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  • Commentary posted July 28, 2014 by Rebeccah Heinrichs An Iron Dome for America?

    The Israeli missile-defense system known as Iron Dome once again finds itself in the international spotlight, causing many Americans to wonder if the U.S. has anything comparable. Here are a few important points about Iron Dome and missile defense in general for Americans to consider. (1) Iron Dome is a missile-defense system that intercepts short- and medium-range…

  • Commentary posted March 24, 2014 by Rebeccah Heinrichs After Crimea annexation, time to rally around our European allies with missile defense and more

    In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, several public figures, most notably former Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Ted Cruz, have called to resurrect a plan to build missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic that President Obama canceled in 2009. They’re on to something. The proposed missile defense sites would have protected the U.S. and…

  • Commentary posted February 12, 2014 by Rebeccah Heinrichs Obama Turns a Blind Eye to the Russian Rogue State

    News reports that Moscow has almost certainly violated the INF Treaty governing intermediate-range nuclear missiles should come as no surprise to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the subject. Russia has cheated on practically every single arms control treaty with the U.S., with the possible exception of the New START Treaty, which has not yet been fully…

  • Issue Brief posted December 18, 2013 by Rebeccah Heinrichs China’s Strategic Capabilities and Intent

    Over the past year, the Chinese have been steadily improving their strategic military capabilities. It is becoming clearer that China is developing and building capabilities to have an impact beyond Asia; indeed, recent developments indicate that China is preparing a force meant to challenge and deter the United States. China’s Nuclear Policy: Official and…

  • Commentary posted November 25, 2013 by Rebeccah Heinrichs Missile defense — in New York

    From forest fires to earthquakes, the West Coast can seem a particularly dangerous place to live. But when it comes to protection against the threat of long-range missiles, it’s much better off than the East Coast. But that may be about to change for the better — with New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer playing a major role. In March, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

  • Play Movie Syrian Chemical Weapons: Heinrichs on CNN Video Recorded on September 12, 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons: Heinrichs on CNN

    Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses the latest on Syrian chemical weapons on CNN's 'The Lead with Jake Tapper.'…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2013 by Rebeccah Heinrichs Playing Word Games While Iran Builds Bombs

    Politicians sometimes use word games and bureaucratic trickery to stop initiatives they disagree with. The most recent example: Sen. Carl Levin’s (D-Mich.) June 6 letter to the head of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, ardently opposes building a missile defense facility on the East Coast.  Disturbed that the House is…

  • Commentary posted January 31, 2013 by Rebeccah Heinrichs On Nuclear Weapons, Hagel Has Some Explaining to Do

    Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s pick for the next secretary of defense, has begun his Senate confirmation hearings. Reports indicate the nominee believes he has some explaining to do regarding his position on the U.S. nuclear force. Small wonder: Mr. Hagel is one of six co-authors of the radical Global Zero Commission Report, which advocates for cuts so deep to the force…

  • Commentary posted January 8, 2013 by Rebeccah Heinrichs Four Questions for Chuck Hagel on Nuclear Weapons

    Last May, the Global Zero U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission released a bombshell of a report. The nuclear disarmament group called for draconian cuts to the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Many defense experts, including the current head of Strategic Command, General C. Robert Kehler, flat-out disagreed with that report. So why give it another thought? Because President Obama’s…

  • Backgrounder posted November 30, 2012 by Rebeccah Heinrichs, Baker Spring Deterrence and Nuclear Targeting in the 21st Century

    News reports indicate the Obama Administration is seeking to further reduce the number of deployed warheads in the U.S. long-range nuclear force to between 300 and 1,100.[1] In contrast, this analysis concludes that the appropriate number of operationally deployed warheads should range between 2,700 and 3,000. The targeting policy recommended in this report responds to…

  • Commentary posted November 5, 2012 by Rebeccah Heinrichs Reassurance Needed in US-South Korea Relations

    Two days after President Obama and Governor Romney debated foreign policy, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with his South Korean counterpart, Kim Kwan-jin, at the Pentagon. The purpose of the meeting was to reaffirm both nations’ commitment to deterring conflict—especially nuclear conflict—on the Korean Peninsula. That should go without saying. Yet this was no pro…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2012 by Rebeccah Heinrichs Missile Defense: the Lost Years

    Three years ago Monday, President Barack Obama tossed cooperative agreements with the Poles and the Czechs, scrapping the previous administration’s plan to counter the growing threat of Iranian long-range ballistic missiles by deploying defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic. Last week, the National Research Council released a report, “Making Sense of Ballistic…

  • Lecture posted July 24, 2012 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., Rebeccah Heinrichs, Baker Spring, Jeff Kueter Open Microphone: What’s Behind President Obama’s Missile Defense Comments?

    Abstract: During the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, President Obama, in an exchange with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, stated: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him [incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin] to give me space.” “This is my last election,” he continued. “After my election I have…

  • America at Risk Memo posted May 21, 2012 by Rebeccah Heinrichs Providing the Capabilities That the Common Defense Requires

    Threats to America’s security, way of life, and allies are increasing rather than decreasing. Instability persists in the Middle East, terrorists continue to plot attacks, adversaries buy and sell ballistic missiles and nuclear technology, and the intent of countries with the ability to pose a strategic threat to the U.S. can suddenly change. Director of National…

  • Commentary posted May 17, 2012 by Rebeccah Heinrichs Objections to Homeland Missile are Unwise

    One of the most controversial floor fights today will be over homeland missile defense. The House Armed Services Committee provided $100 million for an Environmental Impact Study for a military site on the East Coast to defend against ballistic missiles. It also added $357 million more to the president's budget request for the only system currently deployed to defend the…