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    How the New START Treaty Has Strengthened Putin—and Hurt America

    Four years ago today, U.S. and Russia signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). An examination of the past four years reveals that critics’ early assessments of the flawed treaty have proven frighteningly accurate: Putin gets his way with little to no cost to himself, while the U.S. pays … More

    MEADS: A Way to Keep U.S. Commitments and Increase American Security

    A recent article in the Huffington Post called for the cancellation of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program, an ongoing multinational missile defense effort. MEADS provides a cost-effective and efficient alternative to the Patriot missile defense system, which will inevitably require an upgrade in the near future. MEADS’s … More

    Crisis in Ukraine Shows the Importance of U.S.-Poland Alliance

    In the past 20 years, Poland has gone from a Soviet satellite state to a free and democratic republic with a NATO membership. Following Russia’s illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea, the U.S. should do more to support its Polish allies. When it comes to serving alongside U.S. troops, Poland … More

    Russia’s Nuclear Doctrine Versus Obama’s “Nuclear Zero”

    There is a stark discrepancy between the nuclear doctrines of the United States and Russia, according to a recent discussion hosted by the George C. Marshall Institute. Mark Schneider, senior analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy, emphasized that Russia’s nuclear doctrine “permits the use of nuclear weapons in … More

    3 Things That Don't Make Sense in Putin's World

    Russia’s Vladimir Putin took part of a country. So what kind of world does that mean we’re living in? It’s a world where we can’t act like we did yesterday. Here are three things that simply don’t make sense for America to keep doing. 1. Leaving Europe high and dry … More

    Defense Department Suspends Missile Defense Cooperation with Russia

    Following Russia’s aggressive actions in Crimea, the Department of Defense suspended ballistic missile defense cooperation with Russia. This suspension includes civilian-to-civilian cooperation. This is a step in the right direction. Russia has been trying to use ballistic missile defense cooperation with the U.S. to limit U.S. missile defense capabilities. Moscow … More

    Missile Defense as a Response to Russia

    Daniel Gouré’s recent op-ed for the Lexington Institute offers a compelling alternative to the Obama Administration’s weak-kneed response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Gouré advocates for the renewal of the Administration’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System in Romania, which Obama halted in the wake of Russia’s strong disapproval. This suspension … More

    Putin Challenges Obama's Long-Held Views on Missile Defense

    Several years before becoming president, Obama told a Chicago TV station, “I don’t agree with a missile defense system.” That’s nice. Unfortunately, rogue states such as North Korea and Iran have a different worldview. So does Vladimir Putin. The recent Ukraine crisis, and the question of the best United States … More

    Israel Intercepts Missile Shipment from Iran as U.S. Shortchanges Missile Defense

    Last week, Iran was once again caught red-handed shipping arms, including advanced rockets, to Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists. The Israeli navy intercepted the Klos-C, a Panamanian-flagged ship, in the Red Sea on March 5. It was slated to offload a clandestine shipment of mortar shells, bullets, and surface-to-surface missiles in Sudan … More

    Putin Is Right About Withdrawal from the New START Treaty

    According to Representative Trent Franks (R–AZ) and Representative Doug Lamborn (R–CO), Russian President Vladimir Putin’s potential withdrawal from New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) would serve America’s strategic interests more than the Obama Administration’s attempts to “reset” the United States’ relationship with Moscow. Putin’s mobilization of Russian troops into … More