Missile Defense: Why It Matters for America’s Future Security

Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, recently published an important article in The Washington Times entitled “Obama Chooses Vulnerability.”

As the U.S.commemorated the 10th anniversary since its withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, Ambassador Joseph shares unique insight into lessons learned regarding arms control. A ballistic missile launched from anywhere in the world can reach the U.S. in 33 minutes, as this Heritage documentary shows.

The experience of the U.S. over the past 30 years demonstrates that it is extremely difficult for a country to withdraw from a treaty agreement once it has been ratified. To do so, one must win the intellectual battle of ideas and bust mythology surrounding arms control processes.

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