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September 12, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS
Long gone are the soldiers who kept watch at an Army facility in the Santa Monica Mountains, searching the skies for Soviet planes that might soar in from the Pacific to bomb Los Angeles. Their weather-battered guard shack off a gravelly road in the steep hills behind Encino now has rusted window frames and a hole in one wall. Only the radar tower still stands tall.
April 24, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- Video has surfaced that appears to show antitank guided missiles in the hands of a rebel faction operating in southern Syria, the latest indication that sophisticated U.S. weaponry is making its way to antigovernment fighters in Syria. The video, posted April 13 on YouTube, seems to depict a fighter from a group called the Omari Brigades firing a BGM-71 TOW missile at what appears to be a bunkered Syrian army tank. Although other videos circulating on the Internet have shown rebel groups in northern Syria firing TOW missiles, this marks the first time the U.S.-made weapon has appeared publicly in the arsenal of insurgents in southern Syria, a key front close to the Jordanian border.
June 2, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
What do you need to disrupt nuclear facilities of your enemy? A thumb drive. Well, that and a virulent cyber weapon such as Stuxnet that works so effectively that it takes out nothing but its target in a way that is more subtle than explosive. Stuxnet, a seek-and-disrupt cyber missile enshrouded in mystery and first publicly identified in 2010, has been attributed to U.S. efforts to interfere with and slow Iran's nuclear endeavors, according to the New York Times .  "You're seeing an evolution of warfare that's really intriguing," said Phil Lieberman, a security consultant and chief executive of Lieberman Software in Los Angeles.
April 11, 2014
Re "U.S. to remove 50 ICBMs from silos," April 9 This article states that the federal government will keep 50 missile silos "warm but empty" in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming even though they are no longer needed. They will be maintained as a boon to local economies. This is federal welfare at its best. Don Lemly San Clemente ALSO: Letters: Unsung heroes in the LAPD Letters: About those beef price stats Letters: Medicare payments analyzed
April 10, 1989
Your March 22 report, "Deal to Build Two Missile Systems Seen," characterizes funding both MX and Midgetman missiles as a compromise. The Air Force and Congress can't agree which missile is needed. Neither missile can increase national security because land-based missiles are no longer survivable. Building both missiles resolves the controversy in the wrong direction by increasing the budget deficit without increasing national security. A better answer is to build neither missile and to negotiate cuts to nuclear arsenals.
October 13, 2009 | Associated Press
North Korea test-launched five short-range missiles Monday, reports said, in what analysts said was an attempt to improve its bargaining position ahead of possible talks with the United States. North Korea has recently reached out to the U.S. and South Korea following months of tension over its nuclear and missile tests this year. Leader Kim Jong Il told visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao last week that his government might return to stalled six-nation negotiations on its nuclear program depending on the outcome of direct talks it seeks with the United States.
May 18, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- North Korea fired three short-range missiles off its east coast Saturday, following through on months of threats to conduct a missile launch. The South Korean Defense Ministry reported that it detected two launches in the morning and another in the afternoon. Its initial assessment was that the missiles were short-range surface-to-ship or surface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 72 miles, and not the new medium-range Musudan missile that analysts feared could threaten U.S. troops in Okinawa or Guam.
December 13, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Syria "completely denies" reports that its forces used Scud missiles against rebels fighting to overthrow the government of President Bashar Assad, the official media reported Thursday. The state news service quoted a source in the Foreign Ministry labeling as “untrue rumors” reports of the use of  Scuds, a Soviet-designed surface-to-surface ballistic missile that can carry large payloads but is not especially accurate. “It is well known that Scud missiles are strategic long-range missiles and are not used in facing armed terrorist gangs,” said the state news service, using the official label for anti-government rebels.
August 5, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
ANTAKYA, Turkey -- The Syrian government has fired highly destructive ballistic missiles into populated civilian areas, killing many, including children, a human rights group reported Monday. At least 215 people, 100 of them children, have been killed in nine apparent missile attacks from February to July, according to Human Rights Watch, which said its representatives visited seven of the sites. The rights group said the repeated use of high-explosive weapons, including destructive Scud missiles, in populated areas indicated that the Syrian military was willfully using "methods of warfare incapable of distinguishing between civilians and combatants, a serious violation of international humanitarian law. " “In towns and cities in opposition controlled areas throughout northern Syria, civilians cannot escape the reach of these destructive weapons,” said Ole Solvang, the group's senior emergencies researcher.
January 19, 1991
More than 50 types of tactical missiles and precision-guided munitions have been deployed on aircraft, ships and ground units in the Persian Gulf War, providing troops with the mainstay of their firepower so far. The missiles can cost up to $1.25 million each, but their high cost accompanies the capability to deliver warheads with pinpoint accuracy from long distances. Although fighter aircraft get greater publicity, it is the missiles that provide their fighting capability.
April 11, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Allen E. Puckett, one of the engineers who after World War II built Los Angeles-based Hughes Aircraft Co. into the nation's leading defense electronics firm - dominant in the markets for air defense, radar systems, tactical missiles and satellites - has died. He was 94. One of the nation's top technologists and defense executives during the Cold War, Puckett died March 31 at his home in Pacific Palisades after suffering a stroke. His wife, Marilyn, confirmed his death. "Allen Puckett was one of the guiding spirits of Hughes Aircraft," said Malcolm Currie, a former deputy defense secretary who later followed in Puckett's footsteps as another president of the company.
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The rescue of the 1-year-old and her family from their crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from a training mission off Southern California. Avoiding the news media, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at Naval Air Station North Island.
April 8, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon plans to remove 50 nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles from their silos over the next four years but not eliminate them from the U.S. arsenal, a move aimed at complying with a 2010 treaty with Russia and avoiding a fight with members of Congress from states where the missiles are based. Lawmakers had feared reductions in nuclear forces required under the New START treaty would eliminate an entire ICBM squadron at one of three Air Force bases in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming where the U.S. keeps its 450 Minuteman III missiles - a potentially major economic blow.
March 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President Obama is weighing whether to allow shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles to be shipped to moderate factions of the Syrian opposition, possibly with help from the Saudi government, a U.S. official said Friday. Obama is considering sending man-portable air defense systems, known as “manpads,” along with other supplies to help opposition groups fighting the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, said the official, who requested anonymity to talk about the internal White House discussions.
March 26, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - - North Korea test-launched two medium-range ballistic missiles early Wednesday in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, officials said. The South Korean military said the missiles were launched just after 2:30 a.m. and flew for a little more than 400 miles. The U.S. State Department said the two missiles flew "over North Korea's land mass and impacted in the Sea of Japan. " It appeared that North Korea did not issue maritime warnings about the launches, the department said.
March 14, 2014 | W.J. Hennigan
As the Pentagon moves beyond the relatively low-tech wars in the Middle East and turns its attention to future national security challenges, it has doubled down on sophisticated new radar-jamming devices that aim to render adversaries' air defenses useless. Although the U.S. faced limited resistance in the skies above Iraq and Afghanistan, that would not be the case in Asia, where the Obama administration plans to shift its diplomatic focus and strengthen its defense strategy in the coming decade.
December 12, 2012 | By David S. Cloud and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The Syrian government has fired half a dozen Scud missiles at insurgents in recent days, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The missiles were launched from near Damascus into rebel-held areas of northern Syria, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing intelligence information. Although recent rebel advances have raised fears that Syrian President Bashar Assad might turn to chemical weapons, the official said there was no sign that the missiles carried chemical agents.
January 15, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Air Force said Wednesday that as many as 34 officers responsible for firing nuclear-tipped missiles may have cheated on a proficiency test, the latest and potentially most serious misconduct scandal involving the military's most destructive weapons. Some officers are under investigation on suspicion of sharing text messages last fall with answers to the test and others for knowing about the cheating and doing nothing, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said at a Pentagon news conference.
January 10, 2014 | David S. Cloud
Two Air Force officers overseeing nuclear-armed missiles at a Montana air base are being investigated for involvement in illegal drugs, the latest in a string of misconduct cases involving officers who look after the nation's atomic weapons. The disclosure Thursday of the investigation at Malmstrom Air Force Base was especially embarrassing for the Pentagon because Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent the day visiting intercontinental ballistic missile facilities in Wyoming and Nebraska in an effort to lift morale in the beleaguered nuclear force.
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