An Iranian official recently boasted that Iran’s ballistic missiles can reach American military bases. This is not news. But it does remind U.S. policymakers why the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will increase the threats facing our armed forces, especially since the agreement will provide Iran with greater opportunities to advance its missile program. This is reason enough for the United States to walk away from the deal. But since it looks certain that it will not, it must adapt its ballistic missile defense strategy to mitigate the increased risk brought about by the deal.
The JCPOA will lift conventional arms and ballistic missile embargoes that the United Nations has long imposed on Iran.… Seguir leyendo »
President Obama has made it clear that “resetting” relations with Russia and eliminating the planet’s nuclear weapons are two of his top national security priorities. Toward these ends, the president this month hosted an international nuclear summit, signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and went public with the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Now Congress is carefully considering the results.
All of this commotion about nuclear weapons should prompt a renewed commitment to international cooperation on missile defense. This is especially true in light of the just-released Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report highlighting that Iran has cultivated a network of terrorist surrogates capable of conducting attacks on the United States and may have a missile able to hit the U.S.… Seguir leyendo »
The East-West Institute released a study in late May by U.S. and Russian “experts” on the Iranian missile threat that concluded the threat “is not imminent and that in any event the system currently proposed would not be effective against it.” The next day, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says, Iran apparently tested a multistage, solid-propellant missile with a range of 1,200 to 1,500 miles, putting much of Europe within range.
The apparent reelection of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his frequently expressed commitment to pursue nuclear and ballistic missile capability, underscore the importance of proposed U.S. radar sites and missile defense interceptors in Eastern Europe.… Seguir leyendo »