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.
  • Winnefeld Delivers Opening Keynote at 2014 Missile Defense Conference

    James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman, US Joint Chiefs of Staff began his keynote remarks at the Atlantic Council’s annual missile defense by examining two key terms: strategy and deterrence. Winnefeld stated that he and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, define strategy as linking and balancing ends, ways, and means and then evaluating the resulting risks. He then explained that deterrence comes in two forms. One form of deterrence is showing an adversary we can deny his objectives (i.e., his attack will fail). The second is that we can and will impose unacceptable costs on an adversary foolish enough to attack. 
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  • Transcript: Admiral James A. Winnefeld at 2014 Missile Defense Conference

    Welcome and Keynote Remarks: U.S. Missile Defense Plans and Priorities




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  • Transcript: Missile Defense Agency: A Retrospective

    Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
    Ronald T. Kadish, Executive Vice President, Defense Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Henry A. Obering, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Patrick O’Reilly, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

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  • The Next Chapter in European Presence and Partnerships

    USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) is heading east, on a course that will make the ship the first of four destroyers to be forward deployed in the Naval Forces Europe operating area.
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  • Ten Ideas for Smarter NATO Missile Defense

    In the latest issue brief from the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, "Ten Ideas for Smarter NATO Missile Defense," Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow and former Director of the Missile Defense Agency Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, USA (Ret.) outlines ten feasible and cost-effective ways for NATO to encourage its member states to contribute to a continental missile defense system that adheres to the Alliance’s Smart Defense initiative.

    pdfRead the Issue Brief (PDF)

    The author advocates a cost-effective expansion of the missile defense program in the face of growing ballistic missile threats emanating from the Middle East and Asia and the rising insecurity of missiles installations...

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  • Turkey's Move to Chinese Air Defense Systems Appals NATO Allies

    From Burak Bekdil, Hurriyet Daily News:  Turkey’s western allies look puzzled by a looming decision by Ankara to select Chinese long-range anti-missile and air defense systems which they think cannot be integrated into the NATO-sponsored early warning architecture currently deployed on Turkish soil.
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  • Roundtable on US Missile Defense Strategy with Elaine Bunn

    On Tuesday, June 25, the Atlantic Council hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion on the United States’ missile defense strategy with Elaine Bunn, the recently appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear and missile defense policy.
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  • Toward a Global Missile Defense Architecture

    The increasing prevalence of ballistic missiles has been highlighted by the latest tensions with North Korea, the ongoing confrontation with Iran, and Syria's savage civil war. Approximately thirty countries are now armed with ballistic missiles. This number will grow, as will the range, accuracy, and lethality of the ballistic missiles available to friend and foe alike.
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  • MAD About You

    After a series of setbacks and disappointments during President Barack Obama's first term, U.S.-Russian political dialogue is finally gaining momentum.
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  • Overcoming Obstacles to Russia-West Cooperation

    The Moscow River flows through this ancient seat of Russian power like a timeless reminder of a timeless country and its seemingly endless space. The Moscow European Security Conference at which I yesterday spoke is a jewel in the crown of Russia’s Ministry of Defense. Now, I am no Russophobe. Indeed, as a student of Russian history my respect for this immense country is great. And, seen from Moscow it is very easy to see just how Russians see their place in Europe and Europe’s place in Russia. And yet listening to several of the day’s speeches I was reminded of a nineteenth century Russian Prime Minister Gorschakov who once described Europe as a peninsula stuck on the end of Russia. In other words what happened in Europe only did so in the context of Russia. That is not how Europe works today if it ever did. Russian concerns must of course be treated with respect but I fear that Moscow is about to miss a great opportunity to...
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