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Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Anything But Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week said that before the end of the congressional session Democrats were likely to include defense funding in an omnibus spending bill that would be considered before the end of the year. "There probably […]


Ariane 5 Set To Launch Two Missiles, Arianespace Announces An Ariane 5 GS lifter this month is set to launch two satellites into orbit from the European spaceport in French Guiana in South America, Arianespace announced. The two satellites for the record sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2007 reached new milestones in their pre-flight preparation, […]

Newt Gingrich Says Report Iran Stopped Nukes Program ‘Political’

Generals Say Iran Still May Be Fomenting Attacks On U.S. Forces In Iraq A prominent former leader in Congress took issue with both the timing and content of a report, the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), that said Iran probably ceased its nuclear weapons development program in 2003. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he thought […]

AIA’s Outlook For Aerospace Sales Remains Robust

By Calvin Biesecker United States aerospace sales will continue to increase this year and next, and the expansion will continue to rest largely on the civil aircraft market, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) says in its annual market review and forecast. In 2007 overall aerospace sales will reach a record $198.8 billion, a more than […]

Army, NASA, Prepare New Facilities At White Sands Missile Range

The Army has a new Electromagnetic Vulnerability Assessment Facility (EMVAF) and NASA is building new launch facilities, expanding the capabilities of White Sands Missile Range, N.M. NASA held ground breaking ceremonies Nov. 14 for the Orion Abort Flight Test Launch Complex. The Army in late October held a ribbon cutting for the EMVAF hosted by […]

Axsys Technologies Realigns To Enhance Security Focus

Axsys Technologies [AXYS] on Monday said it has sold its non-core Distributed Products business and has realigned its organizational structure to focus on its security, defense and space markets. Under the new organization Axsys will have two business units: the Surveillance Systems Group and the Imaging Systems Group. Surveillance Systems will consist of all infrared […]

U.S. Must Form Shield Against Cruise Missiles, And Soon, Report Finds

The United States must move swiftly to form a shield against rapidly-proliferating enemy cruise missiles, a shield that would include an advanced sensor system and U.S. interceptor missiles such as those already deployed against conventional missiles. That is the finding of a 54-page report of the George C. Marshall Institute, a scientific-academic think tank in […]

Watchdog Agency Issues Warning On Ares I Rocket Program

GAO Recommends Delay In Ares If Needed For Improvements NASA has made progress in designing the Ares 1 next-generation rocket development program, but more work must be done to eliminate many risks in the program concerning requirements, costs, schedule, technology and more, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated in a report released Friday. If the […]

New Polish Defense Minister Unsure Whether To Back European BMD System

A newly-installed Polish defense minister has voiced uncertainty as to whether Poland should host a proposed segment of the Ground-base Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system in Europe, The Washington Post reported, quoting a Polish newspaper. The European BMD system, with an advanced radar in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptors in silos in Poland, would […]

Large Number Of Aegis Ships Would Be Needed To Shield Europe: Admiral

It would take a large number of U.S. Navy Aegis weapons system ships to shield Europe against enemy missiles from the Middle East, if the United States attempted to use the sea-based system to guard Europe instead of the Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system proposed for the Czech Republic and Poland. That was the […]