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  • QDR: An Opportunity for the Pentagon and Congress

    The Department of Defense is currently preparing to conduct a Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The end goal of this process is the production of a document that will guide U.S. strategic planning and procurement for the next two decades. In past QDRs, the process regrettably amounted to the Pentagon’s way … More

    Iron Dome and U.S. Takeaways for Missile Defense

    In the past two weeks, the terrorist organization Hamas launched about a thousand ballistic missiles on Israel. Since then, the Iron Dome short-range missile defense system has occupied the front pages of the media. The system managed to intercept about 300 missiles and evaluated that about additional 700 missiles did … More

    Russia Demands U.S. Flexibility on Missile Defense

    Following the U.S. presidential election, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has demanded that President Obama makes good on his “flexibility” comment from March. “We hope that President Obama after his re-election will be more flexible on the issue of taking into the account the opinions of Russia and others … More

    New Targeting Missile Would Knock Out Enemy's Electronics

    On October 16, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force made history when they successfully test-launched a new missile with the capability of remotely disrupting or disabling an enemy’s electronics while inflicting little or no collateral damage. The weapon, developed under the Counter-Electronics High-Powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), never actually … More

    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

    Happy 237th Birthday, U.S. Navy!

    Today, we commemorate and give thanks for the sacrifice and service of the men and women in uniform of the U.S. Navy. On October 13, 1775, Congress authorized the procurement of two armed vessels to search for British ships supplying munitions to the British army in America. Today, the Navy … More

    South Korea Missile Range Extension: A Good Step Toward Security

    On Sunday, South Korean and U.S. representatives announced that they have come to an agreement that allows South Korea to extend the range of its ballistic missiles. This is a major positive step in the bilateral relationship and one that The Heritage Foundation’s expert Bruce Klingner called for on numerous … More

    Despite Arms Reduction Treaty, Russia Is Increasing Its Nuclear Capability

    About a year and a half ago, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entered into force. The Obama Administration ensured the American people and the Senate that the treaty would contribute to strategic stability between the United States and the Russian Federation. The treaty was touted as a … More

    Congressional Hearing: Raise EMP Awareness Now

    On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold a hearing on the consequences of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack. This is a good first step to raise awareness about the issue. An EMP, a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by a rapid acceleration … More