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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
The DoD will collaborate with private industry and hire more cyber professionals under the Cyber Excepted Service.
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.
Evaluation of the situation in Doha among Hamas’s security forces, Islamic State group sympathizers, and the Israeli government.
Panama severed relations with Taiwan, leaving only 19 countries that recognize it as independent of China.
Small-scale nuclear reactors could be attached to ships and aircraft.
North Korea continues to pursue a stronger nuclear weapons program in violation of international law.