missile defense


US Missile Defense: In Worse Shape than You Thought

, senior scientist

Today we’re releasing a new report that looks at the US missile defense program nearly 15 years after the Bush administration began the push to deploy it. What we found was worse than we expected. Read more >

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Missile Defense Folly

, senior scientist

North Korea continues to make slow progress in its weapons of mass destruction programs, and there are no easy answers. But after a North Korean nuclear or missile test, you can bet that missile defenses will be promoted as a fix. Read more >

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Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense Test Slated for Thursday

, senior scientist

A test of the Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Read more >

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Preventing Space War

, senior scientist

“Of all the places where conflict could erupt, space might seem the least likely, except in movies.”

So says a very good New York Times editorial “Preventing a Space War” this week. Sounds right, if X-Wing fighters come to mind when you think space conflict. But in reality conflict in space is both more likely than one would think and less likely to be so photogenic. Read more >

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More Problems with U.S. Missile Defense Interceptors

, senior scientist

A recent government report revealed two problems with the U.S. Ground Based Midcourse (GMD) missile defense system. These flaws, like several problems revealed previously, affect the operation of the “kill vehicle”—the business end of the anti-missile interceptors. The kill vehicle is the part of the system designed to guide itself to collide with and destroy an enemy warhead in space, and is therefore one of the key parts of the whole system. Read more >

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