Missile Defense’s Role in Nonproliferation

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has recently grabbed all of the nonproliferation headlines, but these types of agreements have proven historically an insufficient means of accomplishing their goals on their own. The paradox that plagues nonproliferation efforts that rely solely on JCPOA-style international agreements is that the countries these agreements seek to influence …

Supporting Strategic Patience

In February of 2015, President Barack Obama released his second National Security Strategy. In this document, he discussed the value of “strategic patience” in responding to the myriad threats facing the United States. This policy statement was panned widely by opponents of the administration, including allegations that the President’s document failed to even present a …

Strengthening the Umbrella

Separated from any major military powers by two expansive oceans, the United States holds an unprecedented security advantage in great power competition. However, this does not imply, as the increasingly isolationist American public would suggest, that the United States should reign in its international commitments and be content to let each region sort out its …

Modeling the Threat

Ian Williams – Even the most ‘in the know’ intelligence analysts would give almost anything for the chance to tour a North Korean ballistic missile launch facility. But thanks to the work of Nathan Hunt and 38North.org, anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual stroll through one of the most restricted and secretive places on Earth.

A World Gone MAD No Longer

With this unpredictable threat, there is no room for error, nor is there a simple solution for dealing with it. A robust U.S. missile defense system, however, is a key element to help ensure that the U.S. is protected against a limited missile strike in the event that retaliatory deterrents fail. Moreover, missile defenses enhance the overall U.S. deterrence posture by giving its adversaries doubt that they could accomplish their objectives with a ballistic missile strike.