[Strategic Intel] Russia tests new Topol ICBM with tech designed to defeat missile defenses

The Russian military has test-fired an RS-12M Topol intercontinental ballistic missile with a new reentry vehicle specifically designed to defeat U.S. and Western missile defense systems. On Dec. 26, 2017, the Russian Strategic Missile Force fired a Topol with the “perspective [sic] armament” from the Kapustin Yar range in the Astrakhan Region near the border with [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.