June 23, 2006 |
A Navy ship intercepted a medium-range missile warhead above the Earth's atmosphere off Hawaii in the latest test of the U.S. missile defense program, the military said. The Missile Defense Agency said the test had been scheduled for months and was not prompted by indications that North Korea was planning to test a long-range missile. The Shiloh detected a medium-range missile after it was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, then fired a Standard Missile-3 interceptor.
December 31, 2000 |
Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov said Russia will seek serious talks with the U.S. on missile defense, although Russia rejects amending the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty to allow creation of such a system. "We intend to enter into serious dialogue with the new American administration on all complex disarmament problems, including preservation of the 1972 ABM Treaty," Ivanov wrote in the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta. President-elect George W.
August 21, 2002 |
The Pentagon postponed a missile defense test scheduled for Saturday because of problems with the interceptor rocket. Workers discovered problems with seals on the nozzles that help steer the rocket, the Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency said. The test scheduled for Saturday would have been the seventh for a system to knock down enemy intercontinental missiles with interceptor rockets fired from ground silos.
December 3, 2001 |
Stymied by bad weather for a second consecutive night, the Pentagon is still counting on one more successful test of its missile defense system before adding new technical challenges to the testing program. Some say the program is too simplistic to reveal much about how well the system would work in an actual missile attack on the U.S. The fifth test of a prototype missile defense system-- delayed primarily by high winds Saturday and Sunday in California--was rescheduled for today.
March 12, 1999 |
Democrats dropped efforts to block Senate debate on a national missile defense policy, clearing the way for consideration of a bill the Clinton administration fears will jeopardize anti-missile deals with Russia. The administration says it could affect negotiations with Russia to make changes in the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which restricts both nations from building missile defenses.
December 2, 2001 |
Military officials postponed a planned missile defense test because of bad weather over Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A dummy warhead was set to be launched over the Pacific Ocean to be intercepted by a rocket. Pentagon officials said an attempt would be made tonight. The test is part of the Bush administration's plan to develop a system that can shoot down an enemy's intercontinental missiles before they reach U.S. soil.
June 12, 1998 |
The Air Force said it has successfully conducted its first tests of a laser designed for warplanes to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, an important first step toward launching an airborne defense system within a decade. A high-energy laser module was tested for the first time June 3. It has been tested at increasing power levels at least twice this week, said Lt. Col. David Harrell, a director of the program at Kirtland Air Force Base.
March 19, 2007 |
Thousands of American and Israeli troops conducted an operation to test ways to intercept missiles able to carry nuclear, chemical and biological warheads, American and Israeli military officials said. Israel and the U.S. are concerned that Iran could be developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can reach Israel. But both sides said the operation in the Negev desert was unrelated to those fears.
May 21, 1999 |
The House gave final congressional approval Thursday to legislation that would commit the United States to a national missile defense system. President Clinton was expected to sign the measure, which the Senate had modified after administration objections. The legislation, passed 345 to 71, states that it is the policy of the United States to deploy, as soon as technologically possible, an effective system capable of defending U.S. territory against limited ballistic missile attack.
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October 17, 2001 |
Predictably, both supporters and opponents of ballistic missile defenses claim that the events of Sept. 11 strengthen their case. Proponents claim that the attacks showed that we need to protect ourselves against unexpected but devastating threats, while opponents point out that the terrorists did not need ballistic missiles--merely knives and box cutters--to perpetrate their crimes.