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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