A general view of a meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in Vienna

Options and Objectives for the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations


Given the advanced state of the Iranian nuclear program, it seems that there are few feasible options for preventing Iran from acquiring a weapon. No deal would prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state, but it’s still possible to slow progress and shrink the breakout window. Given the circumstances, the best option going forward would be to negotiate a long term, invasive inspection regime into all current and future nuclear facilities. This would provide the U.S. and its allies with critical insight into Iran’s program and allow advanced warning of breakout potential. Further, the United States should ensure that robust ballistic missile defense programs are in place to counter the threat of Iranian missiles, which are unlikely to be part of a new comprehensive agreement. Sanctions must also be fully leveraged to gain concessions from the Iranian government.



Why The United States Should Not Cut Funding for Israel’s Missile Defense Systems


As the world has seen in the past few weeks, Israel has been under attack again by the terrorist group Hamas with a deluge of rockets, mortars, and missiles from the Gaza Strip. Fortunately for Israel, it is armed with its short-range anti-rocket system known as Iron Dome. Iron Dome, which was deployed in 2011, is designed to intercept very short-range rocket threats between two and forty-five miles. Iron Dome’s selective targeting system and radars detect and destroy incoming projectiles that threaten population centers by utilizing Tamir interceptors. In addition to the Iron Dome, Israel currently has an X-Band radar system and is developing a short/medium-range system called David’s Sling, the Arrow Anti-Missile System, and a higher-altitude missile defense system. All of these projects are progressing with the technological assistance and funding of the United States.


President Obama’s Foreign Policy Foul


In what was promised to be a major address clarifying his administrations foreign policy, President Obama delivered the commencement address at West Point this past Wednesday. The speech has not been well received. In April, the President described his foreign policy by saying “You hit singles; you hit doubles. Every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run. But we steadily advance the interests of the American people.” Unfortunately, the speech the President delivered was more of a foul than a home run, and has done little to advance the understanding of his foreign policy.


The Missile Defense Agency Budget request for FY15 is $7.49 billion. This figure represents just over 1% of the total DoD Request.

Misconceptions of Missile Defense: “BMD Costs Too Much”


In this series of articles, the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance will address and dispel the most popular myths regarding missile defense. In this edition, we will explore the misconception that missile defense costs too much.

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