Rebeccah Heinrichs is a Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute, Former Vice Chairman of the John Hay Initiative’s Counterproliferation Working Group and Former Adviser to Rep. Trent Franks.
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Expand missile defenses during the pandemic, don’t cut them

Rogue states are taking advantage of the American preoccupation with the COVID-19 pandemic. North Korea may test another long-range missile according to the head of U.S. Northern Command, Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy. He warned Congress in March that the North Korean regime is still a serious threat and is improving its missile program. And last week, Iran’s Revolutionary…

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The PLA’s Exploitation of the Coronavirus Pandemic

In Davos in 2017, Xi Jinping painted a vision of a China-led globalist world. The Chinese Communist Party’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic gives us a taste of Chinese global leadership: it includes a breathtaking degree to which other nations, desperate for transparency and reciprocity in the form of detailed information and medical supplies, have…

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Five lies China is telling about coronavirus

In China’s latest efforts to hide the truth about COVID-19, the communist regime has issued explicit guidance to censor academic papers on the virus. By order of the government, research related to the origins of the virus must go all the way to the top, to the central government, before researchers are permitted to submit their work…

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Iranian Missiles and Americans Exposed

President Trump boasted about the military in his State of the Union address Wednesday night. Trump is right that the military has received significant investments during his tenure. But recent events also reveal where there are vulnerabilities. Iran’s missile attack against bases in Iraq last month wreaked havoc, although mercifully not resulting in the deaths…

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Iranian missile attacks show the need for better defense abroad

The two Iranian missile attacks over the last several months demonstrate the vulnerabilities to both American forces and vital interests abroad. Last September, a combination of drones and cruise missiles struck the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia. The Houthis backed by Iran in Yemen took credit for the attack, while the United…

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With North Korea, ‘Maximum Pressure’ Should Mean Maximum Pressure

The article below was co-authored by Prof. Rebeccah Heinrichs. Trump should not give in to Kim Jong-un’s ultimatum. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has given President Trump an ultimatum: Come up with a deal by the end of this year that includes the relaxation of sanctions or we will resume testing nuclear missiles that are capable…

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Put US Post-INF Missiles into Production

This article was co-authored by Prof. Rebeccah Heinrichs. The U.S. has waited too long to mimic Chinese intermediate-range weapons. Recent tests of U.S. missiles once banned by the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty are a welcome step. They provide an essential response to Russia’s violations of the now-defunct INF. They help regain an advantage ceded to the People’s Republic…

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Missile Defense for Great Power Conflict: Outmaneuvering the China Threat

This article co-authored by IWP professor Rebeccah Heinrichs appeared in the winter 2019 edition of Strategic Studies Quarterly, published by Air University Press. China is modernizing its military to establish regional hegemony in the near term and global preeminence in the far term. The People’s Liberation Army’s crown jewel is its massive arsenal of missiles…

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Pope Francis is Wrong about the Morality of Nuclear Weapons

According to a news article by the Religion News Service, Pope Francis recently told reporters that the use and possession of weapons should be made “immoral” under official Catholic teaching. This is not the first time the politically liberal Pope has categorically denounced nuclear weapons. Read more at ProvidenceMag.com

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Trump’s Approach to Iran Smartly Strikes a Difficult Balance

Has President Trump’s response to Iranian aggression really been weak? Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) recently tweeted that the Iranians may have viewed President Trump’s last-minute decision to call off a military retaliatory strike after the Iranians downed an unmanned American military drone — and to instead respond with a quiet but significant cyber-attack — as a…

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