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The scientific and technological questions underlying national missile defense have been a core concern of the Institute since its founding. Over the years, the Marshall Institute has examined the scientific and technical feasibility of missile defense systems as well as documenting the growing sophistication of ballistic and cruise missile threats.

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Remarks of Paula DeSutter on Russian Missile Modernization

On March 19, the Honorable Paula DeSutter delivered remarks to a Washington, DC audience at a Marshall Institute event considering Russia’s nuclear and missile modernization efforts.

Russian Nuclear and Missile Modernization Efforts Considered

  On March 19, the Marshall Institute hosted a discussion on Russia’s efforts to modernize its ballistic missile and nuclear arsenal.  The event featured presentations from Dr. Mark Schneider of the National Institute for Public Policy and The Honorable Paula DeSutter, formerly Assistant Secretary of State for Verification.


Change How We Test, Care, Feed Air Force ICBM Crews

Outrage and worry greeted the news that some of the Air Force officers who would launch nuclear missiles were being investigated for drug use. More outrage and worry greeted the news that a substantial number of the crews who would launch nuclear missiles cheated on the written tests they must regularly take. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee […]

A Review of South Korean Missile Defense Programs

In A Review of South Korean Missile Defense Programs, Marshall Institute Research Assistant Karen Montague reviews South Korea’s missile defense policies and programs.  South Korea has moved slowly, and steadily, towards the construction of a missile defense focused on short-range attacks from North Korea.  U.S. missile defense systems form the core of South Korea’s defense, although […]

What We Are Reading

North Korea May Time Nuclear Test With Obama Visit, South Says

Pyongyang appears to be readying a nuclear test that may be carried out when President Obama visits the region later this week, South Korea says. “Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site,” South Korean defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying to reporters on Tuesday.

Pakistan Says It’s Test-Fired Short-Range Missile

Pakistan’s military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. A military statement says the Hatf III Ghaznavi missile with a range of 290 kilometers (180 miles) was launched on Tuesday from an undisclosed location.

India will test missile shield next week: DRDO

BHUBANESWAR: In a boost to the defence sector, the country is all set to test its anti-ballistic missile defence system for long range (beyond 100 km) off Odisha coast for the first time next week. This will be followed by trial of cruise missile Nirbhay (whose maiden test had failed last year) and air-to-air missile Astra next month, Avinash Chander, scientific adviser to defence minister, said here on Saturday.

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