Thomas Karako

International Security Program and Director, Missile Defense Project Center for Strategic and International Studies

EXPERTISE: Defense Strategy and CapabilitiesDefense and SecurityGeopolitics and International Security
ASSOCIATED PROGRAMS: International Security ProgramMissile Defense Project

Thomas Karako is a senior fellow with the International Security Program and the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he arrived in 2014 as a fellow with the Project on Nuclear Issues. His research focuses on national security, U.S. nuclear forces, missile defense, and public law. For 2010–2011, he was selected to be an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, during which time he worked with the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation, and NATO.

Karako received his Ph.D. in politics and policy from Claremont Graduate University and his B.A. from the University of Dallas. He is also currently a fellow with the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University and teaches in their Washington, D.C. program. He previously taught national security law, American government, international and constitutional law, and other courses at Kenyon College, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, San Bernardino. He has also written on executive-congressional relations, the thought of Niccolo Machiavelli, and international executive agreements.

Main Day Conference 1

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

3:30 PM Beyond the Radar Archipelago: A New Roadmap for Missile Defense Sensors

The expansion of long-range missile defense sensors over the past 16 years has, with some exceptions, been nearly synonymous with a gradual increase of large, surface-based radars. Adapting today’s sensor architecture will be one of the most critical steps to reorient U.S. missile defenses to the complex realities of air and missile battle.

- Prioritizing a space-based sensor layer for persistent, birth-to-death tracking and discrimination
- Enhancing survivability of sensor architectures
- Challenges of over reliance on RF for communication, command, and control

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