Lessons Learned From US Withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

News article from CNN announcing President George W. Bush’s decision to withdraw from the ABM Treaty Ten years ago tomorrow, the United States formally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which has defined strategic thinking for about 30 years. On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation will host an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the withdrawal […]

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Russia Has World’s Largest Nuke Arsenal – 10,000 Warheads

Russia, which is helping Iran develop nuclear power, has more nuclear warheads than any country in the world, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s annual report released Monday. Worldwide, there are an estimated 19,000 nuclear warheads held by eight countries. The list of countries includes Israel, which the Institute estimates has 80 nuclear […]

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Debunking Claims Against Missile Defense

The Fiscal Times recently published a hit piece attacking defense contractors who build ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems and the Members of Congress who support them. The three most egregious claims of the piece are as follows: 1. The system doesn’t work. 2. There is no threat. 3. Members of Congress who support these programs […]

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They Don’t Like Israel – Should We Care?

They Don’t Like Us – Should We Care? May 17, 2012 15:09 by Simon Plosker This op-ed by Simon Plosker, HR’s Managing Editor, was originally published at The Times of Israel. The latest annual Country Ratings Poll of the BBC World Service makes for grim reading. That Israel finds itself in such dubious company as […]

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Iranians Determined to Fool the World

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that Iran “is determined to fool the entire world” and obtain nuclear weapons. “They do so while repeatedly disobeying Security Council decisions and directives from the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna,” Barak said. “The last report by [IAEA Director General Yukiya] Amano clarifies the intelligence picture in an […]

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Bad Time to Scale Back the U.S. Nuclear and Missile Defense Complex

North Korea unsuccessfully launched its Unha-3 missile in violation of the U.N. Security Council resolutions that preclude “any launch using ballistic missile technology.” Iran also has an aggressive ballistic missile program and is closer than ever to developing a nuclear weapon. This is clearly not the time to scale back the U.S. missile defense and […]

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Don’t Downsize U.S. Forces in Northeast Asia

President Obama’s much-vaunted “Asia Pivot” provides a much-needed emphasis on a region that is critical to U.S. national interests. But the strategy is undercut by shortcomings in how—or whether—it will be implemented. Speak Boldly but Carry an Increasingly Smaller Stick Last November, President Obama resolutely promised that the U.S. “will be strengthening our presence in […]

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A Game of Nuclear Chicken

A March 11 editorial The New York Times appears to support the idea that the nuclear arsenal of the United States acts not as a deterrent to the aggressions of other nuclear powers but rather as an invitation to play hardball. The Times cites options being considered by the “Pentagon and national security aides” that […]

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