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  • Missile Defense to be Tested, but Questions About U.S. Security Remain

    The Missile Defense Agency is scheduled to test its Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor over the Pacific later this month. The test target it will be directed against is being designed to mimic an Iranian long-range missile attack on U.S. territory. This test is a valuable undertaking and will serve … More

    Obama's Nuclear Dream Could Endanger America

    According to a January 4 report in the Los Angeles Times, President Obama’s plan for nuclear disarmament is meeting opposition from the Department of Defense. Specifically, the Department of Defense believes that President Obama’s plan jeopardizes U.S. security. They are right. First and foremost, the American people need to understand … More

    On Nukes, Obama is Playing Right into Putin's Hands

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he plans for Russia to respond to the fielding of missile defense systems by the United States by modernizing Russia’s nuclear force in order to overcome the defense. This is not surprising because Russian officials have been stating for some … More

    "Reset" on START Needs Another Reset

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s recent rant regarding missile defense and arms control shows that U.S. and Russian negotiators failed to meet the December 5th deadline to sign a new arms control treaty to replace the now-expired START Treaty, not because of technical difficulties, but because of a fundamental question: … More

    41 Senators to Obama: No START Without Nuclear Modernization

    The Obama Administration is currently negotiating with Russia to establish a treaty to succeed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expired on December 5th. As the Heritage Foundation has documented, the Administration’s mishandling of strategic nuclear arms control discussions to date has resulted in a hasty and overambitious process … More

    A Year of Living Dangerously: Dismantling Missile Defense

    It has been one year since the 2008 national election. During this period, the cause of missile defense has suffered serious setbacks. The overall budget for missile defense for this fiscal year will be $1.6 billion less than the amount allocated in fiscal year 2009. The number of fielded long-range … More

    Slouching Towards Disarmament

    Secretary Clinton indicated in a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Wednesday that the Administration’s efforts have been increasingly directed toward an arms control and non-proliferation agenda. The Administration is hastily pursuing the ratification of a START follow-on treaty with Russia and, in addition, Secretary Clinton announced on … More

    Can Iran Build a Nuclear Weapon Already? Another Reason to Support Missile Defense

    The Times of London reported yesterday (Aug. 3) that unnamed Western intelligence sources have concluded that Iran has perfected the technology to build and detonate a nuclear weapon. At a minimum, this confirmation would appear to repudiate a 2007 U.S. intelligence estimate that Iran had terminated its research program to acquire … More

    The Risks of a Missile Defenseless Europe

    According to an Associated Press report “The Czech government on Tuesday postponed a parliamentary vote on a deal to place an American missile defense installation on Czech soil. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said the government withdrew the item because it did not have enough votes to pass. ‘It does not … More

    Moving Past the Cold War

    Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has offered an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act (S. 3001) to increase the money allocated to the Missile Defense Agency by $271 million. The amendment is under consideration by the Senate at this time. The funds to be provided by this amendment will be distributed … More