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THAAD Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence, United States of America

The THAAD weapon system consists of launchers, missiles, battle management / command, control, communications and intelligence (BMC3I) units and THAAD radars. The THAAD terminal (formerly theatre) high-altitude area defence missile system is an easily transportable defensive weapon system to protect […]

North Korea: Test Stand for Vertical Launch of Sea-Based Ballistic Missiles Spotted

Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.

Summary Recent press reports have raised the possibility that North Korea is developing the capability to launch ballistic missiles from submarines.[1] A review of commercial satellite imagery since 2010 covering submarine bases and submarine shipyards has identified a new test […]

For U.S. and South Korea, Missile Defense Looms as Next Big Challenge

Richard Weitz

The first so-called 2+2 meeting of the U.S. and South Korean foreign and defense ministers since Park Geun-hye became South Korea’s president took place last week in Washington. At the meeting, the two sides reaffirmed their global partnership and also […]


The Most Powerful Militaries In The Middle East [RANKED]

Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender and Amanda Macias

Turkish Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Aker and other officers gather around an army tank on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 6, 2014. The balance of power in the Middle East is […]

Base Hardening: Can America and Its Allies “Play Fort” against China?

Harry J. Kazianis

As the United States continues to place tremendous time, energy and resources into its “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific, many are questioning the military and strategic aspects of this effort. Specifically, many analysts are concerned over the emphasis China has placed […]

US-China Need a Missile Launch Notification Deal

Nicholas Cosmas, Meicen Sun, and John K. Warden

In his July call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. President Barack Obama again called for an improved U.S.-China relationship defined by “increased practical cooperation and constructive management of differences.” But between territorial issues, cyber espionage, air-to-air standoffs, and countless […]

X-Band and THAAD as Good as Anti-China Trilateral Defense Agreement?

Clark Richards

Over the past week China has criticized the U.S. for deploying new missile defense radar and for considering the deployment of advanced missile defense systems in Northeast Asia. While both of these deployments can ostensibly be considered necessary in light […]