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Tillerson, Mattis and the Chinese

, China project manager and senior analyst

Rex Tillerson and James Mattis are talking to their Chinese counterparts. The conversation is just getting started but it appears to be constructive. Their remarks to the press after a recent meeting in Washington with State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui should calm Asian fears about potentially destabilizing changes to US policy in the region. Read more >

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What You Should Know about the Upcoming GMD Missile Defense Test: Part 2

, senior scientist

The upcoming missile defense test will also be the first intercept test of a new kill vehicle and will use an upgraded booster for the interceptor. Read more >

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What You Should Know about the Upcoming GMD Missile Defense Test: Part 1

, senior scientist

Scheduled for later this week is the 18th intercept test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system since 1999, and the 10th since the system was declared operational in 2004. What do we know about the test, and what’s riding on it? Read more >

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North Korea’s May 21 Missile Launch

, co-director and senior scientist

A week after the test launch of an intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile, North Korea today tested a medium-range missile. Based on press reports, this appears to be a Pukguksong-2 missile, which is the land-based version of the submarine-launched missile it is developing. This appears to be the second successful test of this version of the missile. Read more >

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Warhead Reentry: What Could North Korea Learn from its Recent Missile Test?

, co-director and senior scientist

As North Korea continues its missile development, a key question is what it may have learned from its recent missile test that is relevant to building a reentry vehicle (RV) for a long-range missile. Read more >

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