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- 2K12 KUB : Also known by the NATO designation SA-6 GAINFUL, this is a highly mobile surface-to-air missile system with both radar and passive television, the latter allowing it to engage targets without telltale radar emissions. It entered Soviet service in 1970, but has gone constant improvement and remains operational in a number of countries, optimized for low to medium air defense.
- AIM-9 Sidewinder : The first operational heat-seeking air-to-air missile, this weapon, with five generations of improvements, has been in service for over fifty years.
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- Iran-Iraq War : War between Iran and Iraq, 1980-1988, with very high casualties on both sides, but an inconclusive result
- National Intelligence Council : Part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and previously was a small but select office in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the grand strategy "think tank" inside the U.S. government
- North Korea : State comprising the northern Korean peninsula; officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with Pyongyang its capital.
- Robert M. Gates : The 22nd, and current, Secretary of Defense of the United States.
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- Soviet support for Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War : Soviet technical assistance and sales of military and dual-use equipment, beginning in approximately 1975, to Iraq, and continuing through the Iran-Iraq War; the Soviet Union and France were the leading military suppliers to Iraq
- Surface-to-surface missile : A guided missile launched from the land or water surface of the Earth, aimed at a surface target
- U.S. Army Command and General Staff College : Midcareer staff college of the United States Army
- United States Secretary of Defense : The civilian official with authority over all personnel of the United States Department of Defense, currently Robert Gates
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