Among other issues, the Biden administration’s review will consider whether missile defense should be part of arms control negotiations with Russia.
Pyongyang continues to expand its nuclear capability by testing more missiles and reportedly restarting a reactor capable of producing plutonium.
The test, several hours after North Korea tested a different missile, marked South Korea as the first non-nuclear weapon state to have SLBM capability.
North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities present huge challenges. Nevertheless, innovative and even unorthodox approaches and tools can help render these challenges more manageable.
China’s construction of new long-range missile silos is raising concerns.
The cost projection for a new long-range standoff weapon has increased 30–50 percent from the U.S. Air Force’s earlier estimate.
With the commissioning of a ballistic missile submarine in August, South Korea has taken another step towards developing its defense industry.
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