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A Second Chance on Nuclear Modernization

Test of a Navy Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile. The DC debate on the Navy’s new nuclear missile submarines has been about how we can possibly pay for them. In this op-ed, however, frequent Breaking Defense contributor Bob Butterworth takes a step back to look at a much bigger picture. The Navy’s recent admission that […]

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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 […]

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US steps up sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

The United States imposed new sanctions Friday on networks linked to Iran, stepping up pressure over Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. The Treasury Department said the sanctions target individuals and entities under Iran-related authorities that are involved in Iran’s missile and nuclear programs, efforts to evade international sanctions and support for terrorism.

Russia’s move to sell S-400 missiles to China may rile India

Russia’s reported plan to sell advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to China may rile wary neighbours, especially India, as Moscow and Beijing moved closer in the backdrop of deepening Ukrainian crisis, according to a media report.

North Korea Continues to Develop Ballistic Missiles

Recent missile tests by North Korea indicate that North Korea has been vehemently violating its United Nations Security Council [UNSC] resolutions — again. The UNSC’s Resolution 2094, adopted in 2013, was intended to “significantly impede[s] North Korea’s ability to develop further its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as well as its proliferation activities,” according to Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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