Based on current information, today’s missile test by North Korea could easily reach the US West Coast, and a number of major US cities. Read more >
July 28, 2017 2:19 PM EDT
July 3, 2017 11:14 PM EDT
A missile of that range would need to fly on a very highly lofted trajectory to have such a long flight time.
Assuming a range of 950 km, then a flight time of 37 minutes would require it to reach a maximum altitude of more than 2,800 km (1700 miles).
So if the reports are correct, that same missile could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km (4,160 miles) on a standard trajectory.
That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska.
There is not enough information yet to determine whether this launch could be done with a modified version of the Hwasong-12 missile that was launched on May 14.
May 29, 2017 1:06 PM EDT
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 >
May 26, 2017 11:34 AM EDT
On Tuesday, May 23, the Trump administration released its Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget request. I am doing a three-part analysis of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s budget. That agency, a part of the Department of Energy, is responsible for developing and maintaining US nuclear weapons. Yesterday we focused on The Good, today we have The Bad, and The Ugly is still to come.
May 17, 2017 5:09 PM EDT