Author Archives: Constance Baroudos, M.A.

New Cruise Missile Crucial To Nuclear Deterrence (From Breaking Defense) Critics of US nuclear plans claim the Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) weapon — an aircraft-launched nuclear cruise missile — can be eliminated without harming America’s security interests. But the LRSO provides America with a unique capability to deter adversaries from using [Read More...]
Why Nuclear Modernization Is A Must-Have For America One of the biggest budget challenges the next presidential administration will face is how to fund the modernization of the strategic deterrent of bombers, submarines, and land-based missiles. While this “triad” protects the American homeland from nuclear attack and blackmail, [Read More...]
China’s Growing Economic Role In Greece and Europe Could Create Security Problems For America China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to develop a string of ports, logistics hubs and other infrastructure from Asia to Europe. Since 2010, China has infused Europe with a lot of cash, and Greece is one example of a [Read More...]
Senate Should Approve Pentagon’s Full Request For Russian Engines The U.S. military is heavily dependent on satellites for intelligence, connectivity and navigational guidance to ensure mission success. As a result, the Pentagon needs more RD-180 Russian-made engines, used in the first stage of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V [Read More...]
Capitol Hill Event: Defense Acquisition Reform – 6.3.16 The Lexington Institute is organizing a Capitol Hill forum on Friday, June 3rd to discuss defense acquisition reform opportunities. We hope you will be able to attend.   Speakers to date include: Mr. Peter B. Bechtel, Director, Capabilities Integration, U.S. [Read More...]
America Needs A New Kill Vehicle To Defeat Incoming Nukes (From The National Interest) The only deployed technology designed to protect the American homeland from long-range ballistic missiles today is the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. The Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) that is carried on GMD interceptors and separates from the interceptor in flight [Read More...]
Nuclear Deterrence: Still Relevant Against Russia (From The National Interest) Russia poses a threat that underscores the need to enhance U.S. missile defenses and modernize the nuclear arsenal. Some opponents claim that nuclear weapons are associated with outdated Cold War thinking and are irrelevant to contemporary politics, but they are [Read More...]
Modern Command & Control Critical to Maintaining U.S. Nuclear Deterrence (From The National Interest) The American strategic triad exists to deter a nuclear attack or blackmail against the United States and its allies. If deterrence were to fail, the president would make the decision whether to launch nuclear weapons and communicate his decision through [Read More...]
ICBMs: America’s Nuclear 911 Force Remains Crucial to Deterrence (From The National Interest) Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that make up part of the American nuclear deterrent remain critical to national security. ICBMs ensure an adversary’s objectives are beyond reach because they are on alert and cannot be destroyed by conventional forces.   [Read More...]
Why America Needs the Lethal Long-Range Standoff Cruise Missile (From The National Interest) Some policymakers are questioning the Air Force’s next-generation air-launched cruise missiles, called Long-Range Standoff weapons, which are crucial to sustaining the deterrent credibility of the manned bomber fleet.  These missiles are hard to detect with radar because of their small [Read More...]
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