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Stop NATO news: November 18, 2011


Pentagon’s New Hypersonic Missile Kills Long Before It’s Heard

NATO Holds First Live-Fire Test Of Interceptor Missile System

First NATO MEADS Interceptor Missile Test Held In U.S.

Video And Text: Cameron of Arabia, Sarkozy of Damascus And Libya Model For Syria

Britain, France, Germany Push UN Resolution On Syria

U.S. Seeks News Blackout Of Afghan Strategic Deal

Two British Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Northwest Pakistan: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 32 In Three Days

India Headed For Full SCO Membership: Russian Foreign Minister

U.S. Air Force Trains NATO, EU For Interoperability

U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategy Comes Brings Steep Price

U.S. Army Successfully Tests Top Secret Hypersonic Weapon

Romania: NATO Deputy Secretary General To Discuss Missiles

Pentagon Redistributing Forces For Asia-Pacific Buildup

Warships, Training: U.S. Expands Military Cooperation With Georgia


Pentagon’s New Hypersonic Missile Kills Long Before It’s Heard


November 18, 2011

Pentagon’s new bomb kills long before you hear it

The US Army has tested a hypersonic missile, which travels six times faster than the speed of sound. It is part of a larger plan to have the capability to strike any place on the planet within an hour.

The missile, called the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW), was launched from Hawaii on Thursday, the Pentagon reported. A rocket delivered it to suborbital altitude, after which the glider went for its target on the Marshall Islands, some 3,700 kilometers away.

It hit less than 30 minutes later, which means its speed was at least 7,400 kilometer per hour, or about Mach 6. An aircraft must be able to fly faster than Mach 5 to qualify as hypersonic.

A Mach number is used to describe the speed of an object or a fluid in comparison to the speed of sound in that medium. Mach 1 means the object travels at the same speed as sound. However the speed of sound may vary depending on such conditions as temperature and composition, so the speed expressed in Mach number is also variable. The now-retired Concorde supersonic passenger planes used to fly at a cruising speed of about Mach 2.

The test was aimed at gathering data on “aerodynamics, navigation, guidance and control, and thermal protection technologies,” the Pentagon said.

The AHW is one of several projects of the Prompt Global Strike program. It is aimed at developing several weapons which can be launched from American territory and reach their destinations within an hour.

On August 11 the US Air Force tested another hypersonic glider called the HTV-2. It is faster than the AHW, with speeds reaching 27,000 kilometer per hour. But unlike the Army’s vehicle, it does not work well – the test was aborted due to a technical failure.

The Soviet Union developed ramjet engines capable of hypersonic locomotion and even tested one design, which successfully reached Mach 5.7. The work was stalled by the collapse of the USSR, and no weapon using this technology was ever produced.


NATO Holds First Live-Fire Test Of Interceptor Missile System


North Atlantic Treaty Organization
November 17, 2011

NATO’s Missile Defence – the first live-fire test

During the German-led exercise Rapid Arrow 2011, the NATO Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence Interim Capability (ALTBMD) was succesfully tested. Until now ballistic missile threats were only simulated and did not include firing a real interceptor missile. This time an actual interceptor missile was launched against a target area.

Speed is of the essence

During the exercise the radar of the US ship The USS Sullivans picked up a target missile and passed that information to a German Patriot Battery at the NATO Missile Firing Installation in Crete, to help it conduct an intercept. Since this communication involves the NATO Command and Control structure, the exercise showed that there’s no delay in the information flow between the US and the NATO Missile Defence systems.

Missile Defence network

The live fire test, in which the target was successfully acquired and destroyed, is an important step in the development of NATO’s Missile Defence capability. The system consists of the sum of national missile defence assets, networked together. According to Major General (ret) Alessandro Pera, head of NATO’s Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) Program, it is a good example of NATO’s multinational approach:

“Together it is more effective than the single sum of the individual assets that the nations provide. So, this is a real example of how we can perform a better mission with the contributions of the single individual countries that by themselves would not be able to perform the entire spectrum of the mission to defend NATO from ballistic missiles,” Says Major General Pera.

According to Pera the live fire exercise operationally validated NATO’s Missile Defence system. The next step is to improve and broaden the Missile Defence protection from protecting NATO military forces to also protecting its territory and populations.


First NATO MEADS Interceptor Missile Test Held In U.S.


Military & Aerospace Electronics
November 18, 2011

MEADS completes first flight test, demonstrates ability to defeat target at White Sands Missile Range
Posted by Courtney E. Howard

ORLANDO: The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) has completed its first flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test employed not only the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) MEADS Certified Missile Round, but also the MEADS lightweight launcher and battle manager.

An over-the-shoulder launch of the MSE missile executed both unique sideways maneuver and a planned self-destruct sequence after engaging the simulated threat, a target attacking from behind. MEADS — featuring a 360-degree defensive capability, advanced MEADS radars, and the MSE missile — is designed to defend up to eight times the coverage area with fewer system assets and reduce demand for deployed personnel, equipment, and the need for airlifts.

“MEADS demonstrated its ability to engage and defeat a target coming from anywhere using just a single launcher,” says Gregory Kee, NATO MEADS management agency general manager. “MEADS lightweight launcher is one of the most advanced mobile launchers in existence today and was designed to be easily adaptable to a variety of vehicles.”

“Today’s flight test is an important validation for the continuing MEADS development,” explains Dave Berganini, president of MEADS International.
“MEADS’ advanced capabilities detect, track, and intercept tomorrow’s threats from farther away and without blind spots. The MEADS digital design ensures high reliability and significantly reduced operational and support costs.”


Video And Text: Cameron of Arabia, Sarkozy of Damascus And Libya Model For Syria


November 17, 2011

Cameron of Arabia, Sarkozy of Damascus


The UK is reportedly being urged by Jordan’s king to lead a “diplomatic drive” to remove the Assad regime in Damascus. France, a key partner in the campaign to kill the Gaddafi regime, is also on the list of would-be captains of an anti-Assad push.

“The West needs to lead and the international community needs to talk about what to do when the dam bursts in Syria,” senior Arab diplomatic sources told British media – a sign that no peaceful solution is expected to what Russian FM Lavrov says is now a civil war in Syria.

The news emerged following the talks between British PM David Cameron and the Jordanian King, the first Arab leader to publicly call for Syrian President to step down.

London and Paris were behind a draft UN Security Council resolution, which would have condemned Assad for the bloody crackdown on the opposition in Syria. Russia and China said the proposal was one-sided and failed to mention increasingly deadly violence by the anti-Assad opposition, and vetoed the text.

Recently the Syrian Free Army, a Sunni opposition paramilitary organization claiming 15,000 members, claimed to have attacked a Syrian Army military base in one of the bloodiest days of unrest to date.

The Syrian government blames extremist bandit groups armed with weapons smuggled in by foreign government agents of whipping up the bloodshed and derailing efforts to begin political reforms pledged by Assad.

The European Union has issued several rounds of sanctions against Damascus in a bid to force it stop its crackdown on the opposition. But this has done little to stop the bloodshed which has cost at least 3,500 lives.

Assad now has until Saturday to convince the Arab League he is halting crackdowns on protesters, while radical armed opposition grows against him, lest he face more isolation and sanctions.

At the moment the diplomatic offensive on Syria is verbal and no military activity has been mentioned. But a British/French-led offensive was key to the operation in Libya, where military intervention followed similar diplomatic choreography.


Britain, France, Germany Push UN Resolution On Syria


Deutsche Presse-Agentur
November 18, 2011

Britain, France, Germany push for UN resolution on Syria

Germany, Britain and France were trying Thursday to secure a United Nations resolution to condemn human rights violations in Syria and call for an immediate halt to violence in the country, dpa reported.

The draft resolution calls on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters…It also calls on Syria to implement an Arab League plan to end the violence.

In October, Russia and China vetoed a similar European-backed resolution threatening sanctions on Syria it failed to stop its military campaign against protesters.


U.S. Seeks News Blackout Of Afghan Strategic Deal


Trend News Agency
November 18, 2011

US wants news blackout on Afghan deal

A senior Afghan official says that Washington wants a complete media blackout over the conditions set in its strategic long-term deal with Kabul, Press TV reported.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital Kabul on Thursday, loya jirga spokeswoman Safia Sediqi said the common complaint among participants of the traditional gathering on the second day of the event was that they were not been provided with any information about the terms and conditions the United States has set out for its long-term deal with Afghanistan, state-funded BBC Persian news network reported.

The loya jirga, called by President Hamid Karzai, kicked off in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday. The four-day meeting discusses Afghanistan’s relationship with the United States, and is mainly centered on long-term US bases in Afghanistan after US-led foreign troops withdraw in 2014.

Afghan religious and political figures have voiced strong opposition to US plans to set up long-term or permanent military bases in the war-torn country.

The United States has failed to achieve its goals after 10 years of war in Afghanistan. Many parts of the Asian country still remain insecure despite the presence of nearly 150,000 US-led foreign forces there.

Experts believe Washington’s new strategy of establishing long-term military bases will only serve to raise anti-US sentiment among Afghans and neighboring countries.

Afghan people are against the plan, dismissing it as a ploy for indefinite neo-colonial occupation.


Two British Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan


RTT News
November 18, 2011

Two British Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Two NATO soldiers were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in south-western Afghanistan on Thursday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie said the victims were British soldiers, who died when their armored vehicle struck a makeshift bomb in Nahr-e-Saraj region in the southern province of Helmand.

Another British service member had died in a similar attack by militants in the same region the previous day.

Serving as part of the NATO-led ISAF, Britain has the second largest foreign military contingent in Afghanistan. The south-western province of Helmand continues to be a Taliban stronghold, where most of the 9,500 British soldiers fight the militants as Task Force Helmand.

With this week’s incidents, the number of British military casualties in Afghanistan has risen to 386 and those of ISAF 529 so far this year.


Northwest Pakistan: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 32 In Three Days


Pakistan Observer
November 18, 2011

NW Agency 7 killed, several injured in drone strike

Peshawar: American planes in a third missile attack killed at least seven tribals and wounded many others in the North Waziristan agency late Thursday afternoon, bringing the death toll to 32 in the short span of three days.

This drone attack was conducted on the third consecutive day as on Wednesday. The predator planes killed as many as eighteen people when they targeted a house in the Sararogha area, situated at the confluence of the North and South Waziristan agencies, with a barrage of Hellfire missiles. Likewise, the CIA-operated pilotless planes had targeted a house in the Miram Shah Bazaar in the North Waziristan agency Tuesday morning, razing the compound to the ground killing at least seven inmates of the house.

While officials claimed many Taliban insurgents were killed in the three missile hits, the locals believe a large number of innocent tribals also fell prey to American adventurism this week.

Reports reaching here from the North Waziristan agency say the unmanned US aircraft or drones targeted a compound in the Razmak subdivision of the North Waziristan agency some sixty kilometers south of NWA headquarters Miranshah Thursday afternoon and killed seven people on the spot.

“The American planes in a missile attack on Thursday fired four missiles at a house in the Shawaal area that flattened the compound allegedly used by Taliban insurgents and killed up to seven people with injuries to a few others,” official sources said, adding there was no report of the killing of any known personality in the fresh attack.

Local sources said US planes kept hovering in the skies, sending a wave of harassment and anxiety among already-terrified residents of the area with panic-ridden locals finding it hard to get closer to the site of the missile strikes to conduct rescue operations.

The North and South Waziristan agencies have been the main targets of the drone attacks initiated since August 2008, with over ninety percent of more than two thousand tribals killed in almost 250 drone strikes in these two agencies.

Though the US administration managed to gun down a few of their wanted men during this period, a big majority of those falling prey to the American adventurism were innocent tribals as admitted by even international watchdogs.


India Headed For Full SCO Membership: Russian Foreign Minister


November 17, 2011

India headed for full SCO membership, minister claims

Moscow: India could soon join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a full member, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters at a press conference after meeting his Indian counterpart Somanahalli Krishna.

“Russia endorses upgrading India’s status within the SCO from an observer to a full member,” Lavrov said.

SCO currently counts Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan among its full members.


U.S. Air Force Trains NATO, EU For Interoperability


U.S. Air Force
November 17, 2011

Air Force Negotiation Center of Excellence conducts EU, NATO training
by Jodi Jordan
Air Force Culture and Language Center


[At the ] Air Force Negotiation Center of Excellence, part of Air University’s Spaatz Center for Officer Education, here…Dr. Stef Eisen is the Air Force’s authority on negotiation. He recently teamed with the Air Force General Counsel Office Dispute Resolution Division to bring a one-day course on the negotiations skill set to an international audience at the first-ever European Union/NATO Negotiations Training event in Brussels, Belgium, in October.

The event was hosted by the Air Force General Counsel’s International Law Division and is the latest in a series of collaborations between AU, NCE and the General Counsel office.

It was the positive reaction to NCE training at the Pentagon Action Officer Course that led to the request for Eisen to travel to Brussels, O’Sullivan said.

During the two, one-day executive-level seminars, more than 20 top-level decision makers from EU and NATO staffs participated in discussions and exercises designed to hone their negotiating ability. Each seminar examined negotiating strategies, decision-making, conflict management and the cross-cultural challenges presented when negotiating in the EU and NATO environments.

Dr. Octavia Froto, a senior adviser in EU affairs, was one of the participants. She cited the unique nature of the training, which she characterized as “critical” in the international environment.

“In today’s context, military leaders work in an inherently joint, coalition, host nation, and/or civilian agency environment. This means military leaders are often charged with mission success working with people they have no direct authority over,” he said. “Successfully accomplishing the mission in this environment demands the ability to collaborate and influence, in short, the ability to negotiate.”


U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategy Comes Brings Steep Price


Global Times
November 18, 2011

US Asia-Pacific strategy brings steep price

The latest East Asia Summit will be held on November 19 in Bali, Indonesia. Taking it to signify its return to Asia-Pacific, the US seeks to turn the Summit into a forum concerning the South China Sea dispute. China has showed strong opposition to this move.

Coupled with strengthened US-Australia and US-Philippines military alliances, this move is only a part of US new Asia-Pacific strategy. These acts bring great pressure to China and it is now expected that China will take some countermeasures.

The US is carrying out smart power diplomacy that takes China as its target in Asia. Stopping it is not realistic, but it is equally unrealistic to expect China to stand idly by and indulge Asian countries as they join the US alliance to guard against China one by one. Confronted with such frictions, which has the most resources and means at its disposal? Is an all-out confrontation possible? These should be the real concerns.

A prominent change is that the US is intensifying action in the Asia-Pacific region and is encouraging China’s neighboring countries to challenge China. This is a new application of soft power.

If an “anti-China alliance” is really built in Asia, the US should provide more economic benefits to its followers. It should convince those countries that joining the US is more profitable. Only providing verbal support for sovereignty issues in disputed waters and signing agreements to provide security protection is far from enough.

A new impetus for economic growth is absent from the stagnant US economy. Its strategic demand to contain China conflicts with the realistic view of using China to stimulate economic recovery.

The strategic nature of competition between China and the US in the Asia-Pacific will be murky for the time being. However, China has gained more stakes when dealing with the US. It is hard to say whether the US holds more advantages in China’s neighboring area. The potential for economic cooperation between China and its neighboring countries is great. China should learn to use this to protect its political interests. Any country which chooses to be a pawn in the US chess game will lose the opportunity to benefit from China’s economy. This will surely make US protection less attractive.

Naval disputes are only a small part of East Asian affairs. The US and other countries seek to defend private interests by taking advantage of them. As long as China increases its input, it will make countries either pay the price for their decision or make them back the doctrine of solving maritime disputes through cooperation.

East Asian affairs should be handled under the coordination of relevant countries. No one dominant force is wanted. China has more resources to oppose the US ambition of dominating the region than US has to fulfill it. As long as China is patient, there will no room for those who choose to depend economically on China while looking to the US to guarantee their security.


U.S. Army Successfully Tests Top Secret Hypersonic Weapon


ABC News
November 17, 2011

DoD: Army Successfully Tests Top Secret Hypersonic Weapon
By Lee ferran

Should President Obama want to strike any target in the world from the homeland in just a couple hours, that capability could soon be at his fingertips thanks to a top secret weapon successfully tested today, the Army said.

The Army’s own version of a hypersonic, long-range weapon system blasted off from the Pentagon’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, early Thursday morning and – in less than half an hour – reached its destination approximately 2,500 miles away at Kwajalein Atoll. The Army would not say exactly how fast the weapon can go, but does describe it as a hypersonic weapon, meaning it reaches speeds of at least five times the speed of sound, or Mach 5.

It was the first ever test for the Army’s Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW), part of a Conventional Prompt Global Strike capability in development by the military. The AHW is described by the Department of Defense as a “first-of-its-kind glide vehicle” that uses a three-stage booster system to launch the glider slicing through the air.

“The objective of the test [today was] to collect data on hypersonic boost-glide technologies and test range performance for long-range atmospheric flight,” the Department of Defense said in a statement. “Mission emphasis is aerodynamics; navigation, guidance, and control; and thermal protection technologies.”

A Defense spokesperson would not say how similar the Army’s AHW program is to the hypersonic jet tested – and momentarily lost – by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in August. That jet was designed to travel at a blistering Mach 20, fast enough to travel from Los Angeles and New York in just 12 minutes.

According to an environmental report from June describing the test flight for the Army’s AHW, the weapon is meant to “provide the President, Secretary of Defense, and Combatant Command with the ability to quickly destroy, delay, or disrupt key enemy targets within a few hours.”

The Defense spokesperson said that due to the project’s sensitivity, no images of the weapon will be made public, but the environmental report, first referenced by the DefenseTech blog, shows what appears to be a computer-generated rendering of the craft. Based on that image, the design appears much different from DARPA’s version – more in the shape of a cone with stabilizing fins, rather than the arrow-head style of the DARPA project.

The Department of Defense said that the results from DARPA’s failed test in August, along with a previous test in April 2010, were used in the planning for today’s flight.


Romania: NATO Deputy Secretary General To Discuss Missiles


Romanian News Agency
November 18, 2011

NATO Deputy Secretary General Bisogniero to pay visit to Romania on Monday

NATO Deputy Secretary General Claudio Bisogniero will pay a visit to Romania on Monday, Nov. 21 for talks with Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi on priority issues on the agenda of NATO Summit due in May 2012 in Chicago, the Romanian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Doris Mircea announced at a news conference on Thursday.

The topics of the Bucharest talks include a declaration of the Alliance interim missile defence capability, NATO-Russia relations, a review of NATO defence and deterrence stand, [and] smart defence, Mircea announced.

The visit is a follow-up to NATO-Romania contacts, after the visit paid by Alliance Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Romania, and it takes place after Bisogniero was named the Secretary General’s special envoy on smart defence issues. The initiative is aimed at the cooperative use of the defence resources with a view to covering the deficits of capabilities amid the difficult financial situation in most NATO members, the ministry official said.


Pentagon Redistributing Forces For Asia-Pacific Buildup


Voice of Russia
November 18, 2011

US redistributing forces to beef up military presence in Asia

Audio at URL above

President Barack Obama announced this week that the United States planned to deploy 2,500 Marines in Australia to shore up alliances in Asia.

The move prompted a sharp response in Beijing, which accused Obama of escalating military tensions in the region.

The agreement with Australia amounts to the first long-term expansion of the US military’s presence in the Pacific since the end of the Vietnam War.

Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director at the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute, talks about this plan and what it means for relationships with Australia and China. Mr. Weitz says Asia is now becoming more important for the US economically and politically, so they are trying to beef up military presence there to respond to what they see as a rise of China etc, while traditionally base-hosting countries – that is Japan and South Korea – will have as many forces as they can hold.


Warships, Training: U.S. Expands Military Cooperation With Georgia


Trend News Agency
November 18, 2011

Georgia, US examine military cooperation issues
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: Vano Merabishvili, the Interior Minister of Georgia, and Ray Maybas, the US Secretary of the Navy, today examined coastguard cooperation issues. The meeting was held at the Office of the Interior Ministry behind the closed doors.

The question was about development of bilateral cooperation and security issues, Vano Merabishvili told journalists after the meeting.

“While different divisions of the Interior Ministry are financed from the state budget, the Georgia’s coastguard service is rendered substantial financial aid by the United States,” he said.

Merabishvili said Georgia will enjoy US assistance to install radar systems to control its space fully.

In addition, the two sides explore the opportunity of a closer cooperation in the field of prevention of marine smuggling of arms, drugs, and weapons of mass destruction, the Georgian Interior Chief said.

The US Secretary of the Navy underscored partner relations between Georgia and the US and said the US and Georgian militaries are trained together and serve in Afghanistan hand in hand.

“Our and Georgian naval infantrymen serve jointly in the Afghan province Helmand and show their best,” he said.

The US Secretary of the Navy also noted that US warships will continue to arrive in the Black Sea to carry out military training jointly with Georgia’s coastguard ships.

“Georgia is a good partner of America so cooperation, including the military one, should get stronger,” he noted.


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  1. rosemerry
    November 18, 2011 at 7:35 am

    More and more threats (from us and our allies, the good guys). More antiballistic developments against our non-enemies. BUT AT LAST “Air Force Negotiation Center of Excellence conducts EU, NATO training”!!!!!!! Never before has any negotiation been even considered!!!!!

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