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    North Korea Throws Down Missile Gauntlet

    North Korea’s launch of a long-range Taepo Dong 2 missile would be a direct challenge not just to the United States but to the international community’s resolve to confront threats to regional stability. Pyongyang’s willingness to escalate tensions shows that, despite the change in U.S. leadership, North Korea will not … More

    The Very Real North Korea Nuclear Missile Threat

    The Washington Post has changed the headline on their North Korea story today from “North Korean Nuclear Test A Growing Possibility” to “North Korean Missile Test a Growing Possibility.” At least they didn’t adopt the official North Korea government line and call it a civilian satellite test. But the rest … More

    North Korea Missile Threat: Will Washington Blink?

    A Direct Challenge Three, Two, One … Launch: North Korea is preparing to launch a long-range Taepo Dong-2 missile in early April, capable of hitting targets in the western United States. A Continuing Threat: A 2001 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate assessed a two-stage Taepo Dong-2 could threaten Alaska, Hawaii, and … More

    U.S. Must Honor its Commitment to European Allies

    On Sunday Poland stated that they hoped the current U.S. administration would not abandon plans for a missile defense system on its territory. Poland’s concern came amid speculation that the current Administration may abandon the previously agreed system in favor of a new direction with Russia. Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw … More

    You Can’t Test What Hasn’t Been Built

    At National Review Institute‘s Media Malpractice, Heritage senior fellow James Carafano takes the USA Today to task for their sloppy reporting reporting on missile defense: The March 16, 2009 USA Today headline, “Reports question U.S. shield of Europe” by Ken Dilanian fueled an already on going controversy about the future … More

    The Risks of a Missile Defenseless Europe

    According to an Associated Press report “The Czech government on Tuesday postponed a parliamentary vote on a deal to place an American missile defense installation on Czech soil. Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said the government withdrew the item because it did not have enough votes to pass. ‘It does not … More

    Out of Excuses

    Former director of the Missile Defense Agency General Trey Obering (ret.) took a USA Today article to task at a recent screening of 33 Minutes in Washington D.C. Listening to Obering, the “reasons” not to build missile defenses sound a lot more like just bad excuses. Technology: Obering said the … More

    North Korea's Peaceful Satellite Test

    North Korea has notified the appropriate international civilian maritime and aviation authorities to warn that Pyongyang will launch a satellite between 4 and 8 April. In the 2006 UN resolutions, the UN cited NK’s lack of a similar notification as dangerous and provocative. Pyongyang is trying to follow the rules … More

    Who is Holding the GAO Accountable?

    The USA Today cites an independent report that questions the effectiveness of the ground-based missile defense interceptors the United States plans to deploy in Europe to counter a potential long-range Iranian nuclear-tipped ballistic missile threat. The report comes from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an auditing and investigative arm of … More

    Weird Science from NYT

    Only the New York Times op-ed page could offer two ridiculous and obviously contradictory statements in two succeeding sentences and believe it was making sense. In “Defensible Missile Defense,” Professor Ted Postol declares that US missile defense “performance is unproven, it requires unending additional resources and it faces problems that … More