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  • Missile Defense: Lamborn and Franks’s Four-Point Plan

    In a recent editorial piece in the Washington Examiner, Representatives Doug Lamborn (R–CO) and Trent Franks (R–AZ) propose a four-point plan to strengthen and advance America’s missile defense system. Their plan reflects what Heritage has always advocated: Missile defense is critical to national security. The plan’s four points outline a … More

    Iron Dome: A Defense Bargain

    The Pentagon has recently requested more than $220 million in fiscal year (FY) 2014 to support Israel’s air defense system, known as “Iron Dome.” The Missile Defense Agency likewise requested an additional $175 million for FY 2015. Funding Iron Dome is in the interest of America’s closest ally in the … More

    U.S. Missile Defense: A Force for Protection, Not Aggression

    In a speech delivered Tuesday at the Russian embassy in London, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin claimed that the American missile defense shield no longer poses a threat to Russia. This statement contradicts years of Russian officials’ objections to the presence of U.S. missiles near the Russian border, claiming … More

    Solar Flare: EMP Is Still a Threat

    Last week, NASA observed the largest solar flare of the year. The coronal mass ejection was one “powerful enough to cause a brief radio blackout.” Indeed, there were some small instances of radio interference last week following the solar flare. While the event made for some spectacular photographs, it also … More

    Cutting the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Won’t Make Us Safer

    President Obama is considering further unilateral cuts in the nuclear arsenal, but his disarmament policies will do nothing to make the world a safer place. In a newly published paper, “Slouching Toward Zero,” Dr. Robert Butterworth, president of Aries Analytics, charges that the modernization of U.S. nuclear forces, while remaining … More

    Heritage's Carafano Sounds Alarm on North Korea Threat

    New threats from North Korea bring the message of the documentary 33 Minutes to the forefront of the missile defense debate. The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano was interviewed in a recent National Journal article on the documentary 33 Minutes and on the World Review for his thoughts on the worsening … More

    Kristol and Gillespie: Time to Get Serious on Missile Defense

    On Fox News Sunday’s panel discussion on the North Korean situation, Republican strategist Ed Gillespie voiced concerns over the Obama Administration’s having “flipped on missile defense,” citing its 2009 reversal of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program President Bush initiated. Gillespie commended the Administration’s recommitment to 14 GMD interceptors in … More

    Reagan’s Inspiring Words on Defense: "Peace through Strength"

    Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan put forth a vision to reduce the danger of nuclear war by launching the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Representative Doug Lamborn (R–CO), member of the House Armed Services Committee, continues to pursue this vision on Capitol Hill. Lamborn, co-chair of the Missile Defense Caucus, … More

    The 30th Anniversary of SDI, President Reagan’s Visionary Idea

    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 … More

    Obama’s Missile Defense Policy Reversal: Better Late Than Never

    The Obama Administration’s decision to reinstate 14 ground-based interceptors (GBIs)—which it reduced in its first term—is a necessary but not sufficient response to the North Korean ballistic missile threat. North Korea’s ballistic missile testing and bellicose rhetoric prompted the Administration to augment the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program. This decision … More