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.
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).
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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On March 21, Chinese officials reported the sale of an advanced tracking system used to develop missiles to Pakistan. Zheng Mengwei, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)…
U.S. officials report that Russia has increased deployment of an allegedly INF-violating cruise missile. During a March 20 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican Deb Fischer asked if…
The U.S. Air Force successfully test fired a production-configuration Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a B-1B Lancer strategic bomber. The test took place over Point Mugu Sea Range in California,…
On March 21, an Arab Coalition fighter jet was targeted by a Houthi surface-to-air missile (SAM) launched from Saada airport. Spokesman for the Arab Coalition Turki al-Maliki said the fighter…