Why China and Others Should Welcome THAAD

As Kim Jong-un’s regime charges forth with North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, the foreign ministries of China and Russia have drawn attention to supposed destabilizing actions south of the 38th parallel, including the U.S. deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. As the argument goes, THAAD increases tension in an already fraught …

Denmark: Onboard with NATO Missile Defense?

The ship is also equipped with Lockheed Martin’s MK 41 strike version vertical launch system (VLS) which can operate a variety of missile systems like the SM-2 Block IIIA and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles for air defense. In addition, the MK 41 Launcher, also found on U.S. Aegis BMD ships, is capable of firing ballistic missile interceptors such as the SM-3. This capability coupled with an upgraded radar could one day make for a very formidable ballistic missile defense ship to help share the burden with American Aegis BMD ships deployed to Rota, Spain as part of the NATO BMD mission.

Honesty Among Friends

Last Thursday, Turkey’s Defense Minister, Ismet Yilmaz, responded to a written question from parliament by saying that Ankara does not plan to integrate its new missile defense system with NATO infrastructure. His written statement intimated that Turkey has already evaluated bids by various contractors and selected a missile defense platform designed by China Precision Machinery …

Hermit Kingdom Hypnosis

We must not let North Korea’s repetitive behavior erode our vigilance.   Earlier this month, North Korea tested a new anti-ship missile and launched five short-ranged ballistic missiles in to the Sea of Japan. Characteristically, these launches were preceded by North Korean threats via its Central News Agency. After claiming to have miniaturized nuclear warhead …

Missile Defense Issues for the 114th Congress

The 114th Congress has seen a shift in power toward the Republican Party for the first time since 2006. Voters weary of deadlock on Capitol Hill will hold their newly elected representatives to a high standard and hope that they will work together to tackle the issues facing the nation today. After a summer of …