Patrick O'Reilly

  • A Look at Trump’s Missile Defense Strategy

    US President Donald J. Trump on January 17 unveiled a plan to defend the United States and its allies from a missile attack—the first update to the United States’ missile defense strategy in almost a decade.

    “Our goal is simple: to ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States—anywhere, anytime, anyplace,” Trump said at the Pentagon.

    The Missile Defense Review lays out the new technologies that the Pentagon wants to combat what it sees as a growing missile threat. It identifies North Korea, Russia, China, and Iran as adversaries that are “increasing the number, accuracy, and sophistication of their missiles.”


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  • Is North Korea Really Committed to Peace?

    US intelligence officials believe that North Korea is continuing to build new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), despite North Korean leader Kim Jung Un’s promise to work towards denuclearization after a summit with US President Donald J. Trump in June.

    The intelligence findings, which were reported by The Washington Post on July 30, raise questions about Pyongyang’s commitment to improve its relations with the United States and seriously move to halt or roll back its nuclear weapons program.

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  • Trump-Kim Summit: A Disarmament Checklist

    These are the steps that should be taken to ensure denuclearization and disarmament of North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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  • Ask the General: Steps to Demonstrate an Operational ICBM


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  • O'Reilly Quoted on Mattis' Statement on North Korea's Nuclear Capabilities


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  • Could North Korea Hit the United States with a Missile? Perhaps. Or, Maybe Not?

    While it does not confirm any specifics regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities, North Korea’s latest test of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) indicates it may be able to strike the continental United States.

    According to the Pentagon’s initial assessment, the missile travelled approximately 1,000 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan. It flew higher and for a longer duration than two previous ICBM launches.

    “North Korea's missile launch is yet another step forward in the country's march toward fully deliverable nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and any other potential targets,” said Jamie Metzl, a nonresident senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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  • Hawaii Reinstates Cold War-Era Nuclear Sirens

    As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to simmer, Hawaii is preparing to resume a statewide test on Friday, November 24, of a Cold War-era early warning system designed to inform its residents of an impending nuclear attack.

    Lieutenant General Patrick O'Reilly responds: 

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  • Incentives and Processes Need Change to Make DOD’s Silicon Valley Outreach Work, Say Experts

    On April 23, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter gave a speech at Stanford University where he claimed a greater link between Silicon Valley and the Department of Defense (DOD) would help "defend our country and help make a better world." His speech—and subsequent events—showed that Secretary Carter is serious about incubating many of the ideas emanating out West within the Pentagon's structures and processes. To discuss whether or not this is feasible, and what government, industry, and the general public should expect from this new initiative, the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security conducted a Google Hangout with prominent experts. The Hangout's discussants were:

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  • O'Reilly on the Russian-Made System Behind Downed Plane

    Defense News quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick O'Reilly on the downed Malaysia Airlines plane near Ukraine's eastern border with Russia:

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  • O'Reilly on Downed MH17

    McClatchy quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick O'Reilly on the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane near Ukraine's eastern border with Russia:

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