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Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
Contrary to common perception, the U.S. government has been
researching and developing missile defense systems for more than 60
years. The 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet
Union brought America's deployment to a halt. It was not
until President Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative speech
in 1983 that the concept became a household term. Since 2002,
the United States has been vigorously developing, testing and
deploying missile defense technology. In the past six years,
the military has run 34 hit-to-kill interceptor tests, almost all
of them successful.
Now, in the face of a belligerent North Korea and an
increasingly isolated Iran, the funding for the Strategic Missile
Defense Initiative is slated to be cut by $1.4 billion.
Recent events should serve as a reminder that the world is changing
from its Cold War structure in the need to defend Americans and our
allies from these growing missile threats.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Mark Begich (D-AK)
United States Senate
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.