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July 2018

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In this issue, we look at the expensive and ineffective—yet potentially destabilizing—international pursuit of ballistic missile defense with the help of an extraordinary lineup of the world’s top missile defense experts. We hope that steering the international community toward new, interlocking agreements to reduce nuclear arsenals and limit missile defenses is as simple as explaining the bottom-line fact of the matter: The United States has spent tens of billions of dollars on ground-based missile defense, and no one is sure the system it bought can ever work, even against smaller nuclear countries like North Korea. This issue has been made entirely free-access through August, 2018.

Features

A Missile Defense Agency flight test of a ground-based interceptor, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. in June 2014.

Introduction: The great missile defense dilemma

Driven by varying (mis)perceptions of the motives and technological capabilities of their ...
Garlin Gilchrist, executive director of the University of Michigan’s new Center for Social Media Responsibility

Garlin Gilchrist: Fighting fake news and the information apocalypse

In this interview, Garlin Gilchrist II, executive director of the University of ...

Chinese nuclear forces, 2018

The Nuclear Notebook is researched and written by Hans M. Kristensen, director ...
Launch of a missile defense interceptor from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.

US Ground-based midcourse missile defense: Expensive and unreliable

The Trump administration is seeking a significant expansion in the Ground-based Midcourse ...
The Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system, pictured in 2017.. Source: Соколрус, via Wikimedia

The vicissitudes of Russian missile defense

The Russian vision of ballistic missile defense has reflected the specifics of ...
A map that shows the relative missile defense interceptor coverage of a certain array of space-based platforms.

Why a space-based missile interceptor system is not viable

The United States has plans to develop two new missile defense programs ...
A Chinese HQ-9 air defense missile launcher, pictured in 2009.

China’s attitudes toward missile defense and its limitation

If there were to be a new international agreement to limit certain ...
Sigmund Freud

Deterrence and its discontents

What might Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, have found, had he ...
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The making of a non-proliferation law: A memoir

In this article, the author describes the legislative process by which the ...

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