The administration’s budget request for FY 2019 prioritizes near-term readiness against limited but growing ballistic missile threats from sources such as North Korea. This choice, however, falls short of connecting missile defense efforts to the reality of renewed great power competition as articulated in the National Defense Strategy.
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Recent budget moves will give the U.S. missile defense effort a major boost in funding over the coming year, likely allowing the purchase of additional Ground Based Interceptor missiles on top of the 44 already deployed for use by the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system against ICBMs headed toward the U.S. homeland.
Iran’s missile forces, in tandem with other strategic tools, support a complex national security strategy that both enables the projection of power across the region, and imposes costs on adversaries seeking to directly challenge Iran’s regime.
In a nuclear world, nuclear weapons are needed to deter major attacks, but who should possess these instruments of deterrence? Today the challenge of keeping nonnuclear states from going nuclear may be growing, perhaps nowhere quite as much as in northeast Asia…
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U.S. Army officials reportedly plan to tie THAAD and Patriot air and missile defense systems together within two years. The plan accelerates the integration of the two systems in response…
On March 16, Arab coalition air defenses intercepted a Houthi-launched ballistic missile targeting Al-Mokha in western Yemen. The intercept was reportedly successful, with no reports of casualties or damage. On…
U.S. Army officials plan to choose an interim Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) capability in Europe by the end of the year. Brigadier General Randy McIntire, the head of the…
On March 12, a Russian official announced that Moscow will accelerate the delivery of S-400 air missile defense systems to Turkey due to a request from Ankara. “Turkey expressed a…