Missile Defense and Defeat

Considerations for the New Policy Review

The National Defense Authorization Act signed into law in 2016 contained a provision mandating a review of missile defeat policy, strategy, and capability, to be completed and submitted to Congress by January 2018. This Missile Defeat Review (MDR) appears likely to serve as a successor to both the Department of Defense’s 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review and other publications by the Joint Staff. The first of its kind, the MDR represents a unique opportunity for the Donald Trump administration to articulate a vision for the future of air and missile defense and determine how that vision is to be implemented by the Missile Defense Agency, the Joint Staff, the services, and other entities. This review will take place in the context of both an evolving strategic environment and several recent strategic analyses on related issues. Featuring contributions from Thomas Karako, Keith B. Payne, Brad Roberts, Henry A. Obering III, and Kenneth Todorov, this collection of essays explores how the strategic environment has evolved since 2010 and offers recommendations to help guide and inform the MDR’s development.
Tom Karako
Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project
Kenneth Todorov
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Missile Defense Project

Keith B. Payne

Head, Graduate Department of Defense & Strategic Studies, Missouri State University

Brad Roberts

Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Henry A. Obering III

Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton