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Feb 11, 2014

The Defense That Does not Defend: More problems for national missile defense

In the wake of a new report by the Pentagon's in-house tester, spending even more money to expand the troubled Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system is a fool’s errand, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.

Jan 15, 2014

FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Summary and Analysis

A summary of final FY 2014 appropriations for national security spending, nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and missile defense.

Dec 17, 2013

Analysis of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill, H.R. 3304

A summary and analysis of the final conference version of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

Jun 11, 2013

Do You Even Have to HASC: House Republicans Still Love the Bomb

Kingston Reif analyzes the key nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and missile defense provisions in the House Armed Services Committee Version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Authorization Bill.

Feb 8, 2013

Does missile defense work?

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

Why Iron Dome Can't Be Scaled-Up

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

Missile Defense Spending is Going to Stagnate

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

Fact Sheet: U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense

A detailed summary of the basics and key issues surrounding ballistic missile defense.

Jul 26, 2012

The Failures of Missile Defense

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

Mitt Romney: Lost on Nuclear Weapons Policy

The long and the short of Mitt Romney on nuclear weapons issues: not ready for prime time.

Jul 11, 2012

Analysis of Fiscal Year 2013 House Defense Appropriations Bill

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

A Review of the Senate Armed Services Committee Version of the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Authorization Bill: Nuclear Weapons and Missile Defense

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

A Review of the House Version of the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Authorization Bill: Nuclear Weapons and Missile Defense

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 Missile Defense Fantasies

The Heritage Foundation's most recent ode to missile defense predictably misses the mark, writes intern Matthew Fargo.

Mar 19, 2012

The Wages of Missile Defense

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

Missile Defense Intercepts in Space: A problem not solved

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

What is to be done? – The Russian Reset and Missile Defense Cooperation

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

An Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense Authorization Conference Report

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

A Review of the House Version of the Fiscal Year 2012 Defense Authorization Bill

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

Missile Defense Update 2011: Questions Remain

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.

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