- U.S. strategists still debate the strategic virtues and drawbacks of missile defense
- But Congress strongly backs the idea amid threats from North Korea and Iran
- The Trump administration is reviewing its missile-defense options now
- Most likely, it will boost funding to move ahead on several promising systems
The progress of the United States’ strategic missile defense program tends to wax and wane, speeding up under Republican administrations and slowing down as Democratic presidents show more restraint. This trend seems to be holding. President Donald Trump’s administration is poised to put renewed emphasis on missile defense as a cornerstone of its defensive strategy. Look for the administration and Congress to place a higher priority on defending the homeland against attack by nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.