Missile Defense

  • Report

    Report

    Cruise Missile Penaid Nonproliferation: Hindering the Spread of Countermeasures Against Cruise Missile Defenses

    An attacker's missile-borne countermeasures to cruise missile defenses are known as penetration aids, or penaids. This research recommends export controls on penaid-related items under the Missile Technology Control Regime.

    Oct 20, 2014

  • Palestinians walk past a mosque and water tower damaged by Israeli air strikes and shelling in Khuzaa, in the southern Gaza Strip

    Commentary

    The Grim Lessons of “Protective Edge”

    For all the attempts to find technological quick fixes or enforce a permanent settlement, Operation Protective Edge has highlighted that a war of attrition, known as a “long war,” remains the only viable strategy in the current environment.

    Sep 3, 2014

  • Report

    Report

    Penaid Nonproliferation: Hindering the Spread of Countermeasures Against Ballistic Missile Defenses

    An attacker's missile-borne countermeasures to ballistic missile defenses are known as penetration aids, or penaids. This research recommends export controls on penaid-related items under the Missile Technology Control Regime.

    Feb 26, 2014

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing to learn about the ICBM mission and the people who operate, maintain, secure, and support the Minuteman III weapon system

    Commentary

    America's New Missile Gap

    With the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military refocused on the non-nuclear realm. In most cases, military professionals moved seamlessly into this realm, but the land-based missileers lacked the option to shift their focus.

    Feb 25, 2014

  • Report

    Report

    Crisis Stability and Long-Range Strike: A Comparative Analysis of Fighters, Bombers, and Missiles

    In an international crisis, the United States must balance its threats with restraint while limiting its vulnerability. A RAND study sought to identify which long-range strike assets offer capabilities most conducive to stabilizing such crises.

    Jun 19, 2013

  • A Patriot missile is launched by soldiers at McGregor Range near El Paso, Texas

    Commentary

    Turkey Edges Toward Seeking NATO Support in Syria Crisis

    As the crisis along the border between Syria and Turkey intensifies, Turkey appears on the brink of a formal request to the North Atlantic Council that NATO deploy Patriot missiles to help defend the border, writes Christopher Chivvis.

    Nov 21, 2012

  • U.S. President Barack Obama walks out before he holds a news conference after the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago at McCormick Place in Chicago, May 21, 2012

    Commentary

    NATO's Shrinking Resources

    At a time when the European Union faces mounting economic and political challenges, maintaining a strong, vibrant Atlantic alliance is more important than ever, write F. Stephen Larrabee and Peter A. Wilson.

    May 16, 2012

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Kremlin's Bold Missile Defense Gambit

    Russia's proposal for joint missile defense represents a potential game-changer for the Kremlin's relations with the West, writes Andrew Weiss.

    Jan 27, 2011

  • Brochure

    Brochure

    PRGS 2010 Defense Seminar Brochure

    Describes the course offerings and faculty for an intensive weeklong program offered by the Pardee RAND Graduate School in fall 2010.

    Jun 9, 2010

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Biden's Task in Eastern Europe: Reassurance

    Vice President Joseph Biden's trip to eastern Europe this week provides an important opportunity to reassure Poland, the Czech Republic, and Romania that the U.S. is committed to their security. This reassurance is needed, especially in the wake of the decision to cancel the deployment of missile defense installations in the region, write F. Stephen Larrabee and Christopher S. Chivvis.

    Oct 20, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    RAND's Portfolio Analysis Tool (PAT): Theory, Methods, and Reference Manual

    PAT was designed to facilitate strategic analysis dealing with uncertainty and differences of perspective. It enables an approach to analysis oriented toward assisting high-level decisionmakers to frame their thinking about balance, to construct good multifaceted options for consideration, and to make subsequent choices.

    Oct 20, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Right Move in Europe: Improved Opportunities with NATO, Russia

    Obama's decision to alter course on missile defense was the right choice. Those who call it a capitulation to Russia are wrong, and it plays into Russia's hands to portray the decision in that manner. But the change of course will have to be complemented with more appropriate initiatives, writes Christopher S. Chivvis.

    Sep 22, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Real Threats, Real Fears, Real Defenses

    Critics of the Bush administration missile defense plans for Central Europe have charged that the U.S. would be deploying defenses that did not work against a threat that did not exist. It would also defend countries not threatened by Iran, while leaving Iran's more likely victims entirely uncovered, writes James Dobbins.

    Sep 21, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    No Surprise in Failure to Deter North Korea

    North Korea's latest misbehavior highlights an uncomfortable truth: the failure of the United States and the international community to deter its actions. In this case, it is pretty easy to see why North Korea has not been deterred, writes Bruce Bennett.

    Jun 2, 2009

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    How Not to Promote American Missile Defense in Europe

    Published commentary by RAND staff: How Not to Promote American Missile Defense in Europe, in Project Syndicate--an association that distributes commentaries to 291 newspapers in 115 countries.

    Apr 27, 2007

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Missile Defense: Avoiding a Crisis in Europe

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Missile Defense: Avoiding a Crisis in Europe, in International Herald Tribune.

    Mar 29, 2007

  • Report

    Report

    A Portfolio-Analysis Tool for Missile Defense (PAT-MD): Methodology and User’s Manual

    A tool to facilitate high-level discussion of program tradeoffs and adjustments in the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

    Oct 18, 2005

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Challenge for NATO's Chairman

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Mar 10, 2005

  • Report

    Report

    Army Air and Missile Defense: Future Challenges

    The U.S. Army must take steps now if it is to defend itself against future enemies. This briefing examines six future scenarios and looks at potential areas of air and missile defense shortfalls.

    Jan 1, 2002

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Future Air and Missile Threats

    Summarizes research that analyzed six plausible future worlds to determine which types of air and missile threats might confront the Army in a range of geopolitical or strategic situations.

    Jan 1, 2002