Missile Defense Analysis Archive
Feb 8, 2013
Kingston Reif explains why the United States should be realistic about what missile defense can and can't do in his February column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Nov 29, 2012
Iron Dome has been effective in intercepting limited numbers of short-range rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, writes Kingston Reif in a blog post at The Daily Beast. But its success is not easily translatable to a larger engagement with Iran and/or Hezbollah—to say nothing about the qualitatively different obstacles posed by defending Europe or the U.S. homeland from nuclear-armed missiles.
Aug 17, 2012
A close examination of the Pentagon's budget data suggests that spending on missile defense is likely to hold steady, which raises some interesting trends and tradeoffs writes Benjamin Loehrke in this new analysis.
Jul 30, 2012
A detailed summary of the basics and key issues surrounding ballistic missile defense.
Jul 26, 2012
The administration and Congress need to take a deep breath and reexamine where the country is going with missile defense, applying the best science along the way. In the meantime, buying more flawed hardware won’t help, writes Center Senior Science Fellow Philip Coyle in the National Interest.
Jul 25, 2012
The long and the short of Mitt Romney on nuclear weapons issues: not ready for prime time.
Jul 11, 2012
On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2013 Defense Appropriations bill by voice vote. The bill, which may come up on the House floor the week of July 16, provides $519.2 billion in non-war funding, an increase of $1.1 billion over the fiscal year 2012 level and $3.1 billion above the President’s request. The bill also contains $88.5 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), or war funding.
Jun 15, 2012
As was the case last year, the Senate Armed Services Committee does not impose policy or funding limitations on New START implementation or future changes to US nuclear policy, posture, and force size, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.
May 25, 2012
The House version of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act provides $554 billion for national defense (function 050). The bill's policy provisions on nuclear weapons and missile defense didn't improve on the House floor, writes Kingston Reif.
May 8, 2012
The Heritage Foundation's most recent ode to missile defense predictably misses the mark, writes intern Matthew Fargo.
Mar 19, 2012
A missile defense system which cannot reliably destroy incoming missiles under optimum conditions is not a defense system - it is an exceedingly expensive boondoggle, writes Matthew Fargo in this new analysis.
Jan 17, 2012
A recent report by the Defense Science Board concludes that U.S. missile defenses are still unable to discriminate between an incoming missile and decoys or countermeasures designed to confound the system, writes Lt. Gen. Robert Gard (USA, ret.) in this new analysis.
Jan 9, 2012
NATO and Russia are on the verge of missing a big opportunity on missile defense cooperation write Kingston Reif and Ulrika Grufman in this new analysis.
Dec 14, 2011
The conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 provides $530 billion for the Pentagon’s base budget, as well as $116 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $17 billion for nuclear weapons-related spending at the Department of Energy. The total bill, at $662 billion, provides $26.6 billion less than the President’s requested amount in accordance with limits set by the debt deal in August 2011.
Jun 13, 2011
On May 26 the House approved the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1540). Kingston Reif reviews the nuclear weapons related provisions in the bill, both good and bad, in this new analysis.
Apr 8, 2011
The U.S. is engaged in a prolonged, highly expensive and only occasionally successful program to develop a layered, integrated system of systems to defend the homeland, troops and facilities abroad, and some allies from ballistic missile attacks.
Mar 29, 2010
On March 26, President Obama announced that after nearly a year of tough negotiations, the U.S. and Russia have reached agreement on the Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures to Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (the “New START Treaty”). In this analysis, John Isaacs and Kingston Reif examine what is known about the treaty to date.
Mar 17, 2010
The United States is, and will continue to be, vulnerable to nuclear attack so long as nuclear weapons exist. But this doesn't mean that it can't keep its options open on missile defense and negotiate a START follow-on agreement that will enhance American security. The two efforts are not mutually exclusive and framing them as such presents a false dilemma, Kingston Reif and Travis Sharp argue in DoD Buzz.
Dec 17, 2009
The Conference agreement on the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill was adopted by the full House on Wednesday, December 16, roughly 24 hours after it became available for public viewing. The Senate is expected to act on the legislation this week. The bill includes $497.7 billion for the Department of Defense’s annual “base” budget, excluding funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dec 4, 2009
In this speech delivered to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, John Isaacs argues that we have entered an era of great change on nuclear weapons issues. The election of Barack Obama as President has provided an opportunity for unprecedented transformation. If we do not see substantial progress in the next six months, however, the President’s vision will be in jeopardy.
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