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    North Korea's Nuclear Challenge

    Pyongyang ’s eagerness to conduct a nuclear test so quickly after its long-range missile launch shows it has abandoned its previous façade of negotiations and is instead striving to achieve a viable nuclear weapon and ICBM delivery capability. North Korea ’s unflinching efforts to develop the means to threaten the … More

    Risky Cuts

    In the past year, Russia’s defense spending has risen 34 percent. China’s defense spending has risen 15 percent. Within the past four months, Iran and North Korea have tested missiles that could someday carry warheads to Europe or the United States. With such conventional and asymmetric military capabilities rising around … 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

    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.

    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

    The Obama Assault on Sovereignty

    President Obama’s trip to Europe has been revealing. Many people had high hopes that Obama may turn out to be a closet moderate. After all, his position on Afghanistan wasn’t all that bad, some said. Unfortunately, the picture is now clearer; his statements and actions in Europe show just how … More

    China Far from Responsible Stakeholder

    Initial Chinese reaction to the launch of North Korea’s missile, in clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions, is true to form. They will go along with international consensus just as far as they need to in order to blunt it. Last time around, in 2006, the PRC played the … More

    The Nuclear-Free Distraction

    This weekend the North Koreans tested their Taepodong 2 ballistic missile, surpassing their 2006 effort by completing at least two phases and traveling a longer distance. This improvement is still a troubling development. To his credit, Obama is calling for the UN to enforce its previous resolutions prohibiting North Korea … More

    Not Ready For Prime Time Players: Axelrod Edition

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXZPqdnhe1Q[/youtube] White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod spoke with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace on yesterday morning, and clarified what had previously been an incoherent policy on missile defense and global threats to America and our allies: Well, I think that, uh, uh, missile defen-, the the missile, the the … More