Category Archives: Missile Defense

Why Sarah Palin Is Wrong About Missile Defense Cooperation with Russia

by Daryl G. Kimball This week former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin parroted the misinformed critiques by Republican members of Congress and former CIA director James Woolsey about sharing missile launch data with Russia. In an entry on her Facebook page, … Continue reading

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Pentagon Oversells Missile Defense Test

By Tom Z. Collina Today, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced that it conducted a “successful” intercept test of the Phased Adaptive Approach system to be deployed in Europe starting this year. This test of the SM-3 interceptor might … Continue reading

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Whither Strategic Arms Control: Clues from Carnegie

By Greg Thielmann Last week’s 2011 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. provided some revealing perspectives on the challenges and opportunities ahead for future strategic arms control agreements between the United States and Russia. The dynamics of strategic … Continue reading

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Kyl Mischaracterizes ACA on Missile Defense

By Tom Collina The Arms Control Association often finds itself at odds with Senate Republican Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.). After all, Sen. Kyl led opposition to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in 1999 and to New START last year, … Continue reading

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Russia Approves New START–Now What?

By Tom Z. Collina New START is reaching the finish line.  After three votes in Russia’s lower house of parliament, or Duma, Russia’s upper house, the Federation Council, gave unanimous final approval today.  The U.S. Senate approved New START on … Continue reading

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New START Opponents Scrape Bottom

By Tom Z. Collina and Daryl G. Kimball In a desperate last-ditch effort to derail a likely Senate vote on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), a smattering of treaty opponents led by the controversial Center for Security … Continue reading

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Romney Is Wrong on New START (Again)

By Daryl G. Kimball Once-upon-a-time presidential candidate, Mitt Romney has once again urged the Senate to “Stop New START.” Once again he shows he’s getting some bad advice. Romney’s latest column in The Boston Globe is full of misrepresentations, factual … Continue reading

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Missile Defense Cooperation Is Not Missile Defense Limitation

By Daryl G. Kimball The Washington Times is running a misleading story this morning that mischaracterizes the discussions between the United States and Russia on potential cooperation on missile defense, implying that these “secret” talks could “limit” missile defense, and … Continue reading

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Debating Missile Defense

During the final panel of ACA’s “Next Steps in Arms Control” conference today, the discussion turned to missile defense. Panelists discussed the upcoming NATO summit in Lisbon, the Obama administration’s Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA), and the prospects for NATO-Russia cooperation … Continue reading

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Lower the Curtain on the Airborne Laser

By Matt Sugrue The Airborne Laser (ABL) missile defense system failed its second shoot-down test in a row yesterday. The Missile Defense Agency, which oversees the ABL program, released a statement saying that investigators are looking at the “intermittent performance … Continue reading

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