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Apr 25, 2012

Republicans eye missile-defense site on East Coast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans who control the House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee called on Wednesday for studies on what could become a third missile-interceptor site in the United States, this one on the East Coast.

The plan would require the secretary of defense to conduct an environmental impact review by December 31, 2013, on “possible locations on the East Coast of the United States for the deployment of a missile defense site.”

Apr 24, 2012

U.S. eyes broader cyber-threat pact with companies

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – The U.S. government is close to completing rules for a long-awaited expansion of the number of defense contractors with which it swaps data on cyber threats, the Defense Department’s chief information officer said on Tuesday.

The number of companies would jump from 37 currently to 200, Teri Takai, the chief information officer, told a forum in Arlington, Virginia.

Apr 20, 2012

Republicans eye $680 million for Israel’s “Iron Dome” shield

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States would spend an additional $680 million through 2015 to strengthen Israel’s short-range rocket shield under a plan crafted by House of Representatives’ Republicans, two congressional staff members disclosed on Friday.

The figure could put election-year pressure on President Barack Obama’s administration to spell out what it deems suitable support for the “Iron Dome,” which has played an increasingly important role in Israeli security.

Apr 20, 2012

Republicans eye $680 mln for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ shield

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – The United States would
spend an additional $680 million through 2015 to strengthen
Israel’s short-range rocket shield under a plan crafted by House
of Representatives’ Republicans, two congressional staff members
disclosed on Friday.

The figure could put election-year pressure on President
Barack Obama’s administration to spell out what it deems
suitable support for the “Iron Dome,” which has played an
increasingly important role in Israeli security.

Apr 18, 2012

Congress, White House in tug-of-war over arms sales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has trimmed the U.S. Congress’ decades-long role in vetting billions of dollars in proposed arms sales in a move that will result in more congressional efforts to block deals, key lawmakers said in a letter made public Wednesday.

The newly disclosed tug-of-war between the lawmakers and the administration over the issue threatens to derail case-by-case consideration of arms deals, an increasingly prominent aspect of U.S. foreign policy.

Apr 18, 2012

U.S. Congress, W.House in tug-of-war over arms sales

WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
has trimmed the U.S. Congress’ decades-long role in vetting
billions of dollars in proposed arms sales in a move that will
result in more congressional efforts to block deals, key
lawmakers said in a letter made public Wednesday.

The newly disclosed tug-of-war between the lawmakers and the
administration over the issue threatens to derail case-by-case
consideration of arms deals, an increasingly prominent aspect of
U.S. foreign policy.

Mar 26, 2012

U.S. eyes missile-defense shields for Asia, Mideast

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – The United States is
seeking to build regional shields against ballistic missiles in
both Asia and the Middle East akin to an emerging bulwark in
Europe, a senior Pentagon official disclosed Monday.

The effort may complicate U.S. ties with Russia and China,
both of which fear such defenses could harm their security even
though the United States says they are designed only to protect
against states like Iran and North Korea.

Mar 16, 2012

US lawmakers stir satellite row with France

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are
delaying licenses for deals related to Thales Alenia Space, a
France-based satellite maker, in an escalation of a dispute over
a controversial satellite sale to China.

The holdup has the potential to disrupt the supply of
critical satellite components and strain ties with France, an
important NATO ally.

Mar 14, 2012

Exclusive – U.S. dangles secret data for Russia missile shield nod

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is leaving open the possibility of giving Moscow certain secret data on U.S. interceptor missiles due to help protect Europe from any Iranian missile strike.

A deal is being sought by Washington that could include classified data exchange because it is in the U.S. interest to enlist Russia and its radar stations in the missile-defence effort, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Tuesday in written replies to Reuters.

Mar 14, 2012

Exclusive: U.S. dangles secret data for Russia missile shield approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is leaving open the possibility of giving Moscow certain secret data on U.S. interceptor missiles due to help protect Europe from any Iranian missile strike.

A deal is being sought by Washington that could include classified data exchange because it is in the U.S. interest to enlist Russia and its radar stations in the missile-defense effort, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Tuesday in written replies to Reuters.