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The Tired BMD Debate

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In Robert Farley
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On June 21, 2013
Some thoughts at the Diplomat on BMD: The nub of genuine utility is this; ballistic missile defense can help protect the forward military installations of a state from attack by hyper-accurate ballistic missiles designed to destroy and disrupt military capability. Soviet plans to strike Western European airbases and staging areas with short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) during […]
Over at the Diplomat, I share my “meh” about ballistic missile proliferation: Cooperation between North Korea and Iran has become a great concern, especially with the relative success of North Korea’s latest launch. Syrian missile use has raised fears that Assad’s government might take further escalatory steps, such as using chemical weapons. These efforts have highlighted […]

Iron Dome

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On November 20, 2012

I have some thoughts on Iron Dome over at Open Zion: Even on its own terms, the strategic success of Iron Domes remains in serious question. Whatever tactical success Iron Dome achieves comes at consi

Chinese ASBMs

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In Robert Farley
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On August 8, 2010
I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking for reaction to this story. For my own previous writings, see here. Information Dissemination has done a lot of work on this topic; see especially here, here, and here. For a good NWCR article on the subject by Andrew Erickson and David Yang, see here. As for […]
American neoconservatives tend to get hostile when you make the point that every country has its neocons. The response typically runs something like this: How can you possibly compare me with those Russians/Chinese/Iranians? Don’t you understand that I cloak my hawkish right wing nationalism behind a thin veneer of concern for human rights!?!? Neocons also […]

Israeli Missile Defenses

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On November 3, 2009

Check out this (somewhat dated) article on Israeli missile defenses. The article makes the point that Israel’s missile defenses have progressed to the point that even a concerted Iranian ballist

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