Missile Defense System

In recent years, FAS has sponsored analytic work on the potential effects of U.S. missile defense deployment on U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control and arms reductions. Since the 1960s, FAS leaders such as Hans Bethe, Richard Garwin, and Herbert York have testified to Congress and written extensively about missile defense to further the public debate. FAS will continue to analyze and track missile defense developments especially its technological effectiveness in shooting down missiles and its effects on arms control and international security.

Upsetting the Reset

The Technical Basis of Russian Concern Over NATO Missile Defense>
Technical assessment of the Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) missile defense system proposed by NATO and the United States. In the report analyzed whether the Russian Federation has a legitimate concern over the proposed NATO-U.S. missile defense system. 

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2012 May 7, National JournalDebunking the Missile Defense Myth

2011 September 21, New York Times‘Myopic’ Missile Defense

2011 September 20, International Herald Tribune: The Delusion of Missile Defense 

2011 June 30, Washington Post  – Letter to the Editor: A Good Start for Pentagon Cuts: Missile Defense

2011 June 10, Foreign PolicyBillions for Missile Defense, Not a Dime for Common Sense

2011 June 8, PoliticoWhy Russia’s Anti-Missile Defense