// Patrick Tucker
If the Trump administration withdraws, experts see rapid development of new missiles
By Steve Liewer, Omaha World-Herald: “Current intercontinental ballistic missiles can fly just as fast as hypersonics, but this new class of weapons can fly in controlled patterns just above the Earth’s atmosphere and be shifted in midair.”
The Shape of Strategic Competition
By Rod Lyon, The Strategist (ASPI): “Like its 2010 predecessor, the 2019 MDR splits its consideration of the missile-defence mission into two parts: defence of the U.S. homeland from ICBM-level threats on the one hand, and defence of deployed U.S. forces, allies and partners from regional missile threats on the other.”
By Rick Joe, The Diplomat: “ ... A rumored new nuclear submarine production facility under Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Company (BSHIC) at Huludao may also be edging closer to completion. Therefore it's a good occasion to reflect on what Chinese nuclear submarine production may look like in the future.
The New Iron Curtain: Russian Missile Defenses
By Thomas Grove, Wall Street Journal: “North from Syria, along the borders of Eastern Europe and rounding the Arctic Circle to the east, Russia has built a ring of air defenses that threaten the reach of the U.S. military, forcing Washington to rethink its place as the world's undisputed air power."
Why the Quad Won’t Ever Be an Asian NATO
By Andrew O'Neil & Lucy West, The Strategist (ASPI): “The most recent meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore last November suggests that the U.S., India, Japan and Australia regard the initiative as a geostrategic multiplier in the Indo-Pacific."
By Rebeccah L. Heinrichs, Hudson Institute: “The MDR did not state, as President Trump did, that the goal of the United States is to work toward a capability that, “regardless of the missile type or the geographic origins of the attack,” ensures “that enemy missiles find no sanctuary on Earth or in the skies above.””