Global Missile Defense

An initiative shaping the transatlantic debate on global missile defense architectures by bringing together leading experts and senior government officials from across the world.
  • Adm. Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Speaks on Missile Defense at Atlantic Council

    The Wall Street Journal previews the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security ahead of its annual global missile defense conference, as well as the expected remarks of the keynote speaker and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld:
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  • Missile Defense in the Asia Pacific

    Speaking at the Atlantic Council’s Global Missile Defense Conference on May 28, Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced a plan to reinforce its regional missile defense arrays in Northeast Asia by deploying a $950 million Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery to South Korea. This announcement comes on the heels of the United States’ efforts in recent years to expand collaborative defense architectures with its allies in the Asia Pacific.
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  • Defense Cooperation in the Arabian Gulf

    In his commencement address to West Point graduates today, President Obama described his vision of a foreign policy that is founded not only upon a strong military but also by a web of alliances and partnerships that better position the United States as a global leader. Allies and partners, like those of the GCC countries, are critical to advancing US interests in a broader region that continues to experience political transitions and turmoil in key Arab states, Iran’s continuing pursuit of a nuclear program, and strategic competition among regional powers. To that end, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (and former Atlantic Council chairman) has just wrapped up a visit to Jeddah for the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference – the first of its kind since 2008. The ministerial was meant as a follow-through on proposed efforts...
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  • Missile Defense Agency: A Retrospective

    In a unique and unprecedented event, the last three former directors of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA)—Lt. Gen. Ronald T. Kadish, USAF (Ret.), LTG Patrick O’Reilly, USA (Ret.), and Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering, USAF (Ret.)—discussed the impact MDA has had in helping the US military acquire the necessary missile defense capabilities to compete in the 21st century security environment.
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  • Transcript: Defense Cooperation in the Arabian Gulf

    Moderator:
    Michele Dunne, Senior Associate, Middle East Program,
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

    Panelists: Kevin J. Cosgriff, Former Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet, U.S. Navy
    Michael Eisenstadt, Senior Fellow and Director, Military and Security Studies Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
    Bilal Y. Saab, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council



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  • Transatlantic Missile Defense Architecture

    In the run up to the September NATO Summit in Wales, leading experts addressed the transatlantic missile defense structure and its future. The panel discussion featured Robert Bell of the US mission to NATO, Alexis Morel of Thales, and Kurt Volker of the McCain Institute for International Leadership. The panel was moderated by John Rood of Raytheon.
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  • Webcast: The United States and Global Missile Defense

    Please join the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security for our annual Global Missile Defense conference, which will take place on May 28, 2014.

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  • Transcript: What's Next? Missile Defense in 2030

    Moderator:
    Barry Pavel, Vice President and Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atla

    Panelists:
    James N. Miller, President, Adaptive Strategies LLC; Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, US Department of Defense; Board Director, Atlantic Council
    Robert Stein, Senior Fellow, U.S. Defense Science Board
    Dean Wilkening, Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Former Senior Research Scientist, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

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  • Transcript: Missile Defense in the Asia Pacific

    MODERATOR:
    RANDALL SCHRIVER,
    FOUNDING PARTNER, ARMITAGE INTERNATIONAL; PRESIDENT AND CEO, PROJECT 2049 INSTITUTE
     
    PANELISTS:
    PATRICK CRONIN, SENIOR ADVISOR AND SENIOR DIRECTOR OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC SECURITY PROGRAM, CENTER FOR NEW AMERICAN SECURITY
    DAVID GOMPERT, ADJUNCT SENIOR FELLOW, RAND CORPORATION

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  • Transcript: The United States and Global Missile Defense Transatlantic Missile Defense Architecture

    Moderator:
    John Rood, Vice President, Business Development, Raytheon  
     
    Panelists:
    Robert G. Bell, Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe & Defense Advisor, US Mission to NATO
    Alexis Morel, Director of Strategic Affairs, Thales
    Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership, Arizona State University; Senior Adviser, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council  


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