The United States does not today have a missile defense that is adequate to stop a North Korean missile attack. Our limited system in Alaska and California has shown little reliability in a variety of tests. In the face of this, a new missile defense system employing Remotely Piloted Aircraft with Boost Phase Interceptors (RPA-BPI) is being debated that could negate a North Korean launch. Brian Kennedy and Michael Del Rosso, both of the American Strategy Group, came to Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security on Tuesday to discuss this system and its strategic ramifications.
National Security Lecture Series at DMGS
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Brian T. Kennedy is President of the American Strategy Group, a think tank dedicated to understanding the strategic threats to the United States. Mr. Kennedy is also a board member and Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute where he served as President from 2002 to 2015. During his 25-year tenure at the Claremont Institute, he directed their Golden State Center in Sacramento, their National Security Project, and served as publisher of the Claremont Review of Books.
Mr. Kennedy is a member of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense. His articles on national security affairs and public policy issues have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Investor’s Business Daily, and Hillsdale College’s Imprimis. He is a regular on The Bill Bennett Show Podcast. Mr. Kennedy is a native Californian and a graduate of Claremont McKenna College.
Michael Del Rosso is an accomplished technology executive whose career spans 35 years. He has served as CEO and CTO of large public technology companies and early stage companies. Mr. Del Rosso was Chief Technology Officer at three public companies: Quantum Corporation, Legato Systems, Inc., and OTG Software, Inc., the latter two now part of EMC, and was founding CTO of iDEFENSE.
He has worked on classified and unclassified Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security initiatives to include, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), and other information security initiatives. He served on the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (USCNS/21)/, the Hart-Rudman Commission and the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.