Deficiencies In Missile Defense System Put US Homeland At Risk, Audit Says

Concerns about failures to properly improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) ground-based missile interceptors have been raised in a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit report at a time when nations across the globe — including China, Russia and North Korea — are developing ballistic missile capabilities.

The GAO audit details three separate flight tests of the GMD’s Capability Enhancement I (CE-I) interceptor and the upgraded version called the Capability Enhancement II (CE-II) in which both interceptor designs had issues with their guidance systems.

The CE-I and CE-II are ground-based exoatmospheric kill vehicles are engineered to intercept incoming ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Continue reading

US Fighter Jets Retrofitted into Unmanned Drones

From Russia’s state-owned (FSB/KGB) propaganda outlet, RIA Novosti:

WASHINGTON, September 25 (RIA Novosti) – Where do old fighter jets go to die? Turns out, some of them don’t. They just drone on.

In a joint project with the US Air Force, aerospace and defense corporation Boeing is turning retired F-16s into pilotless drones that can be used for military combat training and testing.

From the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida last week, two Air Force test pilots on the ground flew a reconfigured F-16 on a 54-minute remote-controlled flight that included an auto takeoff, a climb to 40,000 feet (12,192 meters), a series of maneuvers, supersonic flight, and an auto land… all done without anyone on board. Continue reading