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Embry Riddle professor says that the U.S. likely knows where a missle that shot down MH17 came from

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Dr. Richard Bloom is the Chief Academic Officer at the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

He is a professor of security and intelligence studies.

The Buk launcher is believed to have been used to down the Malaysian Airlines flight. An air missile launch on MH17 could be successful without extensive training according to Dr. Bloom.

"In my opinion, with minimal training, many kinds of surface to air missiles can be successfully implemented. That's why when any power, or power like the U.S. or to a lesser extent Russia or the People's Republic of China, with the question of sharing or giving military equipment, the issue is always who may use it and what might they use it for. For what political or military constraints can there be or so on," he said.

Professor Bloom calls the use of this equipment a global threat and a high priority for intelligence agencies. So where did the technology come from?

"It's probably more than likely it came from direct or indirect Russian military or paramilitary. And either used by the Russians or given to the Ukrainian rebels in eastern or southeastern Ukraine most likely regardless of where the surface to air missile was actually launched from," said Bloom.

Professor Bloom said that many countries, and the airline, will determine which agency or agencies will handle the investigation. But what happens from here will be much different than the investigation into missing airliner MH370.

"In this type of situation I don't think it's really important, I think there are already people who know exactly what happened, there's little mystery here," he said.

Bloom says that officials will work to determine exactly where the missile launch came from. U.S. Intelligence sources have said it did not come from Ukraine. He believes that the U.S. and other countries already know where it came from.
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