Mutually Assured Destruction

The United States must prioritize the development of a comprehensive missile defense system as global tension with hostile countries like Russia, China, North Korea, and even Iran continue to rise. President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War-era vision for missile defense was never fully realized due to opposition, but in 2023, with adversaries investing in advanced nuclear capabilities, protecting American citizens through robust missile defense is paramount.

The concept of mutually assured destruction hinges on the fear of US nuclear retaliation to deter adversaries from launching their own nuclear strikes is no longer a reliable deterrent. All four countries have amplified their aggressive rhetoric and are expanding their nuclear programs, demonstrating that the US nuclear arsenal is no longer an effective dissuasion.

While capable of detecting threats from North Korea and Iran, current US defense systems fall short regarding those posed by Russia and China. To remedy this, the US and its allies must invest in a modern, adaptable, and integrated missile defense system that enables early threat detection and interception at every stage. This includes leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance sensor capabilities and accelerate information analysis.

A glimpse into the past and a need for the present.

The Need for a Space-Based Network

Furthermore, the US must deploy networked, space-based sensors and radar satellites to monitor all potential threats, including hypersonic cruise missiles comprehensively. Investing in projects like the Glide Phase Interceptor and Glide Breaker is vital, which demonstrate promising potential in countering hypersonic missiles during their glide phase.