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    A Real Threat Requires A Real Defense

    Former Missile Defense Agency director, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, and Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis, distinguished fellow Eric Edelman, write in today’s Washington Post: The apparent reelection of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his frequently expressed commitment to pursue nuclear and ballistic missile capability, underscore the … More

    A Reminder of the North Korea Missile Threat

    North Korea launched on July 2 at least three short-range anti-ship missiles into waters along its east coast. Pyongyang’s provocative act will further heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and may be a precursor to additional missile activity in coming days. Pyongyang’s increased anti-ship missile and coastal artillery training since … More

    Guest Blogger: Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH) on Missile Defense Budget Cuts

    Missile Defense Budget Cuts Are a Dangerous Gamble Given the battle going on in Washington over the future of a critical homeland defensive system, it’s unfortunate that much of the American public isn’t aware of what they have and what they stand to lose with the stroke of a pen. … More

    On Indefensible Defense Cuts

    Only politicians determined to spend $1 billion a day to “stimulate” the economy could balk at committing tens of millions less than that to bolster our national defense. So it was good news this evening when the Senate Armed Services Committee added funds to buy seven more F-22 fighters and … More

    Deployment Proves Missile Defense Value

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ordered the deployment of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to defend Hawaii should a pending North Korean long-range missile launch pose a threat to the US. The mobile ground-based missile defense system would augment longer-range missile interceptors based in Alaska. The US has … More

    Guest Blogger: Senator David Vitter (R-LA) on Missile Defense

    Current events always put policy issues in clear and distinct context, and the recent actions of North Korea and the political instability of the Iranian government make a more compelling argument than ever for strong missile defense programs. But as North Korea continues to test nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles … More

    House Armed Services Committee Says No to Missile Defense Interceptors

    Today, the House Armed Services Committee was marking up the FY 2010 budget for the Defense Department. The liveliest debate was over Congressman Turner’s (R-OH) amendment to re-insert $120 million to fund the remaining 14 ground-based interceptors. For the past several years, the plan was to have 44 interceptors dispersed … More

    Morning Bell: Sham Elections Expose Obama's Iran Policy

    On the eve of Friday’s election in Iran, President Barack Obama told reporters: “We are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran. Whoever ends up winning the election in Iran, the fact there has been a robust debate hopefully will advance our ability … More

    More of the Same from the Security Council Points to the Need for Missile Defense

    The draft resolution on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs reportedly agreed to by the security council’s permanent five members, plus Japan and South Korea, is nothing new. In fact, it is full of references back to unenforced provisions of previous resolutions, particularly from October 2006. More than anything else, … More

    North Korea Threatens A “Merciless Offensive”

    Consistent with the highly belligerent posture North Korea has taken in the past three weeks, and the “rapid-fire series of provocations“ it has initiated since the beginning of 2009, Pyongyang yet again chose to escalate its rhetoric, this time threatening to use its nuclear weapons in a “merciless offensive” if … More