Showing posts with label Missiles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Missiles. Show all posts

August 4, 2014

The Missiles of the summer! Are they running out of missiles?


                                                                            
 The Patriot Missile. This was the original look but this is not 100% how the new generation of Patriots  or “Dome”in Israel looks like
  The following is a transcript of reporters in the field in Israel reporting about US rocket system in Israel. Thanks to those missiles, there have been 0 casualties on the civilian population due to the rockets fired by Hamas. You would think they would stop since they are not killing anybody but to kill or not to kill is not their ploy right now (let me point out that there have been deaths from soldiers but not attributed to the rockets). They want to humiliate Israel and make them do what they are doing, killing hundreds (over one thousand so far) of the Gaza civilian population which Israel is faithfully doing. On top of it, those missiles Israel have are very expensive and they come from the US and guess what? Israel needs more. Eventually the American people are paying for the rockets.

 Would the US keep supplying them? No question about it, the house is controlled by republicans which are pro Israel for religious reasons among a few and in the senate the democrats hold a small margin and and the margin is also pro Israel. The last leg of the US system to get money is the presidents signature. If I was the president I will not sign the bill and force Israel to listen to the US and see what they are accomplishing with this war. But Im not the president and the president  will sign the request for more money for missiles. 

As I write about the process for Israel to get their missiles, Hamas needs more missiles too. How about if anyone with enough power to make and break deals will approach those nations like Iran, China, Russia through Syria and have them stop also? Only if there is enough world interest and outcry. Im not sure we have reached that point yet. If we see less rockets from Gaza then we know something happened in the corridor of death rocket supply.

NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Israel and Hamas are exchanging airstrikes and rockets. And in this part of the program, we'll hear what it is like to be underneath them.

MONTAGNE: We begin with a striking number - zero. That's the number of Israelis known to have been killed by Hamas rockets so far. Israel's military credits a rocket defense system known as the Iron Dome. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Two or three decades ago, lots of people in Israel's military thought missile defense was a bad idea.

UZI RUBIN: I'd say that the traditional military analyst didn't see the reason why deal with defense at all.

SHAPIRO: Uzi Rubin remembers that time well. Back then, he ran Israel's missile defense program. Now retired, he says the old bulls used to tell him the only defense Israel needed was a good offense.

RUBIN: And it wasn't easy to get the budgets and the support at that time. Actually, it was against the wind really.

SHAPIRO: But eventually the budgets came, helped along by the U.S., which gives Israel hundreds of millions of dollars a year for rocket defense. And now virtually every Israeli newscast includes a tally of the number of rockets fired from Gaza and the number intercepted by Iron Dome.

SHAPIRO: We've driven through fields of watermelon and potatoes. We're now on the outskirts of the city of Ashkelon, not far from Gaza. We can see the city buildings on the horizon. And in the middle of this field, at the end of dirt road, there's a military barricade. And behind the barricade, two huge vehicles the size of flatbed trucks with what looks like great, big spotlights pointed at the sky. But these are not spotlights.

PETER LERNER: The Iron Dome has two main outside vantages.

SHAPIRO: That's Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner came out to this field to tell us about the technology.

LERNER: First, obviously, it saves lives. It intercepts that rocket, which if it wouldn't have been intercepted would strike the heart of the population. The second advantage it gives us - it gives us as a leadership the capability to step back and make coolheaded decisions.

SHAPIRO: Israel's onslaught of Gaza is plenty aggressive - hundreds of airstrikes, civilian deaths and hospitals overflowing with injured Palestinians. But Peter Lerner says if Israelis were being killed in large numbers, people would push for an even more aggressive response - a ground invasion. He says Iron Dome lets the Israeli government breathe.

LERNER: You can make the decision when you feel free to do so, and at your advantage, not because they've drawn you in to this cause-and-effect scenario.

SHAPIRO: We just heard a couple of low booms. And in the sky there are two trails of smoke. And at the end of the trail in the middle of the sky, two white little puffs, almost like tiny clouds.

MICHAEL OREN: So it works.

SHAPIRO: Michael Oren was Israeli ambassador to the U.S. He says these interceptor rockets cost millions of dollars each, so they only fire when the incoming weapon is on a trajectory to hit a populated area.

OREN: One of the ingenious qualities of the Iron Dome is that within a fraction of a second can distinguish between a trajectory that's going to bring a rocket into downtown Be'er Sheva or Ashkelon and a rocket that's going to hit an empty field or fall in the ocean.

SHAPIRO: Iron Dome's critics claim that Israel's military's vastly overstates the technology's effectiveness and that it might only hit its target 5 percent of the time. So I asked former defense official Uzi Rubin if there's any independent way to measure how well it works.

RUBIN: Yes. You can judge it by public information about casualties and damages.

SHAPIRO: Iron Dome was first used in the 2012 conflict. And Rubin says if you compare the number of deaths and damage claims in that conflict to previous ones, there's a dramatic drop. Israel sees this Iron Dome as just the first of several steps. Next up is a technology known as David's Sling. Its goal would be to intercept more advanced and longer-range rockets and cruise missiles. Ari Shapiro, NPR News, Jerusalem.

Adam Gonzalez, publisher

April 12, 2013

The Missiles of North Korea


 

North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, although they would likely be unreliable, a Pentagon spy agency has concluded, as the United States and South Korea kept watch on Thursday for a missile test-launch by Pyongyang.

The Defence Intelligence Agency says North Korea may already have the ability to launch a nuclear attack. 
The US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA study, dated last month, appeared to be the first time the agency had reached such a conclusion.
"DIA assesses with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, however the reliability will be low," said Representative Doug Lamborn, who disclosed the conclusion during a congressional hearing on Thursday.
Mr Lamborn said the agency reached the conclusion in a mostly classified March 2013 report. He did not say what range the nuclear-capable North Korean missiles might have.
 














General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff,
 declined to comment when asked if he agreed with that assessment, 
saying he had not seen the report.

The strong consensus inside the US government is that North Korea does not yet have a nuclear device that would fit longer-range missiles which conceivably could reach US territories. The DIA was among the intelligence agencies that wrongly claimed Saddam Hussein's Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Despite recent threats to attack US bases and the South, North Korea started to welcome a stream of visitors for Monday's celebrations marking the birthday of its founder Kim Il-sung.
President Barack Obama said the United States would work diplomatically to reduce tensions with North Korea, while warning that Washington would take "all necessary steps" to protect America and its allies.
Mr Obama met at the White House on Thursday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called for China and other nations with influence over North Korea to help calm the situation.
North Korea has stationed as many as five medium-range missiles on its east coast, according to defence assessments by Washington and Seoul, possibly in readiness for a test-launch that would demonstrate its ability to hit US bases on Guam.
"There are signs the North could fire off Musudan missiles any time soon," an unnamed intelligence source in Seoul told Yonhap news agency.
Most observers say Pyongyang has no intention of starting a war that would likely bring its own destruction, but they warn of the risks of miscalculation on the highly militarised Korean peninsula.

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