Missile Defense: Getting to the Elusive Right Side of the Cost Curve

Getting to the Elusive “Right Side of the Cost Curve”

The specter of a ballistic missile attack on the United States and its allies, or at the very least the threat of such an attack, continues to grow. Threat systems from rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran continue to mature in quality and quantity. As potential adversaries improve their missile technologies, they are demonstrating more sophisticated and reliable systems with increasing complexity, range, and accuracy. The United States’ ability to develop field-robust yet affordable missile defense is, in a word, challenging.

This article has been published in coordination with Real Clear Defense, where an executive summary is published here.

Kenneth Todorov
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Missile Defense Project