Iran's Ballistic Missile and Space Launch Programs

December 6, 2012

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile


Steven A. Hildreth

Author's Title: 

Specialist in Missile Defense

Iran has long been a source of concern for the United States and other countries because its goals are at odds with core U.S. objectives in the Middle East. Although it is not certain that Iran has made the decision to develop a nuclear weapon, it is taking steps to drastically reduce the time needed to obtain nuclear weapons should a decision be made to do so. It is the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon mated to an effective missile delivery capability that is especially worrisome to most.