What to Look for in the FY 2021 Defense Budget Request

What to Look for in the FY 2021 Defense Budget Request

The Trump administration released its FY 2021 defense budget request on February 10, 2020. The request marks the final budget submitted under the era of the discretionary spending limits imposed…

Iran’s Missile Strike: How it Happened (Video)

Iran’s Missile Strike: How it Happened (Video)

Iran’s ballistic missile attacks on January 8, 2020 against U.S. troops in Iraq was an unprecedented moment in U.S.-Iranian relations. Derived from government statements, media reports, and first-hand accounts, this…

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…

FY 2020 Missile Defense Agency Budget Tracker

FY 2020 Missile Defense Agency Budget Tracker

* The Senate NDAA transferred authorization for THAAD O&M and Procurement obligations to the Army. The Senate Appropriations Committee transferred appropriation obligations for Aegis BMD to the Navy and THAAD…

Iranian Missiles in Iraq

Iranian Missiles in Iraq

The Issue Iran-backed militias within Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have acquired short-range ballistic missiles from Tehran, supplementing their existing arsenal of unguided rockets. These militias’ small, harassing rocket attacks…

A New Generation of Homeland Missile Defense Interceptors

A New Generation of Homeland Missile Defense Interceptors

Recent Pentagon actions have produced considerable uncertainty in the future of homeland ballistic missile defense. In August 2019, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Dr. Michael Griffin cancelled the Redesigned Kill…

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…