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A renewed call for homeland missile defense: guest opinion

Rebeccah Heinrichs

A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its missile silo during an mplacement at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska. (Contributed photo/SMDC) Editor’s Note: The missile system described below was developed by the Missile Defense Agency headquartered at […]

To limit—or expand—missile defense

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Since 2002, when the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the international arms control regime has included no limits on missile defense. Washington wants to keep it that way, insisting that it “will continue to reject any negotiated […]

Missile defense is not optional

Rebeccah Heinrichs

This summer marked the ninth occasion on which hit-to-kill missile defense technology proved its worth. The GMD interceptor (which stands for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense) destroyed a target ballistic missile above the earth’s atmosphere in June. This demonstrated once again that hit-to-kill technology […]

Why Do We Need ‘Hypersonic’ Strike Weapons, Exactly?

James Acton

It’s hard to dispute the notion that before spending billions of dollars on a new weapon, the Pentagon ought to be able to explain what it’s for. So it’s surprising how often this rule isn’t followed. Take the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon. […]

Time to Revive Debate About Space-Based Missile Defense

Marvin Baker Schaffer

Boost phase missile defense is necessary to reliably and cost-effectively defeat the most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile threats, those of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China. Current intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) defenses do not have the necessary […]

South Korea Confirms North Korea Missile Sub Modification

The Washington Free Beacon

Defense officials in South Korea say North Korea may be trying to develop the ability to fire missiles from submarines, the Wall Street Journal reports. While South Korea doesn’t believe Pyongyang currently has submarines capable of launching missiles, the Joint […]