When Iran Attacks

When Iran Attacks

On January 8, 2020, Iran used ballistic missiles to attack U.S. air bases in Iraq, in response to the U.S.-targeted killing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) commander…

Catching Up: China’s Developing Military Power

Catching Up: China’s Developing Military Power

For decades, China has engaged in a fervent game of “catch-up” with U.S. military capabilities. This effort, which has ballooned China’s defense spending to 620 percent of its 1990 level, is beginning…

More Than Missiles: China Previews its New Way of War

More Than Missiles: China Previews its New Way of War

The Issue China’s October 1 display of military hardware revealed a nation seeking to supplant the United States as the dominant military and technological power in the Asia-Pacific region. Many…

Don’t Waste This Lesson

Don’t Waste This Lesson

How drone attacks reveal fixable flaws with American air defenses The attacks on the oil facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais in Saudi Arabia are neon flashing warning signs of the…

Commentary: Leaving the INF Treaty Now Is the Right Call

Commentary: Leaving the INF Treaty Now Is the Right Call

Recent statements by President Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton indicate the United States may soon withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The INF Treaty was…

Russia Nearing Production of New SHORAD System

Russia Nearing Production of New SHORAD System

The Russian news agency TASS has reported that it is preparing for “serial production” of a new mobile short-ranged air defense system, dubbed “Sosna.” TASS notes that the system is…

DPRK to Permit ICAO Inspections

DPRK to Permit ICAO Inspections

North Korea will reportedly admit inspectors from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to conduct in-country inspections to assess measures taken by Pyongyang to improve the safety of commercial aircraft…

The Forthcoming Missile Defense Review

The Forthcoming Missile Defense Review

Later this spring, the Trump administration will release its 2018 Missile Defense Review (MDR), which is expected to better align U.S. missile defense policy with the present security environment. President…

How to Keep US Missile Defense on the Right Track

How to Keep US Missile Defense on the Right Track

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.