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    A Brilliant Bullet

    Popular Mechanics devotes their latest cover story to the science of ground-based interceptors. PM writes: America’s missile shield is designed to destroy incoming ballistic warheads with interceptors. President-elect Obama’s leading contenders for the job as Secretary of Defense have this week sent signals that the next administration would continue the … More

    Kremlin Tempted to Test Obama

    MOSCOW — The Russian elite are clearly unenthusiastic about Barack Obama’s election to the presidency. Moscow believes Obama has adopted a stance similar to the incumbent administration’s on most of the thorny issues that are dividing the United States and Russia — missile defenses in Eastern Europe, NATO enlargement, Russia-Georgia … More

    See the '33 Minutes' Trailer

    The Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce our first full-length documentary, “33 Minutes,” and to release the first trailer for the film. The documentary has a simple premise:  An intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM,  armed with a nuclear warhead could be launched and strike the United States in about 33 minutes – and … More

    Morning Bell: Mixed Signals on Missile Defense

    President-elect Barack Obama is sending mixed signals on America’s planned missile defense sites in Europe following Russia’s heated rhetoric last week. An Obama adviser said this weekend America’s next commander in chief hadn’t decided if he would continue work on the U.S. missile shield. Although Obama is still months away … More

    Iran's 'World Without America' and the EMP Threat

    Recent reports indicate Iran could have a nuclear bomb by 2015, if not earlier. What has been largely ignored is Iran’s ability to acquire an equally destructive device, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. Clifford D. May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and I recently penned an … More

    Morning Bell: 33 Minutes

    The ultimate motivation is still unclear, but it appears as though Russia test-fired as many as four intercontinental ballistic missiles this weekend. First on Saturday, President Dmitri Medvedev watched the launch of a Sineva intercontinental missile from a submarine in the Arctic Barents Sea that hit a virtual target near … More

    Missile Defense on Offense, Congress says Nonsense

    A September 10 article in the WSJ hits all the marks on missile defense. In typical Russian fashion, the Kremlin promised their response to a U.S. missile shield in Poland would go “beyond” diplomacy, even though the system is clearly ineffective against an onslaught of Russian ICBM’s. Until recently, this … More

    Polish Support for Missile Deal Soars Following Russia's War

    Many political commentators have long predicted that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk would make a decision on stationing part of the U.S. missile defense shield there, based largely on opinion polls. Russia’s aggressive incursion into sovereign Georgian territory last week undoubtedly accelerated his decision, aided by the startling effect the … More

    Iran's Photoshopped Missile Diplomacy

    Heritage Foundation analyst Jim Phillips, who wrote this week about Iran’s missile tests and proliferation concerns, notes that the doctored photographs that apparently were used to conceal the misfiring of one of the missiles is an example of taqiyya (concealment or dissimulation), a Shia religious doctrine that permits believers to … More

    Another Missile Test Success

    Heritage’s new missile defense blog, 33 Minutes, has a complete report on last night’s successful missile test in Hawaii. The intercept was the fifth successful test for THAAD system in five attempts, and marked the 29th of 30 successful tests conducted since September 2005. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5O2EWVGe4U[/youtube] Hat tip to The Minority … More