Missiles & Space

  • In the wake of North Korea’s recent launch and nuclear test, the U.S. is preparing to deploy the Army Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense missile systems, still in development, to Hawaii, as well as deploying the experimental, floating SBX missile-defense radar.

    June 23, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • Joe Cirincione and Ploughshares Fund Grantee Phil Coyle will brief the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on missile defense issues.   


    June 18, 2009 - By Joe Cirincione
  • The Arms Control Association has published a detailed look at nuclear and missile diplomacy with North Korea, a widely-cited, in-depth chronology going back to 1985.  The chronology, now online

    June 10, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • Advocates for the U.S. missile defense shield cite North Korea as a compelling reason not to cut the program, although other officials and experts argue the system is not an effective way to fight North Korea’s missile development.

    May 31, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that Iran successfully test-fired a new medium-range missile, the first successful launch with a solid-fuel missile. Missiles that rely on solid-fuel propellant can be more easily transported and prepared for launch than their liquid-fuel counterparts.  However, the test did not suggest Iran has expanded the reach of its missiles, said Greg Thielmann of the Ploughshares-funded Arms Control Association, and "thus, no new countries would be threatened by the new solid-(fueled missile) that are not already threatened." Paul Ingram of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), another Ploughshares grantee, stressed to Voice of America that it's difficult to determine if the test launch is a worrisome development, but that "it does sound like campaign rhetoric” by President Ahmedinejad.

    May 21, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • The Washington Post reports today that a planned U.S.

    May 19, 2009 - By Deborah Bain
  • Though conservative foreign policy experts have repudiated the notion that the U.S.

    May 15, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • In Voice of America's continuing analysis of North Korea’s April 5 launch, experts discuss what threat North Korea’s nuclear program poses to the U.S. While technically the launch was a failure, it did accomplish something, according to Paul Carroll, Ploughshares Fund program director: "From a political point of view, it was a success in terms of getting the world's attention, getting the U.S.'s attention. It certainly was a provocative and a sort of 'hey look at me' kind of exercise." Analysts believe North Korea has a long way to go before it perfects the Taepodong-2 rocket to carry either a satellite or a nuclear warhead.

    May 14, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • In the last of a three-segment piece for Voice of America, Ploughshares Fund Program Director Paul Carroll discusses Russia’s role in the six-party talks with North Korea. North Korea has refused to participate after a U.N. rebuke following its recent launch, but Russia recently offered North Korea use of Russian territory for future satellite launches. 

    May 12, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • In a radio interview with Voice of America’s Andre de Nesnera, Ploughshares Fund’s Program Director Paul Carroll discussed North Korea’s recent rocket la

    May 6, 2009 - By Sarah Brown