Missile Defense Included in National Security Strategy

The Trump Administration released its National Security Strategy today, which includes the following excerpts on missile defense:


“Many actors can now field a broad arsenal of advanced missiles, including variants that can reach the American homeland.”

“A layered missile defense system will defend our homeland against missile attacks.”

“As missiles grow in numbers, types, and effectiveness, to include those with greater ranges, they are the most likely means for states like North Korea to use a nuclear weapon against the United States. North Korea is also pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile. China and Russia are developing advanced weapons and capabilities that could threaten our critical infrastructure and our command and control architecture.”

“ENHANCE MISSILE DEFENSE: The United States is deploying a layered missile defense system focused on North Korea and Iran to defend our homeland against missile attacks. This system will include the ability to defeat missile threats prior to launch. Enhanced missile defense is not intended to undermine strategic stability or disrupt longstanding strategic relationships with Russia or China.”

“For example, we will cooperate on missile defense with Japan and South Korea to move toward an area defense capability. We remain ready to respond with overwhelming force to North Korean aggression and will improve options to compel denuclearization of the peninsula.”

“We will work with NATO to improve its integrated air and missile defense capabilities to counter existing and projected ballistic and cruise missile threats, particularly from Iran.”

“We will help [Middle East] partners procure interoperable missile defense and other capabilities to better defend against active missile threats.”

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Missile Defense Project, "Missile Defense Included in National Security Strategy," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 19, 2017, last modified June 15, 2018, https://missilethreat.csis.org/missile-defense-included-national-security-strategy/.