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    Missile Defense Matters

    North Korea flexed its muscles yet again: Reports from Seoul indicate that on February 27 North Korea test-fired several short-range missiles. The U.S. must expand its missile defense system because rogue states like North Korea and Iran are working to increase their missile capabilities and threaten the West and its … More

    Russia Nuclear Treaty Violations: Not So Cute

    A recent article in The Wall Street Journal by Keith B. Payne and Mark B. Schneider reaffirms the ongoing struggle between the United States and Russia over armament reductions, especially limitations on ballistic missiles that possess the capability to deliver nuclear weapons. Russia has repeatedly violated arms treaties with the … More

    Americans Spend More on Pets Than on Nuclear Weapons

    A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released last week estimates that the cost of nuclear forces for 2014–2023 will be $355 billion—an average of $39.4 billion a year. Nuclear forces are essential for U.S. national security, which makes this investment negligible; indeed, Americans spend much more on their pets. The … More

    American Blackout: What an EMP Would Look Like

    “What would you do if the whole country went dark and you didn’t know if or when the power would be coming back?” National Geographic will explore this question on Sunday, October 27 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in “American Blackout.” An “American Blackout” may occur due to a … More

    Missile Defense: Aegis Does It Again

    Raytheon’s Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) program recently marked its 26th overall successful medium-range missile intercept—the fifth successful test of the next generation SM-3 Block IB. The ballistic missile threat is real and expanding, which is why the U.S. should increase its naval and missile defense capabilities. The test used Lockheed Martin’s … More

    Aegis Missile Defense: Sailing Toward Another Successful Intercept

    Last week, the Aegis ballistic missile defense system successfully intercepted a complex separating short-range ballistic missile target. A rigorous testing program is essential for getting the U.S. ahead of the advancing ballistic missile threat. The test exercised the second generation of the sea-based Aegis system. It is designed to intercept … More

    What’s More Dangerous—a Sharknado or an EMP Attack?

    The SyFy channel’s newest original movie, Sharknado, took social media by storm earlier this month and continues to gain traction (a sequel is in the works). The tagline of the movie reads simply, “Enough Said!” because there is not much else to say about a hurricane causing tornadoes full of … More

    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

    Missile Defense: East Coast Is Less Protected

    Last week, 16 House Republicans called for including as much as $250 million for the U.S. East Coast missile defense site. This is a step in the right direction. All the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors that can shoot down long-range ballistic missiles are currently located on the West Coast; … More

    Bad Deal for the U.S.: Kerry on Missile Defense

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated during his recent trip to China that the U.S. would withdraw some of its missile defenses if China can persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. It is optimistic to assume that China would be interested in persuading North Korea to … More