Missile Threat brings together a wide range of information and analyses relating to the proliferation of cruise and ballistic missiles around the world and the air and missile defense systems designed to defeat them. Missile Threat is a product of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


  • Looking East: European Air and Missile Defense after Warsaw
  • JLENS Future Bleak, But Need For Capability Remains
  • MDA and the Color of Money
  • Missile Defense Budget Trends


The Missile War in Yemen

In March 2015, the Gulf Cooperation Council, led by Saudi Arabia, launched Operation Decisive Storm in order to bolster the internationally recognized Yemeni government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. Since then, Houthi rebels within Yemen have launched a ...

JLENS Future Bleak, But Need For Capability Remains

Missile defense is not just about ballistic missiles. The wider problem of integrated air and missile defense, to include cruise missiles, has received growing attention in recent years. Last May, for instance, then-Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ...

Looking East: European Air and Missile Defense after Warsaw

Last week, leaders from all 28 NATO member nations met in Warsaw, coming together for what President Obama called the alliance’s “most important moment” since the end of the Cold War. The symbolism of the summit’s location was not lost ...
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Russian Military Tests Three Ballistic Missiles

The Russian military test-fired two submarine-launched ballistic missiles and a ground-based Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile in the midst of growing tensions between Moscow and Washington over Syria. The SS-N-23 SLBM launches took place from a Pacific Fleet sub in the ...

USS Mason Attacked Again by Houthi Cruise Missiles

The USS Mason was again targeted by coastal defense cruise missiles launched from Houthi controlled territory inside of Yemen late Saturday night local time. The Mason launched defensive countermeasures, potentially including defensive missiles, and was not struck two U.S. officials ...

USS Mason Launches Three Interceptors to Defend Against Yemen Cruise Missile Attack

On Sunday, the USS Mason fired two Standard Missile-2 Block IV interceptors and an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile in response to multiple cruise missiles launched at it and the USS Ponce off the coast of Yemen. The attack comes after ...
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