Get Ready, North Korea: America's Missile Defenses are Getting Even Stronger

The SM-3 IIA can hit bigger targets, such as incoming enemy ballistic missiles, at longer distances than previous SM-3 interceptor missiles.

The Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon have configured the emerging SM-3 IIA missile with a more “sensitive” seeker and software designed to accommodate new threat information.

The SM-3 IIA is a newer interceptor missile, larger and more capable than its SM-3 predecessors. It recently achieved its first successful intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target, MDA officials said.

China's First Home-Grown Aircraft Carrier Is Ready: Should America Be Worried?

China launched its second aircraft carrier Wednesday.

China’s first aircraft carrier, a refitted Soviet-era vessel called the Liaoning, was commissioned into the People’s Liberation Army Navy in 2012. The new carrier, China’s first indigenously-produced aircraft carrier, was officially launched at China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s Dalian shipyard, reports China’s Xinhua News Agency.

Poll: Most Americans Want to Stop People on Food Stamps from Buying Soda

Most Americans would be fine increasing the amount of benefits in food welfare programs, as long as there are more restrictions on what those benefits can buy, according to a survey conducted by the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

Overall, about 57 percent of those surveyed thought that the amount individual households receive in food stamps, or benefits, “seemed low,” according to the report released Wednesday.

Destroying the Planet, and U.S. Leadership Along With It

With the wide path of destruction that Donald Trump has been cutting—in which the damage is affecting matters ranging from principles of nondiscrimination to ethical integrity of government officials to reliable health care for Americans—it is easy to lose sight of what ultimately would be the most consequential destruction of all: the damage to a habitable planet.  The consequences may not be as immediately apparent, during the first 100 days or even during four years, as some of the other carnage, but the importance to humanity is even greater.  As with many other Trump policies, it is no