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Berlin: NATO Nations Plan Expansion Of Interceptor Missile System

United States European Command
September 20, 2012

Berlin conference joins nine NATO nations in Ballistic Missile Defense
Army Staff Sgt. Rick Scavetta, U.S. European Command

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Representatives from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom – nations possessing advanced air defense systems that could be upgraded for missile defense – offered a look at their ways forward. While land-based, space-based and airborne systems were considered, the conference was primarily focused on maritime assets.

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STUTTGART, Germany: U.S. and European military and civilian leaders met in Berlin recently to discuss upgrades to ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities in order to increase the capacity of NATO’s missile defense architecture in Europe.

More than 100 senior military and civilian government officials from nine Allied nations took part in the conference Sept. 13-14 at Julius Leber Kaserne in Berlin. Co-hosted by U.S. European Command and the German Federal Ministry of Defense, the event offered a forum for Allied leaders to present their policy views, study efforts and plans on upgrading their existing air defense systems to potentially provide additional voluntary National contributions to NATO’s BMD mission in Europe, said Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery, EUCOM’s Deputy Director of Plans, Policy and Strategy.

“The goal was to get a group of Allies together to discuss what future capabilities might be offered in an integrated European missile defense environment,” Montgomery said. “We discussed current U.S. commitments. Other countries briefed on the capabilities they have or are considering acquiring over the next few years.”

Representatives from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom – nations possessing advanced air defense systems that could be upgraded for missile defense – offered a look at their ways forward. While land-based, space-based and airborne systems were considered, the conference was primarily focused on maritime assets.

“It was clear that all nine countries were coming to the table with some level of existing or future missile defense commitments,” Montgomery said. “We then went on to discuss what further aspirations and opportunities might exist over the next seven to 10 years.”

In 2009, President Obama announced plans for a Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) to ballistic missile defense in Europe. Using a network of sensors, interceptors, and command and control structures, the plan is designed to offer the alliance a regional capability to defend NATO’s European population, territory and forces. Under the European PAA (EPAA), EUCOM works closely with Allies in Europe to determine how NATO member nations could share the burden.

At the 2010 Lisbon summit, NATO leaders agreed to invest in missile defense. At the Chicago Summit in May 2012, NATO declared an interim operational capability for missile defense, and called upon members to provide voluntary National contributions to missile defense.

The EPAA has four phases. The first phase, now complete, includes a land-based early warning system in Turkey, guided missile ships in the Mediterranean Sea and a NATO-led command and control center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The second phase includes a land-based defense system in Romania by 2015, followed by an additional land-based system in Poland during phase three, starting 2018. In the plan’s final phase, expected by 2020, NATO should be capable of defeating medium and intermediate range missiles plus potential intercontinental ballistic missile threats.

At the conference, Allies discussed their policies, plans and studies to develop their potential capabilities to detect and intercept possible threats. These discussions frame NATO’s upcoming senior leader forum, set for late September at Ramstein, where Alliance leaders will focus on current missile defense operational requirements. According to RDML Montgomery, the dialogue that began in Berlin has laid the groundwork for Allied nations to work together to provide sufficient missile defense capacity, interoperable and complementary to the US EPAA, that can defend Europe in the years ahead.

“In 10 years, when the NATO command is looking at its capabilities, they should have a lot more to choose from,” Montgomery said. “This was a first step toward that happening.”

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  1. Hoarsewhisperer
    September 21, 2012 at 5:07 am

    There are 3 problems with BMD/ABM.
    1. It has only ever been tested in rigged circumstances (no decoys or countermeasures in play + target has a beacon which constantly broadcasts its updated location).
    2. The M-I Complex only likes ABM because it’s a highly profitable crock.
    3, The Pentagon only likes ABM because:
    (a) They get kickbacks from the M-I Complex …and ..
    (b) It gives them something to talk about other than “Israel” vs Palestinian self-determination + the numerous triumphs of enthusiasm over commonsense in the form of unresolved bungles and debacles for which they refuse to accept responsibility.

    If NATO ever decides it needs a theme song/jingle, they could do worse than that old 1949 evergreen
    Busy Doing Nothing
    (aka changing the subject)

    We’re busy doin’ nothin’
    Workin’ the whole day through
    Tryin’ to find lots of things not to do
    We’re busy goin’ nowhere
    Isn’t it just a crime
    We’d like to be unhappy, but
    We never do have the time

    I have to watch the river
    To see that it doesn’t stop
    And stick around the rosebuds
    So they’ll know when to pop
    And keep the crickets cheerful
    They’re really a solemn bunch
    Hustle, bustle
    And only an hour for lunch

    I have to wake the Sun up
    He’s liable to sleep all day
    And then inspect the rainbows
    So they’ll be bright and gay
    I must rehearse the songbirds
    To see that they sing in key
    Hustle, bustle
    And never a moment free

    I have to meet a turtle
    I’m teachin’ him how to swim
    Then I have to shine the dewdrops
    You know they’re looking rather dim
    I told my friend, the robin
    I’d buy him a brand new vest
    Hustle, bustle
    We never do have the time.

    • richardrozoff
      September 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Entertaining song lyrics.

      Your contention about the U.S. and NATO being fumbling, bumbling, bungling, feckless comedians seems belied by the West’s track record over the past thirteen years in, employing military action and threats in various capacities, overthrowing the governments of Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Libya and Syria (in the works).

      So risibly “unsuccessful” have the NATO powers been that this summer’s General Assembly vote threatening Syria passed 133-12, with Syria among the twelve.

      As to the global interceptor missile system you deride as a mere pork barrel project, the head of Russia’s military, General Nikolai Makarov, this May said of it:

      “The placing of new first strike weapons in the south and the north-west of Russia in order to counter ABM missile defense components, including the deployment of Iskander missile batteries in the Kaliningrad region, represents one of the possible options for the destruction of a missile defense
      infrastructure in Europe.”

      And regarding “the destabilizing nature of their [NATO's] missile defense system, namely the creation of the illusion of a first-strike-disarming capability to which a response can not be made, a decision on the preemptive use of existing weapons will be made during the exacerbation of the situation.”

      Though I suppose he doesn’t get the joke, right?

      The Standard Missile-3 Block IB tests earlier this year achieved precisely what they were intended to accomplish: To upgrade ship-borne missiles capable of destroying whatever missiles remain in the arsenal of a targeted nation after a U.S. and allied massive first strike. Hence the question of decoys is…a decoy.

      The U.S. Navy has 61 Arleigh Burke class destroyers and 27 Ticonderoga class cruisers capable of firing several hundred missiles, Tomahawk cruise or interceptor missiles, as part of the Aegis Combat System, and will soon have 48 land-based Standard Missile-3s in Romania and Poland.

      I know of no instance of a military threat, much less history’s first global military threat, being defeated through ridicule.

  2. AR
    September 21, 2012 at 7:53 am

    This US/NATO missile interceptor system is clearly targetted against Russia, but some pro-American traitors… I mean pro-democracy activists… in Russia still cling to their delusional hope of a “reset” in relations with America.

    Trust America as you would trust as snake.

  3. Hoarsewhisperer
    September 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Glad you liked the lyrics, RR.
    I agree that, superficially at least, NATO’s record of success looks impressive at first glance. However, Its hard (for me) to forget that ALL of the victims US-NATO’s recent triumphs have been either softened up in advance (as in Iraq) or were poorly defended military nonentities to begin with. Hence NATO’s caution/circumspection with respect to attacking Syria and/or Iran.

    Re UNGA, I could be wrong but I thought it was generally agreed that UNGA is a toothless tiger which passes non-binding resolutions which are usually ignored; on top of which there’s more than a hint of suspicion that many of the entities who vote the way The Empire wishes are so greedy/corrupt/poverty-stricken that they’d sell their grandmothers for a fistful of dollars – so to speak.

    The wording of the May cite from General Makarov is a little confusing but my understanding of the context of US-NATO’s BMD installations on Russia’s borders is that Russia regards them as a close-proximity first-strike capability masquerading as defensive installations and Putin has threatened to destroy them if the US can’t demonstrate (to Russia’s satisfaction) that they’re purely defensive. In my opinion that was neither an idle threat nor a joke.

    I think people are too easily over-awed by vast quantities of US military hardware. History tells us that it doesn’t win wars against committed opponents (Korea, Vietnam, AfPak). Russia is a big country. There’s no chance that a NATO first strike on Russia will neutralise all of its ability to sink “61 Arleigh Burke class destroyers and 27 Ticonderoga class cruisers” in the first 30 minutes and then Nuke the continental USA in retaliation 2.5 hours, or so, later.
    Imo, it’ll never happen.

    • richardrozoff
      September 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Points well taken, particularly about the softening up (sanctions, embargoes, travel bans, freezing of overseas assets, sponsoring of armed and other “opposition” groups and so forth) preceding attacks on the ten nations mentioned.
      And in the post-Cold War epoch no nation with a population of over, say, 27 million has been attacked by the West.
      That could soon change, however, with Pakistan and its population of 175 million and nuclear arms.
      Still, I wouldn’t want to be standing in the neighborhood – even – of a colossus with feet of clay when it topples to the ground.

  4. Hoarsewhisperer
    September 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Don’t be too pessimistic. The looming apocalypse won’t be the first time in History that elites have believed so much their own bullshit that they were still congratulating each other when the peasants and slaves arrived to round them up and butcher them.

  5. Hoarsewhisperer
    September 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    They’ve already approved butchery (which is half the battle – and grimly ironic).

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