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Israel Fires David’s Sling in Combat for First Time

On July 23, the Israeli Air Defense Command fired the David’s Sling theater-range missile defense system against two Syrian SS-21 Scarab missiles estimated to be directed at Israel. The air defense system originally calculated the terminal trajectory of the Syrian missiles to be inside Israeli territory and deployed two Stunner hit-to-kill interceptors. Some time into...

European Missile Defense after Ukraine and the Iran Deal

With the conclusion of a joint plan of action for Iran’s nuclear program, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia has returned to his favorite talking point: that NATO should scale back missile defenses. NATO should do nothing of the sort. Not only does the Iran deal not roll back the most numerous and diverse missile...