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  • U.S. Missile Defense: The Most Challenging Test Yet

    On Thursday, the U.S. military conducted a combined developmental and operational test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile defense system, and Aegis ballistic missile defense system. This has been the most complex and largest test the U.S. has ever conducted. The missile defense systems … More

    50 Years Later: What the Cuban Missile Crisis Teaches Us About Nuclear Policy

    Fifty years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war. On October 14, 1962, U.S. policymakers learned that the Soviet Union was building missile bases in Cuba, which would have allowed Moscow to attack anywhere in the continental United States within minutes. An international crisis followed, and while … More

    Biden Is Wrong on Defense Spending

    Philip Ewing, in an article on Politico Pro about the vice presidential debate, asserts that comments about defense spending by Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) signal that Governor Mitt Romney could abandon his pledge to maintain the defense budget at 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Ewing is jumping to … More

    Panetta's Asia Visit Should Sort Friends from (Potential) Foes

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Asia trying to prevent further escalations in tensions over several territorial disputes. National elections in South Korea and Japan and a leadership transition in China’s Communist Party have fueled a resurgence of nationalism and historical animosities. Although the rhetoric and political posturing is coming … More

    The Culture of Over-Regulation Must Stop

    Retired General Arnold Punaro, Chairman of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Business Board task force was recently quoted saying that he would “put a match” to the entire set of regulations governing the acquisition of weapons and military equipment and start over. This is a colorful comment by such … More

    Missile Defense: "Hit-to-Kill" System Is Worth Touting

    A July 24 article in the online Mobile Magazine describes the advanced technology of Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) for destroying missile warheads in space. The article is right to tout the capabilities of this and similar anti-missile kill vehicles. The EKV is the payload portion of anti-missile missiles and … More

    Secretary Panetta Steps Up to Support MEADS

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently sent a letter urging Senator Daniel Inouye (D–HI), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to conclude a test phase of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) in fiscal year (FY) 2013. MEADS is a trilateral anti-aircraft and missile program with Germany and Italy. … More

    House Acts Preemptively to Preserve Nuclear Force

    The House of Representatives has taken one step toward preventing the deterioration of America’s nuclear forces. It approved an amendment to the defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013 last Thursday that would prohibit the Obama Administration from using the funds provided in the bill to reduce the nuclear forces … More

    Nuclear Proliferation Still Leads to Instability

    In his recent article in Foreign Affairs, “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb: Nuclear Balancing Would Mean Stability,” Kenneth N. Waltz is swimming upstream against the consensus position regarding the instability stemming from nuclear proliferation. In this case, the consensus position is right, and Waltz is wrong. The international nuclear … More

    Disarmament Should Not Be the Driver of U.S. Nuclear Policy

    Recent news articles, including one by journalist and author Bill Gertz, indicate that the Obama Administration will soon release an update to a previous study of U.S. nuclear weapons policy that will recommend that the number of strategic nuclear warheads in the U.S. arsenal be reduced to between 1,000 and … More