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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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North Korean Missile Launch Tower Nearly Complete, Satellites Show

February 6, 2014 North Korea appears to be almost done building a launch tower tall enough to handle firing rockets even larger than one successfully launched in 2012. The construction progress could have implications for the isolated nation's ability to test potential long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear payloads, though North Korea is ...

Spending Bill Boosts Nuclear Warhead Funding by Nearly $1 Billion

January 15, 2014 A new U.S. Congress omnibus spending bill would increase funding to the Energy Department's nuclear-weapons efforts by close to $1 billion for fiscal 2014. Legislation released on Monday jointly by the Senate and House appropriations committees would provide $7.8 billion for National Nuclear Security Administration work on the nuclear arsenal ...

U.S. Will Start Cutting Its Submarine Missile Launchers Next Year

January 7, 2014 The United States next year is slated to begin reducing launch tubes on each of its Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, a new independent report states. The elimination of four operational launch tubes on each of the 14 submarines that make up the Navy's Ohio submarine fleet will be the first ...

Congress Wants Pentagon to Upgrade Nuclear Command and Control

December 18, 2013 Congress is getting set to tell the Pentagon to create a new body to oversee technologies that facilitate U.S. leaders' communications during nuclear crises. A provision in the House-Senate compromise on an annual military authorization bill would require the Defense Department to establish a special council with responsibility for "nuclear ...

New Radar Sought by Congress Likely Would Be Fielded in Alaska, Sources Say

December 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A powerful new radar that Congress wants the U.S. military to acquire would likely be fielded in Alaska, according to informed sources. The compromise defense authorization bill worked out by House and Senate negotiators includes a requirement that the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency deploy another X-band radar system aimed at ...

Chemical Arms in Panama Won't Be Sent to U.S. for Disposal, Pentagon Says

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Department on Tuesday said there are no plans to return aging U.S. chemical weapons left behind in Panama to the United States for destruction, seemingly contradicting a recent statement on the matter made by a top Panamanian official. Pentagon spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea in released comments said the department ...

Senator Seeks to Prevent NATO Use of Chinese Technology

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A measure proposed on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate would prohibit Washington from financially supporting the integration of a Chinese missile system with U.S. technology that is to play an essential role in an evolving NATO defensive shield. The amendment to the Senate version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization ...

U.S. Official: 'Not Making Much Progress' with Russia on Missiles, Arms

November 13, 2013 The United States is "not making much progress" in arms-control and missile-defense talks with Russia, a senior Obama administration official admitted on Tuesday. "It's important to have Russia's support on both" topics, Madelyn Creedon, assistant secretary of Defense for global strategic affairs, told a conference organized by the Atlantic Council ...

North Korea Is Making Progress on an ICBM

November 5, 2013 While some weapons experts agree North Korea appears to have improved the designs for it newest intercontinental-ballistic missile, they are not in agreement over just how much headway the secretive nation has made. Simulations of the North's new road-mobile ICBM, known in the West as the KN-08, were first seen ...

Congress Urges Hagel, U.S. to Block Turkey-China Anti-Missile Deal

October 11, 2013 Republican lawmakers in both chambers are urging the Obama administration to use diplomatic and military levers to pressure Turkey into abandoning its plans to purchase a long-range missile-defense system from China. Critics of the possible deal, announced last month, are concerned it could endanger the integrity of NATO's evolving ballistic ...