Current Status of the U.S. Ground-Based Missile Defense System

Dr. Frederick Lamb, a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is currently working at the Kennedy Space Center on NASA’s NICER astronomy mission. In response to Tuesday’s test on the U.S. ground-based missile defense system, Dr. Lamb offered expert commentary on the reliability of such interceptors and discussed North Korea and Iran’s long-range nuclear missile capabilities.

Ground-based Midcourse Defense rocket

How effective do you think the missile interceptors at Fort Greely would be at protecting the U.S. from a nuclear strike?

These interceptors were deployed to defend the U.S. against nuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missiles launched from Iran or North Korea. These two threats are different…

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Events & Announcements

ACDIS Welcomes Summer Team

ACDIS welcomes three new members for Summer 2017: Nakita Pradhan, Autumn Langdon, Chris Szul. In upcoming weeks we will be collecting data on on a range of topics, designing the NPRE 498 Security Studies course, putting together econometric and climate change models, and improving our social media presence, among other tasks.

Congratulations Derek Hoot for Receiving the David L. Boren Scholarship!

Derek Hoot, a Political Science student persuing ACDIS Undergraduate Certificate in Global Security, was awarded $18,500 by the National Security Education Program so that he can study Arabic in Jordan in the upcoming academic year. Derek has worked as a legislative aide to Illinois Rep. Carol Ammons, was President of the FBI Students’ Academy, Captain to a junior USA men’s wheelchair basketball team, and a varsity basketball player for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Security In The News

The Hill: Trump Pitched Solar-powered Border Wall ‘So It Pays For Itself’

Trump hopes adding solar panels to parts of the wall that he plans to build between the U.S. and Mexico will create some returns.

Chicago Tribune: Russia, Iran send warnings to U.S. after Syrian aircraft shot down

In response to the U.S. shooting down a Syrian jet for dropping bombs on the Syrian Democratic Forces, Iran fired ballistic missiles and Russia decided to track all drones and jets west of the Euphrates as potential targets.

The New York Times: U.S. Senate Votes Near Unanimously for Russia, Iran Sanctions

It is uncertain whether the Trump administration will sign the sanctions bill, though it is believed the House will likely alter and then pass it.

U.S. Department of Defense: DoD Seeks to Stay Ahead of Cybersecurity Threats, Acting CIO Says

The DoD will collaborate with private industry and hire more cyber professionals under the Cyber Excepted Service.

The Times of Israel: UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons May Be Adopted Soon

8 states with nukes, including the United States and Russia, will not support the nonproliferation pact; However, another 130 countries are on track to agree to ban nuclear weapons by July 7.

CSIS: Far from Doha

Evaluation of the situation in Doha among Hamas’s security forces, Islamic State group sympathizers, and the Israeli government.

The New York Times: Panama Establishes Ties With China, Further Isolating Taiwan

Panama severed relations with Taiwan, leaving only 19 countries that recognize it as independent of China.

Reuters: China Looks to Small Reactors for nuclear Edge

Small-scale nuclear reactors could be attached to ships and aircraft.

Washington Post: Pentagon chief declares North Korea the new top threat to U.S. security

North Korea continues to pursue a stronger nuclear weapons program in violation of international law.