Upset by the US-Iranian nuclear deal, Saudi Arabia has little choice but to rely on the US for regional security Saudi Arabia seems to have few viable options for pursuing a more independent and forthright foreign policy, despite its deep […]
Surviving a world of diffuse precision strike is a strategic and organizational problem for the US military. Stepping briefly out of the debate over AirSea Battle, there has been some excellent recent work on the strategic implications of the diffusion […]
Turkey sent a ripple through the Western defense industry when it recently chose a Chinese company to co-produce a missile defense system—passing on US and European bids in the process. It certainly didn’t help that the Chinese company, China Precision […]
In the history of warfare, there have been numerous weapons described as “game changers” that promised to nullify the dominant weapons of the day. Stone castles fell prey to gunpowder. Integrated air defenses were overcome by stealth. Sometimes new weapons […]
Much of the current debate on missile defense focuses on the need for more missile interceptors, as well as the politics of reconciling Russian and Chinese opposition to the systems with the Iranian and North Korean missile threats. Although these […]
The stalemate in the U.S. Senate over the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) exemplifies our nation’s struggle to adjust to a new normal while attempting to balance our defense and domestic agendas. In this hyper-conscious budget environment, leaders in […]
It’s doubtful many defense watchers missed the headlines of Nov. 6 where two targets were successfully engaged by three Patriot Advanced Capability missiles in the final demonstration test of the $4B Medium Extended Air Defense System or MEADS program. Videos […]
From forest fires to earthquakes, the West Coast can seem a particularly dangerous place to live. But when it comes to protection against the threat of long-range missiles, it’s much better off than the East Coast. But that may be […]
The Rand Corporation, a US think-tank with close ties to the Pentagon, released a report this month titled “Employing Land-Based Anti-Ship Missiles in the Western Pacific”.
Congratulations to the NATO MEADS Management Agency, the U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company on an extraordinary accomplishment! Earlier this month, the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) destroyed a Lance tactical ballistic missile and an unmanned QF-4 aircraft […]
Congratulations to the tri-national team for last week’s simultaneous destruction of a Lance tactical ballistic missile and an unmanned QF-4 aircraft above the White Sands Missile Range that marked continued flight test success for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).
On October 27, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency released a slideshow showing what the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) touted as the country’s first nuclear ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN). Though the “unveiling” of China’s Type 092 Xia-class SSBN comes as […]
Earlier this summer, Panamanian authorities seized missile radar systems from a North Korean freighter traveling from Cuba — clear evidence that Pyongyang is continuing its aggressive pursuit of a nuclear missile program.
November 14, 2013 – The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) recently completed its third successful test—locating, tracking, and destroying two targets attacking simultaneously from the north and south. Instead of backing out of the MEADS program, the United States […]
Turkish companies that potentially would work with a Chinese weapons manufacturer to build a national missile-defense system are unlikely to be embargoed by the U.S. government, Today’s Zaman reported.
On Oct. 29, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported that “according to NATO information,” surface- and sea-launched interceptor missiles in the U.S. national missile defense system “are designed for the total destruction of the warheads of short-, intermediate- and intercontinental-range ballistic missiles.” The article then implied that the Ballistic Missile Defense system being […]
A German military truck carrying NATO’s Patriot Missile Defense System to protect Turkey in case neighboring Syria launches an attack. Can the United States count on its NATO allies to share the burden of missile defense? That’s the question irking […]
The potential placement of missiles on the East Coast, for which Fort Drum is being considered, received new criticism from a scientist collective.
Is Iron Dome based on a flawed concept, waiting to fail? A recent article by aeronautics expert Nathan Farber sheds much doubt on official IDF figures regarding Iron Dome’s success rate and the feasibility of missile-based anti-missile defense. Nathan Farber […]
In the wake of the government shutdown’s interruption of fiscal 2014 budget deliberations, Congress still faces tough decisions about national defense priorities. One controversial issue that will resurface shortly is the need to protect the East Coast from the threat of Iran’s growing ballistic-missile […]
Four days before Halloween, on Sunday morning, October 27, 2013, terrorists in Mexico’s Michoacan state blacked out the electric grid, leaving some 420,000 powerless and thirteen dead. That same Sunday night, National Geographic aired the docudrama American Blackout. This fictionalized […]
Missile defense supporters in the House of Representatives are seeking funding for the second year to build a newdeployment site for the Ground Based Midcourse (GMD)missile defense system. The goal is to field interceptors at an east coast site intended […]
In a recent report over at 38 North, Jeffrey Lewis and John Schilling discuss various North Korean missile “mock-ups” displayed over the last year. While the authors note that “not all of these solutions are elegant,” they quickly add “these […]
In his recent commentary, David Trachtenberg called for more diversity in America’s missile defense systems and claimed that the current U.S. missile defense program “is but a shadow of the robust program needed to protect the nation.” (“U.S. Benefits From […]
Half a century ago, on Nov. 1, 1963, the Soviet Union launched the first prototype of the “killer” satellite—what we would call today an antisatellite system, or ASAT. Officially announced as Polyot-1 (or Flight-1), this highly maneuverable spacecraft was intended […]
Despite notable progress over the past few years, the sea-based leg of the Chinese nuclear triad will remain significantly constrained by geographical and technological factors. In the last week the Chinese media have provided unprecedented coverage of the shadowy Chinese […]
The Turks will be purchasing the FD-2000, the export version of the Chinese S-300 (HongQi 9 [HQ-9]) launcher pictured here during China’s 60th anniversary parade, 2009. (Photo: Wikimedia/Jian Kang/CC License) After long deliberation, Turkey announced September 26 its selection of […]
Predictions of China becoming a major exporter of advanced weapons systems may still be premature, as it faces considerable challenges in bringing competitive products to market. However, Beijing could eventually (although not anytime soon) succeed in expanding its arms sales […]
By fate, Poland has always found itself in a geopolitical quagmire forcing the Polish nation to struggle to maintain its own sovereign state, and at the worst of times fight to keep its own nation alive. It comes as no […]
Sometime in the next few months, the Defense Department is expected to decide whether the nation needs a new nuclear-armed cruise missile. This decision is worth about $30 billion, and is a key test of whether U.S. military planners have […]
Lockheed Martin, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense U.S. antimissile systems have been the gold standard for decades, and American firms have sought to capitalize on that prestige as they court customers in the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. So […]
One of the most important initiatives concerning US and European security has been the Washington-led effort to build a transatlantic missile defense architecture to counter the growing threat posed by the proliferation of missile technologies. This threat includes Iran’s increasingly […]
The US and NATO have begun revamping a military base in Romania which will be a crucial part of the American-led anti-missile shield in Europe. The NATO missile defense system remains a bone of contention in US-Russian relations. Romanian President […]
The United States, Germany and Italy this week agreed to maintain trilateral collaboration on a developmental battlefield short-range missile defense system, whose continued financing by the U.S. government has been strongly opposed by Congress, Inside Defense reported on Thursday. The […]
Recent satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has greatly expanded its uranium enrichment capabilities. The nation just promised to launch more long-range rockets “soon.” And, reportedly, labs in Pyongyang are hard at work developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the […]
BEIJING — China said Friday that a controversial proposal to sell a Chinese missile defense system to U.S. ally and NATO member Turkey should not be politicized. The call came a day after a U.S. diplomat expressed concerns over the […]
October 23, 2013 – More than a decade after the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and began fielding an initial missile defense capability, the U.S. missile defense program is but a shadow of the robust program needed […]
October 22, 2013 – Moscow has long promoted its conventional defense modernization to 2020 as a means to strengthen the state’s claims to great power status. However, the Russian political and security elite continue to place considerably more emphasis upon […]
October 21, 2013 – Missile-defense advocates are concerned that rogue nations may develop long-range nuclear missile capabilities. As a result, some support the construction of a third U.S. missile-defense site which would increase battle space to detect and destroy incoming […]
Turkey has manifested its frustration with the United States by choosing China for a multi-million missile defense deal, says a scholar. The two allies’ stances on Syria are not compatible and the divergence of views on Egypt has added to […]
BEIJING: Over a decade ago the Federation of American Scientists described the Chinese missile program as a pocket of excellence in an otherwise problematic indigenous military industry. In 2010 the Chinese military was reported to have started tests on its […]
Simulated trajectory of an Iranian ICBM (red) and a Russian SS-19 (yellow) heading for targets in the United States (visualization using Google Earth). America wants to use policy — talks on missile defense cooperation — to make Russia feel better […]
Iran’s missile program does not make headlines as often as its nuclear efforts. But the missile program is tied to the nuclear program in two different ways: technically, because Iran has been keen to develop rockets that could carry a […]
Pavel Podvig, writing on Russia’s reactions to Israel’s recent missile defense test which occurred during particularly tense moments of the ongoing Syrian crisis, notes the dangers of misperception posed by use of ballistic missiles. Podvig concludes: “But the recent incident […]
Discussion of the United States’ missile defense shield often recalls memories of Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” initiatives of the eighties. Composed of a complex network of domestic Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile launch sites, and deployed sea and land based […]
October 3, 2013 – For more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Defense has sought non-nuclear weapons that could hit distant targets “within minutes or hours.” Research and development efforts into this Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS) technology are making […]
In the past two days, the United States has released important alliance statements with two of its most prominent East Asian partners. The first followed the annual meeting of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee; the second the U.S.-ROK Security Consultative […]
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Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) is the only U.S. military system that has demonstrated the ability to destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles. Such missiles can achieve speeds of several miles per second and may carry a combination of multiple warheads and penetration […]
Major policy changes are masquerading as simple budget cuts. What is the right number of nuclear weapons? As many as lead the military planners in Russia and China to conclude, “Not today, comrade.” There are no budget savings that could […]
MOSCOW — Russia’s deputy prime minister in charge of defense is many things, but lazy isn’t one of them. Dimitry Rogozin has been jumping from city to city — holding conferences about the construction of new warships and delivering grandiose critiques of […]
Last week, the Aegis ballistic missile defense system successfully intercepted a complex separating short-range ballistic missile target. A rigorous testing program is essential for getting the U.S. ahead of the advancing ballistic missile threat. The test exercised the second generation of the sea-based Aegis […]
We Canadians have big neighbours, the Americans, with whom we share most of a continent. We help them defend it — just look at the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), guarding both Americans and Canadians against manned bombing raids […]
The people responsible for the crash of a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile at the start of September will be held accountable and possibly fired, a Russian military official told reporters Friday. The solution to the problem of the Sept. 6 launch failure of a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) will be […]
US national security experts spend years studying, seeking to avoid and sometimes helping to mediate or prosecute conflicts. Over time, veteran policy hands in the executive and legislative branches, as well as academia, thinks tanks and the media, come to […]
India tested its nuclear-capable Agni V on Sunday. The missile, with a range of over 5,000 kilometres, may eventually have its range enhanced or be equipped with multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) technology though there are no signs that […]
The belief that U.S. arms sales to Taiwan stand in the way of good relations between Washington and Beijing has been repeated so often over the decades that it has acquired a status approaching that of a religious text. A […]
Canada may not be as big as our continental neighbour, but we do our part to keep North America safe.
Eliot A. Cohen teaches at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He directed the Air Force’s Gulf War Air Power Survey from 1991 to 1993. There are not many heroes in the should-we-bomb-Syria debate, but if there is […]
The brutal chemical weapons attack in Syria serves as a horrible reminder of the nature of modern warfare. The major threat to global security is now radical actors with access to weapons of mass destruction, like these chemical agents and […]
Over the last 60-plus years, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has proven itself as a highly successful alliance. The alliance works because of the three fundamental principles – consensus, collaboration and interoperability. Consensus means all 28 nations have an […]
September 4, 2013 – Recent specialist commentaries in the Russian military press indicate deep dissatisfaction with the Aerospace Defense Forces (Vozdushno-Kosmicheskaia Oborona—VKO) created in December 2011. The complexity of the new structure is not only openly criticized, but there are […]
In March 2013, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, citing the progress of North Korea’s nuclear program, announced that the United States would be bolstering its missile defenses. Fourteen new ground-based interceptor missiles, known as GBIs, would be deployed to […]
The Ohio -class replacement program should be canceled; it is a costly anachronism in a changed global nuclear landscape. Ballistic-missile submarines, or “boomers,” may best be known for their ability to remain undetected, but there is no hiding the massive […]
Thoughts for Change: We can do it is all about India’s immense contribution to the world in the fields of Science and Technology.
The U.S. Air Force has just completed a review of the ballistic missile threats to the U.S.: China is building more ballistic missiles than anyone – and faster. By 2015, Iran’s and North Korea’s long-range missiles will be able to […]
August 25, 2013 – There are press reports that the White House is considering missile strikes on the Assad regime in Syria to punish it for the use of chemical weapons. That is a bad idea for five reasons. 1. […]
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In the March 23, 1983, address that formally unveiled the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), President Ronald Reagan famously outlined a vision that challenged the “balance of terror” that governed relations between the U.S. and USSR. Reagan proposed an alternative to […]
The Obama administration is getting a much-needed wake-up call about its budget cuts leaving missile defense lagging behind ever-rising missile threats.
Iran plans to withdraw its four billion dollar claim if Russia fails to honor its S-300 contract. Russia proposes new S-300 air defense system replacement to Iran. The S-300 system could become Iran’s most advanced air defense system.
In his early addresses, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah signaled the need of a strong Air Force to thwart any threat from the Air.
Presentation of Richard Matlock, Program Executive for Advanced Technology at the Missile Defense Agency, at the 2013 Space and Missile Defense Conference.
Over at Defense One, Prince Turki Al Faisal, the former chief of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency and a member of the al-Saud royal family, has a commentary piece calling for the establishment of a weapons of mass destruction free zone […]
Adm. James Syring’s presentation at the 2013 Space and Missile Defense Conference.
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August 7, 2013 – On Tuesday, Hiroshima marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. Nagasaki will do the same Friday. As the only nation ever to have been attacked with atomic weapons, how will Japan pass […]
Reuters ran a story recently concerning the very promising sales outlook for Raytheon’s Patriot air-defense system.
Thousands of rockets aimed at schools, nursing homes and city centers within Israel have killed or injured hundreds of innocent Israelis.
August 4, 2013 – It’s becoming clear that Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, have stepped up their defense spending in recent years. Uncertainty creates perceptions of risk, and perceptions of risk lead to responses aimed at reducing that risk. That’s […]
India’s ballistic missile defense capabilities are rapidly maturing. Could this inadvertently make Delhi less secure? On November 23, 2012, Indian scientists achieved a major milestone in missile defense: simultaneous interceptions of ballistic missiles at altitudes of 30 and 120 kms […]
That Iran’s nuclear challenge poses the most urgent threat to peace and security today is widely agreed across the national security community, and many argue that 2013 will be the decisive year for this issue. As former Mossad head Ephraim […]
The 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed by President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev was a diplomatic watershed that signaled the beginning of the end of the Cold War. For the first time, the United States and […]
In recent years, the issue of missile defense has become one of the most prominent features of Israel’s military debate. During Operation Pillar of Defensein the Gaza Strip on November 2012, air defense systems such as Iron Dome proved crucial […]
Israel’s rising arms trade is once again making headlines. Israeli and international media are reporting that sales soared to US$7.5 billion last year, a significant jump on the $5.8 billion raised in 2011. SIBAT, the defense export and defense cooperation […]
Panama recently confiscated a shipment of suspected weapons parts, believed to be an aging Soviet-era radar control system for surface-to-air missiles found aboard the North Korean-flagged Chong Chon Gang as it tried to enter the Panama Canal. Although the cargo […]
US and Russia relations are in a nosedive over Eric Snowden, Syria, and Iran. One way to reverse that is for Presidents Putin and Obama to agree on missile defense at a planned summit in September. US-Russian cooperation in space […]
This Strategic Analysis, authored by Celeste Wallander, argues that the Mutually Assured Destruction concept which has dominated US-Russian security relations since the outset of the Cold War is neither an adequate nor cost-effective strategy to sustain stability in the twenty-first […]
The Department of Defense (DOD) submitted to the congressional defense committees a terms of reference and a report on a 2012 DOD Director for Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) program review of the Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS), a missile defense program designed to track ballistic missiles.
Congressional deliberations regarding missile defense sometimes appear driven more by theology than common sense.
With large-scale military exercises and huge energy deals, Russia has been increasingly assertive in Asia. Russia’s security differences with NATO countries have been encouraging Moscow to strengthen ties with Asian countries, above all China. These differences range from concerns over […]
Beneficial lessons can be realized from missile-defense tests even if they are labeled as failures. In some cases, failure or lack of interception is advantageous because it means technology is being pushed to the extreme, potentially facilitating modifications of the […]
Senators John McCain and Carl Levin have demanded answers from General Martin Dempsey on Syria. Can they handle the truth? In open hearings before the Armed Services Committee last Thursday, McCain asked the Joint Chiefs chairman, “Do you believe the […]
July 22, 2013 – On October 12, 2000, al Qaeda attacked the USS Cole in an Osama bin Laden-inspired plot. It was a deadly lesson in the importance of providing commanders with the intelligence and equipment necessary to safeguard their […]
July 23, 2013: During the last decade India has become much less tolerant of corruption within the military and especially when it involves procurement. The most recent example of this is the dismissal of an Indian Air Force officer for […]
July 12, 2013 – A new report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center warns that China is trying to expand its offensive missile forces and solidify its first-strike advantage in the Western Pacific. According to the report, China […]
A recent query from a colleague asked a very simple question: If America’s AirSea Battle (ASB) was ever called into service against China’s anti-access/area denial strategy (A2/AD), who wins? Yikes. The simple answer, without making loyal Diplomat readers suffer through […]
THREE years ago the Liberal Democrats demanded a review of Britain’s nuclear weapons system as a condition of joining a coalition government. Their Tory partners were committed to replacing the four Trafalgar-class Trident ballistic missile submarines that have been on […]
Iran is edging closer toward its goal of nuclear weapons possession and is leading the already deeply unstable Middle East region down a path to a new crisis. The warning signs are being drowned out somewhat by the horrors of […]
Good morning, Chairman Durbin, Vice Chairman Cochran, distinguished Members of the subcommittee. I appreciate this opportunity to testify before you for the first time as the Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Our current budget request of $7.684 billion […]
June 15, 2013 – The Department of Defense announced on July 5 that an intercept test earlier that day of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense system, which protects U.S. territory against long-range missiles, failed to result in a […]
July 14, 2013 – The threat environment that faces the US today has evolved rapidly over the past three decades. Nowhere is this more evident than in the expanding constellation of countries with access to ballistic missiles. Iran continues to […]
Here at BreakingDefense, we get a lot of op-ed submissions arguing for more spending on new weapons. Today, we present an argument on why new technology can sometimes be a trap. The author, Steve Russell, is a retired Army lieutenant […]
College students can be flunked for cut-and-paste reports, think tankers can be embarrassed, Defense News staff writers can be fired, but not, apparently, members of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Most of its so-called “updated” report, 2013 […]
Over the last few days two separate events have underscored once again the challenge the United States and various nations face from the growing threat of missile proliferation. Last Friday, a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), an important […]
In recent days, the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee adopted different versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014. They both include provisions for small increases in funding for the Missile Defense Agency—over the Obama Administration’s request.
This report was prepared by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center with significant contributions from the Defense Intelligence Agency Missile and Space Intelligence Center and the Office of Naval Intelligence. KEY FINDINGS Many countries view ballistic and cruise missile […]
The U.S. missile defense program suffered perhaps its most serious test failure in recent history last week. The July 5 setback should serve as a warning to the Pentagon for the need to hedge against further deficiencies in the Ground-based […]
The growing number and modernization of ballistic missiles in the Asia-Pacific region poses a security challenge for the United States and its allies and is thus a concern for many in Congress.
A U.S. Navy Aegis ship that can detect and intercept ballistic missiles patrols the waters of the Mediterranean. A mobile radar deployed in Turkey is positioned to “see” a hostile missile before it reaches a European city. By 2014, four more Aegis ships will be permanently based in Rota, Spain. By 2015, Romania will host a U.S. land-based missile interceptor site. A similar “Aegis ashore” missile launch site is scheduled to be built in Poland by 2018.
July 3, 2013 – The recent test-launch of a modified Russian ballistic missile has nuclear arms reduction opponents up in arms with claims that Russia is fielding a new missile in violation of arms control agreements and that the United […]
As Moscow complains about U.S. missile defense plans in Europe, it is completing an anti-missile radar site in southern Russia to protect its homeland against missile strikes. Our flexibility meets their hypocrisy.
July 2, 2013 – In the two weeks since U.S. President Barack Obama proposed in Berlin that the U.S. and Russia each reduce their deployed strategic weapons by one-third below the levels established in the New START treaty, the Kremlin has not exactly rushed to embrace it. That is […]
In March 2013, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, citing the progress of North Korea’s nuclear program, announced that the United States would be bolstering its missile defenses. Fourteen new ground-based interceptor missiles, known as GBIs, would be deployed to […]
On March 15, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the deployment of an additional 14 ground-based interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, “to stay ahead of the long-range ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea and Iran.”
Department of Defense (DOD) development work on high-energy military lasers, which has been underway for decades, has reached the point where lasers capable of countering certain surface and air targets at ranges of about a mile could be made ready for installation […]
BARACK OBAMA encountered an unprecedented welcome when he visited Israel in March. He was greeted at the airport not just by the usual dignitaries but also by a hot new weapon—Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system against short-range rockets. A battery […]
June 20, 2013 – Vice Admiral James D. Syring, Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, and Lieutenant General Richard Formica, Commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, have stated that “there is no validated military requirement […]
June 20, 2013 – Last week, the House decided to throw good money after bad. Tucked inside its $512 billion defense authorization bill was a provision that allocates funding for a new ground-based missile defense site on the East Coast […]
SINGAPORE – Cruise missiles that are difficult to detect, increasingly fast and capable of carrying nuclear warheads are spreading, especially in Asia, complicating arms control and raising the risk of catastrophic conflict. Until recently, most concerns have focused on the actual […]
President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to discuss missile defense, their thorniest bilateral problem, at the G8 summit in Ireland on June 17 and 18.
The U.S. armed forces must be prepared to deploy to a wide range of locations and confront adversaries that span the threat spectrum from poorly armed bands to peer-level foes. In future operations, the United States is also likely to […]
The most basic definition of a security community of independent states within a defined region is that there exists a reliable expectation that the states within that region will not resort to war to prosecute their disputes.
At the recently concluded Shangri La security conference, the emerging security scenario in the Asia Pacific was the main theme for discussions. Interposed between many plenary sessions on regional security and military transparency issues was an entire session devoted to […]
The Obama administration’s wavering on U.S. missile defense is driven by its unseemly desperation to further weaken national security by “negotiating” more cuts in strategic nuclear arsenals. Meanwhile, Russia continues its arms buildup — including a new intercontinental ballistic missile designed to defeat U.S. missile defenses.
After failing to defund the controversial Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) in the Pentagon’s 2013 budget, the House Armed Services Committee is trying to scuttle the missile defense program again this year in its version of the 2014 Pentagon budget bill passed on June 5.
As lawmakers work on the House and Senate versions of legislation to authorize the Pentagon’s programs for fiscal year 2014, the debate over how to defend the United States against Iran’s growing ballistic missile threat is heating up.
Thank you, Dr. Clarke for inviting me here today. It’s good to be back at RUSI. I’m glad to have the opportunity this morning to share this panel today with Nancy.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Defense released its annual report on China’s military entitled Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2013. While last year’s report was panned by some as being short on details and substance […]
The increasing prevalence of ballistic missiles has been highlighted by the latest tensions with North Korea, the ongoing confrontation with Iran, and Syria’s savage civil war. Approximately thirty countries are now armed with ballistic missiles. This number will grow, as will the range, accuracy, and lethality of the ballistic missiles available to friend and foe alike.
June 9, 2013 – According to some, the U.S. rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific region in recent years is a bold strategic shift in national security policy. To many Chinese interlocutors, in fact, the military dimensions of the policy seem directed […]
Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund U.S. forces.
The Project 2049 Institute is pleased to announce the release of a new occasional paper, Assessing Japan’s National Defense: Toward a New Security Paradigm in the Asia-Pacific.
June 4, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in March that the administration would deploy more Ground-based Interceptors or “GBIs” to better defend American cities from North Korean ballistic missiles. He also said it would begin studying sites on […]
The House Armed Services Committee is set to write the annual defense authorization bill on June 5. That means it’s showtime for all sorts of Republican craziness on nuclear weapons, missile defense, and related issues. In recent years, the GOP-led […]
June 2, 2013 – Russian-NATO differences over ballistic missile defense (BMD) were unsurprisingly a major source of disagreement at the International Conference on “Military and Political Aspects of European Security,” hosted in a major Moscow hotel by the Russian Ministry […]
June 2, 2013 – Reports indicate that China has finally tested at least part of a new, more advanced anti-satellite system. On May 13, China launched a rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province. The Chinese Academy […]
May 29, 2013 – “Many are called, but few are chosen.” So it is with legislation. During each two-year session, members of Congress consider approximately 10,000 bills and resolutions. Yet only 4 percent of these — about 400 total — become law. […]
SINGAPORE – When the United States carried out a successful test recently of an advanced high-speed, long-range weapon ostensibly designed to reduce U.S. reliance on nuclear arms in a crisis, it set alarm bells ringing in China. Far from reassuring […]
The Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula is the most important single theater in the US-Iranian strategic competition. The proximity of the Arab Gulf states to Iran; the region’s geostrategic value to the stability of the global economy ; the shifting […]
No single aspect of US and Iranian military competition is potentially more dangerous than the missile and nuclear dimensions, and the possibility Iran will deploy long-range, nuclear-armed missiles. At one level, Iran’s current missile and rocket forces help compensate for […]
The Burke Chair is issuing the first volume in a new series of reports on the Gulf Military Balance. This first volume is called The Gulf Military Balance, Volume One: The Conventional and Asymmetric Dimensions. This volume builds on, updates, […]
According to a recent unclassified Defense Intelligence Agency report, “DIA assesses with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles.”
In a turbulent and uncertain world where nationalism and religious zealotry are on the rise, Canada needs to consider actions that will safeguard and advance its national interests.
In response to threatening statements by the North Korean regime, President Obama announced significant enhancements to U.S. missile defense.
Last Wednesday, off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii, the Navy cruiser USS Lake Erie conducted a successful test of the next-generation missile defense weapon, engaging and destroying a dummy target warhead that had separated from a short-range attacking rocket.
President Obama’s plan to share classified data on our missile defense system with Russia should be blocked by Congress.
Missile defense is a proven technology; repeated tests have proved that the system is so accurate that it can “hit a bullet with a bullet.” The United States should continue to provide and encourage a rigorous missile defense testing program, even if it means that intercepts do not happen.
North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile, and the Defense Department believes that the nation may soon be capable of building a nuclear-armed missile.
U.S. East Coast also needs ground-based interceptors
Moscow’s revival of an old deal to supply S-300s to Syria sends out a strong message to the U.S. and Israel
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists May/June 2013 vol. 69 no. 3 71-81 Russia is in the middle of modernizing its nuclear forces, replacing Soviet-era ballistic missiles with fewer improved missiles. In a decade, almost all Soviet-era weapons will be gone, […]
TORONTO (IDN) – Russia is in the midst of a comprehensive modernization of its nuclear forces that began more than a decade ago. The upgrade, which involves replacing all Soviet-era ballistic missiles with fewer improved missiles, is now approaching a […]
Good afternoon, Chairman Udall, Ranking Member Sessions, distinguished Members of the subcommittee. I appreciate this opportunity to testify before you for the first time as the Director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Our current budget request of $7.684 billion […]
Chairman Udall, Ranking Member Sessions, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of the Department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget request for missile defense. Ballistic missile defense is a critical capability for the […]
Chairman Udall, Ranking Member Sessions, and Members of the Subcommittee: I am pleased to be here today to discuss the progress made and challenges that remain for the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in developing and fielding […]
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Sessions, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for your continued support of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Families. It is an honor and privilege to again testify before this Subcommittee. Today I appear before you, […]
Although most observers tend to treat them as separate phenomena, there is an intimate connection between North Korea’s recent nuclear and long-range missile tests and China’s growing push to control the vast oil and gas resources in the South China Sea and the associated sea lanes through which trillions of dollars in commerce travel.
There is no question that the pace of military modernization by the People’s Republic of China is increasing. Investments are being made in all the areas that would support military actions against its neighbors.
Iron Dome, Israel’s short range missile defense system, is the country’s somewhat belated response to the recurring barrages of rockets fired at its population centers. Conceived in 2005, Iron Dome went into full-scale development in 2007 and was first put […]
Finally, the moment of truth is at hand. After months of preparation and calculations, after checking and rechecking miles of wiring, thousands of screws and hundreds of computer algorithms, it’s launch time. In the command center, all eyes gaze at […]
In 2011, when Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah announced the intention to create the Gulf Union, one facet of the initiative stood out immediately—that of defense. The idea of the Gulf Union is to unify many aspects of the GCC under […]
THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC) continues to pursue a long-term, comprehensive military modernization program designed to improve the capacity of its armed forces to fight and win short duration, high-intensity regional military
Over the last decade, the US has spent tens of billions of dollars constructing a shield to stop nuclear missiles from North Korea or Iran reaching its soil. So far, the shield does not work. Fortunately for the Americans, neither Pyongyang nor Tehran has nuclear missiles that could hit the US. Unfortunately, however, America’s missile defence programme has upset China and Russia, two countries that do have nuclear arsenals that could reach its homeland.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense’s annual report on North Korea.
Thank you so much for inviting me to join you today. At the State Department, I am responsible for overseeing a wide range of defense policy issues, including missile defense policy. In this capacity, it was my responsibility and privilege to negotiate the details of the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) agreements with Poland, Romania, and Turkey that will enable the United States to implement the European Phased Adaptive Approach (or EPAA), the U.S. contribution to NATO missile defense.
Last week, 16 House Republicans called for including as much as $250 million for the U.S. East Coast missile defense site.
North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program has developed faster than Washington anticipated. To make matters worse, Pyongyang has threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has labeled North Korea’s recent rhetoric as a real […]
Canadians have always held strong opinions on the benefits and drawbacks of ballistic missile defence, so it is not surprising that the rumour that the United States has asked Canada to reconsider joining its BMD program has generated passionate dialogue.
April 27, 2013 – “I don’t agree with a missile defense system.” Those words from Barack Obama in 2001 help explain his disturbing presidential decision to continue cutting our nation’s missile defense funding. Even as threats from North Korea, Iran […]
The Obama White House had to look tough on national security before the last election. Okay, they won. Now, in the throes of sequestration, continuing resolutions and budget battles, it is high time to clean out the Pentagon’s closet full […]
Although the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has made some progress, the new MDA Director faces challenges developing and deploying new systems to achieve increasingly integrated capabilities as well as supporting and upgrading deployed systems while providing decision makers in the Department of Defense (DOD) and Congress with key oversight information in an era of fiscal constraints.
Thirty years after Ronald Reagan first articulated a vision of space-based defense against ballistic-missile attack, Washington still can’t seem to get serious about the mission.
Our attention is focused on the terrorist attack in Boston last week, but just two weeks ago we were gripped by North Korean threats of a new Korean War and the possibility of New York’s being hit attacked by long-range […]
Months before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, the U.S. Army mounted an electronic device on high ground near Wheeler Field. Able to detect aircraft at long range, the equipment was there for further evaluation.
North Korea’s recent belligerence reminds us that the threat of big war, including nuclear war, is not a thing of the past.
As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, I wrote to President Barack Obama criticizing his Administration’s failure to articulate a consistent missile defense strategy.
Frank A. Rose Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Polish National Defense University Warsaw, Poland April 18, 2013 Implementation of the European Phased Adaptive Approach Thank you so much for inviting me to join you today. […]
While President Obama has made it a priority to change the U.S. nuclear posture and reduce the number and role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, other countries have not followed his lead.
The time has come to recognize space systems as national infrastructure and space programs as an irreplaceable force for good for our nation and the world. Thousands of lives are saved each year thanks to space system data that predicts […]
April 17, 2013 – India has tested a two-tier missile defence shield and is getting ready to place it around its two major cities, Delhi and Mumbai. There are three issues that emerge from the deployment of this capability: will […]
Increasing tension on the Korean peninsula has turned the spotlight back onto missile defense in hopes of an answer to worrisome missile threats. In response to North Korean brinkmanship, the United States is moving ship-based defenses closer to North Korea […]
In recent weeks, the North Korean government has ratcheted up its rhetoric to ever loftier heights, even threatening to rain nuclear fire on the United States. That understandably has fueled concerns, but what can the North Korean military reliably do? […]
April 14, 2013 – It’s way past time for the Obama administration to take North Korean and Iranian nuclear threats seriously. An urgently critical priority must be to counter North Korea’s rapidly-emerging capability to deliver and detonate an electromagnetic pulse […]
In May 2012, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said: “Missile defense is an illusion – no matter how much money you invest in it.” At the same time, a source from Russia’s defense industry says that Russia plans to […]
Prepared testimony of David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Good afternoon and thank you for […]
You need only to pick up a newspaper or turn on the television to be reminded that threats facing America are becoming more serious and diverse. In the Western Pacific and the Gulf, North Korea is helping Iran on both […]
Almost everyone knows the acronym “EMT.” We know that emergency medical technicians will arrive in a hurry if someone calls for an ambulance. Less familiar is the acronym “EMP.” But if an electromagnetic pulse were to hit the United States, […]
Victory in a conflict in the current century will be decided by Asymmetry in Fire Power. Israel and the US have constantly used technology to multiply their capabilities. The Hamas operating from the Gaza strip have been sporadically firing at […]
Doubters falsely accuse the Israeli defense system as a failure when in reality that is not the case. As the threat of ballistic missile increases, the U.S. should enact policies to further advance its own defenses. The founder of Israel’s […]
In the Korean peninsula, the risk of war remains much lower than is suggested by the atmosphere of crisis, but a great deal will depend on what level of escalation Pyongyang deems necessary for political and deterrent purposes. The Two […]
We have heard much about the anti-access/area denial threat China poses to American and allied forces in the Pacific. We have read much about new Chinese missiles such as the DF-21, which supposedly can destroy maneuvering ships at sea — […]
Since the 1960s the United States has operationally deployed nearly all its strategic nuclear forces in a Triad of delivery systems comprising land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs); submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs); and bombs and cruise missiles delivered by aircraft. In […]
While it remains unclear how serious is the North Korean threat of war – including how far its missiles are capable of travelling – the example now being set by Pyongyang is spurring Tehran to persevere with its own nuclear […]
April 4, 2013 – Many nations already have, or are acquiring, short- and medium-range missiles. The United States is leading the efforts to negate such threats. One of the interesting effects of ballistic missile defense is how it has affected […]
Enough bluster: Apparently Kim Jong-Un intends to walk the walk. A prominent arms analyst has told an Australian think-tank that U.S. troop movements west of the peninsula indicate that a North Korean missile launch is imminent.
When North Korea surprised the international community by detonating a nuclear device in February, America’s at the time brand new secretary of state, John Kerry, drew a link between Pyongyang and Tehran. Failure to respond decisively to North Korea’s provocation, […]
As Britain marks the 100th Vanguard patrol, Prime Minister David Cameron explains why he believes it is vital to renew Trident. This week marks the completion of the 100th patrol by the Royal Navy’s Vanguard-class submarines, which carry our Trident […]
In a February 27th communique to a leading member of the Raj Sabha, India’s upper house of parliament, Indian Defense Minister AK Antony outlined a proposal to establish two new missile test sites for its increasingly-sophisticated arsenal of conventional and […]
It has been 30 years since US President Ronald Reagan called for development of a missile defense system that was supposed to make nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete.” The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) launched by Reagan’s famous “Star Wars” speech […]
In January 2013, Lale Sariibrahimoglu and Nicholas de Larrinaga reported: Turkey has decided to abandon its plans to buy an off-the-shelf system for its T-Loramids surface-to-air missile (SAM) programme and is now seeking to co-develop a SAM system instead. Local […]
If Washington and its partners build on incremental technological progress and greater regional cooperation, they can field a Gulf missile defense network capable of dealing with Iran’s growing arsenal. Establishing an effective regional missile defense system for the Gulf Arab […]
India is poised to become one of the four largest military powers in the world by the end of the decade. It needs to think about what that means. UNLIKE many other Asian countries—and in stark contrast to neighbouring Pakistan—India […]
March 27, 2013 – The United States has quietly taken on the huge task of trying to organize regional ballistic missile defense networks, not only among NATO countries but also among nations in East Asia and the Middle East. The […]
Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) speech in 1983 launched a program to eliminate the threat posed by a nuclear attack and set the groundwork for today’s missile defense system. On March 19, The Heritage Foundation and the George C. Marshall Institute co-hosted an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of this speech.
Jay Nordlinger on the tag ‘Star Wars,’ the American Left, the Soviet Union, and more.
Saturday, March 23, was the 30th anniversary of President Reagan’s famous “SDI speech” — the speech in which he announced our missile-defense project, which soon came to be known as the “Strategic Defense Initiative,” or “SDI.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strategic concerns for the “defensive boundaries” of Israel are clearly demarcated by geography. The distance between key locations in Israel and the West Bank are six to nine miles, with a huge concentration of the […]
Thirty years ago, U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave a speech in which he asked, “What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security did not rest upon the threat of instant U.S. retaliation to deter a […]
Last week, Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called for a no-fly zone inside Syria. He had just heard Admiral James Stavridis, the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, explain that NATO’s Patriot missile batteries deployed in Turkey […]
The question of how the United States should respond to China’s military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, has emerged as a key issue in U.S. defense planning. The question is of particular importance to the U.S. Navy, because […]
Chuck Hagel deserves praise — four words I did not expect to be writing — for announcing an expansion of the U.S. missile-defense system. Fourteen additional ground-based long-range missile interceptors are to be installed in Alaska by 2017 at a […]
Russia’s objections to U.S. missile defense development and deployment have been on the agenda of consecutive American Administrations starting with Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.
The Obama administration, by restoring interceptors to Alaska, seems to be more serious.
Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the United States will shore up its missile defense system. Yet again, the Obama Administration is proving critics of its missile defense program correct.
What does Chuck Hagel have against Hawaii?
The problem the United States faces amid North Korea’s decision to void the armistice that ended the Korean War and threat to launch a nuclear attack is “not new,” The New York Times’ David Sanger said today on “Face the Nation.”
According to FOX News, Team Obama has decided to deploy 14 additional ground-based interceptors (GBI) in Alaska and California against the North Korean nuclear and missile threat, reversing itself on numbers proposed by the Bush administration.
America is developing its own carrier killer. Defense Industry Daily reports that the U.S. Navy has budgeted some $198 million through 2017 to fund a sorely needed replacement for its swiftly aging RGM-84 Harpoon antiship cruise missile. The workhorse Harpoon […]
President Barack Obama has portrayed the immediate impact of the sequester cuts as a doomsday scenario full of pink slips for teachers. The President also warned about longer TSA security lines at the airport as well as Capitol Hill janitors […]
The continuing development of North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities is testing the readiness and long-term planning of South Korea’s missile defences. The plans will undoubtedly be overshadowed by Chinese concerns.
At the “Maximizing National Security: The Framework for U.S.-Polish Strategic Cooperation on Missile Defense” conference hosted by GMF and the Polish National Defense Academy in Warsaw, where CEPA Director of Research Peter Doran spoke, the Polish Deputy Minister of Defense Robert Kupiecki delivered a Keynote Speech on the country’s ongoing air and missile defense modernization effort.
Missile defense approaches its 30th anniversary with both great accomplishments behind it and great challenges before it. President Reagan’s vision of a defense sufficient to blunt the use of ballistic missiles and their nuclear warheads as instruments of coercion, blackmail, and […]
March 6, 201 – We’re overdue for an updating of the missile defense debate. A lot of folks remember the Reagan- era missile defense system called the Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI, derisively known as “Star Wars.” At the time, […]
The maneuvering threats presented in this article are based upon foreign research that appears in English in the open technical litera ture. The article examines the development of simple maneuver schemes to avoid both tracking and interception and of subsequent […]
Feb. 26, 2013 – The West consistently and unwittingly cooperates with North Korea and Iran by underestimating the advancement, sophistication, and strategic implications of their nuclear weapon and missile programs. Despite North Korea’s successful long-range missile test in December 2012, […]
North Korea’s third nuclear weapons test explosion, in defiance of its lone remaining ally, China, and the rest of the international community, should prompt a reappraisal of Beijing’s accommodating attitude toward its neighbor and rejuvenate U.S.-led diplomacy designed to freeze […]
Feb. 27, 2013 – I was once asked in a television interview: “Which anti-aircraft missile system is better: Russia’s S-300 or the U.S. Patriot?” A concise answer was needed, and I said that the S-300 was better. Was I right? […]
As noted in the 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review, Syria possesses a large and highly capable ballistic missile arsenal. The threat posed to the region by those missiles is heightened by the Assad regime’s increasing willingness to employ those missiles against his own people and by what is described as “the most advanced chemical weapons program in the Middle East.”
Feb. 26, 2013 – An increasingly likely outcome of the looming budget sequester is the prospect of all Pentagon programs being cut equally — about 10 percent — regardless of performance, potential or priority. The administration and Congress may actually […]
Rocket and ballistic missile attacks against the home front presently constitute the most potent threat to Israel’s national security. Consequently, Israel has invested heavily in both active and passive defenses against rockets and ballistic missiles, to the point where it […]
Joel Wit attributes North Korea’s provocations to MB and Obama’s policy failures.
China is reported to have conducted the second test of its missile interceptor system on January 27, 2013 in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.1 Quite symbolic of China’s postural patterns, the reported test comes exactly three years (and 16 days) […]
Feb. 21, 2013 – Barack Obama hopes to engage Russia in his effort to continue reducing nuclear armaments. For the president, this is vital for advancing his goal of a world less reliant on nuclear weapons. For Moscow, however, nuclear […]
China conducted another ground-based mid-course missile-defence (GMD) test in January end to signify its increasing potential in missile interception capabilities. This test builds upon an earlier test in January 2010 which was again carried out to test its evolving capabilities […]
As the sequester ominously looms over the new Congress, about the only thing legislators on both sides of the aisle can agree to is that this is an awful way to make intelligent cuts to the budget, in terms of […]
In an area of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii on February 12, 2013, the Navy and Missile Defense Agency conducted a successful intercept test of a combined sea-based and space-based system against a medium-range ballistic missile.
Less than a week after Pyongyang defied the international community with a third nuclear blast South Korean sources allege that one day prior to the blast and despite increased scrutiny, North Korea tested a long-range missile engine. Quoting unnamed South […]
While Republican members of Congress arm-wrestle the White House, battling over sequestration and debt limits, the mother of all sea-battles is brewing in the Persian Gulf.
North Korea’s third nuclear test represents a challenge to all countries interested in the future of the pariah state. For South Korea, it is a final rebuke against the hardline policies of outgoing president Lee Myung-bakand a reminder to incoming […]
At a press briefing Monday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman responded to North Korea’s Feb. 12 nuclear test by calling for all parties to avoid taking action that could worsen the situation on the Korean Peninsula. While China expressed its […]
Feb. 18, 2013 – Despite its incessant propaganda against U.S. ballistic missile defense efforts, Russia is building a unified “aerospace defense” system aimed at intercepting U.S. ballistic missiles. Russia is now pressing for a legally binding commitment by the U.S. […]
The following script is from “Iron Dome” which aired on Feb. 17, 2013. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Andy Court, producer. Iron Dome is a technological marvel, a cutting-edge weapon of war that even some pacifists might come to love. […]
After North Korea’s nuclear test Tuesday, the West’s reaction has been as predictable as it will be ineffective: lots of hand-wringing, calls for more sanctions, warnings of vague consequences if North Korea continues to violate U.N. resolutions.
While the Sohae rocket test facility was the focus of international attention in 2012, construction of new facilities at the Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground (commonly referred to as Musudan-ri), previously slowed by the typhoons that ravaged the east coast of […]
At the request of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, the GAO examined “how alternatives were evaluated for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB.”
It was never in doubt that North Korea’s nuclear test on February 12 would raise hackles in East Asia. The rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula since Pyongyang launched a rocket in December, along with its alleged progress towards miniaturizing […]
When the South Korean government collected and analyzed the debris from North Korea’s mid-December launch of a rocket into space, it made two new—and disturbing—discoveries.
Feb. 13, 2013 – North Korea’s third and latest nuclear test is certainly a threat to Asian security, but the dangers go way beyond Asia. For decades, North Korea has been one of the world’s most enterprising and unscrupulous suppliers […]
Iran’s unexpectedly slow missile progress, a dialed down ‘covert war,’ and uranium enrichment changes may yield more room for diplomacy over the country’s nuclear program. Feb. 13, 2013 – Analysts are toning down threat assessments on Iran as several developments […]
Abstract The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972 prohibited the United States and the Soviet Union from testing or deploying national missile defense systems. Three months after 9/11, President George W. Bush gave notice to Russia of the U.S. intent to […]
North Korea boasted that the next nuclear blast would be “a high-level experiment” in a statement that its National Defense Commission issued prior to its Feb. 12 nuclear blast. It still remains unclear what exactly North Korea has achieved through […]
The Associated Press reported on Saturday that the U.S. Government Accountability Office, or GAO, sent a ”secret briefing” to Congress. The GAO report cited a study by the U.S. Department of Defense that called into question whether the missile defense system that Washington plans to deploy in Europe would be capable of protecting Europe […]
China has become the second country in the world which successfully intercepted a ballistic missile on mid-course of its trajectory with the help of kinetic energy interceptor (KEI), Xinhua news agency had reported late last month. In this context expert […]
China already possessed certain capabilities for midcourse anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense, which is similar to anti-satellite in technology, as early as 2007, when a ground-based ABM successfully destroyed a decommissioned satellite in space.
For almost 45 years, Royal Navy submariners have provided round-the-clock at-sea deterrence, delivering the ultimate guarantee of our national security.
Barely 40 miles from the Syrian border, Gaziantep, a booming Turkish city of 1.3 million people, seems worlds removed from the conflict engulfing its southern neighbor. Yet, signs of the war raging next door are not hard to find. The […]
The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act recently signed into law by the US president, Barack Obama, forbids the export or transfer of satellite technology to China, nor does it permit US companies to use China to launch satellites on their […]
The EU has proposed to conduct another round of negotiations in February between Iran and the six world powers, a group of international brokers on the issue of the Iranian nuclear program. This was announced by Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton. The place for the meeting is currently being determined. This issue has turned out to be quite complicated. Stanislav Tarasov, a political analyst, has made an attempt to clarify the reason.
China undertook a BMD test on January 11, 2010, which it claimed was an exoatmospheric interception.
Jan. 29, 2013 – Official announcements from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including a 24 January statement by the National Defence Committee (NDC), indicate that North Korea may be about to test a nuclear device – the third […]
Among the many man-made threats to U.S. security, one dwarfs all the others—a foreign attack on the U.S. homeland by nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. Today two countries, Russia and China, potentially pose this kind of threat to the United States. Fortunately, […]
Maybe. But the United States would need to consider the consequences…and what happens next. On December 12, 2012, after 14 years of trials and failures, North Korea finally put a satellite into orbit around the Earth. The Unha-3 rocket used […]
The House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, asked GAO to examine several issues related to the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), which is a policy announced by the President in September 2009 for European and U.S. homeland missile […]
Jan. 28, 2013 – SINGAPORE – The United States and its allies are in the midst of a major expansion of missile defenses in East Asia and the western Pacific. The planned network is designed to detect the launch of […]
Responding to tightened sanctions and a new United Nations Security Council resolution condemning their December rocket launch, North Korea has threatened a new nuclear test, explicitly warning that the North Korean weapons program will target the United States. Guests: Charles […]
North Korea got itself in a fist-clenching, foot-stomping twist Wednesday after the U.N. again expanded sanctions against the country.
Assessing North Korea’s military capabilities has taken on new urgency in the face of renewed threats from the Pyongyang regime. Some question how big the threat really is, but concern still exists.
A comprehensive survey of the rocket and missile arsenals fielded by actors such as Iran, Syria, and Hizballah, along with U.S. and allied efforts to counter the threat. As recent events have shown—in particular, the launch of more than 1,500 […]
Jan. 24, 2013 – As leaders in Washington face a battle over massive spending cuts they should remember that the outside world continues to turn – and Iranian nuclear centrifuges continue to spin. The $500 billion in indiscriminate defense cuts […]
Beijing’s decision shows a desire to improve relations with South Korea and take a new role on the international stage Jan. 24, 2013 – After 40 days of diplomatic wrangling in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) following North Korea’s […]
Horse feathers at Huffpo. Dan Rather comes up with some hasbara of his own, and, reporting on Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, claims that it saved hundreds of lives inside Gaza.
There is a strong probability that the world may witness a “tectonic plates” shift in the strategic equation between two major superpowers (the US and Russia), but it would be due to the continuing plans to deploy the US missile defense shield in Europe. The US is proceeding with this project without Russia’s participation on an equal footing, in violation of the key principle of equality and equal security, and in the knowledge that this constitutes a formidable threat to the Russian strategic nuclear deterrence and Russian national security interests as a whole.
As the Air Force begins to dust off plans for the Minuteman III ICBM replacement, a stark choice faces the service. On one hand, the time has come to replace them. On the other, the Air Force is strapped for […]
The 2012 Annual Report prepared by the Department of Defense’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) offers insights into test performance of various defense systems, including ballistic missile defenses.
Last week, Bryan McGrath of Information Dissemination made a surprising argument about the U.S. Navy’s boomer flotilla. McGrath argued that rather than spend a tremendous amount of money replacing the force (which will reach obsolescence by 2040), the U.S. should […]
Security Council SC/10891 Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York Security Council 6904th Meeting (PM) Security Council Condemns Use of Ballistic Missile Technology in Launch by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in Resolution 2087 (2013) […]
Jan. 17, 2013 – During the Cold War, the Soviet Union had a strong political incentive to maximize diffusion of its military capabilities. Proxies with Soviet technology could fight the United States and its proxies on their own. Consequently, states […]
Jan. 17, 2013 – President Obama has the opportunity — provided that Russian President Vladimir Putin is prepared to engage — to enhance U.S. and global security significantly through further reductions in nuclear arms and a cooperative NATO-Russia missile defense […]
Jan. 16, 2013 – During last November’s Gaza conflict, Israeli forces performed extremely well against short-range Palestinian rockets and mortars. The Iron Dome missile-defense system was able to counter heavy fire over a week of fighting, with the Israeli Air […]
The early success of Israel’s Iron Dome system may not mark a turning point for missile defense. Fifty years ago last month, U.S. president John F. Kennedy said that Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union, had made an […]
Jan. 16, 2013 – TOKYO – The Unha-3 rocket launched from Sohae in North Korea on the morning of December 12 passed through Japanese air space over the island of Okinawa 12 minutes later, and crashed into the Pacific Ocean […]
What do welfare reform and missile defense have in common? Both were gutted under the Obama Administration, says Senator Jim DeMint, who will become Heritage’s president in April.
January 16, 2013: In the last month Syria has fired dozens of ballistic missiles at rebel targets (either pro-rebel villages or city neighborhoods or military camps captured by the rebels). This seemed wasteful as these missiles were designed for use […]
Jan. 15, 2013 – The deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey may encourage Ankara to reaffirm NATO as a core guarantor of its national security, write Wojiciech Lorenz and Pinar Elman. It may also reinvigorate the credibility of territorial defense […]
Jan. 14, 2013 – WASHINGTON — There is cause to suspect that Russia might be deploying some number of sea-launched cruise missiles tipped with nuclear warheads, two decades after the United States put its version of the weapon into storage, […]
Jan. 15, 2013 – Russia’s next-generation nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN), equipped with the new Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), officially entered service with the Russian navy’s Northern Fleet on Jan. 10. Christened the Yuri Dolgoruky, this first Borey-class sub was […]
It is imperative for the United States to develop and implement a comprehensive nonproliferation strategy for the Middle East (defined by this report to include North Africa). Factors lending urgency to this need include the threat of proliferation in and […]
In the months since the most recent round of Israel-Gaza hostilities, Israel’s Iron Dome defence system has received almost universal praise. Proclaimed as nothing less than a product of ‘Jewish genius’, the Dome’s eminence has not gone unnoticed by defence […]
The political dust, which was created by North Korea’s successful rocket launch is beginning to settle. Predictably, there has been the usual amount of tough talk from Seoul, Washington and Tokyo as well as the somewhat half-hearted and muted condemnation […]
Jan. 13, 2013 – As leaders in Washington face a battle over massive cuts to military spending, they should remember that the outside world continues to turn — and that Iranian nuclear centrifuges continue to spin. The $500 billion in […]
Jan. 10, 2013 – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been in office less than a month but is already showing that he means business on addressing his country’s security needs. The Abe administration announced it would increase Japanese defense […]
Jan. 11, 2013 – 2012 was a big year for China’s military as the country became more comfortable as a global superpower. China’s military has been growing slowly over recent years, and it doesn’t plan on stopping. Still, China remains […]
Missile defense doesn’t work, so of course Congress is doubling it. Jan. 9, 2013 - Reading through the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2013 is a surreal experience. While the rest of us are watching our elected officials careen from […]
Jan. 8, 2013 – In yet another move that hovered somewhere between provocative and pestilent, Iran has again engaged in a series of naval and missile exercises in the Persian Gulf. The battery of tests, conducted last week and centered […]
Jan. 7, 2013 – Agni missiles are a family of intermediate- and long-range ballistic missiles developed by India under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). An inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a ballistic missile with a range of more than […]
Jan. 8, 2013 – One of the most vexing and complex foreign policy problems President Barack Obama will face in his second term is posed by the isolated authoritarian North Korean regime that is dangerously close to having a deliverable […]
In this Nuclear Notebook, guest author Timothy McDonnell reviews the five states that developed nuclear weapons outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, and South Africa – and explores the milestones associated with each country’s weapons […]
Jan. 7, 2013 – It was a red letter day for the DRDO when the Agni V ICBM was successfully test fired on 19 Apr 2012. Indeed, it was a landmark event for the country as far as its military security […]
Jan. 5, 2013 – On 12 December 2012 North Korea successfully placed a satellite in orbit. Criticism from its neighbours to the south and to the east, as well as across the Pacific Ocean, overwhelmed celebrations in Pyongyang over this […]
Summary North Korea has been among the most vexing and persistent problems in U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War period. The United States has never had formal diplomatic relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the official name […]
Jan. 4, 2013 – Although Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted its first missile in April 2011, it officially came of age last November during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, the latest iteration of the conflict between Israel and […]
Last month, The Heritage Foundation compared the Senate and House versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with Heritage’s policy positions on national security and defense.
Jan. 3, 2013 - The Russian concern has an understandable basis in principle: if U.S. missile defenses continue to grow in numbers and quality, at some future point they could undermine the balance in strategic offensive forces between Russia and […]
Jan. 3, 2013 – Recently, the Obama Administration has come under fire for potentially making unilateral cuts to the United States nuclear arsenal. Such unilateral cuts were proposed in the International Security Advisory Board’s (ISAB) November report on “Options for […]
Last month, while the US observed the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the opponents of a strong defense cynically used that month and that anniversary to call for America’s nuclear disarmament. They are wrong.
Jan. 2, 2013 – It was an incredible year for India’s missile scientists. The year 2012 was in a way a record of sorts, with the Defence scientists successfully demonstrating a wide range of missiles from the new, tactical missile, […]
Dec. 30, 2012 – British military historian John Keegan once said, “It’s a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble.” That may never have […]
The security community generally believes that North Korea acquired Soviet guided ballistic missiles from Egypt in the 1980s, reverse engineered them, and has indigenously produced and deployed in North Korea perhaps 1,000 ballistic missiles of various types.
The Hamas-Israel war mercifully did not escalate. Within just a fortnight, the loss of life and property had become excessive: More than 150 Palestinians died while Israel’s loss was less than 10.
The Unha-3 rocket launched from Sohae in North Korea on the morning of Dec. 12 passed through Japanese airspace over the island of Okinawa 12 minutes later, and crashed into the Pacific Ocean roughly 300 kilometers east of the Philippines. The launch […]
“A single nuclear weapon exploded a hundred miles above the United States could create electromagnetic pulse effects, thereby bringing our entire economy to a standstill,” writes Phyllis Schlafly, a lawyer and conservative political analyst, in her most recent op-ed.
North Korea likely engaged in a deliberate campaign of deception before a December 12 long-range missile launch, catching the United States and its Asian allies “off guard,” according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of analysis of the incident conducted by U.S. military and intelligence agencies.
The next great defense system requires academic investment today. If Israel is to keep its young scientists, the government must increase the budget for scientific study. Dec. 27, 2012 – The latest round of fighting in the south will be […]
Dec. 27, 2012 – The spectacles of the Syrian Scud missile launches, the recent North Korean ballistic missile test, and the relative success of the Iron Dome rocket intercept system have combined to thrust ballistic missiles back into the international […]
Can missile launches produce useful changes in ‘enemy’ nations? North Korea’s actions display such belief. Dec. 27, 2012 – The Unha-3 rocket launched from Sohae in North Korea earlier this month passed through Japanese air space over the island of […]
In this paper for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Marybeth Davis, James Lecky, Torrey Froscher, David Chen, Abel Kerevel, Stephen Schlaikjer discuss the many connections between China and Iran, including China’s efforts to advance the Iranian ballistic missile program.
North Korea’s successful use last week of a long-range rocket to launch a satellite into orbit has catapulted the Asian rogue state back into the international spotlight.
China’s government provided goods and expertise for Iran’s nuclear program in the past and also gave Tehran’s Islamist regime missiles and other arms as part of the nations’ anti-United States policies, according to a congressional commission report made public Thursday.
North Korea’s successful launch of a long-range missile has turned a hypothetical into an emerging reality. Recent U.S. intelligence estimates warned of a North Korean missile capable of reaching the shores of Alaska and Hawaii in a few years. Failed […]
In the face of international opposition, North Korea launched a rocket on 12 December 2012 to place a satellite in orbit.
Our friends and foes alike have spent the past several weeks emphasizing the need for missile defense.
This study is an integral part of a wider effort currently being carried out by RUSI on Russia’s military capabilities.
Dec. 19, 2012 – The launch of the Unha-3 space launch vehicle on December 12, 2012 is without doubt another iteration of North Korea’s long-range ballistic missile program, as numerous commentators have pointed out in recent days. While a great […]
A nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the West Coast of the United States may be available to it in the near future. Dec. 18, 2012 – North Korea’s first successful rocket launch is a truly dangerous development. Although the North […]
Dec. 18, 2018 – President Obama approved the Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) to European missile defense in 2009 in response to Iran’s persistent pursuit of a nuclear-weapons program. The PAA consists of four stages which unfold from 2011 through 2020 […]
Dec. 18, 2012 – Amidst the grim news of this past month, with rocketing in Gaza, North Korean missile tests and the continued carnage in Syria, a pragmatic consensus is taking shape on the strategic imperative of missile defense. Within […]
Dec. 17, 2012 – Remember the “Axis of Evil,” George W. Bush’s much-mocked phrase to refer to Iran, North Korea, and Iraq? Admittedly it was a bit of a stretch to suggest that all three nations were cooperating. But there […]
Short-range missiles fired by Hamas at Israel’s major cities last month and the potential long-range threat of the rocket North Korea launched this week are suddenly sharpening interest in capitals around the world over a new generation of missile defense […]
Ignoring international warnings, North Korea fired a long-range ballistic missile under the guise of launching what it claimed to be an observation satellite. Once again, Pyongyang flouted without compunction U.N. resolutions that prohibit the country from engaging in any launching […]
Short-range missiles fired by Hamas at Israel’s major cities last month and the potential long-range threat of the rocket North Korea launched this week are suddenly sharpening interest in capitals around the world over a new generation of missile defense […]
China has demonstrated that it is serious about developing nuclear weapons and the means for their delivery. Should the United States be called upon to defend Taiwan, a confrontation with China could be quite possible.
Dec. 13, 2012 – PENTAGON — North Korea’s first successful long-range missile launch shows Pyongyang has advanced its capabilities, but analysts say the North is a long way from being able to threaten the United States. North Korea blasts its […]
Two decades ago, with the Soviet Union in ruins, Americans could finally take some measure of comfort that, for the first time since the Cold War began, our nation no longer seemed in danger from ballistic missiles. How fast times have changed.
It does not matter how much effort the international community puts into negotiating with North Korean leaders, they will continue to do as they please in order to prove that not only are they technologically advanced, but that they will […]
In Pyongyang, North Koreans clinked beer mugs and danced in the streets to celebrate the country’s first satellite in space. In Washington, Seoul and Tokyo, leaders pushed for consequences for Wednesday’s successful rocket launch, widely seen as a test that […]
The NORAD press spokesman has confirmed the evident success of the missile launch: “Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.” This success occurred after four previous failures beginning in August 1998. Unlike the […]
Since the start of the year, the Obama administration has executed a very public pivot to Asia in its foreign policy and defense planning. The shift is more than simply rhetorical; in both doctrinal and practical terms, Washington is increasingly looking to the Asia-Pacific […]
Dec. 7, 2012 – Last month’s eight day extended firefight between the terrorist group Hamas and Israel was much more than just the most recent round of violence in a decades-long war between some Arabs and the Jewish state. It […]
Dec. 11, 2012 – It is a familiar ritual when despotic regimes give way to a young ruler—hope for reform, followed by disappointment. The case for North Korea and Kim Jong Eun was never promising. After his ascension early this year, following […]
TEL AVIV — As quiet descended over the skies of Israel and Gaza in late November, it became clear that a new kind of warfare was emerging that could counter an enemy’s asymmetric advantage through a combination of strategic surprise, […]
Iran has long been a source of concern for the United States and other countries because its goals are at odds with core U.S. objectives in the Middle East. Although it is not certain that Iran has made the decision […]
North Korea announced on December 1 that, between December 10 and 22, it would again attempt to launch a “civilian satellite.”
Summary Congress has long been concerned about whether U.S. policy advances the national interest in reducing the role of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and missiles that could deliver them. […]
A summary of the Missile Defense Agency Budget Request for FY 2010.
Chet Nagle writes about the contributions of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) in a report for the Committee on the Present Danger.
The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council has released a report entitled “Making Sense of Ballistic Missile Defense: An Assessment of Concepts and Systems for U.S. Boost Phase Missile Defense in Comparison to Other Alternatives.” The report assesses the […]
Rear Admiral Randall M. Hendrickson, USN, Deputy Director of the Missile Defense Agency, presents an powerpoint overview of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense.
Dr. Keith B. Payne, Professor and Head, Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies Missouri State University and Commissioner, Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, provides testimony on the nuclear stockpile before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
Prompt global strike (PGS) would allow the United States to strike targets anywhere on Earth with conventional weapons in as little as an hour. This capability may bolster U.S. efforts to deter and defeat adversaries by allowing the United States […]
On April 20, 2012, the Capitol Hill Briefing on the topic of U.S. National Security Strategy and the New Strategic Triad was convened. Sponsored by the Independent Working Group (IWG) on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship and organized by […]
Ms. Madelyn Creedon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, provides testimony on the New START Treaty and its implications for our nuclear forces before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 21, 2012.
Steven Pifer, Director of the Arms Control Initiative, at the Brookings Institution, discusses the controversies surrounding construction of missiles defenses in Europe. Pifer writes: “The United States and NATO should seek, without degrading their ability to defend against limited ballistic […]
In fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) experienced mixed results in executing its development goals and Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) tests. For the first time in 5 years, GAO found that all of the targets used in […]
Dennis M. Gormley, a Senior Research Fellow at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies and a Senior Lecturer on the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, considers the […]
Unclassified Statement of Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly Director, Missile Defense Agency before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense Regarding the The Missile Defense Agency Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request.
A Carnegie Endowment effort to outline a cooperative NATO-Russian missile defense system.
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission released its 2011 Annual Report to Congress on November 16, 2011.
A brief discussion of the possibility of Iran projecting a naval force in the Western Hemisphere.
The Defense Science Board Task Force on Science and Technology Issues of Early Intercept (EI) Ballistic Missile Defense Feasibility was convened in December 2009 and concluded its deliberations in May 2011. The Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Task Force […]
Unclassified Statement of Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly Director, Missile Defense Agency before the Senate Appropriations Committee Defense Subcommittee Regarding the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request Ballistic Missile Defense Programs.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Report on the Treaty with Russia on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (The New START Treaty).
This study is part of a series of technical reports commissioned by The Heritage Foundation to examine programmatic issues related to ballistic missile defense. Since the George W. Bush Administration withdrew the United States from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) […]
This Guide is based on information contained in the 2009 Independent Working Group Report entitled Missile Defense, the Space Relationship, and the Twenty-First Century which can be downloaded at www.ifpa.org. The purpose of the Guide is to address the most […]
The New START Treaty (Treaty Doc. 111–5) Hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate April 29, May 18, 19, 25, June 10, 15, 16, 24, and July 15, 2010.
The nuclear arms reduction treaty signed on April 8, 2010 between the United States and the Russian Federation, entered into force February 5, 2011.
The Ballistic Missile Defense Review (BMDR) is a review conducted pursuant to guidance from the President and the Secretary of Defense, while also addressing the legislative requirement to assess U.S. ballistic missile defense policy and strategy. The BMDR will evaluate […]
Iran’s mid-December missile test is further evidence of their inexorable drive to extend the range of their ballistic missile arsenal . The longer the effective range of that force, the greater will be Iran’s ability to terrorize the populations of […]
Eric Sterner’s article in Aviation Week on the potential dangers of sharing space technology with the People’s Republic of China.
The George C. Marshall Institute, the Aerospace Industries Association and the Space Transportation Association co-hosted a Capitol Hill briefing for Lt. Gen. O’Reilly on September 10, 2009. AIA Vice President for Space JP Stevens moderated the event, which featured remarks […]
North Korea’s actions over the July 4 weekend offered further illustration of the continuing importance of developing effective missile defense systems to protect the United States, our forces deployed abroad, and our allies. On Monday, August 3rd, Rear Admiral Alan […]
James Mazol and Jeff Kueter of the George C. Marshall Institute discuss the ramifications of an upcoming test of the Airborne Laser (ABL), a boost-phase missile defense system.
James Mazol of the George C. Marshall Institute discusses strategy for dealing with North Korea’s missile threat. He states, “Containing North Korea’s missile program requires a comprehensive threat reduction strategy given Pyongyang’s repeated misbehavior. Tough sanctions and nonproliferation regimes can […]
The Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States has released its final report to Congress. It offers some encouraging news and recommendations about the continued development and viability of missile defense in theater, but also leaves much to […]
James L. Schoff, Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, analyzes deterrence strategy from the U.S. and Japanese perspectives.
The pursuit of ballistic missile defense ranks among the most contentious national security concerns of the last 30 years. Nevertheless, significant steps have been taken in recent years to deploy systems capable of defending the American public from ballistic missile […]
Jeff Kueter and James Mazol of the George C. Marshall Institute explore the North Korean announcement of its intention to place a communications satellite into orbit.
This Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study – prepared at the request of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee – examines the cost and potential defensive capability of the proposed European GMD system. […]
James Mazol of the George C. Marshall Institute describes how Iran continues to provide ample evidence that it places a priority on investments in long-range missiles.
Jeff Kueter of the George C. Marshall Institute examines the near future of ballistic missile defense, and notes “Ballistic missile defense has made significant progress since 2002. The construction and fielding of the initial defensive capability is well underway. More […]
An Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis White Paper addresses two key questions that the new administration will face: whether deterrence, as it has been understood, remains relevant to U.S. security planning, and, if it does, how can it best be […]
The 2009 report of the Independent Working Group, Missile Defense, the Space Relationship, and the Twenty-First Century, includes updated chapters on the ballistic missile threat, the politics of missile defense, and a summary of what must be done to defend America. […]
The purpose of the Space and U.S. Security Net Assessment undertaken by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) is to survey the current status of U.S. space activities and to draw comparisons with other countries that have developed space […]
An in-depth analysis by the George C. Marshall Institute on the development of the Fiscal Year 2009 Missile Defense Budget. “In its final form, the FY 2009 defense authorization bill reduced the President’s request for $9.336 billion by $409 million, […]
Senator Kyl’s remarks were presented at the George C. Marshall Institute’s 2008 Annual Awards Dinner.
An Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis report on the strategic and political implications of Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons. The report concludes, “the United States must be clear about what its interests entail and which of those interests may, in […]
Using a megawatt-class Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser housed aboard a modified Boeing 747-400 airplane, the Airborne Laser’s (ABL) mission is to detect, track, target and destroy ballistic missiles during their boost-phase, or shortly after launch. Having successfully demonstrated the component […]
USA Today’s Editorial on Weapons in Space and the Marshall Institute Response by Jeff Kueter February 21, 2008 USA Today‘s editorial “Our view on weapons in space: Satellite shoot-down plan reignites treaty debate” followed by a response from Marshall President […]
The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense is the sea-based element of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. Aegis BMD is operational, prepared to perform its strategic role in Homeland Defense. Its regional defense capabilities have resulted in significant international […]
Howard Kleinberg and Jeff Kueter of the George C. Marshall Institute examine the status of the Aegis Missile Defense. They introduce the analysis by saying, “The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system took another significant step forward with the latest […]
A powerpoint presentation by David Kier, Vice President and Managing Director for Protection at Lockheed Martin Corporation, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of cruise missile defense.
The cruise missile challenge stems from the fact that they are a very attractive weapon system; they are hard to detect, adaptable, easy to transport, cheap, accurate and widely available. Cruise missiles are an instrument for achieving an asymmetric advantage […]
A letter from Peter Orszag to Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, House Committee on Armed Services, on the cost estimate to complete development of the ABL system.
A study by Jeff Kueter and Howard Kleinberg of the George C. Marshall Institute, on defending the United States against the threat of cruise missiles. The introduction states, “Terrorism, rogue states, and the prospect of renewed state-to-state competition comprise the […]
A discussion of the means and possibilities of boost-phase interception by Jeff Kueter, president of the George C. Marshall Institute. He explains, “Taking multiple shots is the key to understanding why having a boost phase capability is so important. These […]
An analysis by the George C. Marshall Institute of the FY 2008 budget request for missile defense. “The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) budget request for Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08), submitted to Congress on February 5th, is for $8.9 billion, a […]
A report from the 37th IFPA-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy on September 26-27, 2007 by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) in association with the International Security Studies Program (ISSP) of the Fletcher School, Tufts University, […]
Brigadier General Patrick J. O’Reilly reviewed the accomplishments of the missile defense program to date, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the program as it moves forward. Brigadier General Patrick J. O’Reilly is the Deputy Director of the Missile […]
This report was based in part upon the article: John G. Heidenrich and William S. Murray, III, “Under the Radar Screen? The Cruise Missile Threat to the U.S. Homeland,” Comparative Strategy (January-March 2004).
Five years after withdrawing from the ABM Treaty, the United States has so far failed to take advantage of the withdrawal and revive development of specific technologies necessary to make the nation and its allies safe from missile attack. On […]
On April 22, two days after a reportedly unproductive meeting with President George W. Bush in Washington, President Hu Jintao of China will arrive in Saudi Arabia.
Robert Jastrow and Jeff Kueter of the George C. Marshall Institute write: “Four years ago we predicted that a potentially catastrophic combination of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles would arise in the midst of the unstable states, and confront the […]
Jeff Kueter and Howard Kleinberg of the George C. Marshall Institute examine the Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Request for missile defense. They note: “The FY 2007 budget request submitted by the President in early February calls for a 21% increase […]
Using a megawatt-class Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser housed aboard a modified Boeing 747-400 Freighter, the Airborne Laser’s (ABL) mission is to detect, track, target and destroy ballistic missiles during their boost-phase, or shortly after launch. The ABL program is now […]
The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense is the sea-based element of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. Aegis BM