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Rachel Oswald

Rachel Oswald Rachel Oswald is a reporter for Global Security Newswire, where she covers a wide range of defense issues, including North Korea and missile defense. Prior to joining GSN in 2009, Rachel covered Georgia politics and local government for more than two years at The Covington News, where she won four Georgia Press Association awards for investigative journalism and business reporting. In 2013, she traveled to Kazakhstan as an International Reporting Project fellow where she reported on nonproliferation issues. She is a graduate of the George Washington University, where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies.
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House Panel Approves Extra $60 Million for Antimissile Defense

May 9, 2014 A key House panel on Thursday approved a bill that would increase funding by at least $60 million for a homeland missile defense system. The chamber's Armed Services Committee in a unanimous vote just after midnight approved annual defense authorization legislation that included a number of missile defense-related measures, such ...

GOP: Speed Up Missile Interceptors to Poland

May 7, 2014 Senate Republicans are pushing for the U.S. military to speed up deployment of advanced interceptors in Poland to send a deterrent message to Russia. A bill introduced last week by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and 22 other GOP members of his chamber would require the Obama administration to provide a ...

West Coast Missile Defense System Remains on Hold

May 1, 2014 Congressional auditors say the Pentagon is not giving Congress adequate information about its plan for testing a troubled strategic missile defense system. Information provided by the Defense Department on options for conducting additional tests of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system is not nearly comprehensive enough to give lawmakers a solid ...

Saudi Arabia Unveils Ballistic Missiles in Military Parade, But Why Now?

April 30, 2014 Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the first time displayed its medium-range ballistic missiles -- a move that analysts interpreted as primarily aimed at Iran. A pair of Dongfeng-3 missiles were rolled out during a military parade in Riyadh. The Saudi government bought the missiles from China in 1987 but had ...

After Cheating Scandal, Air Force Switches to Pass-Fail for Nuclear Missileers

April 24, 2014 The Air Force is simplifying the way it grades nuclear-missile officers on their monthly exams, the service's top-ranking officer said on Wednesday. The service has "made the monthly [certification] test pass-fail," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said at a Washington event. His remarks come in the wake ...

A Pass-Fail Exam Is All That Stands Between Air Force Officers and Nuclear Missile Codes

April 24, 2014 The Air Force is simplifying the way it grades nuclear-missile officers on their monthly exams, the service's top-ranking officer said on Wednesday. The service has "made the monthly [certification] test pass-fail," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said at a Washington event. His remarks come in the wake ...

Feds Are Sharing Less Weapons of Mass Destruction Info With Lawmakers

April 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government lately is sharing less information with Congress about weapons-of-mass-destruction proliferation concerns, a new Capitol Hill study finds. "The number of unclassified reports to Congress on WMD-related issues has decreased considerably in recent years," concludes an April 16 report by the Congressional Research Service, the internal research arm ...

U.S. May 'Adjust' Its Missile Defenses in Europe

April 18, 2014 Amid rising tensions with Russia, the U.S. defense chief said Washington and its allies may "adjust" the timing for fielding antimissile systems in Europe. For now, "we are continuing with our schedule with the enhanced adaptive approach to fulfill the commitments that we've made in the interests of Poland, Romania ...

Pentagon Plans to Ax Missile-Interceptor Redesign If Sequestration Returns

April 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon would ax a redesign of the front-end kill vehicle atop its strategic missile interceptor if future sequestration cuts remain law. Sequestration levels were relaxed in defense spending legislation for fiscal 2014 and 2015. However, should these congressionally mandated reductions slated for 2016 and beyond remain in effect, the ...

Audit Warns of Problems Launching U.S. Missile Defenses in Europe

April 15, 2014 A new audit has found that the U.S. military is likely to encounter hurdles in the operations of deployed antimissile assets in Europe. The deployment in recent years of an early-warning radar and Patriot missile-interceptors in Turkey revealed a lack of holistic planning by the Defense Department, the Government Accountability ...