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  Ballistic Missile Defense in Congress 1997
Updates on ballistic missile defense programs were requested in the Chemical and Biological Threat Reductions Act of 1997 (S. 495), which passed in the Senate (53 to 44) on April 17.
S.7 National Missile Defense Act of 1997, introduced January 2, 1997 as one of ten bills that are core Republican agenda, with some remarks by Sen.
Abraham reintroduced this proposal of creating a ballistic missile defense system that would be intended to protect the U.S. from accidental missile launches or terrorist missile attacks.
www.fas.org /spp/starwars/congress/1997   (3459 words)

  MissileThreat ::
America’s complete vulnerability to ballistic missile attack increases with the proliferation of ballistic missile technology throughout the globe.
An explanation of what ballistic missiles are, how to defend against them, and the fundamental issues which drive the debate over whether or not to defend America.
Ballistic missiles may be destroyed during their flight using systems based on land, sea, air, or space.
www.missilethreat.com   (2377 words)

  CBC News Indepth: Ballistic Missile Defence
Missile defence was well down on the agenda in the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
The ballistic missile-defence system is designed to give the U.S. the power to protect itself from incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), whether launched by accident or as an attack from rogue states.
The incoming missile is knocked out by the energy that is transferred in the collision between the two missiles.
www.cbc.ca /news/background/us_missiledefence   (924 words)

  Ballistic missile defence
There are three main dangers; long-range ballistic missile attack with weapons of mass destruction (WMD), short-range missile attacks such as from cruise missiles, and a terrorist act with a WMD or high-explosive weapon.
Spending on missile defence is up by about 50 per cent to $7.7bn a year to pay for research on technical approaches for firing interceptors or lasers from land, ships, aircraft or space platforms and for striking enemy warheads at every stage of flight, from just after launch to the final seconds before impact.
Interception of a hostile ballistic missile is intended to be outside or high in the atmosphere.
www.global-defence.com /2003/ballistic.htm   (1110 words)

  Ballistic missile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In order to cover large distances, ballistic missiles are usually launched very high into the air or in space, in a sub-orbital spaceflight; for intercontinental missiles the altitude halfway is ca.
The first ballistic missile was the V-2 rocket, developed by Nazi Germany in the 1940s, which was successfully launched for the first time on October 3, 1942 and used for the first time in operation on September 8, 1944.
Long and medium range ballistic missiles are generally designed to deliver nuclear warheads because their payload is too limited for conventional explosives to be efficient (though the US may be evaluating the idea of a conventionally-armed ICBM for near-instant global air strike capability despite the high costs [2]).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ballistic_missile   (469 words)

 Intercontinental ballistic missile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ballistic warheads are protected by heatshields constructed of materials such as pyrolytic graphite, and in early missiles, thick plywood.
Strategic missile systems are thought to use custom integrated circuits designed to calculate navigational differential equations thousands to millions of times per second in order to reduce navigational errors caused by calculation alone.
The Missile Badge is presented to commissioned officers while the Space and Missile Pin is awarded to silo ground and support personnel.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Intercontinental_ballistic_missile   (2008 words)

 MissileThreat ::
America’s complete vulnerability to ballistic missile attack increases with the proliferation of ballistic missile technology throughout the globe.
An explanation of what ballistic missiles are, how to defend against them, and the fundamental issues which drive the debate over whether or not to defend America.
Ballistic missiles may be destroyed during their flight using systems based on land, sea, air, or space.
missilethreat.com /systems   (396 words)

 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Ballistic missiles are sometimes confused with cruise missiles.
A ballistic missile is one whose payload reaches its target by way of an initial powered boost and then a free flight along a high arcing trajectory.
Part of the flight of longer-range ballistic missiles may occur outside the atmosphere and involve the "reentry" of a warhead or the missile.
www.carnegieendowment.org /npp/ballisticmissilechart.cfm   (803 words)

 Key Issues: Missile Defense: The Basics: Introduction to Ballistic Missile Defense
Missile defenses will not prevent the possibility of hostile countries or terrorist groups delivering weapons of mass destruction by means other than ballistic missiles.
Ballistic missile defenses will undermine adherence to the obligations made at the Non-Proliferation Treaty for good faith negotiations on nuclear disarmament and to the promises made at the 2000 Review Conference of that Treaty to an "unequivocal undertaking by the nuclear weapons states to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals."
Ballistic missile defenses have so little potential value for security that one might conclude that profit and greed are the primary motivating factors in promoting them.
www.nuclearfiles.org /menu/key-issues/missile-defense/basics/introduction-missile-defense.htm   (964 words)

 Ballistic missile Summary
The missile is only guided during the powered phase of flight; its course governed by the laws of orbital mechanics and ballistics.
The first ballistic missile was the A-4, commonly known as the V-2 rocket, developed by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s under direction of Walter Dornberger.
In order to cover large distances, ballistic missiles are usually launched into a high sub-orbital spaceflight; for intercontinental missiles the highest altitude (apogee) reached during free-flight is about 1200 km.
www.bookrags.com /Ballistic_missile   (1166 words)

 The Emerging Ballistic Missile Threat
The ballistic missile danger to the U.S., its forces deployed abroad, and allies and friends is real and growing.
Missile assistance by Russian and Chinese entities continues to be significant.
The length of time required to develop a ballistic missile defense system means that the U.S., in consultation with its friends and allies, must make appropriate preparations now if it is to be in a position to respond to such threats as they arise in the future.
www.state.gov /t/ac/rls/fs/2001/4892.htm   (699 words)

 Ghauri [Hatf-5] - Pakistan Missile Special Weapons Delivery Systems
Pakistan claimed that the missile had "no relevance" to China's M-11 missile, and analysis suggests that it appears to be a derivative of the North Korean Nodong design.
The December 2001 CIA report "Foreign Missile Developments and the Ballistic Missile Threat Through 2015" seemed to suggest that the Ghauri was based on No Dong MRBMs that Pakistan has acquired from North Korea.
The missile was named after the 12th century Afghan king Shahbuddin Ghauri who captured western parts of India between 1176 and 1182, and captured northern India by defeating Prithvi Raj Chauhan in 1192.
www.globalsecurity.org /wmd/world/pakistan/hatf-5.htm   (701 words)

 Ballistic Missile Defenses
Hostile states possessing theater ballistic missiles armed with WMD may be able to threaten or use these weapons in an attempt to deter or otherwise constrain U.S. ability to project military forces to meet commitments abroad and achieve national security objectives.
Ballistic missiles have been used in six regional conflicts since 1973 -- the most recent of which was the conflict between North and South Yemen involving Scud missiles armed with conventional warheads.
In the same vein, missile defenses also reduce the pressures on U.S. military and political leaders to alter their campaign or war plans in a regional conflict because of the threat or use of ballistic missiles.
www.dod.mil /execsec/adr95/bmd_5.html   (2612 words)

 Ghaznavi / Shaheen-II - Pakistan Missile Special Weapons Delivery Systems
He said the missile would be ready for testing by the end of 1998, though in fact as of early 2000 no such test had taken place.
In December 2000 Dawn reported that the Shaheen-II was a two-stage, solid-fuel missile capable of carrying a warhead of 1,000 kg to 2,500 kg with a range of 600 km.
The missile was said to be 12 meters in length, one meter in diameter, with a 200 m circular error of probable (CEP).
www.globalsecurity.org /wmd/world/pakistan/shaheen-2.htm   (595 words)

 International Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation
Consequently, the MTCR is often viewed as a discriminatory cartel of ballistic missile states, perpetuating a system of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.
As the technology for ballistic missiles and space-launch vehicles (SLVs) is almost identical, the United States believes that such an exchange would not address the problem of ballistic missile proliferation, and would be like “offering peaceful nuclear explosions to countries to refrain from developing nuclear weapons”, according to Speier.
Provisions for annual declarations on ballistic missile and SLV activities and policies, and invitations to host international observers at space vehicle launches, are aimed at promoting transparency and enhancing stability.
www.basicint.org /pubs/Notes/2002international_code.htm   (1273 words)

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Ballistic missiles are one of only two categories of conventional weaponry currently subject to multilateral export controls (anti-personnel landmines are the other one).
The success of efforts to limit sales and development of missiles over the past decade demonstrates that multilateral export controls are possible to achieve once a category of weaponry has been singled out, and its export effectively stigmatized through government, media and public pressure.
One technical point bears mentioning: Ballistic missiles can be stopped in their boost phase, their mid-course phase, and in their terminal phase, which is to say when they are coming down upon you.
www.lycos.com /info/ballistic-missile--anti-ballistic-missile.html   (618 words)

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The German A-4 ballistic missile, better known by its propaganda name of V-2, was the world's first successful ballistic missile, breaking through the atmosphere to reach its target quicker.
It was a forerunner of Cold War ballistic missiles and its combat use in 1944-45 set the pattern for the use of Scud ballistic missiles in recent decades.
The Prithvi is a liquid-fueled, mobile single stage missile with a range of 150 kilometers and a payload of 1000 kilograms; India has discussed extending the range of the system to 250 kilometers with a decreased payload of 500 kilograms.
www.lycos.com /info/ballistic-missile.html   (541 words)

 Agni [Strategic Ballistic Missile]
The Agni missile family is envisaged to be the mainstay of the Indian missile-based strategic nuclear deterrence.
Ballistic missile accuracy is only dependent on the INS accuracy up to the point when rocket fuel is expended (100 seconds for Agni-II) and it exits the atmosphere (> 90 km altitude), after that the trajectory is purely ballistic that is predetermined and easily computed.
A mobile missile system reduces vulnerability and allows for greater operational flexibility, while critics feel that the cost of these mobile systems could be higher and that they greatly increase the time for moving from one place to another.
www.bharat-rakshak.com /MISSILES/Agni.html   (5915 words)

 Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The emerging ballistic missile powers have access to, or are pursuing the acquisition of, the needed fissile material both through domestic efforts and foreign channels.
Recent ballistic missile and nuclear tests in South Asia should not be viewed as merely a sharp but temporary setback in the expanding reach of nonproliferation regimes.
A new strategic environment now gives emerging ballistic missile powers the capacity, through a combination of domestic development and foreign assistance, to acquire the means to strike the U.S. within about five years of a decision to acquire such a capability (10 years in the case of Iraq).
www.house.gov /hasc/testimony/105thcongress/BMThreat.htm   (10219 words)

 Army Technology - Arrow 2 Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence System
The Arrow 2 theatre ballistic missile defence system has been developed by the MLM Division of Israel Aerospace Industries (formerly Israel Aircraft Industries) and is in operation with the Israeli Defence Forces.
The missile uses an initial burn to carry out a vertical hot launch from the container and a secondary burn to sustain the missile's trajectory towards the target at a maximum speed of Mach 9, or 2.5km/s.
The dual mode missile seeker has a passive infrared seeker for the acquisition and tracking of tactical ballistic missiles and an active radar seeker used to home on air breathing targets at low altitudes.
www.army-technology.com /projects/arrow2   (1549 words)

 Ballistic Missile Defense Program News
Missile Defense Testing Update 13 May 1998 -- From: Michael Jones -- This is an update on the PMRF Enhanced Capability EIS and related matters.
THAAD to defend against ballistic missile attacks - 13 May 1998 - (Army News Service) -- The Theater High Altitude Air Defense system was tested Tuesday by soldiers from Fort Bliss.
ESC deploys missile tracking system 27 April 1998 -- (AFNS) -- Two prototype missile tracking systems developed by Electronic Systems Center are being deployed for use by the 7th Air Force in the Republic of Korea.
www.fas.org /spp/starwars/program/news98   (6419 words)

 China's Ballistic Missile Update - 2004
Although limited in number and capability when compared to their American counterparts, China's ballistic missiles are being improved in a number of key ways, making them a growing threat to the United States.
The DF-21 is a two-stage, solid-fuel, mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile carried in a canister on a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL).
Concerns over missile defenses were probably also a motivating factor behind China's efforts to develop multiple warheads for some of its missiles and to test decoys and other penetration aids on other missile systems.
www.wisconsinproject.org /countries/china/ChinaBMupdate.html   (1575 words)

 NTI: WMD 411
Ballistic missile defense (BMD) remains one of the most controversial issues in world politics and U.S. defense policy.
Advocates of BMD contend the United States is facing a growing number of threats from ballistic missiles and therefore must develop defenses to combat those threats.
With missile defenses, however, the United States could protect itself from WMD missile attacks, giving it the freedom to respond militarily in reprisal to an attack without fear of retaliation from adversaries.
www.nti.org /f_wmd411/f2d.html   (921 words)

 Open Directory - Science: Technology: Military Science: Ballistic Missile Defense   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Ballistic Missile Defense and Northeast Asian Security: Views From Washington, Beijing, and Tokyo - Reports from a series of roundtables involving US, Japanese, and Chinese experts and officials on the impact of US missile defense deployments on Northeast Asian security, identifying areas of conflict and potential compromise.
Ballistic Missile Defense Systems - Descriptions of a number of ballistic missile defense systems and facilities, including those of the United States, Russia, and Israel.
Missile defense technology - A series of articles poising questions about technology failures in the field of ballistic missile defense.
dmoz.org /Science/Technology/Military_Science/Ballistic_Missile_Defense   (562 words)

 Spaceflight :Ballistic Missile Defense
Missile warheads are so small and travel so fast that it is virtually impossible for a defensive weapon to hit them-a fact that remains almost as true today as it was during the 1950s.
The first serious study of what was called an “anti-missile missile” dates to as early as 1956, when a U.S. scientific group evaluated the challenges of shooting down ballistic missile warheads.
The Iraqi use of Scud missiles during the 1991 Persian Gulf War demonstrated that American troops abroad were also at risk from missile attack.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/SPACEFLIGHT/missile_defense/SP39.htm   (1561 words)

 "BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE" - U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda, July 2002, Department of State, International Information ...
The terminal phase of a ballistic missile's flight is normally less than one minute long, depending on the threat range.
If the missile is carrying a chemical, biological, or nuclear weapon, any remaining debris will fall short of the target, sometimes even on the country that launched the missile.
The boost phase of the ballistic missile trajectory is defined as the part of a missile's flight lasting from the moment of launch through the completion of propulsion systems burn, when the missile enters the ballistic flight period of the mid-course phase.
usinfo.state.gov /journals/itps/0702/ijpe/martin.htm   (1629 words)

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