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    Happy Birthday, President Reagan! Happy Birthday, Comprehensive Missile Defense Program!

    The person most responsible for reviving the missile defense program in the face of the Cold War policy of mutually assured destruction, President Ronald Reagan, would have celebrated his 102nd birthday today. President Reagan would marvel at all the accomplishments of the missile defense program since the U.S. withdrew from … More

    Senator Jim DeMint: Missile Defense Works

    What do welfare reform and missile defense have in common? Both were gutted under the Obama Administration, says Senator Jim DeMint, who will become Heritage’s president in April. Senator DeMint is correct. President Obama has drastically decreased the funding for the missile defense program since he took office and cut … More

    Event Tomorrow: Iron Dome and Missile Defense Policy

    The Iron Dome rocket and mortar defense system shatters arguments against missile defense, writes Juan Williams, a Fox News political analyst, in his recent op-ed. He is correct: The system not only works and provides protection for civilians, but also allows the Israeli leadership to take more time to decide … 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

    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

    Debate Prep: Red Lines for Israel and Iran

    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s role in the world,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More

    Obama’s "Reset" with Russia: A Long Retreat

    The disgraceful firing of Radio Liberty’s loyal Moscow staff on September 20 and 21 is the latest chapter in the Obama’s Administration’s Russia policy retreat, also known as the “reset.” Forty-one dedicated and professional reporters with deep knowledge ofRussia—and in particular its human rights record—have been given their marching papers … 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

    U.S. Should Augment Missile Defenses in Asia

    The United States is planning to expand its ballistic missile defenses to Asia, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). This is a welcome initiative since the ballistic missile threat to U.S. allies in the region is growing. However, previous Obama Administration cuts to missile defense programs, draconian cuts to … More

    Missile Defense: "Hit-to-Kill" System Is Worth Touting

    A July 24 article in the online Mobile Magazine describes the advanced technology of Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) for destroying missile warheads in space. The article is right to tout the capabilities of this and similar anti-missile kill vehicles. The EKV is the payload portion of anti-missile missiles and … More