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    First Steps to Remedy President Obama’s Flawed Missile Defense Policy Taken

    Yesterday, members of the House Armed Service Committee, under the leadership of Representative Michael Turner (R–OH) increased the funding for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program in the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget. Members of the committee decided to increase the funding for this program by $100 million above the … More

    Some Senators Rightfully Concerned over the Russian “Red Button” Missile Defense Demands

    Last week, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov caused a stir among the U.S. and European proponents of missile defenses. Talking about the Obama Administration’s recent proposal for the Russian participation in the Phased Adaptive Approach, a missile defense plan for Europe and the United States, Ivanov bluntly stated … More

    Sea-Based Missile Defense Test Success a Major Step Forward

    In the wee hours of the morning of April 15, the U.S. Navy conducted a successful test of its Aegis ballistic missile defense system. The test marks a major milestone in U.S. missile defense capabilities because it signals that the Aegis system’s existing interceptor, the Standard Missile-3 Block IA (SM-3 … More

    Russian Control of U.S. Missile Defenses? Just Say No.

    According to The Telegraph of London on April 8, Russia is demanding direct operational control of U.S. and allied missile defense systems in negotiations regarding missile defense cooperation. While the U.S. is right to be seeking Russian cooperation in the area of missile defense—more defensive strategic postures would benefit both … More

    A Strategy to Replace "Nuclear Zero" Is Needed

    According to the latest news, India has successfully tested two nuclear-capable short-range ballistic missiles. New Delhi is developing a range of missiles to improve its strategic capabilities against neighboring Pakistan (with whom it has fought three wars) and China (with whom it fought a brief border war in 1962). Pakistan … More

    Protect and Defend, Not Limit and Accommodate: Strategy for the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System

    The book Ballistic Missile Defense: Its Past and Future by Jacques Gansler is yet another contribution to the ongoing debate on the role of ballistic missile defense (BMD) in the U.S. strategic posture. Unfortunately, a middle path to ballistic missile defense proposed in the book stems from incorrect premises about … More

    After New START: Moving Forward or Moving Back?

    On Tuesday, March 2, arms control experts met at The Heritage Foundation’s conference “New START: What We Now Know and What’s Next.” They discussed the lessons learned with regards to future arms control negotiations. The Honorable Richard Perle of the American Enterprise Institute explained the rationale behind New START negotiations, … More

    Guest Blog: Billie Tucker on National Defense

    Last week I sat through four hours of missile defense presentations at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.  Those on the panel were the leading experts on this grave matter.  Grave because we will soon be digging ours. Not only was I able to sit and listen, but I was … More

    More Threats, Fewer Defenses?

    Last Thursday, experts on ballistic missile defense gathered to discuss this issue at The Heritage Foundation’s conference “Rethinking Comprehensive Missile Defense.” It is clear that the United States needs capable ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems to protect the U.S. citizens, its homeland, and allies in Europe and the Pacific from … More

    Russia 2, America 0

    Last Monday, Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, made clear yet again that Moscow reserves the right to withdraw from New START, a strategic nuclear weapons arms control agreement with the United States. Ryabkov threatened that if the U.S. expands its missile defense system qualitatively or quantitatively, … More