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Time to Take Aim at Iranian Missiles - JINSA Iran Strategy Council Op-Ed in Politico

Dr. Michael Makvosky, President and CEO of JINSA and Gen. Charles Wald, USAF (Ret.), Co-Chair of JINSA's Iran Strategy Council, write in Politico that sanctions won't check Iran's ambitions anymore. It's time to think bigger.

Don't Give Iran Another Pass: Iran Strategy Council Co-Chairs Author Op-Ed in U.S. News

Gen. (Ret.) James Conway and Gen. (Ret.) Charles Wald explain that as the Iran Strategy Council predicted in an initial assessment in September, the strategic balance in the Middle East has already begun tilting dangerously toward Iran. Now, the pace and degree to which shift is occurring exceeds even the prior analysis, and threatens to overwhelm the ability of the United States to correct course.

New Report: Mitigating the Strategic Consequences of the Iran Deal

The JINSA-commissioned Iran Strategy Council unveiled recommendations to deter or deny Iranian aggression including that the United States boost defense assistance to Israel from $30 billion to as much as $50 billion over 10 years, and that it collaborate more closely with its Arab allies by devising a more coherent shared strategy and more appropriate capabilities to stem the growing Iranian threat.

Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal - The Overlooked Iranian Missile Threat

Gemunder Center Associate Director Jonathan Ruhe and Policy Analyst Blake Fleisher author an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on why the focus on Tehran’s ballistic missiles overlooks the fact that Iran already possesses cruise missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. Neither the nuclear agreement, nor the U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing it, mention cruise missiles despite the threat they pose.

Shiites vs. Sunnis: A Region at War

Gemunder Center Distinguished Fellow Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror explains three recent events in the fight between Sunnis and Shiites that took place, including the removal of global sanctions on Iran, and Pakistan's announcement that it would respond to any attack on Saudi Arabia. Is the world's only Muslim nuclear nation about to intervene in the Middle East?

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On Tuesday, April 5, JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy hosted a conference call to discuss the findings and recommendations of the latest Gemunder Center Iran Strategy Council report on how the United States can mitigate the negative strategic consequences of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran. The briefing featured Iran Strategy Council co-chair Gen. (ret.) Chuck Wald and member VADM (ret.) John Bird. Click on the story to hear the call.

We've long thought President Obama should adopt the Costanza approach in matters of national security and simply do the opposite of what his instincts tell him to do, since his policies toward Iran, Israel, ISIS, Russia, and others seem textbook studies of how not to conduct foreign policy.

"Senate concern about Iran's recent ballistic missile test is welcome but unfortunately this letter reflects a lack of full appreciation of its import," Michael Makovsky, chief executive of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), tells me. "The test is a result of the Iran deal, which 9 of the 11 letter signators signed, in two ways." He explains that not only did the deal, at Iran's insistence, leave out any discussion of intercontinental ballistic missiles, but more broadly "the deal marked the final collapse of American credibility, encouraging Iran to accelerate its ballistic missile program and other provocative acts (such as in Syria)."

Sunday, October 18, isn't just a day of baseball playoffs and pro football games. It's "Adoption Day," when all parties to the Iran nuclear deal must begin preparing to implement its terms. And while the Obama administration takes another opportunity to pat itself on the back for its achievement, Iran has offered the international community a clear signal of what it thinks about its obligations under the deal, as well as its strategic intentions. Just a week before Adoption Day, Iran test-fired a new precision-guided ballistic missile capable of delivering a 1,600-pound warhead to Israel or even southeastern Europe and designed to evade missile defense systems.

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