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    Failure to Launch: Gates Refuses Request to Use Top Missile Defense Radar

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates refused to grant permission to U.S. Northern Command to use the nation’s most powerful sea-based radar to monitor North Korea’s recent missile launch. Why is this significant? Because the $900 million dollar system, known as SBX, is capable of detecting a baseball hit out of … More

    UN Dithers, North Korea Blusters

    After a week of intense deliberations over North Korea’s missile launch, the UN Security Council (UNSC) opened its doors and emitted a mighty roar…of a mouse. The UNSC’s failure to defend its resolutions against Pyongyang’s unambiguous violation bodes ill for diplomatic efforts to prevent proliferation and denuclearize North Korea. China’s … More

    A Defense Budget Only a Pirate Could Love

    Undeterred by their failure to ransom a U.S. flagged cargo ship, Somali pirates have since brazenly hijacked four more ships in the Gulf of Aden. Heritage has been studying maritime security for years, first issuing a report in 2005. Our latest 2008 report, Securing the High Seas: America’s Global Maritime … More

    God Bless the Seals!

    Last night, thanks to the efforts of dozens of Navy SEALs, Capt. Richard Phillips was rescued from Somali pirates. Piracy in the Gulf of Aden is not news to our analysts. Jena Baker McNeill wrote back in November: These modern pirates are not unlike their swash-buckling predecessors. Much like searching … More

    Reporting on Missile Test Fails

    The April 6, William Broad article “North Korean Missile Launch Was a Failure, Experts Say” in the New York Times diminishes the scope of the threat posed by the North Korean ballistic missile program by omitting some key facts. Analysis of the Taepodong-2 missile flight path does indicate that a … More

    Hannity Right, Media Matters Wrong, on Missile Defense and Budget

    Media Matters attacked Sean Hannity yesterday for “falsely” claiming the Obama administration is cutting the military budget and “misleadingly” clipping Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Contra, Media Matters, Hannity is correct on both counts. Cutting the Defense Budget: Media Matters notes that the current FY 2009 Pentagon budget is slightly over … More

    Scud in a Bucket

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates budget proposal includes a $1.4 billion cut to missile defense. In The American Legion Magazine Heritage analyst James Carafano outlines just one reason such cuts will leave America more vulnerable: Today, the nature of a nuclear threat is different. The United States is less concerned … More

    Nuclear-Free Hopes vs. Reality

    We weren’t the only ones that found President Barack Obama’s “nuclear free” Prague speech a bit too heavy on hope and a little light on reality. The Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum writes today: Clearly, the “no nukes” policy is one close to the president’s heart. The Prague speech even carried … More

    The Need for Missile Defense: Now More Than Ever

    Powerful Ambitions North Korean Dreams: The development of the ballistic missile program has been one of the top military priorities for North Korea for almost 40 years. As a result it now has the largest ballistic missile program among all developing countries. Not only does North Korea constantly seek to … More

    The Nuclear-Free Distraction

    This weekend the North Koreans tested their Taepodong 2 ballistic missile, surpassing their 2006 effort by completing at least two phases and traveling a longer distance. This improvement is still a troubling development. To his credit, Obama is calling for the UN to enforce its previous resolutions prohibiting North Korea … More