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National Defense Magazine Article on Marshall Institute Directed Energy Roundtable

 Lasers Could Become Cost Effective Missile Defense Weapons By Dan Parsons The U.S. military invests more money than any other country to maintain technological superiority, but its expensive high-tech defenses are increasingly countered by the proliferation of relatively cheap but effective weapons like cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft. Without a more efficient and cost-effective method […]

Japan’s Missile Defense Policies and Programs

In this Policy Outlook, Marshall Institute Research Assistant Karen Montague traces the emergence and maturation of Japan’s interest in ballistic missile defense.  Montague’s piece documents the depth of the U.S.-Japan partnership to co-develop sea-based defenses as well as Japanese purchases of other elements of the U.S. defensive architecture. The piece is the second in a […]

Directed Energy Weapons: Prospects and Technology

The Department of Defense has been researching and developing high-energy military lasers for decades, and these weapons systems are currently a subject of debate in Congress. A House Armed Services Committee panel described the Army’s Solid State Laser Testbed and the Navy’s Laser Weapon System as “items of special interest” in its draft of the […]

How To Fix Our Broken Nuclear Weapons Enterprise; DoD Must Take Over

Why is America’s nuclear weapons enterprise — the vast array of national laboratories and other facilities that make, build and maintain our nuclear warheads — so problem-ridden? Is it because the big weapons laboratories (Los Alamos, Livermore, and Sandia) have too much autonomy, or because they have too little? Is it because the Department of Energy (DOE) […]

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Exclusive: Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to Counter Russia’s Jet-Killers

As the United States and NATO last month began to publicly acknowledge the sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft systems moving into rebel held areas of eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev asked for gear that might be used to counter those weapons.

2 more Aegis destroyers set for FY20

The government will start building two Aegis-equipped destroyers with the latest missile defense systems starting next fiscal year, in light of the progress seen in missile development by North Korea, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

North Korean MH17 Scenario Extremely Unlikely

Notwithstanding North Korea’s isolation and its recent estrangement from its traditional ally and benefactor, China, it has not been overtly threatening or militaristic – at least compared to past spikes in tension on the peninsula. However, its three rounds of Scud missile tests in June and July were enough to warrant an official condemnation by the U.N. Security Council last Thursday, as a violation of Council demands.

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