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Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Senior Fellow

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute where she specializes in nuclear deterrence and missile defense.

Rebeccah serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics where she teaches nuclear deterrence theory. She was tapped by the State Department’s office of the U.S. Speakers Program to serve the American people by communicating with foreign audiences to foster greater understanding.

Rebeccah is a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. She is a prolific writer, publishing in online and print media as well as academic journals, and a regular commentator on major cable news and radio outlets.

Rebeccah served in the U.S. House of Representatives as an adviser to former Congressman Trent Franks, where she focused on matters related to the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. She was instrumental in starting the Bipartisan Missile Defense Caucus. Prior to her work on defense policy, Rebeccah was on the oversight staff of the House Judiciary Committee.

Rebeccah earned her M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and graduated with highest distinction from its College of Naval Command and Staff, receiving the Director’s Award for academic excellence. She earned her B.A. in History and Political Science from Ashland University in Ohio and was an Ashbrook Scholar. She and her husband live in Virginia with their five children.

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Modernizing the Land-Based Leg of the Nuclear Triad: Myths and Facts

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs & Brandi Jackson

To remain effective, the U.S. must modernize its Cold War legacy nuclear forces....

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Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in Vox on Trump’s potential ban of Russian spy flights over US military bases.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in Foreign Policy on the administration’s debate about how to respond to the strikes on Saudi oil.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in defense.gov on hypersonic threats.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in Defense News on why she believes the army will not fund THAAD.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in Vox on the U.S. withdrawal from the INF missile treaty.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in American Mind on her Oxford debate answering whether Trump’s foreign policy is preferable to Obama’s.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in the New York Times on Russia’s renewal of low-yield nuclear tests.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is interviewed by National Defense Magazine on why a space-based missile defense capability is not beyond reach if political will exists.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is interviewed by Washington Times on why it’s important to continue putting pressure on North Korea.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is interviewed by CQ Roll Call on how there is no sign that North Korea has stopped producing missiles.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is interviewed by Foreign Policy on how Trump’s rhetoric on Missile Defense will be reflected in the DoD’s budget.

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in Vox on why the U.S. left the INF treaty

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in Defense News on the role of the missile defense review in defining on-the-ground policy

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in Foreign Policy on the Pentagon’s new missile defense review and its similarity to Cold War strategies

Rebeccah Heinrichs is quoted in Defense News on deterrence-based missile defense as outlined in the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Review

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted by Vox on the US withdrawing from the INF Treaty

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted by Defense News on the U.S. withdrawing from the INF Treaty with Russia

Rebeccah Heinrichs signs letter with 30 former government officials and Iran experts calling on the administration to enforce SWIFT sanctions on Iran

Rebeccah Heinrichs cited by Foreign Policy on negotiations with North Korea

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted by The White House on Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearings

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted in The Express on President Trump’s threats to North Korea made during the State of the Union Address

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted in Defense News and Air Force Times on North Korea and U.S. missile defense

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted in Vox and CNBC on President Trump’s State of the Union address

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted by The Hill on the threat posed by North Korea’s missile program

Rebeccah Heinrichs’s article on Russian nuclear talks quoted in Christian Science Monitor

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted in Business Insider on the grave threat of North Korea launching a strategic submarine ballistic missile against the US

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted in Business Insider on the reason sanctions against North Korea don’t work

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted in Business Insider on North Korea’s commitment to achieving a credible nuclear missile force

Hudson’s report, Space and the Right to Self-Defense, cited in The Hill

Rebeccah Heinrich’s report, Space and the Right to Self Defense written up in Washington Free Beacon

Rebeccah Heinrichs addressed the Institute for Corean-American Studies on the topic of missile defense

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted in Daily Signal on the current nuclear threat

Rebeccah Heinrichs quoted in Daily Signal on the evolving multipolar nuclear threat

Hudson Institute and the House Missile Defense Caucus’s event on missile defense featuring Lt. Gen. David Mann and Missile Defense Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Doug Lamborn and Trent Franks written up in Reuters and Townhall

Rebeccah Heinrichs’s event on China’s missile program written up in Seapower Magazine and The Diplomat

Hudson’s event on Iran’s Missile Program mentioned in Washington Post