missile defense

U.S. President Donald Trump answers during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Trump Is Right About the INF

To be worth keeping, a treaty that bans nuclear missiles needs to include all nuclear powers.

Donald Trump talks with journalists during a rally against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on Sept. 9, 2015. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s Punk Rock Nuclear Policy

The only reason to pull out of the INF Treaty is to give a middle finger to the world.

A Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka's Patriot Park outside Moscow on Aug. 22, 2017. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Warns of Sanctioning India Over Russian Missile System

The world’s two largest democracies have a burgeoning defense relationship. Moscow could play spoiler.

An Iranian military truck carries missiles past a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran.

How to Strike a Missile Deal With Iran

Tehran will never give up all of its ballistic missiles, but a compromise is possible.

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate at Zofin Palace on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Nationalist Internationale Is Crumbling

Steve Bannon is trying to sell Trumpism to Eastern Europeans—but shared ideologies die hard when they run into economic and military realities.

The full moon rises behind one of the Kremlin ruby stars in Moscow on March 1. During a two-hour speech to a joint sitting of both houses of parliament Russia's President Vladimir Putin claimed his country has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin’s Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Is Bigger Than Trump’s

There’s no point in competing with Russia’s new trove of bizarre doomsday devices.

An Iranian medium range missile passes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (center) during a military parade on September 22, 2017 in Tehran.

Length Doesn’t Matter

The United States and Europe need to get serious about limiting Iran’s missiles of all ranges — and the Missile Technology Control Regime should guide them.

Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington, D.C., on Sep. 9, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s Where Advocates and Critics of the Iran Nuke Deal Can Agree

Supporters and detractors alike should see an opportunity in Trump's threats to the accord.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev as they sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Prague on April 8, 2010. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Want a Nuclear Arms Race Because Obama Didn’t?

The New START treaty is the only part of the U.S.-Russia relationship that still works — and it might soon lapse.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Had Spurned Talks With U.S. Due to Trump’s Latest Sanctions

Despite months of secret contacts, North Korea has been playing hard to get back to the negotiating table – even as Rex Tillerson reaches out again.

Mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launchers during a rehearsal of the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 5, 2014. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

As Russia Subverts Missile Treaty, U.S. Looking at New Weapons

Since 1987, Europe has been off limits for medium-range missiles. Russia — and now the United States — seems ready to tear up that detente.

Television broadcasts a North Korean missile launch on September 15, in Seoul, South Korea.  (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

North Korea Launches Biggest ICBM Yet, Despite U.S. Sanctions

A record-setting missile launch sends a signal that U.S. pressure is not deterring Pyongyang from its single-minded goal.

Shiite Huthi rebels raise their weapons during a rally in support of Palestinians in Sanaa on July 1, 2016. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

With Saudi Blockade Threatening Famine in Yemen, U.S. Points Finger at Iran

White House pushes to release intel blaming Iran for attacks on Saudi Arabia

A deactivated Titan II  nuclear missile in Green Valley, Arizona on May 12, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump and the Risks of Nuclear War

How command and control works when the military wakes up the president vs. when the president wakes up the military.

The band Spinal Tap in 1984. (Pete Cronin/Redferns)

Our Missile Defenses Go to 11

But that’s not nearly enough to safeguard us from North Korea’s nukes.

The Missile Defense Agency tests a Ground-Based Interceptor  at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on June 22, 2014. (U.S. Air Force)

DoD Pushing New Missile Defenses as Existing Technologies Age

A major new review of the country’s ballistic missile defenses is wrapping up, and the president is promising “billions” in funding.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 2, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with participants of the fourth conference of active secretaries of primary organisations of the youth league of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Welcome to the Thermonuclear Club, North Korea!

Kim Jong Un's destructive power has grown in tandem with the rest of the world's powers of denial.

GOTEMBA, JAPAN - AUGUST 24:  A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Type 74 battle tank fires ammunition during a live-fire exercise at the foot of Mount Fuji in the Hataoka district of the East Fuji Maneuver Area  on August 24, 2017 in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan. The four-day annual live-fire drill takes place amid rising tensions between North Korean and United States.  (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Japan’s Empty Menu of Options to Stop North Korea

Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to have few choices save strong words of condemnation for the Kim regime’s missile tests. But he’s working the long game.

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Mapped: U.S. and Allied Missile Defenses Against North Korea

This is why America has put so much effort into radars and missile interceptors.

TOPSHOT - This picture taken on July 4, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 5, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) celebrating the successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location.
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North Korea’s New ICBM Launch Is Latest Challenge for Trump

The White House has tried to pile pressure on Pyongyang but the regime keeps launching more advanced missiles.

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