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March 12, 2009

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  • Defensible Missile Defense
    The New York Times
  • US May Soon Make Overture to Iran Leader
    The Boston Globe
  • 5 Years After It Halted Weapons Programs, Libya Sees the U.S. as Ungrateful
    The New York Times
  • Another Wake-up Call
    Space News
  • Pyongyang to Launch 'Satellite' on April 4-8
    The Korea Times
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Defensible Missile Defense

Theodore Postol, The New York Times
ObamaIn his recent letter to President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia, President Obama offered to modify the previous administrationís plans for a missile defense system in Europe. He was right to do so. A continued impasse with Russia might have prevented future arms reductions, created divisions with our European allies, done irreparable harm at the 2010 review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and impaired efforts to deal with Iranís growing potential to become a nuclear weapons state.

President Obama has correctly shown skepticism about the missile defense system promoted by the Bush administration: its performance is unproven, it requires unending additional resources and it faces problems that cannot be solved with existing science.

US May Soon Make Overture to Iran Leader

Farah Stockman, The Boston Globe
The Obama administration is leaning toward making a major diplomatic overture to Iran before the country's presidential elections in June. This initiative could come in the form of a letter from President Obama to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to two senior European diplomats who have met in recent weeks with key State Department officials crafting a new US policy toward Iran.

5 Years After It Halted Weapons Programs, Libya Sees the U.S. as Ungrateful

Michael Slackman, The New York Times
When Libya gave up its nuclear and chemical weapons programs in late 2003, President George W. Bush pointed to the decision as a victory in Washington's so-called war on terror and as a potential model for pressing Iran and North Korea to give up their weapons programs, too.

Another Wake-up Call

Ashley Tellis and Michael Krepon, Space News
Debris poses a clear, present and growing danger to space operations. The latest wake-up call to take steps to address this danger was provided by the Feb. 10 collision between a dead Cosmos satellite and a revenue-producing Iridium satellite. This dreaded event may have produced the second worst debris field in the history of the space age.

Pyongyang to Launch 'Satellite' on April 4-8

Na Jeong-ju, The Korea Times
North Korea has informed international organizations of its plan to launch a "satellite" soon, the North's Central News Agency said Thursday, with intelligence sources saying the launch could be made between April 4-8.


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