Missile Defense Analysis Archive
Sep 6, 2014
Senior science fellow Phill Coyle tells The Economist that as of June, the FTG-06b has failed all five intercept tests conducted since 2008, even though each was meticulously “scripted for success.”
Jul 21, 2014
"The opportunity costs of investing in an expensive program to counter an unlikely threat, especially in times of constrained defense budgets, must be considered. GAO estimated that about $41 billion has been committed to the GMD program, $4.5 billion of it between fiscal years 2013 and 2017." writes Lt. Gen. Robert Gard
Jul 17, 2014
A detailed summary of the basics and key issues surrounding ballistic missile defense.
Jun 30, 2014
There’s an old adage, often applied to government: “Why is there never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over?” This describes the history over the past decade of the GMD system. Ever since 2002, when President Bush called for deployment of the GMD system within two years, there has been a rush to failure, with no time to do it right, and a decade spent doing it over, writes Lt. General Robert Guard and Phil Coyle for The National Interest
Jun 17, 2014
A summary of the House Appropriations Committee version of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill.
May 9, 2014
Expanding missile defense and tactical nuclear forces in Europe in response to Russian meddling in Ukraine would be ineffective at best, counterproductive at worst.
Feb 11, 2014
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.
Dec 17, 2013
A summary and analysis of the final conference version of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.
Jun 11, 2013
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
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 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.
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