The Biden Administration is considering a proposal to abandon pacing U.S. homeland ballistic missile defenses against even the rogue state threat from North Korea. This is especially risky and should be rejected in favor of the longstanding bipartisan missile defense policy, a realistic policy regarding denuclearization of North Korea, and U.S. alliance commitments. Instead, the United States should design a homeland missile defense system that – at a minimum – keeps pace with the North Korean nuclear threat in order to effectively extend deterrence and assure allies.
The Risks of Nuclear Blackmail by North Korea:
Background on U.S. Ballistic Missile Defenses:
Recommendations for the Biden Missile Defense Review:
Several indicators suggest that Putin may be preparing to attempt an invasion and annexation of Eastern Ukraine. The United States should take these immediate actions to deter Russia, support Ukraine, and reassure frontline NATO allies.
A U.S. delegation recently met with Russian counterparts for "strategic stability" talks related to nuclear deterrence and arms control. Congress and the Biden Administration must be careful not to fall into Putin's negotiating traps.
In its Missile Defense Review (MDR), the Biden Administration should be careful to avoid a repeat of its predecessors’ mistakes by issuing a missile defense strategy and policy that can last beyond the next Presidential election and continue policies and programs that will strengthen U.S. national security.