Jeff Kueter's Articles

Mr. Jeff Kueter works with scientists to help improve the understanding and awareness of complex scientific topics to the public, the media, and policy makers. Focused on national security and the environment, Mr. Kueter manages the day-to-day operations of the George C. Marshall Institute, authoring its policy papers and analyses and engaging the public and the policy making community. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with honors, and an M.A. in Political Science and another M.A. in Security Policy Studies and Science & Technology Studies, both from George Washington University. He has served as Research Director at the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) and at Washington Nichibei Consultants.

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Funding Flows for Climate Change Research and Related Activities

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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The Climate of Insecurity

In this new Policy Outlook, Institute President Jeff Kueter considers claims that climate change will result in conflict.  Recently the State and Defense Departments have reiterated their belief that environmental factors can precipitate armed conflict and the IPCC 5th Assessment Report endorses this view. Drawing on his 2012 study of the issue, Kueter evaluates the claims and […]

Our Friend, Dr. James R. Schlesinger, R.I.P.

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 […]

Energy Report

A Framework for a New U.S. Energy Policy

In A Framework for a New U.S. Energy Policy,Institute CEO William O’Keefe and Institute President Jeff Kueter outline principles to guide the development of U.S. energy policy in the years to come.  Drawing on the lessons learned from years of ad hoc policy approaches to energy issues, the report details “the basic lessons learned over the […]

Adapting American Space Security Strategy

Institute President Jeff Kueter discusses U.S. national security space policy in an article in Defense Dossier, available at http://www.afpc.org/files/september2013.pdf.

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U.S. Energy Emissions Holding Steady

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions continue to drop, reaching levels not seen since the early 1990s, according the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  The deep economic recession accounts for some of this decline, but it is illustrative to note that U.S. gross domestic product has posted growth since late 2009 (see http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/gdp-growth).  Even assuming for lags in industrial […]

When Is Government Intervention in the Energy Market OK?

Marshall Institute CEO William O’Keefe, formerly COO of the American Petroleum Institute, and Dr. Sergey Mityakov, an economist from Clemson University, discuss when government intervention in the energy sector is justified and the conditions that determine success.

What is Infant Industry? Applications to the Energy Industry

Dr. Sergey Mityakov, William O’Keefe, and Jeff Kueter discuss a recent Marshall Institute study on government subsidies for the energy industry.

Investment Strategy

An Investment Strategy for National Security Space

This report sets out a framework that guides policymakers on how to invest in national security space capabilities over the next decade.

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Climate and National Security: Exploring the Connection

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 […]

Kueter - Is Climate a National Security Problem

Is Climate a National Security Problem?

The United States faces many security challenges in the months and years ahead – environmentally induced conflict ranks low amongst them.

Kueter on Space Security

Institute President Jeff Kueter discusses space security and the Code of Conduct at a Heritage Foundation event. http://www.heritage.org/events/2012/04/open-microphone

Implementing the National Security Space Strategy

“Nominally, every strategy should describe how one would apply available means to achieve desired ends; implementation requires a proper matching of the two. Unfortunately, the NSSS, does not properly connect those dots. Instead, it lays out five areas of focus, which it hopes will bring about an uncertain end-state.” Institute Fellow Eric Sterner and Josh Hartman have […]

Do We Need a Code of Conduct for Space? Considering Recent Developments in the Effort to Change Behavior in Space

Does the United States need an International Code of Conduct in Space to preserve an advantage or to advance its interests? Does the U.S. need a Code of Conduct to signal to others what it considers acceptable behavior in space? Will a Code of Conduct dissuade international actors from misbehavior? Will an agreement brought to […]

Kueter - “No Need to Panic About Global Warming” Context for Considering the Ongoing Debate Over Climate Change

“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 […]

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Returning to Fundamentals: Deterrence and U.S. National Security in the 21st Century

Is deterrence a “one-size fits all” strategic concept? Can it be applied equally effectively to security challenges as diverse as nuclear weapons and cyberspace? Or do the emerging domains of outer space and cyberspace require their own deterrence strategies? These and related questions are the subject of a collection of essays recently published by the […]

A Day Without Space – Remarks to NSISC Space INFOSEC Symposium

On October 25, Marshall Institute President Jeff Kueter reviewed some of the findings from the Marshall-SEC Day Without Space series at the NSISC Space INFOSECSymposium.

The Facts Behind the Code of Conduct

The Department of Defense (DOD) is intensifying its advocacy for the U.S. accession to the proposed European Union Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. In a “fact sheet” released a few weeks ago (see http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2011/0111_nsss/docs/DoD%20Fact%20Sheet%20- %20International%20Code%20%208-18-11.pdf), the DOD advances four propositions as “facts”. Fact #1: “Space is vital to our nation’s security and economy, […]

Responding to Oreskes and Conway’s Merchants of Doubt

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 […]

Rules of the Road in Space: Does a Code of Conduct Improve U.S. Security?

U.S. adoption of the European Union’s Code of Conduct appears imminent.  Unilateral adoption of the Code by the Obama Administration, likely through executive order, is not necessary to secure U.S. interests in space and potentially undermines those interests in the long run.  In Rules of the Road in Space, Institute President Jeff Kueter examines the arguments […]

The Obama Administration in Space

Remarks made by Jeff Kueter at the Center for Security  Policy National Security Group lunch on February 25, 2011.

Cybersecurity: Challenging Questions with Incomplete Answers

In the August 2010 issue of High Frontiers, the Journal for Space and Cyberspace Professionals, Marshall Institute President Jeff Kueter addressed the issue of military cybersecurity.  He states: The mid-May 2010 confirmation of General Keith Alexander to head the Pentagon’s newly formed US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) brought a temporary reprieve to the barrage of questions […]

Evaluating the Obama National Space Policy: Continuity and New Priorities

Nearly every president since Eisenhower has released a “national space policy,” outlining his views on the significance of space to American interests and identifying high level priorities intended to guide government action. Of course, the policies also are meant for international and public consumption, and so, they signal intentions and priorities meant to influence subsequent […]

Heavy Lift: A Pillar of American Space Flight

Among the many questions that have arisen as the nation considers the future of the exploration is — should the U.S. invest in propulsion capabilities to travel beyond low earth orbit now or later?

Finding Common Ground: Reconciling Space Exploration Goals

On April 15, 2010, President Obama clarified his vision for U.S. space exploration at speech in Florida. There is much to like about the President’s desire to encourage innovation (by funding development of new technologies and capabilities that may make space exploration more effective and affordable) and stimulate entrepreneurship of the commercial sector (by ceding […]

Kueter - The Loony Legacy of Massachusetts vs. EPA Or, Is Mississippi Burning

The Loony Legacy of Massachusetts vs. EPA: Or, Is Mississippi Burning?

The judicial system is not the appropriate venue for pursuit of scientific truth.

FY 2010 Appropriations for National Security Space Programs

A review of the final budget for FY 2010 military space activities.

Iranian Missiles and U.S. Defenses

Iran’s mid-December missile test is further evidence of their inexorable drive to extend the range of their ballistic missile arsenal [1]. 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 […]

Kueter - Copenhagen, Climategate, EPA and the U.S. Senate

Copenhagen, Climategate, EPA and the U.S. Senate

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 Dismal Economics of Climate Regulation

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 […]

Kueter and Mazol - US Shelves Eastern Europe

U.S. Shelves Eastern Europe

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 […]

Cap-and-Trade Would Make the American Dream a Nightmare

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. […]

Mazol and Kueter - Airborne Laser Approaches Pivotal Test

Airborne Laser Approaches Pivotal Test

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 […]

Kueter - Marshall Institute Comments on the EPA's Endangerment Finding

Marshall Institute Comments on the EPA’s Endangerment Finding

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.

Challenges in Space

Challenges and Opportunities for National Space Security

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.

Kueter - Missile Defense Past, Present and Future

Missile Defense Past, Present and Future

Comments on the evolution of U.S. missile defense policy delivered at Mississippi State University on April 14, 2009.

National Security, Energy Security, and a Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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.

Kueter - National Security, Energy Security, and a Low Carbon Fuel Standard

National Security, Energy Security, and a Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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.

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Space Launch or Missile Test?: North Korea?s Intentions in Space

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 […]

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Testing Missile Defense Systems

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 […]

Kueter - Testimony on Ballistic Missile Defense before the U.S. House of Representatives

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 […]

Kueter - The Myth of Vanishing CO2 Emissions

The Myth of Vanishing CO2 Emissions

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 on Weapons in Space and the Marshall Institute Response

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 […]

Where Will the Bali Roadmap Lead?

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.

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Aegis Missile Defense: A Proven Capability

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 […]

Kueter - The Importance of Boost Phase Missile Defense

The Importance of Boost Phase Missile Defense

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 […]

Energy Policy Issues – Remarks Before the American Legislative Exchange Council

Remarks before the American Legislative Exchange Council

Congressional Testimony of Jeff Kueter on Space Security

On Wednesday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m. in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs held an oversight hearing to explore the Administration’s military and diplomatic policies toward the use of space. The hearing examined the 2006 National Space Policy (unclassified version) and the impact of […]

New Greenpeace Report Continues Campaign to Silence Debate on Climate Change

New Greenpeace Report Continues Campaign to Silence Debate on Climate Change

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 […]

Kueter and Kleinberg - The Cruise Missile Challenge Designing a Defense Against Asymmetric Threats

The Cruise Missile Challenge: Designing a Defense Against Asymmetric Threats

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 […]

Kueter - Testimony of Jeff Kueter Before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science and Technology

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.

Kueter - Reply to Union of Concerned Scientists, Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air

Reply to Union of Concerned Scientists, Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air

If the UCS disagrees with the views of those they label “skeptics”, they should explain why instead of attempting to censure free speech.

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Crossing the Rubicon in Space Again: Iacta alea est

“The die is cast,” Suetonius reports Julius Caesar said as he exhorted his men to cross the river Rubicon and created the popular idiom for a point of no return. The long-held Rubicon in space, the deployment and use of so-called space weapons, was crossed long ago by both the former Soviet Union and the […]

The Illusion of U.S. Energy Independence: An Assessment of the Current State of Energy Use

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.

New Space Policy Affirms U.S. Rights to Defend Interests in Outer Space

The unclassified version of the National Space Policy, released last week, reaffirms many long-standing principles. The new policy document maintains the commitment to the peaceful use of space, but also maintains the ability of the United States to “preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action” in space. “The new National Space Policy rightly balances […]

War in Space

The War in Space Has Already Begun

The revelation in Defense News (“China Tried to Blind U.S. Sats with Laser,” September 25, 2006) that China has been conducting tests over the past several years designed to blind U.S. satellites should serve as a wake-up call to the American public and the national security establishment. If there ever were questions about whether future […]

Considering Brazil’s Energy Independence

The recent increase in oil prices has focused great attention on Brazil’s progress towards energy independence and has led many to question why the United States cannot achieve the same result. The Washington Post, for example, ran a front-page story touting Brazil as a model for the “road to energy independence.”

Kueter and O'Keefe - Response to the Royal Society's Letter

Response to the Royal Society’s Letter

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.

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Guardian’s Accusations False: Corporate Interests Do Not Influence Institute Positions

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

The Truth is Inconvenient: Evaluating Gore’s Claims About the Political Dimensions of the Climate Change Debate

Mr. Gore’s book should be recognized for what it is—a summation of a particular perspective on climate science, its implications, and the meaning for policy. They are undoubtedly his views and are shared by others.

Academy Report Questions Hockey Stick

Academy Report Questions “Hockey Stick”

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 […]

Kueter and Kleinberg - A Path Forward for Missile Defense

A Path Forward for Missile Defense

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 […]

Transportation Fuels from Biomass: An Interesting, but Limited, Option

“America is addicted to oil,” the President proclaimed in his State of the Union speech on January 31, 2006. Since then, and with the continued high prices of crude oil and gasoline, there have been a flood of proposals, each promising energy independence for the United States. Foremost among these are calls to make greater use of ethanol.

Vanity Fair – Wrong on the Science, Disgraceful in Supporting Personal Attacks

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 […]

Kueter - Missile Defense in the FY 2007 Budget Request

Missile Defense in the FY 2007 Budget Request

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 […]

Jastrow and Kueter - Recent Success in U.S. Missile-Defense Testing Can Counter the Iranian Nuclear Missile Breakout

Recent Success in U.S. Missile-Defense Testing Can Counter the Iranian Nuclear Missile Breakout

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 […]

Kueter and Kleinberg - Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) of 2006 The Impact of Missile Defense

Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) of 2006: The Impact of Missile Defense

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 […]

Technology & LCDs are Proper Focus for G-8 Summit

When leaders of the G-8 nations meet this week their discussions of climate change policy should focus on ways to accelerate the transition of technologies presently used in their own countries to the developing world, with particular emphasis on China and India. The international dimensions of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are frequently overlooked in discussions […]

Saving Space – Securing Our Space Assets

The weaponization of space, recently dubbed the “question long neglected in most discussions about U.S. defense policy,” is moving to the forefront. Prompted by a recent meeting of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, proposed doctrinal revisions by the Air Force, calls for a White House national security directive, congressional hearings and press reports, […]

Lobbying & Law – Cold Cash and Global-Warming Research

Jeff Kueter, president of the George C. Marshall Institute, complains that the mainstream media does not respect climate-change research conducted by industry-funded groups, such as his Washington think tank. He says that scientists who question whether global warming is real “are quickly labeled [as] having received money from the petroleum industry. The media considers their […]

Kueter - Build Missile Defense Before It's Too Late

Build Missile Defense Before It’s Too Late

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 […]

Kueter - Time for a Missile Defense

Time for a Missile Defense

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 […]

Kueter and Plieninger - A Failed Test of Missile Defense

A Failed Test of Missile Defense

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.

Read With Care – Your Blood May Reach the Boiling Point

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…

Much Ado About Nothing: The New York Times’ Claim of “a striking shift” in the Bush Administration Portrayal of Climate Science

The CCSP was obligated to report the results of the NCAR study to Congress, since it was federally funded. CCSP did so without drawing any policy implications; only The New York Times did that.

Kueter - FY 2005 Missile Defense Budget Priorities

FY 2005 Missile Defense Budget Priorities

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.

Jastrow and Kueter - What is the Meaning of the Russian Wonder Weapon

What is the Meaning of the Russian Wonder Weapon?

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 […]

Kueter - Missile Defense A Continuing National Priority

Missile Defense: A Continuing National Priority

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 […]

Kueter - Where are all the Extinct Species

Where are all the Extinct Species?

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?”

Improving the Value and Management of Climate Research

Distinguishing between near term and longer-term research needs as the Climate Change Strategic Plan does can be an important step in improving the policy planning process.

Marshall Institute Comments on the Draft Strategic Plan of the U. S. Climate Change Science Program

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 […]

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FY 2004 Budget Request Will Accelerate Development of Ballistic Missile Defense System

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.  

New Thinking on Environmental Policy

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 […]

Excessive Economic and National Security Costs to Result From Low Carbon Fuel Standards

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 […]

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