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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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After You, Mr. Putin

Less than three years after President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others mocked Mitt Romney for calling Russia the greatest geostrategic threat facing the United States, U.S. and NATO leaders have declared Putin’s Russia just that — a major threat to Europe and beyond. General Philip Breedlove, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, said recently […]

NATO’s Nuclear Nightmare over Ukraine

While experts and analysts proffer suggestions for how the U.S. should respond to Putin’s intractable assault on Ukraine, like this recent excellent piece by Tom Nichols in RCD or by this Brookings report (not exactly authored by hawks), some still wonder why Moscow’s actions have anything to do with the U.S. in the first place. […]


Ambassador Robert Joseph: A Perspective on the Future of Nuclear Deterrence

The George C. Marshall Institute is pleased to feature the remarks made by Ambassador Robert Joseph to the Exchange Monitor’s Annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit on February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC.1 The Marshall Institute is grateful to Ambassador Joseph for his permission to publish his remarks here. Almost from the day of the first use […]


Staying Ahead of the Threat: Improvements Needed for U.S. Missile Defense

The U.S. ballistic missile defense system, while effective against some missile threats, still has significant gaps against certain kinds of threats posed by rogue states like Iran and North Korea, and is not designed to defend against the more sophisticated arsenals of Russia and China. The Obama administration has traded U.S. missile defense deployments in […]

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Israel uses military expertise to join commercial space race

Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. Using the expertise of a defense industry that created technology such as the “Iron Dome” missile interceptor, Israel plans to move beyond its current focus on spy and military communications satellites into producing civilian devices, some small enough to fit in your hand.

‘NK may opt for long-range missile’

Faced with what it believes is increasing provocation from the South Korea-U.S. annual joint military exercises, North Korea may launch short- and long-range missiles, observers of the reclusive state said Wednesday.

North Korea: Airmen died with ‘suicidal-attack spirit’ during 2009 missile launch

North Korea lost 14 airmen to an accident during the launch of a long-range missile and satellite in 2009, according to a state media report issued Tuesday. The deaths were revealed in a Korean Central News Agency story about North Korean premier Kim Jong Un’s visit to an air force unit, where he dedicated a monument.

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