The South Korean Defense Ministry last week offered its five-year budget proposal, which includes a major focus -- to the tune of tens of billions of dollars -- on increasing the country's ability to thwart possible North Korean missile strikes from reaching their targets, the Yonhap News Agency reported.
Japan intends to build drones designed to identify and track ballistic missiles from nations such as China or North Korea, with the first of the vehicles expected to go active in fiscal 2020, according to a Monday report by Yomiuri Shimbun.
Iran on Tuesday conducted a trial firing of its Shahab 3 ballistic missile during a wider exercise described by state news organizations as a demonstration of the nation's ability to respond to a possible strike, Agence France-Presse reported.
India has informed its defense firms it would need significant advancements to its defenses against ballistic missiles and biological, chemical and nuclear weapons within the next 15 years, the Times of India reported today (see GSN, March 15).
WASHINGTON — An “obsession” with ballistic missile defense is partially responsible for insufficient U.S. attention and funding for defense against cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, an analyst said here yesterday (see GSN, March 16).