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US Tests Minuteman III ICBM

On February 9, the U.S. Air Force successfully test launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Vandenberg Space Force Base in southern California. The missile flew roughly 6,800 km before splashing near Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

MDA and the 2023 Budget

On May 23, the CSIS Missile Defense Project was pleased to welcome back Vice Admiral Jon Hill, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, to speak on the Agency's FY 2023 programs, priorities, and budgets.

White House to Bar Antisatellite Missile Tests

On April 18, the Biden administration said it would halt U.S. antisatellite missile testing. The White House directive focuses on “direct-ascent” weapons that use interceptor missiles launched from Earth to hit a satellite target hundreds of miles into space. This announcement comes after Russia launched a missile to destroy a non-operational Soviet-era satellite in November...

US Navy Tests All-Electric Laser

On April 13, the U.S. Navy announced that it had defeated an in-flight target representing a subsonic cruise missile using an all-electric, high-energy laser weapon during a February demonstration. The weapon, known as the Layered Laser Defense (LLD), is equipped with a high-powered laser and a high-resolution telescope and can defend against unmanned aerial systems...

US Deploys Patriot to Slovakia

On April 8, President Biden said that the United States would deploy a Patriot missile defense system to Slovakia. According to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the Patriot will be manned by U.S. military personnel; Chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the deployment would be temporary. This deployment comes after Slovakia recently gave Ukraine an S-300...

US Deploys Patriot to Philippines for Drills

On March 29, the United States deployed a Patriot missile system to the Philippines for the first time during the annual Balikatan U.S.-Philippines joint military exercise. This deployment of a Patriot battery by land and sea marked the first amphibious deployment of a Patriot. 

US Deploys Patriot to Poland

On March 9, the United States announced it had deployed two Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to Poland. The United States relocated the systems from the Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Germany. U.S. officials described the deployment as “temporary” and “defensive.” Patriot is U.S. Army’s primary air and missile defense system