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Nuclear Missile Defense

Today on February 7th, 2016 – North Korea launched a satellite into space. thenumber28 strongly apposes this and all nuclear testing. It has triggered a wave of international condemnation and prompting strong reaction from an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

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Even though they claim peaceful purposes, it is being widely viewed by other countries as a front to test a ballistic missile, as last month North Korea reported they had a hydrogen bomb test last month.

Both acts are in defiance of U.N international sanctions.

So, what happens if we are attacked by nuclear weapons? There are several capabilities that the USA and our allies would use to counter strike, and retaliate. I hope we have a true global resistance to this catastrophic situation, however, what if it really did happen?
The United States must have an eagle’s eye on this. Lockheed Martin, who is the world’s largest defense contractor, has several solutions.

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It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington, DC, area. Lockheed Martin employs 116,000 people worldwide. Marillyn Hewson is the current President and CEO.

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Lockheed Martin stands as one of the world’s premier companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry.

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ICBM defense has a multi-tiered system. The United States and our allies would more than likely launch their countermeasures at the ICBM. Some of these defense measures include: jamming, other missiles, lasers, bullets from jets cannons, microwaves, and remotely taking control of the missile.

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All the countermeasures are based on hitting the incoming weapon with our own missiles. We have a pretty large naval presence in the Pacific and lots of the boats are equipped to take out a intercontinental ICBM missile.

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At the same time there are more likely additional, more classified tactics. ICBMs travel at Mach 10 so I’d imagine they have some electronic countermeasures as well, maybe involving trying to hijack and redirect the missile remotely using special developed military technology.

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It was mentioned to me that marines in Japan’s naval forces in the area that antimissile awareness is one of their highest top priorities.

We will be watching North Korea very closely to see how they progress and also retaining faith in the United States government to counter all threats foreign and domestic.

F-35 Stealth Fighter debut 2016

F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet will finally make its debut appearance in the UK this summer.

_87947120_f35bk2creditjamiehunter2smCrowds of plane enthusiasts are expected to turn up to see the F-35 when it appears at displays in July.

Number built 162 as of October 2015

The new stealth fighter is being developed by countries including America and Britain, and is lauded as the world’s most advanced combat jet ever created.

Thenumber28 loves our country, this IS made in America. When you see this puppy roaring the skys you will fear the pride and power of the stars and stripes once more.

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F-35A: $98M (low rate initial production and not including the engine, full production in 2018 to be $85M)

The United States Marines have confirmed they intend to fly two of the new Lockheed Martin planes to the UK for their first ever appearance. They are expected to appear at both the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire.

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Four F-35s are currently being used for training and testing in the US.

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US sources said another American stealth fighter, the F-22 could also make an appearance at UK shows this summer.

This appearance will come two years after UK F-35 displays were cancelled when the whole fleet was grounded in the USA by an engine fire.

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Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said their appearance would be “a significant milestone”.

Britain has said it will have 48 of the jump jet F-35Bs by 2023 and will eventually go on to buy a fleet of 138.

Britain’s first F-35s should be combat ready by 2018.

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The £70 million each combat jets will be called the Lightning II in the UK and be flown by the RAF and Royal Navy.

Lt Gen Jon Davis Deputy, US Marines commandant for aviation, said: “The US Marine Corps is looking forward to demonstrating the capabilities of the F-35B Lightning II in the skies over the United Kingdom this July,”

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He said a joint US Marine Corps and UK detachment would use the flights to work more closely together. British and American crews have worked side by side to develop the fighters and US jets will also fly from the Navy’s new aircraft carriers.

The F-35 program ran into technical problems and cost overruns for years, but officials say it has improved and that costs have fallen for the past five years.

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Besides Britain, seven other countries helped fund development of the jets: Norway, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Turkey, Italy and the Netherlands. All but Canada and Denmark have since ordered jets, as have Israel, Japan and South Korea.

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$28 Billion in Additional Military Spending in 2015

President Obama released his sixth budget proposal, requesting $3.9 trillion in fiscal year 2015. His proposal would relieve sequestration cuts by adding back $56 billion in discretionary spending next year in an “Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.”

The new spending would be evenly split between military and domestic discretionary programs, and the additional funding will come from cuts to federal crop insurance, changes to TSA passenger fees, by closing some individual and corporate tax loopholes.

President Obama’s budget arrived over a month after the legal deadline of the first Monday in February. Meanwhile China is roaring with military futures and it is getting harder to swallow.

As most of the world’s biggest militaries scale back their budgets, China is planning on increasing theirs. The world’s second-biggest economy may already have the largest military in terms of manpower, but technologically it lags the U.S.

According to defense consulting and analysis company IHS Jane’s, this year China will be spending $148 billion on defense funding, up from $139.2 billion last year, spending more money on its military than any other country in the world except for one: the United States.

Though the U.S. holds on tightly to the No. 1 position, budget cuts of $90 billion this year will bring the American defense budget down to $574.9 billion, so China is slowly closing in.

IHS also reported that by next year China is expected to spend more money on the military than Britain, Germany and France combined. By 2024, it will spend more than the entirety of Western Europe.

Now back at home – after the great recession there was no budget passed for several years – from 2010 til now, not many concurrent budgets were passed.

Currently I am skeptical on what exactly all the big spending will result in our America being somewhat better or somewhat worse. Here is what Obama wants to do in 2015:

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In addition to the spending levels set out in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, President Obama proposes a total of $56 billion in new spending in fiscal 2015 for a total of $1.19 trillion in discretionary spending, an increase of about 1 percent relative to 2014 enacted levels.

The budget includes $28 billion in additional military spending and $28 billion in new spending for energy efficiency programs in the states, job training, expanded Head Start, and universal pre-kindergarten.

The president also proposes $302 billion in additional infrastructure spending over the next four years, which would improve roads and bridges as well as fund transit projects. Yet he proposes to pay for this new spending with a one-time opportunity for corporations to bring money stashed overseas back into the U.S., and is tantamount to a corporate tax break.

Nearly eight in 10 American voters (79 percent) want to close tax loopholes that ensure corporations pay as much on foreign profits as they do on domestic profits. [i]

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