Missile Defense


  • Members of Japan's Self-Defence Forces' airborne unit attend the annual SDF ceremony at Asaka Base in Asaka, north of Tokyo, Japan, October 14, 2018, photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters


    Missing in Japan's Deterrence Debate

    Aug 13, 2020

    Following its decision to cancel the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system, Japan is currently debating future deterrence capabilities. The debate over how Japan can defend itself is an important one, offering a major opportunity to shape the country's future defense posture.

  • Russian Mi-28N helicopters fly in formation at the Dubrovichi range near Ryazan, Russia, August 2, 2015, photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters


    Where Russia Markets and Sells Advanced Conventional Weapons

    Jun 11, 2021

    Russia uses arms exports to further relations with other countries, influence their political and military leaders, and further its broader foreign and defense policy goals. A series of maps show the extent of its marketing, negotiating, and sales of key weapons systems.

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    Michael Spirtas

    Acting Associate Director, RAND National Security Research Division; Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, Columbia University

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    Brent Thomas

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education M.S. and Ph.D. in water resources, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S. in environmental engineering, University of Texas; B.S. in chemical engineering, classical languages, and mathematics, Vanderbilt University

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    James Williams

    Senior Engineer
    Education M.S. in aerosystems engineering, Loughborough University; B.S. in aerospace engineering, University of Virginia

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    Stephen M. Worman

    Codirector, RAND Center for Gaming; Associate Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in public & international affairs, University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in strategic studies, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in political science, Quinnipiac University