Butterworth et al - Returning to Fundamentals Deterrence and U.S. National Security in the 21st Century Roundtable


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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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 […]

Missile defense is not optional

This summer marked the ninth occasion on which hit-to-kill missile defense technology proved its worth. The GMD interceptor (which stands for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense) destroyed a target ballistic missile above the earth’s atmosphere in June. This demonstrated once again that hit-to-kill technology works against ballistic missiles and is worth the investment. Building a strong missile […]

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Turkey’s space ambitions may be too ambitious

In a controversial move, Turkey, according to the transport minister, will also inaugurate next month its first satellite launching center. The UFS (in its Turkish acronym) will also be used as a satellite test and integration facility. It will be operated by the Turkish Air Force.

Missile defense systems future for civil aviation — Russian experts

Russian engineers are reporting development of an onboard defense system to protect civil aircraft from missile attacks. The breakthrough has been announced by Russian specialists Radioelectronic Technologies, introducing a device allowing aircraft to detect an incoming missile threat, assess the extent of danger and activate passive and active electronic jamming.

Putting the Defense in Missile Defense

At its core, U.S. missile defense has a fundamental strength in its combined use of diverse systems – specifically, spaced-based sensor systems, terrestrial and sea-based radars, short-, medium- and long-range interceptors, and the command and control systems that link them all together.

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