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    Yes, It Is Rocket Science!

    In  The New York Times‘ week in review published April 25,  William Broad long-time science writer for the paper, discusses the debate over the effectiveness of the North Korean missile launch April 5. The article purports to represent the state of debate on North Korea missile developments. The analysis ignores … More

    Morning Bell: A 9/10 Security Mindset

    Yesterday the citizens of New York and New Jersey who lived through 9/11 were witness to an ominous flashback. A massive aircraft, trailed closely by an F-16 fighter jet, descended towards the city and flew so close and low to Manhattan skyscrapers that office building windows rattled. Fortunately this was … More

    100 Days of Good, Bad and Ugly

    FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY The Good Iraq and Afghanistan: In his first 100 days, President Obama has largely continued to implement the strategic course laid out by the Bush Administration in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, which makes sense. U.S. vital interests do not change because of partisan shifts in … More

    Blaming Others Only Works So Long

    Spot on op-ed by Jackson Diehl in the Washington Post this Sunday. Diehl writes: New American presidents typically begin by behaving as if most of the world’s problems are the fault of their predecessors — and Barack Obama has been no exception. … Now comes the interesting part: when it … More

    Obama’s Missile Defense Conundrum

    What would you do if an enemy tested a weapon that could kill millions of your fellow citizens? According to Heritage Foundation vice president Kim Holmes, the logical response would be to build up a missile defense system capable of knocking a ballistic missile out of the sky. Unfortunately, the … More

    Failure to Launch: Gates Refuses Request to Use Top Missile Defense Radar

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates refused to grant permission to U.S. Northern Command to use the nation’s most powerful sea-based radar to monitor North Korea’s recent missile launch. Why is this significant? Because the $900 million dollar system, known as SBX, is capable of detecting a baseball hit out of … More

    North Korea Missile Test: More Successful Than Advertised

    Spaceflight Now‘s Craig Covault reports: New details emerging from the analysis of data from North Korea’s April 5 Taepo-Dong-2 test indicate the vehicle flew successfully several hundred miles further than previously believed and used more advanced steering than has been demonstrated by the North Korean’s before.

    Pentagon Should Worry About More Than Pirates

    Selling his defense budget cuts at the Air Force War College today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says, according to the AP, “the pirate drama over the last week helps prove his point about why the Pentagon should change its weapon-buying habits.” No one is more joyful about the Navy Seals … More

    UN Dithers, North Korea Blusters

    After a week of intense deliberations over North Korea’s missile launch, the UN Security Council (UNSC) opened its doors and emitted a mighty roar…of a mouse. The UNSC’s failure to defend its resolutions against Pyongyang’s unambiguous violation bodes ill for diplomatic efforts to prevent proliferation and denuclearize North Korea. China’s … More

    Reporting on Missile Test Fails

    The April 6, William Broad article “North Korean Missile Launch Was a Failure, Experts Say” in the New York Times diminishes the scope of the threat posed by the North Korean ballistic missile program by omitting some key facts. Analysis of the Taepodong-2 missile flight path does indicate that a … More