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    First Step to Mitigating EMP Threat Is Discussing It

    The InfraGard National ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) Special Interest Group (SIG) will host the event “Mitigating High-Impact Threats to Critical Infrastructure” on December 6. The symposium will focus on EMP and other realistic physical and cyber threats to the U.S. infrastructure, as well as ways to address them. An EMP is … More

    Budget Cuts Undermine 21st-Century Bomber, Threaten Nuclear Triad

    The Air Force’s new Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) can evade most high-tech air defenses, but it’s having a tough time escaping the military’s budget woes. If it can’t avoid cuts, this key component in the nuclear triad—and national security—will be compromised. At $550 million per aircraft, the LRS-B is much … More

    MEADS Passes Test; U.S. Should Re-establish Support for Program

    The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) recently completed its third successful test—locating, tracking, and destroying two targets attacking simultaneously from the north and south. Instead of backing out of the MEADS program, the United States needs to recommit to it to ensure a robust and comprehensive missile defense system. … More

    Missile Defense in Romania Upsets Russia

    The United States and Romania recently began construction on a Romanian-based missile defense system, also known as Aegis Ashore. This critical event is requisite to build a comprehensive multilayered missile defense system. And it’s making Russia nervous. Moscow (predictably) continues to incorrectly contend that the new system is directed toward … 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

    Making the Case for a Complete Nuclear Triad

    As Russia revitalizes its nuclear arsenal and rogue nations North Korea and Iran pursue nuclear capability, America’s nuclear triad is critical to national security. However, opponents of the triad argue that it is a Cold War relic that has become too expensive and that deterrence can still be achieved by … More

    Potential Chinese Missile Deal with Turkey Causing Worry

    Western bewilderment over a potential Chinese long-range ballistic missile and air defense system in Turkey has turned to skepticism and worry. Turkey—a NATO member—is working on an agreement to produce this system in collaboration with China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CPMIEC), a state-owned arms manufacturer on which the … 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

    U.S. Nuclear Weapons Relevant for Today’s World

    U.S. nuclear weapons remain relevant for the security challenges the U.S. faces after the end of the Cold War, writes Georgetown’s Matthew Kroenig in his article “Think Again: American Nuclear Disarmament.” “Nostalgia for simpler times can be seductive,” he says, “but the United States needs a nuclear force that can … More

    China Rising, U.S. Sinking Without Subs

    Tomorrow, the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Undersea Warfare Capabilities and Challenges.” As the Navy and Congress work to preserve the fleet amidst budget cuts and submarine buildups in China and Russia, here are some issues to consider. Ohio-Class Replacement The Ohio-class … More