July 2018

Bulletin magazine cover July 2018


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 ...

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 ...

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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