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
IMAGE: REUTERS

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

Fall 2017 INSS Internships: Apply by July 30

The Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C. is continuing to accept applications for its Fall Semester 2017 Internship Program.  Current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, who are U.S. citizens, are encouraged to apply.

INSS is a collection of Department of Defense research centers established in 1984.  The mission of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) is to conduct research in support of the academic and leader development programs at NDU, and to provide strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified Combatant Commands.

Available Fall Semester 2017 Internships:

Multiple National Security & International Affairs Internship Opportunities

Research Management and Administration Internship Opportunity

Middle East Energy Internship

South Asia & Near East Defense and Security Internship

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.

Security In The News

Chicago Tribune: U.N. Security Council Imposes Tough New Sanctions on North Korea

With the support of China, the United Nations Security Council voted for heavier sanctions against North Korea.

The New York Times: Putin, Responding to Sanctions, Orders U.S. to Cut Diplomatic Staff by 755

The relationship between Russia and the U.S. deteriorates as sanctions increase and Putin makes cuts to American staff.

The Hill: U.S. Just as Focused On Data Security As Europe

While some lawmakers want to limit encryption to improve government access to information that could solve crimes, others argue that creating access points would make data more susceptible to hacking.

Council on Foreign Relations: National Security Implications of Climate Change

Ambassador John Campbell details the effects of climate change on United States agriculture, oil production, social and territorial tensions, and more.

The New York Times: Trump Recertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, but Only Reluctantly

Trump fears the current Iran deal does not put enough pressure on the country to discontinue destabilizing activities.

BBC: Qatar Crisis: UAE Denies Hacking News Agency

According to the Washington Post, US intelligence officials say the United Arab Emirates hacked Qatar’s news agency; yet, the UAE denies responsibility for the hack.

The New York Times: Hackers are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. Say

Nuclear plants have been experiencing cyber attacks to their business and administrative networks.

The Guardian: Qatar’s Neighbors Dismiss Emirate’s Response to List of Demands

The blockade of Qatar continues as the emirate has refused to accept the demands put forth in June.