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October 24, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
South Korea takes control of THAAD missile defense system



Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
U.S. Forces in Korea have officially completed the setup of a THAAD missile battery in South Korea to a South Korean Army air defense brigade. The transfer of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense site in Seongju was made last week, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Sunday. THAAD is an anti-missile system designed to destroy incoming ballistic missiles in their reentry stage. The THAAD interceptor does so through kinetic energy. The THAAD battery, with missile launchers, comman ... read more

MISSILE DEFENSE
Raytheon's SM-3 intercepts medium-range target during NATO exercise
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
During a NATO-led international ballistic missile defense exercise last week a Raytheon-built Standard Missile-3 intercepted a medium-range missile target off the coast of Scotland, the defense contracting company announced. ... more
NUKEWARS
Iraq PM challenges Tillerson on Iran remarks
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met top US diplomat Rex Tillerson in Baghdad on Monday, challenging the secretary of state over his comments on Iranian militias in Iraq. ... more
NUKEWARS
Abe aims at N. Korea after storming to 'super-majority' vote win
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to work with the US, China and Russia to contain North Korea's nuclear threat with "strong, resolute diplomacy", as he "humbly" accepted his landslide victory in a snap election. ... more
UAV NEWS
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a company developing a portfolio of technologies for reliable automatic flight. ... more
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MISSILE NEWS
Italy to receive additional AGM-88E guided missiles
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
The U.S. Navy announced an award modification worth more than $18.2 million to convert high-speed, anti-radiation missiles into advanced medium-range air-to-ground guided missiles with counter-enemy shutdown capability for the Italian government. ... more
UAV NEWS
GA-ASI in cooperative agreements with South Korean entities
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc has signed agreements for collaboration with South Korean entities for remotely piloted vehicles. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
It's a success! Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine
Washington DC (Sputnik) Oct 23, 2017
Billionaire Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin has fired up the most powerful new US rocket engine in decades, BE-4. The engine can be used in multiple rockets, including United Launch Alliance's ... more
ROBO SPACE
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday. ... more
TECH SPACE
Marines test system to 3D-print spare parts in the field
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
A U.S. Marine Corps infantry battalion has become the first unit in the Corps to possess a 3D printer, using it to printing various pieces of equipment. ... more


Israel, Germany sign submarine deal: Netanyahu

TERROR WARS
UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes
Colombo (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
A United Nations expert warned Monday that Sri Lanka must speed up its own long-stalled investigation into war crimes by troops or risk action by the international community. ... more
TERROR WARS
Deadliest ever bombing highlights Somalia's weakness
Nairobi (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Last weekend's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 358 people, making it the deadliest in Somalia's history, an attack that analysts say underscores the fragility of the internationally-backed government. ... more
THE STANS
Iraq's Barzani isolated by his drive for Kurdish independence
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani, the driving force behind last month's independence vote, finds himself isolated at home and abroad weeks after he scored a major victory with a resounding "yes" at the polls. ... more
TERROR WARS
A catalogue of IS massacres
Beirut (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
The execution-style killing of at least 116 civilians by the Islamic State group in central Syria, according to a monitor Monday, is the latest in a list of such massacres. ... more



Lockheed Martin to develop missile defense tools under DoD deal
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin will develop lower-tier air and missile defense sensor prototypes under a Department of Defense contract. The award is from the Department's Ordnance Technology Consortium, an initiative to facilitate collaboration between the government, industry and academia for technology development. Lockheed Martin did not disclose the contract's value in a release Thursday. ... more
Syracuse NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Lockheed Martin missile defense sensor technology receives prototyping contract
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
South Korea takes control of THAAD missile defense system
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Raytheon's SM-3 intercepts medium-range target during NATO exercise
'How to survive a N. Korean missile' - in Japanese manga form
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
"Cover your head". That's the advice offered in a manga comic published by local authorities in Japan describing what to do in the event of a North Korean missile strike. Officials on the northern island of Hokkaido, which has already had two missiles from North Korea fired over it, published the manga survival guide titled "In case a missile flies over" earlier this month. The four-page ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Italy to receive additional AGM-88E guided missiles
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
State Department approves sale of AMRAAM missiles to Netherlands
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin test of ATACMS missile system successful
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a company developing a portfolio of technologies for reliable automatic flight. The U.S. airline manufacturing giant and the Pittsburgh-based company also teamed to look into business opportunities in emerging markets, Boeing said in a news release Thursday. "This partnership will accelerate technology solutions that we feel will be key ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
GA-ASI in cooperative agreements with South Korean entities
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials
NRL clarifies valley polarization for electronic and optoelectronic technologies
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has uncovered a direct link between sample quality and the degree of valley polarization in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). In contrast with graphene, many monolayer TMDs are semiconductors and show promise for future applications in electronic and optoelectronic technologies. In this sen ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Harris supplying tactical radios to Navy, Marines
Luxembourg (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
SES GS to Provide More MEO-enabled SATCOM Solutions for U.S. Government
Northrop Grumman receives $13 million contract for munition system development
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., receives over $13 million in a new modification production contract for further development of the M7 Spider Increment 1 anti-personnel munition system. In a new award low-rate initial production contract announced Thursday by Pentagon officials, Northrop Grumman is slated to produce the M7 Spider Increment 1, a hand-emplaced, remote controlled, Man-in-th ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Textron awarded $332.9M contract for mobile strike force vehicles
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Kentucky business awarded Army deal for medium tactical vehicle transmissions
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Army spotlights newest M1A2 Abrams variant
Whistleblower protection bill sent to President as complaints of retaliation grow
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
In a rare occurrence amid the polarized Congressional body, a bill aimed at strengthening protection for government whistleblowers passed with overwhelming bipartisan support Thursday as retaliation cases continue to be problematic across the federal government. Senate bill 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which was introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-W ... more
London (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
UK defence giant BAE Systems to axe almost 2,000 jobs
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Leonardo opens new site in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Australia to upgrade submarines, frigates
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Warning for China as US hails India 'partnership'
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The United States vowed Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his unexpectedly sharp message to Beijing on the same day President Xi Jinping opened the Communist Party congress. His upbeat speech was designed to set the stage for a ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Nominee for CIA inspector general grilled over retaliation claims
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi declares 'new era' for China as party congress opens
Long nanotubes make strong fibers
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
To make continuous, strong and conductive carbon nanotube fibers, it's best to start with long nanotubes, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist and chemical engineer Matteo Pasquali, which demonstrated its pioneering method to spin carbon nanotube into fibers in 2013, has advanced the art of making nanotube-based materials with two new papers in the American C ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance
Iraq's Abadi: 'hero' who tackled mission impossible
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
When Haider al-Abadi was tasked with forming a new Iraqi government in August 2014, just weeks after a lightning offensive by the Islamic State group, many believed he would fail. Three years later, the stocky prime minister with a close-cut white beard has transformed what many in Iraq considered "mission impossible" into a success story. He has rebuilt the crumbling armed forces, chase ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from war-torn Mosul still displaced: NGO
Hawija, Iraq (AFP) Oct 7, 2017
Cinders and desolation in Iraq's Hawija after IS
Moscow (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Moscow says US 'pretending' to fight IS in Iraq
N. Korea cloud has silver lining for South's armsmakers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
The constant missile and nuclear threats from South Korea's belligerent northern neighbour have racked regional tensions sky-high, but they are a boon for the country's burgeoning defence industry. South Korea has been one of the world's largest importers of military equipment and technology for decades - mostly from the US - but in recent years its domestic sector has grown rapidly. A ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Abe aims at N. Korea after storming to 'super-majority' vote win
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Iraq PM challenges Tillerson on Iran remarks
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
CIA chief: North Korea close to nuke that could hit US
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China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing President Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a Communist Party conclave. The world's number two economy expanded 6.8 percent in July-September, but while the figures released on Thursday were slightly down from the 6.9 percent ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Cognac craze in US, China prompts Hennessy expansion
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Cashing out: The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge to create US jobs
Mayor of Puerto Rican capital a fighter who took on Trump
San Juan (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
As Puerto Rico grapples with the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria, it boasts a pint-sized, in-your-face advocate in San Juan's mayor - a woman feisty enough to lock horns with President Donald Trump. Meet Carmen Yulin Cruz, 54, who took on Trump angrily, emotionally and very publicly about what she called the slow pace of aid - or utter lack of it - arriving to the island of 3.4 mil ... more
Zurich (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Insured losses from hurricanes, Mexico quakes $95 bln: Swiss Re estimate
Zurich (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Zurich Insurance sees $700 mln in hurricane claims in Q3
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Mexicans pick up the pieces one month after quake
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. But despite a nationwide propaganda blitz for China's most important political gathering, only a few scattered elderly comprise the noon rush at what is now a small museum, and visitor Cai Tian thinks he knows why. "Th ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Echoes of Mao: China Communist Party fawns over 'Xi thought'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
In Communist China, it's a man's world at the top
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16 policemen killed in Egypt shootout with militants
Road To El Wahat El Bahariya , Egypt (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Sixteen Egyptian policemen were killed in a shootout with militants on the road between Cairo and the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, the interior ministry said Saturday, in a rare flare-up outside the Sinai Peninsula. Funerals were held in several provinces for those killed, whose coffins were wrapped in Egyptian flags. The official toll from the interior ministry was lower than a ... more
Beirut (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
'Israeli strikes' kill 10 IS-linked Syria fighters: monitor
Clark, Philippines (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Five-month battle with IS ends in Philippine city: defence chiefs
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Locals may have helped Islamic State ambush Green Berets in Niger
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4 million contract to develop a Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept, the agency announced Oct. 5. "Our Low Power Laser Demonstrator concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstrat ... more
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
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