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Bush, Putin remain apart on U.S. missile defense plan

April 6, 2008
SOCHI, Russia — President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin disagreed agreeably on key issues such as missile defense and NATO expansion Sunday after a series of meetings failed to resolve longstanding disputes.
George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice attend the NATO summit in ...
George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice attend the NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania. The United States and the Czech Republic have reached agreement on the stationing in the Czech Republic of a US missile defense radar strongly opposed by Russia.(AFP/DDP/File/Michael Urban)

Appearing together for the last time as presidents, Bush and Putin, wearing matching blue suits, white shirts and red ties, pledged their nations to continued cooperation on counterterrorism, nuclear proliferation and other issues. But on the matters that had increasingly divided them in recent weeks, they made little headway.

Putin continued to object to the United States placing a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic rather than working with Russia on a jointly installed missile shield. He complimented U.S. officials, however, for pledging to make the system more transparent and working to prove that it’s not aimed at Russia.

The Russian leader, who leaves office May 7, also continued to disagree with Bush’s promotion of Ukraine and Georgia as potential new NATO members. Still, Putin said, “I am satisfied that our partners are listening to us.”

Throughout a press conference that followed Bush’s separate meetings with Putin and his successor, President-elect Dmitry Medvedev, Bush and Putin referred to each other as “George” and “Vladimir,” reflecting their longstanding friendship through times of adversity. Since first meeting in 2001 in Slovenia, they have tried to use their personal relationship as a salve when their countries’ relations went downhill.

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US, Russia can’t agree on missiles

April 6, 2008

TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent 

SOCHI, Russia – President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to overcome sharp differences over a U.S. missile defense system, closing their seven-year relationship Sunday still far apart on an issue that has separated them from the beginning.

US President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin ...
US President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin heading into a a news conference in Sochi, Russia. The US leader has thanked his Russian counterpart for Moscow’s efforts to help ease international worries about Iran’s nuclear program.(AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)

“Our fundamental attitude toward the American plan has not changed,” Putin said at a news conference with Bush at his vacation house at this Black Sea resort. “We got a lot of way to go,” Bush said. Despite the impasse, the two leaders agreed that Moscow and Washington would work together closely in the future on missile defense and other difficult issues.

Bush also conferred with Putin’s hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, but did not claim gaining any insight into his soul, as he had with Putin upon their first encounter. He pronounced Putin’s protege “a straightforward fellow” and said he was eager to work with him.

Putin was asked whether he — or Medvedev, the president-elect — would be in charge of Russia‘s foreign policy after May 7, when Putin steps down as president and is expected to be named prime minister.

Putin said Medvedev would be in charge, and would represent Russia at the Group of Eight meeting of industrial democracies in July in Tokyo. “Mr. Medvedev has been one of the co-authors of Russia’s foreign policy,” Putin said. “He’s completely on top of things.”

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, when asked later whether he thought Putin actually was going to cede authority on Russian foreign policy to Medvedev, said, “My guess is that these two men who have worked very closely together for now almost two decades will have a very collaborative relationship. That seems to be a good thing, not a bad thing.”

Hadley, who spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One on the way home to Washington, also said he didn’t see any prospect of a breakthrough on missile defense before Bush leaves office next January. “They can leave that to their prospective successors,” he said.

At their 28th and presumably final meeting as heads of state, Bush and Putin….

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Japan Navy Kills Ballistic Missile Target

December 17, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
Tuesday, December 18, 2007, 0045 GMT

Japan’s Navy ship KONGO destroyed a ballistic missile target in flight Monday afternoon  December 17, 2007 off the coast of Kauai in the Hawaiian Island chain.  The ship used an SM-3 Missile to destroy the BMD target at the U.S. Pacific Missile Range Facility.

This was the first test ever of the SM-3 by an allied navy.  All previous test flights of the SM-3 were conducted by the U.S. Navy.  The test highlights the close cooperation between the U.S. and Japan.

The Raytheon Corportion produces the SM-3.

Japan has demonstrated an acute interest in Ballistic Missile Defense in general and the SM-3 in particular since North Korea launched a ballistic missile which overflew Japan in 1998.  That same year, China fired missiles in the vicinity of Taiwan.

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DDG Kongo
KONGO at sea.

From the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (Provided pending Government and Corporate Press Releases)

Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii, Dec. 17, 2007:  Riki Ellison, President of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), reported today that at (12:15 p.m. Hawaii time), the Japanese Aegis Destroyer, the JS KONGO (DDG-173), shot down a scud-like target missile similar in speed and size to those deployed by the North Korean military off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

This historic first missile intercept by Japan demonstrates to the Japanese public that Japan has proven its capability to defend and protect their country from North Korean missiles. The international ramifications of having Japan invest, develop and deploy their own missile defense system that can protect their nation independently of the United States are tremendous.  This intercept sends a resounding, persuasive and compelling message to other countries that seek their own self-defense from the threat of ballistic missiles to follow Japan’s lead.  Moreover, this demonstration further dissuades and deters those countries and entities that choose to invest in ballistic missiles.

At (12:05 p.m. Hawaii time) on a tropical day with a slight breeze and scattered clouds in the northern area of Kauai at the Pacific Range Missile Facility (PRMF), a target missile was launched.  Within a minute or so after the launch of the target in white cap seas off the coast of Hawaii, the crew of the JS KONGO, using Aegis sensors, located and tracked the target missile and downloaded that information to the Standard Missile (SM-3 Block 1A) located in the vertical launch tubes on the JS KONGO.  Moments later at (12:08 p.m. Hawaii time), the defensive SM-3 Block 1A missile was fired from the ship and continued to receive updated information while in flight. At (12:15 p.m. Hawaii time), high above the Pacific Ocean in space, the Japanese SM-3 missile intercepted the target missile launched from Kauai using an internal heat seeking sensor and from the sheer velocity speeds of thousands of miles per hour, both the target missile and the defensive missile were completely destroyed.

This test marks the first time the United States Naval facility (the PRMF) was used and paid for by a foreign government for a ballistic missile test.  Approximately $57 million was paid by the Japanese government for the test.  The United States was able to watch and independently use its missile defense sensors from multiple platforms on this Japanese owned test, which are part of the current U.S. missile defense system.  Three of the U.S. sensors that were used included the Sea-Based X-Band Radar, the Aegis cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG -70), and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) stationed at the PRMF. 

This successful missile test marks the 10th intercept for the Aegis Missile Defense System since December 2002, when the United States made the decision to deploy missile defenses and the 27th overall ballistic missile intercept since that date.

This historic intercept marks the 10-year culmination, investments and resolve of the Japanese government and its public to build their own missile defense system.  In 1998, North Korea launched a ballistic missile unannounced over the country of Japan.  Since then, North Korea has built its force to approximately 200 ballistic missiles, and most of them are scud-type missiles.  On Dec. 17, 2007, Japan proved with its own ship, crew and interceptor that it can locate, track, discriminate and destroy a ballistic missile similar to a current North Korean scud missile.

The JS KONGO will soon return to Pearl Harbor and disembark with a load of SM-3 Block 1A missiles to return to Japanese waters. With the U.S. Aegis Missile Defense Destroyers and Cruisers in the Sea of Japan, this international missile defense fleet coupled with other U.S. defense assets in the region will be a formidable deterrence force that will further ensure stability, protection and peace in this part of the world.


U.S. Space and Missile Defense Conference – A Report

August 20, 2007

August 17, 2007
By Riki Ellison
President of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, MDAA

In Huntsville Alabama this week, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the space and missile defense for our country, the 10th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference took place.

The conference brought together those responsible for developing, deploying and using our nation’s missile defense systems. Generals in attendance included General Kevin P. Chilton, Commander, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC); Lieutenant-General C. Robert “Bob” Kehler, acting Commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM); and Leiutenant-General William G. Webster, Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

All attendees presented their positions and thoughts on the current and future state of missile defense.

I observed that from the collective Generals’ viewpoints presented, our National Security and that of our Allies is dependent on Global Deterrence with Allied participation aimed at threatening nation and non-nation states. Global deterrence, according to Lt. Gen. Kehler, is applying and deploying tools that encourage restraint, deny benefits and impose costs to those nations and non-nation states that threaten the United States and its allies.

An integrated missile defense to include cruise missile defense made up of seamless layered missile defense systems in each and every Command Region around the world is a valuable tool for global deterrence.

Adding missile defense to our nation’s strategic offense enhances greatly our deterrent force and allows many more options than those of eras long ago which depended on Mutual Assured Destruction where the only defense, deterrent and option was a nuclear strike.

The commanders recognized the value of our current and future evolving missile defense systems especially in their sensor capabilities. For having exact information or ‘situational awareness’ on your opponents in all mediums — land, sea, air and space — allows for strategic opportunity to deter and to dissuade. Assuring space, the most critical medium of communication and awareness, allows sharing of critical information to inform so that better decisions are made. In this manner assuring space is a critical strategic objective of which all are in agreement.

Amongst the military presenters were two of MDAA’s Board of Advisors; Ambassador Robert Joseph and retired Lieutenant-General Ron Kadish. Ambassador Joseph spoke on the current threats as he stated ‘that there is no greater threat to the United States then Iran’s race to Nuclear Weapons as they are more complex, more dangerous, more regional and more global than any other nation.

Ambassador Joseph further remarked that it is in the United States self interest to defend against Iran which includes the deployment of the European Missile Defense Site in Poland and the Czech Republic. Fellow MDAA advisor Ron Kadish’s presentation was on missile defense testing and the absolute necessity of having testing as he outlined four fundamental points:

— Testing schedules cannot be scheduled to a political schedule or that
of outside pressure.

— Testing is expensive; the alternative to not testing is much worse and
has consequences.

— Testing cannot be too threat specific, design a system to defend
against all threats.

— Testing is about predictability and confidence, the more we test the
more confidence we have.

Ellison ended his observations of the conference by concluding “The exchange of ideas, visions and determination of developing and deploying missile defense amongst those that were in attendance in Huntsville helps our nation become safer.”

From Peace and Freedom: Our very special thanks to Riki Ellison, MDAA.