 90 miles to 1,200 miles requires close examination of President Obama's new direction of our nation's missile defense. Iran has not invested nor demonstrated interest in developing or deploying large scale aircraft further exemplifying its intent to project power beyond its borders with ballistic missiles and progress down an aggressive path to become a new nu... (more)