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Apr 20

Strategic Defense Challenges for the Next President

Co-hosted by Clemson Club and High Frontier

Whoever is selected as the next President of the United States will inherit one of the most difficult and important duties entrusted to the Commander and Chief: protecting our nation’s vital interests, both at home and abroad. Two of the most pressing challenges facing our nation are terrorism and the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

The fastest and most effective way to deliver an EMP attack is to detonate a nuclear-tipped missile above U.S. territory. Should our adversaries obtain an EMP capability, our way of life could be irreversibly altered beyond recognition – within seconds. To prevent such a scenario and protect the nation, the United States must prioritize investing in a layered, comprehensive ballistic missile defense system that will deter our adversaries from acquiring and using missiles that can strike the homeland.

Join us for a discussion about the threats that the U.S. faces from terrorism and an EMP and what the response should be from the next president to strengthen strategic defense.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Member, U.S. House of Representatives

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Ambassador Henry Cooper
Chairman, High Frontier, and former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization

James Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Moderated by
Michaela Dodge
Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy, The Heritage Foundation