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Missile Defense

U.S. Missile Defense Program Costly, Unreliable, And Exempt From Oversight, Report Finds

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Congress is currently considering expanding the U.S. national missile defense system, despite the fact that -- nearly 15 years after the Bush administration began deploying it -- it has not been demonstrated to work under real-world conditions and is not on a path to do so.

U.S. Helps Deploy Anti-Missile System In South Korea Riling China

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States said on Friday they would deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter a th...

Ground the Blimp to Nowhere

William Hartung | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Rather than serving as an exception in a swamp of spending excess, the ending of the JLENS project should serve as a first step towards trimming other needless weapons programs and wasteful practices.

NATO/US Need to Be Doubly Wary of Saudis and Turks Adventurism in Syria

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Conventional wisdom in the United States holds that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are right to enter the chaos defining Syria's civil war.

As Iran Deal Moves Forward, Nuclear Diplomacy With China Falters

Gregory Kulacki | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics
Gregory Kulacki

Xi's interest in placing China's nuclear weapons on a higher state of alert could create a new nuclear danger; the potential for an accidental or mistaken Chinese launch.

Is Israel Safe for Tourists?

John Nicholson | Posted 06.18.2016 | Travel
John Nicholson

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Israel is located smack dab in the middle of one of the world's biggest political hotspots. But it does take a few to keep this tiny country along the eastern Mediterranean safe and secure, and that seems to be why Israel is bouncing back big time in 2015.

The Madness of THAAD

John Feffer | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) has not been demonstrated to work effectively. It pushes China and North Korea to spend more money on more missiles to overwhelm THAAD (just as the U.S. is moved to spend more money on missile upgrades to counteract the missile defense of other countries). And it is a poor substitute for arms-control negotiations.

China's Nuclear Upgrade Raises Concerns in the West

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

In order to provide a clear picture of the impact China's nuclear upgrade might have on the global balance of power, it is imperative to explore what this upgrade entails.

Why Technology Can't Save Us From Ourselves -- Yet...

Gil Laroya | Posted 09.20.2014 | Technology
Gil Laroya

So with all of this great technology at our fingertips, what's to prevent us from screwing ourselves? It's humanity itself.

An Unguided Missile to Nowhere

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

MEADS is a case study in how difficult it is to kill any appropriated program, even one that everybody agrees is too expensive, won't be delivered on time -- and won't work even when delivered.

State Dept. Calls On North Korea To 'Refrain From Provocative Actions'

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Sunday called on North Korea to refrain from provocative actions following reports Pyo...

Pentagon Shows Off With New Missile, Sends Message To China And Iran

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. military conducted the second test of the ship-based Aegis missile defen...

To Strike or Not to Strike: Why I Am for Limited Missile Strikes in Syria

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

Will missile strikes drive the warring parties to the peace table or will it further inflame both sides?

Return of the Cold War

Allan Topol | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Allan Topol

President Obama's cancellation of the summit with Putin demonstrates the extent of the deterioration in American Russian relations. In a short time, the U.S. and Russia have moved from what some in Washington viewed as a hopeful partnership to an adversarial relationship.

Wasting More Money on a Missile Defense Delusion

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Last week, the House decided to throw good money after bad. Tucked inside its defense authorization bill was a provision that allocates funding for a new ground-based missile defense site -- despite the fact that missile defense brass don't want the money.

Christina Wilkie

Tensions Between Obama And Putin Reveal Chill In U.S.-Russian Relations | Christina Wilkie | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A photograph of President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin that emerged this week from the G-8 conference offers a glimpse of ...

No Missile Attacks From Jamie Dimon: Tell Congress to Protect Us!

Marty Robins | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Marty Robins

Events of the past week indicate why Congress and President Obama need to hear from our citizenry their dissatisfaction with their disregard of American vital interests.

Universal Support for Missile Defense

Stefan Hankin | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Stefan Hankin

Defense programs that would protect the United States against possible missile attacks are popular with Americans and offer an opportunity for politicians in Washington D.C. to coalesce around a platform that would make the country safer.

Sequestration, Obama Budget Cuts Threaten Much-Needed Missile Defense

Randy Duncan | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
Randy Duncan

As Congress and the president struggle to come up with a deal to avoid sending our country over the fiscal cliff by year's end, they should defense of the homeland more seriously -- particularly the draconian defense "sequestration" cuts that are set to take effect January 2, 2013.

Winning the Defense Spending Debate

Ken Blackwell | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

As the budget debate becomes loud and vicious, we cannot allow liberals to hold the military hostage.

A $380 Million Defense Boondoggle

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

Regrettably, this isn't the only instance where Washington politicians have sacrificed America's security by treating the Pentagon budget like an ATM. There is a lot of money to be made in wasteful government spending, and nowhere more so than the Pentagon.

Richard Falk and David Krieger's 'The Path to Zero'

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.13.2012 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Faced with the disastrous indifference of national governments to the fate of the earth, the people of the world would do well to study The Path to Zero, an extended conversation on the nuclear dilemma by two of its most brilliant analysts.

Do Nuclear Weapons Really Deter Aggression?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The fact is that, today, there is no safety from war to be found in nuclear weaponry, any more than there was safety in the past produced by fighter planes, battleships, bombers, poison gas, and other devastating weapons.

NATO: The Mother of All Deals

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

There are major foreign policy items to which the Russians attribute very great importance but are of little significance to us, and vice versa. Call it a major saliency differential. This seems to lay the ground for a major deal that has yet to be struck.

Obama's Dangerous Approach to Missile Defense

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

By rejecting Obama's position on homeland missile defense, Congress would both ensure taxpayer dollars are used more effectively and our country is well-protected. That approach would be a new way of doing business at the Department of Defense and real change that Americans can embrace.