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CSIS Testimony: Rob Soofer

On June 9, CSIS Senior Associate Dr. Rob Soofer testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services, Strategic Forces Subcommittee on missile defense strategy, policies, and programs. He was accompanied by Vice Admiral Jon Hill, Lieutenant General Daniel Karbler, General Glen VanHerck, Ms. Leonor Tomero, and Mr. Ankit Panda.

Hypersonic Strike and Defense

On June 2, Tom Karako spoke with Mike White, Principal Director for Hypersonics in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering OUSD(R&E). The discussion reviewed the programmatic and budgetary implications of both hypersonic strike and defense.

Hypersonic Threats Need an Offense-Defense Mix

Next week, people from across the missile defense community will gather at an annual symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, to consider how to adapt U.S. missile defense efforts to the challenge of renewed competition with Russia and China. A centerpiece of their discussions will be the emergence of advanced hypersonic missile threats and what to do...

MDA Releases FTM-29 Failure Review Board Findings

On October 1, the Missile Defense Agency released findings of its investigation into FTM-29’s failure. The joint U.S.-Japanese test took place on January 31, 2018, testing the co-developed Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA. MDA’s statement indicated that the missile’s “Hybrid Arm and Fire Device” (a sparkplug-like mechanism) failed to ignite the third-stage rocket motor responsible...

South Korea Launches First Missile Submarine

On September 14, South Korea launched KSS-III (Jangbogo-III) Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, the nation’s first missile attack submarine, in the waters in near Busan. Dosan Ahn Chango-ho had been under construction since 2016 and will likely be delivered in the next two years. It is the first of nine submarines slated to be built over the...

Iran Announces Bavar-373 BMD Test

On September 10, Iran announced that it had successfully conducted a ballistic missile intercept test of its Bavar-373 air defense system last year. The Bavar-373 is an indigenously produced version of the Russian S-300 air defense system. Iran’s Deputy Air Defense Commander General Mahmoud Ebrahiminejad stated, “It [the Bavar-373] is more reliable and stronger than...

US and Japan Successfully Test SM-3 IB Threat Update

On September 11, the United States and Japan successfully intercepted a separating ballistic missile target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) IB Threat Update (TU) interceptor off the coast of Hawaii. The Japanese Aegis destroyer JS Atago (DDG-177) fired the SM-3 and intercepted the target in the test. According to the Missile Defense Agency press release,...