The efforts by North Korea and Iran to develop ballistic missiles capable of targeting not only its regional adversaries but the U.S. homeland are intensifying. Two days ago, it directly challenged the new U.S. Administration and the international community by testing what may be a new intermediate-range ballistic missile at the exact time that President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe were meeting in the United States. Iran has test-fired two ballistic missiles in the three weeks since President Trump was inaugurated. There are a number of steps the United States could take with respect to missile defenses to both send a strong message to North Korea and Iran while also posing a military counter to their growing ballistic missile threats. I have written a commentary on this here.
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