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  • Protect America, Not New START

    Recently, Daryl Kimball and Tom Collina, both of the Arms Control Association, criticized the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) for taking hostage the implementations of the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START) in order to provide necessary funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration. The article misrepresents facts. New … More

    DOD and HASC Disagree over National Defense Authorization Act

    Last week, Representative Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R–CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), took issue with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s criticism of the fiscal year (FY) 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that recently passed the committee by a vote of 56–5. The combination of the … More

    Senator Kyl on Defending America’s Leadership in the World

    On Thursday, Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ) delivered the third annual Jesse Helms Lecture at The Heritage Foundation. The Jesse Helms Lecture Series highlights foreign policies that Senator Helms (R–NC) championed throughout his years in office. The lecture is a part of Heritage’s Protect America Month, showcasing why Americans must commit … More

    U.S. Missile Defense Program: Marching Forward

    Yet again, critics of the U.S. missile defense program have been proven wrong. On Wednesday, the U.S. Navy conducted a successful test of its Aegis ballistic missile defense system using its newest ballistic missile defense interceptor, the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB. The interceptor, developed by the Raytheon Company, was … More

    Missile Defense Program Essential to Address Ballistic Missile Threats

    Yousaf Butt of the Federation of American Scientists attempts yet again to distort facts about the U.S. missile defense program and convince the public that missile defense is a waste of resources. He is wrong. Butt attempts to give the reader an impression that mounting decoys on the top of … More

    Space, Nuclear Weapons, and Ballistic Missile Defense--The New Triad

    In April, the Independent Working Group (IWG) on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship held an event on the new triad—space, nuclear weapons, and ballistic missile defense—and its importance for the United States. It explored the fundamental importance and the relationship among the different elements of defense. The United States … More

    Russia's Blackmail Shows Why U.S. and Allies Need Missile Defenses

    During a recent missile defense conference in Moscow, Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov stated, “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens.” Makarov was referring to U.S. plans to deploy its missile defenses in Europe to protect allies and forward-deployed troops. Russia’s … More

    Critics of Missile Defense: Wrong Since 1983 and Counting

    Missile defense continues to come under attack despite significant advancements of the technology, especially since the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2001, writes Peter Huessy, President of GeoStrategic Analysis, in his most recent piece. Since President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative speech in 1983, critics of … More

    U.S. Nuclear Warheads Face More Uncertainty as Scientists Retire

    In about five years, the United States will not have a single active engineer with actual nuclear weapons testing experience, defined as “a key hand in the design of a warhead that’s in the existing stockpile and who was responsible for that particular design when it was tested back in … More

    Bad Time to Scale Back the U.S. Nuclear and Missile Defense Complex

    North Korea unsuccessfully launched its Unha-3 missile in violation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions that preclude “any launch using ballistic missile technology.” Iran also has an aggressive ballistic missile program and is closer than ever to developing a nuclear weapon. This is clearly not the time to scale back … More