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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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China patiently challenges US military superiority

While the U.S. reacts to the scourges of Ebola and ISIS, China continues to patiently and steadily exploit weaknesses in U.S. military capabilities. The bipartisan U.S. China Commission is poised to release its annual report to Congress that details some of the specifics. The big lesson to learn from it is that the U.S. can […]


A renewed call for homeland missile defense: guest opinion

A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its missile silo during an mplacement at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska. (Contributed photo/SMDC) Editor’s Note: The missile system described below was developed by the Missile Defense Agency headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., but much of the research and development occurred at Redstone Arsenal in […]

First Connect the Dots

Revitalizing the US nuclear arsenal is essential but should follow, not precede, a comprehensive strategic review. The triad was planned and built to deter the Soviet Union and ensure survival for retaliation if the US was attacked. Mutual Assured Destruction may seem insane today but it worked and contributed to the eventual collapse of the […]

Dump the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

The Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security,Rose Gottemoeller, gave a speech on 15 September 2014 in Washington, D.C., in which she laid out arguments for why the U.S. needs to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Undersecretary Gottemoeller provided a few of the strongest arguments why ratifying it is a bad idea if one […]

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S. Korea, China express ‘deep concern’ over N. Korea’s nuclear advance

South Korea and China expressed “deep concern” over North Korea’s advances of its nuclear and missile capabilities and agreed to continue efforts to prevent the North from further developing such capabilities, Seoul’s chief nuclear envoy said Friday.

MBDA Naval Cruise Missile Conducts Final Qualification Flight

The Délégation Générale de l’Armement (DGA) conducted a successful final qualification flight of the MBDA naval cruise missile, with a launch from a ground-based site at the Biscarosse test center, the procurement office said in a statement.

Bulava missile launched from Barents Sea

Yesterday’s launch from the Barents Sea was special in two ways, according to the Ministry of Defense. Firstly, this was the first operational test launch of Bulava in line with the program of combat training. All previous launches were part of development testing of the new weapon. Secondly, this was the first time a Borey submarine had a full set of missiles on board when the launch was conducted.

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