Since programs were first launched in the 1950’s to build missiles capable of intercepting incoming nuclear weapons, the United States has spent more than $250 billion on missile defense interceptors. No reliably effective anti-missile system to counter intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) has yet been demonstrated.
The Center works to educate the public and members of Congress on the cost and reliability issues of the national missile defense program, differentiating between theater missile defense systems which have a clearer mission and better success rate.
RECENT ANALYSIS ON MISSILE DEFENSE
- Russia Probably Can’t Shoot Down U.S. Missiles Over Syria April 12, 2018
- Trump’s North Korea Dilemma: Asking For Billions For Missile Defense Without Freaking People Out March 9, 2018
- DOD now treating missile defense flight test plans — once public — as classified March 1, 2018
- Ohio base could become America’s first defense against incoming missiles February 25, 2018
- Some Clues Emerge On New Pentagon Ballistic Missile Defense Review February 9, 2018
- New Thinking On Nuclear Weapons January 17, 2018
- Laser Weapons Not Yet Ready for Missile Defense September 28, 2017
- Differences Between House and Senate FY 2018 NDAA on Major Nuclear Provisions September 27, 2017
- No, We Cannot Shoot Down North Korea’s Missiles September 17, 2017
- Senior Science Fellow Philip Coyle’s Interview in The Cipher Brief August 25, 2017