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Feb 10

Rethinking Comprehensive Missile Defense

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A Ronald Reagan Centennial Program


8:30 a.m. 
Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 a.m.
Panel 1 – Threats

Bruce Klingner
Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

Tom Karako, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College

Lieutenant General Henry “Trey” Obering
Former Director, Missile Defense Agency

Peter Brookes
Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs and Chung Ju-Yung Fellow for Policy Studies,  Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)


10:10 a.m.
Panel 2 – Homeland Missile Defense

Billie Tucker
Executive Director, First Coast Tea Party, Florida

Rebeccah Heinrichs
Adjunct Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Ambassador Robert Joseph
Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

Baker Spring
F.M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)


11:20 a.m.
Panel 3 – Regional Missile Defense

General Burwell B. Bell (Ret.)
Former Commander, UN Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea

Admiral Timothy J. Keating (Ret.)
Former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command – Invited

Dr. Uzi Rubin
Former Head, Israel Missile Defense Organization

Peter Brookes
Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)


12:30 p.m.
Panel 4 – Defense Industrial Base

Thomas Donnelly
Director, Center for Defense Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Steven J. Cortese
Senior Vice President, Washington Operations, Alliant Techsystems, Inc.

Mackenzie Eaglen
Research Fellow for National Security Studies, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)

~ Light Luncheon Buffet following ~

The United States government has been researching and developing missile defense systems for more than 60 years. Since the 2002 withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the U.S. has been vigorously developing, testing and deploying missile defense technology to catch up with the threat of the proliferation of ballistic missiles and the means to deliver them. However, the threat is still out ahead of the technology and the capacity to counter it. For example, China demonstrated its anti-satellite capability in 2007. Iran and North Korea have conducted salvo tests of ballistic missiles, including simulated electromagnetic pulse attacks, and are working to cooperate on their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Moreover, both Iran and North Korea could have an ICBM capable of threatening the U.S. by 2015 or sooner, especially if they receive outside assistance. In the meantime, the U.S. defense industrial base is in jeopardy – in part by a lack of commitment on the part of the Obama Administration as well as past administrations to modernize the strategic offensive and defensive forces of the United States.

Join us as world-renowned experts and analysts present their assessments of the ballistic missile threat, missile defenses, regional stability and the state of the defense industrial base as well as how to move forward cooperatively in the field of missile defense.

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