MDAA Alerts

July 13, 2018

Skin in the Game

The total defense spending of all NATO member states is estimated to be $936 billion this year. The U.S. makes up about 67% of it, estimated at $623 billion as stated by NATO. In 2014, at the NATO Wales Summit, during President Obama’s Administration and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO members agreed that each NATO nation would spend… read more

July 11, 2018

The Essential Element

Below is my introduction to our 19th Congressional Roundtable on July 10, 2018 at Capitol Hill. We were honored to have on the panel Mr. David Trachtenberg, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Mr. Rickey Smith, the Deputy Chief of Staff (G-9) for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Mr. Rich Ritter, the Program… read more

July 4, 2018

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

We celebrate our country, our people, our history and our future in all shapes, sizes, creeds, cultures and religions in the freedom to empower ourselves and others with liberty and justice for all. We are stronger together as a nation than any other nation in the world today. Our diversity, our grit and our freedoms… read more

July 3, 2018

Dependence Day

As we celebrate independence tomorrow, we recognize the importance of dependence on each other as nations to keep our world safe, as was announced last week in Hawaii with RIMPAC and today with our NATO allies in sharing the burden of defense. “RIMPAC brings together like-minded nations who value a free and open Indo-Pacific area. It… read more

June 26, 2018

Boost On

Since the earliest days of America’s ballistic missile defense program, the Strategic Defense Initiative Office of the 1980s, which was followed by the Ballistic Missile Defense Office and then the Missile Defense Agency, studied the feasibility of intercepting ballistic missiles during their boost phase; the first 300 seconds after launch. Two programs emerged: In 2002,… read more

June 21, 2018

“It’s Pretty Simple”

Last week on June 12, the U.S. Navy’s highest ranking Officer, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral John Richardson advocated for land-based persistent missile defense systems to replace the Navy’s ballistic missile defense ship patrols tethered to small operating areas to defend Guam, Hawaii, the United States Homeland, Europe, Israel, and the Middle East. “You have to… read more

June 18, 2018

Exercised for a Reason

Over in Europe this past week was the conclusion of the annual Saber Strike 2018, from June 3-15, an exercise bringing 19 NATO Allied and partner nations’ militaries to the Eastern NATO borders of Europe. With that exercise, the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) and 5-7 Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battalion from… read more

June 15, 2018

Great Expectations

It has been over nine months since North Korea has intentionally stopped nuclear testing and over six months since North Korea has intentionally stopped ballistic missile testing that can reach the United States. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo recently said the administration estimated it would take 2.5 years or longer to complete the “major disarmament”… read more

June 12, 2018

The World is a Safer Place

We acknowledge and applaud a tremendous, courageous, and historic moment in our lifetime that has brought peace on the Korean Peninsula and the denuclearization of North Korea. This remarkable feat of leadership by President Trump has made the world a safer place today.  Halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons by North Korea is a tremendous… read more

June 7, 2018

Primetime

Last night, NBC Nightly News, hosted by Lester Holt on primetime national news, did a focus piece on the ballistic missile defense system of our nation out of Ft. Greely, Alaska with the 49th Missile Defense Battalion (MDB), “the 300 defending 300 million,” and featured the 100th Missile Defense Brigade Commander, Colonel Kevin Kick. We… read more

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