David A. Fulghum davef@aviationweek.com

David A. Fulghum davef@aviationweek.com
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Planning For Ballistic Missile, Boost Phase Intercept Grows 
Despite long-term budget restrictions, U.S. officials appear optimistic about development of air-launched missiles to destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles during the early launch or boost phases of their flight. (AMRAAM photo: Raytheon)
Missile Defense Destined For Rapid Change 
HAIFA, Israel - Some of Israel’s missile designers say their new advanced missile defense systems -- like Iron Dome and David’s Sling -- are so sophisticated that they may likely mark the end of an era as the last large, kinetic missiles to be developed. (Iron Dome Photo: Landov)
Iron Dome Repels Hamas Rockets
Single-digit deaths show first batteries are surprisingly efficient
Israel's Iron Dome Surprisingly Efficient

During the 2006 conflict in southern Lebanon, about 25% of the Hezbollah-fired missiles struck populated areas in northern Israel. While Israeli security keeps a lid on where the latest Hamas and Jihadist missiles fired into southern Israel from Gaza are striking, the very few deaths reported in Israel – in the single digits so far – indicates that the first five batteries of the short-range Iron Dome missile defense system are being surprisingly efficient.

Israel's Iron Dome Surprisingly Efficient 
During the 2006 conflict in southern Lebanon, about 25% of the Hezbollah-fired missiles struck populated areas in northern Israel. While Israeli security keeps a lid on where the latest Hamas and Jihadist missiles fired into southern Israel from Gaza are striking, the very few deaths reported in Israel – in the single digits so far – indicates that the first five batteries of the short-range Iron Dome missile defense system are being surprisingly efficient. (Iron Dome photo: Natan Flayer)
Iron Dome Working As Designed In Israel 
As of Monday afternoon, 877 Hamas rockets had been fired into Israel, according to Israeli Defense Forces count. Of those, 570 landed in Israel and 307 were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. (Heron photo: IAI)
National Cyber Range Becomes Pentagon Asset 
Hard on the heels of a presidential policy directive that is to lay down the rules for offensive cyberwar, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has transferred responsibility for a nascent National Cyber Range to the Pentagon.
Possible Rules For U.S. Offensive Cyberwarfare Emerge 
There is a new, secret White House document that may finally start codifying what an offensive cyber weapon is, who can generate it, what its legitimate targets are and who can authorize its use.
Sudan Raid Suggests Israeli EW Capability 
ASHDOD, Israel - A recent bombing attack on an arms factory in Sudan may point to an Israeli electronic warfare capability that allows non-stealthy aircraft to avoid being targeted by radar.
Sudan Raid Suggests Israeli EW Capability

A recent bombing attack on an arms factory in Sudan may point to an Israeli electronic warfare capability that allows non-stealthy aircraft to avoid being targeted by radar.

Sudan Raid Suggests Israeli EW Capability 
ASHDOD, Israel - A recent bombing attack on an arms factory in Sudan may point to an Israeli electronic warfare capability that allows non-stealthy aircraft to avoid being targeted by radar.
Mystery Jets Blast Weapons Packed For Delivery To Gaza 
An Oct. 24 bombing raid on the Yarmouk weapons factory near Khartoum, Sudan, destroyed dozens of shipping containers thought to be carrying rockets and other weapons headed for Egypt’s lawless Sinai peninsula and Hamas-run Gaza.
U.S. Army Eyes Cyber Weapons As It Scales Back Armor 
For Europe, the pivot to the Pacific in U.S. priorities is not a particularly momentous event, contends Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of U.S. Army Europe and the 7th Army. What is a big deal will be the reshaping of U.S. forces in Europe to have few tanks and lots of offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. (Abrams tank photo: Eddie McCrossan)
Elbit Moves To Capitalize On Digital Intrusions 
NETANYA, Israel - With virtually every cyber network in the world in jeopardy of attack, Elbit has positioned itself over the last three years to cash in on the escalating likelihood of digital intrusions. (Photo: USAF)
Report Card On Advanced Precision-Kill Weapon

Since its March introduction to combat in Afghanistan, about 100 of the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps’ new, low-cost precision air-launched missiles have been launched from AH-1W Cobra and UH-1Y transport helicopters against vehicles and troops.

 
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Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen 2

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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