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
- Trump obliterates his dishonesty record: 132 false claims last week, 280 for July August 9, 2018
- Nonproliferation Expert Tierney Calls Trump Nuclear Push ‘Dangerous and Unnecessary’ July 31, 2018
- Conference Report on FY 2019 NDAA: Major Nuclear Provisions July 26, 2018
- Differences Between House and Senate FY 2019 NDAA on Major Nuclear Provisions June 22, 2018
- 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