A little over four hundred years after the Salem witch trials, witch-hunts are still used as a tactic of social persecution and a vehicle to censure those who do not conform to a special interest agenda. From Salem to McCarthy to today’s attacks on so called “climate skeptics,” witch-hunts tear the fabric of a […]
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Dr. James R. Schlesinger died on March 27. A consummate public servant and scholar, Dr. Schlesinger’s contributions to his country are incalculable. For us at the Marshall Institute, he was a friend and colleague of our several members of our Board and gave generously of his time to the Institute’s programs. Most importantly, he chaired […]
Does a changing climate pose national security problems for the United States? This question is answered increasingly “yes.” And, with that affirmative answer, strategies, programs, and budgets are changing with significant implications for the future. In summary, efforts to link climate change to the deterioration of U.S. national security rely on improbable scenarios, imprecise and […]
“No Need to Panic About Global Warming”: Context for Considering the Ongoing Debate Over Climate Change
The Wall Street Journal opinion piece (see “No Need to Panic About Global Warming,” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577171531838421366. html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop#mjQuickSave, January 27, 2012) co-authored by the Chairman of the Marshall Institute’s Board of Directors, Dr. William Happer, and another member of the Board, Rodney Nichols, has attracted enormous attention and, not surprisingly, considerable criticism. Because Happer and his co-authors […]
In 2010, Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway published Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. The book disparages the Marshall Institute and its founders, Dr. Frederick Seitz, Dr. Robert Jastrow, and Dr. William Nierenberg. George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication honored Dr. Oreskes […]
The judicial system is not the appropriate venue for pursuit of scientific truth.
Iran’s mid-December missile test is further evidence of their inexorable drive to extend the range of their ballistic missile arsenal . The longer the effective range of that force, the greater will be Iran?s ability to terrorize the populations of Europe, U.S. bases in the Middle East, and Israel. The test validates the progress made by Iranian missileers and […]
The Climategate scandal shows intentional behavior on the part of some scientists to influence the peer review and journal publication process—the purported cornerstones of the objectivity of science—because they objected to the publication of articles reputedly challenging their work.
The U.S. Congress is now moving towards the creation of a cap-and-trade system. Proponents see the system, which has been strongly endorsed by President Barack Obama, as a market-oriented, cost-effective approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In any transaction, however, discerning consumers should weigh the benefits of the purchase against its costs. As such, the […]
On September 17, the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Poland, the Obama Administration abandoned plans to install missile defenses at the “Third Site” in Poland and the Czech Republic, arguing that Iranian progress towards longrange ballistic missiles is not as mature or developing as rapidly as the Bush Administration suggested. President Obama proposes instead […]
In 1984, the late historian Barbara Tuchman wrote The March of Folly, in which she chronicled the phenomenon of governments throughout the ages pursuing policies directly at odds with their self-interest. Tuchman used the term “wooden-headedness” to describe the tendency of leaders to assess situations using preconceived notions while ignoring or rejecting any contrary signs. […]
The much scrutinized Airborne Laser (ABL), a boost-phase missile defense system, crossed more milestones in recent weeks on its way to demonstrating its destructive capability against a missile in flight. A most demanding undertaking, the ABL is a megawatt-class Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser (COIL) mounted on Boeing 747 aircraft. The ABL-modified aircraft will destroy ballistic missiles in the boost […]
In June 2009, the Marshall Institute submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed endangerment finding. The EPA’s action is the first step towards regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
Discussion of the challenges and opportunities to improve U.S. space security before the American Institute of Engineers in Alexandria, Virginia on May 20, 2009.
Comments on the evolution of U.S. missile defense policy delivered at Mississippi State University on April 14, 2009.
The principal aim of a low carbon fuel standard is improving environmental quality by reducing the carbon content of transportation fuels. However, proponents of this approach also claim the standard will encourage the development and use of new kinds of transportation fuels to displace imported petroleum. Reducing imports is said to improve U.S. national and energy security by decreasing dependence on volatile regions and hostile governments.
The national low carbon fuel standard will not result in significant improvements for U.S. national security, preferentially supports fuels that have significant costs, limitations, and environmental consequences of their own, and precludes the use of readily available fuels.
Nearly one month after Iran joined the ranks of space-faring nations, North Korea announced its intention to place a communications satellite into orbit. The timing of Pyongyang’s launch is not clear, but a spokesman for North Korea’s Space Technology Committee said preparations are in “full swing” at a northeastern coast launch site. The official admission follows weeks of speculation […]
The budgetary and political environment for missile defense is cloudy. On the one hand, large cuts to the missile defense effort are expected as the new Administration and congressional leaders refashion the nation’s defense priorities. The Obama Administration’s attitudes toward missile defense are not entirely clear. During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Obama supported large cuts to its budget, suggesting that […]
Testimony of Jeff Kueter on Ballistic Missile Defense before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives
Missile defense provides the United States with options for addressing a growing threat in an uncertain world. During the Cold War, the ballistic missile was an instrument of strategic power, employed by both the U.S. and the Soviet Union as a means to check each other’s global power. Through the recognition that use of these capabilities […]
The bottom line is that a growing population and growing economy are not compatible wit lower emissions, given the state of today’s technology and the technologies that could be in the market in the next decade.
USA Today‘s editorial “Our view on weapons in space: Satellite shoot-down plan reignites treaty debate” followed by a response from Marshall President Jeff Kueter, “Opposing view: Space treaty would hurt U.S.” Our view on weapons in space: Satellite shoot-down plan reignites treaty debate Ban could prevent space from becoming the final battleground. The Bush […]
If the roadmap leads to a stronger commitment to investment in technology and more effective global collaboration, the Bali meeting will have made a useful contribution.
The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system took another significant step forward with the latest successful test of its tracking and interception capabilities, following on a long and highly successful series to date. Indeed, this test achieved two hitherto-untried operational milestones: simultaneously engaging multiple ballistic missiles, while also giving a close ally, Japan, an opportunity to participate to verify one […]
Do we care about boost phase missile defense? Perhaps the topic is too esoteric. Or perhaps the perceptions that it is too hard to do successfully rule the day. Or, perhaps we do not appreciate how important being able to destroy attacking missiles early in flight really is. But the actions of the U.S. Congress and the Bush […]
Remarks before the American Legislative Exchange Council
Greenpeace’s strategy is one of attacking organizations based on whom they receive financial support from rather than the quality or content of their work. “In free and open societies, free speech and the right of dissent are virtues, not vices,” Marshall Institute President Jeff Kueter said. “Efforts to promote censorship through intimi-dation are offensive and […]
Terrorism, rogue states, and the prospect of renewed state-to-state competition comprise the security environment facing the United States and will define that environment for the foreseeable future. Potential competitors and adversaries are turning to asymmetric strategies in an effort to alter the strategic balance of power which otherwise favors the United States. Such strategies seek to exploit U.S. vulnerabilities […]
Testimony of Jeff Kueter Before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science and Technology
On March 28, Marshall Institute President Jeff Kueter presented testimony before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives in a hearing titled Shaping the Message, Distorting the Science: Media Strategies to Influence Public Policy.
If the UCS disagrees with the views of those they label “skeptics”, they should explain why instead of attempting to censure free speech.
The call for the United States to significantly reduce its use of crude oil and move toward energy independence dates back to the 1970s. Beginning with President
Nixon’s demand for complete independence on imported energy by the end of the 1970s, to President Carter’s bold assertion that the U.S. would never use more
imported oil than it did in 1977, to President George W. Bush’s claim that American is addicted to oil, presidential focus on “oil supply disruptions” and “dependence on
Middle Eastern oil” have helped define U.S. energy policy for nearly 40 years.
The IPCC, the US National Academy of Sciences, and the US Climate Science Strategic Plan, which has been endorsed by the NAS, clearly demonstrate that there are many critical uncertainties in our understanding of the climate system.
The Guardian’s article, “The Denial Industry” (September 19, 2006), accepts as fact George Mombiot’s rhetoric in his book Heat. This is unfortunate because the book, at least as evidenced by this excerpt, is little more than a compilation of his opinions. Passing those off as facts is pseudo journalism.
From Oil Sands and Cornfields to Server Farms: Principles to Consider When Formulating Energy Policy
A Washington Roundtable on Science and Public Policy
Today the National Academy of Science (NAS) acknowledged that considerable uncertainty remains in the use of proxy evidence to construct long temperature trends. It also refutes the original use and interpretation of the so-called “hockey stick” graph used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), stating that the data does not support the refined […]
As the 4th of July approaches, it is natural to reflect on those qualities that have preserved American independence for the past 230 years. Until the advent of intercontinental ballistic missile flight during the Cold War, the security of the U.S. homeland was largely preserved by the expanse of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the might of […]
The campaign of personal destruction propagated by environmental advocacy groups hit a new low with the release of the May issue of Vanity Fair and the subsequent press conference today by the National Environmental Trust. Their accusations about Dr. Frederick Seitz are unfounded and unbelievable. It reflects a campaign of character assassination and the lack […]
The FY 2007 budget request submitted by the President in early February calls for a 21% increase in the nation’s commitment to deploying a ballistic missile defense. That increase follows a year where the Congress closely examined the technical progress, questioned the delays in testing, and debated shifting support from missile defense to other national security priorities. Toward the […]
Four years ago we predicted that a potentially catastrophic combination of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles would arise in the midst of the unstable states, and confront the United States with a threat to our very existence. Recent developments in Iran show that this forecast was optimistic. The Iranian announcement that they are restarting their nuclear program elevates the […]
The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) released by the Department of Defense (DoD) on February 6, 2006, “sets out where the Department of Defense currently is and the direction [that the Department’s senior leadership] believe it needs to go in fulfilling our responsibilities to the American people.” The 100-page document is the culmination of a long process involving many people and […]
If there was any doubt remaining about why the United States needs a missile defense system, it was dispelled recently by the actions of North Korea. Having shunned negotiations, North Korea’s nuclear brinkmanship leaves little doubt about its access to nuclear weaponry. Seven years ago the North Koreans demonstrated long-range missile capability and are now […]
If there was any doubt as to why the United States needs a missile defense system, it has been dispelled by the recent actions of North Korea. Having shunned negotiations, North Korea’s nuclear brinkmanship leaves little doubt about their access to nuclear weaponry. Seven years ago the North Koreans demonstrated long-range missile capability, are now believed to have […]
From the outset, President Bush has underscored the need for an ambitious, comprehensive missile defense comprising a variety of systems. the subject of the Dec. 15 test, the ground-based midcourse defense interceptor, represents the sole element of the less advanced system proposed by the Clinton administration.
Gelbspan’s last set of villains is the environmental movement, which he accuses of being too self-interested to pursue the changes needed to avoid a climate crisis…
The FY 2005 budget request for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), released in February 2004, reveals a strong focus on attaining the objectives set forth by the President in his December 2002 directive to begin fielding an initial missile defense capability in 2004.
In mid-February and again in late March, the Associated Press circulated reports of a successful Russian test of a so-called “wonder weapon.” This “wonder weapon” is so maneuverable it renders “any missile defense useless,” according to statements by a Russian general at a news conference. These reports also claim the test was so profound that it “would dramatically change […]
A rash of recent news articles condemn the Bush Administration for its emphasis on missile defense prior to the September 11th terrorist attacks and attempt to build a case for reversing the deployment of a missile defense later this year. Undoubtedly, the war on terrorism is now the highest national priority, but our nation faces many threats and we […]
During the height of the scares over the effects of chemicals, when alarmists seemed to be claiming that every chemical was going to kill us, more rational observers commented that if all of this were true, people should be dying like flies. Then they asked rhetorically, “Where are all the dead flies?”
The George Marshall Institute’s report Climate Change Science: A Review of the Draft Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan was designed to provide insights into and recommendations for the U.S. climate science programs. In late 2002, the Institute assembled a panel of scientific experts to review the revised draft of the 10-year strategic plan for […]
The details of the President’s FY 2004 budget request, released today, show the continued commitment of the Bush Administration to accelerating the development and deployment of the missile defense system.
Environmental policymaking in the United States is dominated by a mistaken focus on big-culprit, big-ticket, and big-government solutions. While disputes over large-scale environmental questions grab the headlines, they obscure the fact that both sides of the environmental debate are missing important national realities. For example, a leading cause of water quality problems is not some […]
New Studies Highlight Consequences of Proposed Federal and State Actions The George C. Marshall Institute has released two studies documenting the adverse economic, environmental and national security implications of proposed low carbon fuel standards (LCFS). Low carbon fuel standards have been proposed at both the federal and state level, and serve as an element of […]