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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 […]

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 […]

Russia Keeps Its Nuclear Threats against NATO Coming

Is Vladimir Putin seriously weighing the possibility of limited nuclear strikes against targets in NATO? Some experts think so, and Moscow would certainly have us believe that it is. As it reportedly prepares for a massive military exercise this month, Vladimir Putin reminded us, “Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is […]

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Two new Chinese cruise missiles ‘could sink a 3,000 ton warship’

China’s PLA has released the details of its two anti-ship cruise missiles — the C-602 and C-802A — designed to sink warships weighing above 3,000 tonnes, reports national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

Poland pressures France over Mistral deal with Russia

Poland said on Monday that the possibility that France could supply Russia with a Mistral warship makes it difficult for Warsaw to opt for French missile shields.

Opinion: Nuclear Deterrence Back On The Policy Menu

Most people, even in the armed forces, have been able to spend a long time not thinking about deterrence, and the world in which such matters are discussed remains small and somewhat isolated. As the world moves into an era of multiple, sometimes unstable nuclear players and as the bills come due, that is a luxury we can’t afford.

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