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    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

    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

    Gibraltar Tensions Highlight the Importance of U.S. Engagement in Europe

    This week, the United Kingdom is sending 10 naval ships through the Mediterranean as part of a routine yearly deployment. In light of recent Spanish provocations over Gibraltar, and because some of the ships will anchor at “the Rock,” media is rife with talk of escalation. In reality, the deployment … More

    Iran Nuclear Ambitions Remain Unchanged Despite New “Moderate” President

    Last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that Hassan Rowhani’s election as Iranian president represents “a call by the Iranian people for change” and “an opportunity for Iran to act quickly to resolve the international community’s deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.” Nevertheless, this may prove to be … More

    Why Ignoring Russian Arms Cheating Leaves the United States Vulnerable

    The Obama Administration appears to be ignoring Russian violations of arms control agreements in favor of securing future agreements, which will eventually leave the United States vulnerable to Russia’s growing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities. In a recent article, Mark Schneider of the National Institute for Public Policy points out … More

    The Case for Strengthening the GMD Program

    Following the failure of the July 5 intercept test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile defense system, Senator Dick Durbin (D–IL) commented that “this is a system that still hasn’t been proven to be able to protect America.” Durbin added that he does not see the value in allocating … More

    Missile Defense: Independent Working Group Holds Valuable Seminar

    In recent days, the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee adopted different versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2014. They both include provisions for small increases in funding for the Missile Defense Agency—over the Obama Administration’s request. On June 25, the Independent Working … More

    Russia Compliance Problem: How Obama's Policy Is Failing

    In a recent article, Mark Schneider of the National Institute for Public Policy points out that Russia’s compliance issues with arms control treaties have worsened under Vladimir Putin. In 2007, Russia tested a multiple-warhead version of the SS-27 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) despite a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) provision … More

    Nuclear Reduction Plan Based on Assumptions, Not Reality

    President Obama’s speech in Berlin included a nuclear reduction pledge that is based on poor assumptions and an unrealistic goal. It is a policy that will leave the U.S. weaker as Russia continues its strategic arms buildup. Former Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ) points out in a recent op-ed that Obama … More