September 19, 2016 | Factsheet on Missile Defense
As the ballistic missile threat continues to grow around the world, ballistic missile defense programs remain a quintessential feature of the U.S. national security posture for the protection of the U.S. homeland, forward-deployed troops, and allies. President Obama’s missile defense policy shifts cost the nation precious time and capabilities at a time when adversaries are successfully advancing their own ballistic missile programs. The next President must avoid such missile defense policy weaknesses, fund missile defense programs adequately, and deploy a comprehensive layered missile defense architecture, including interceptors in space.
Ballistic missiles remain a weapon of choice for many U.S. adversaries around the world. They are relatively inexpensive, and can be highly destructive. A long-range missile launched from the other side of the world can reach the continental U.S. in about 33 minutes. Armed with weapons of mass destruction, even a primitive ballistic missile can threaten hundreds of thousands of lives. The ballistic missile threat to the U.S. and its allies is growing.
Congress and the next Administration must work together to provide adequate funding for a comprehensive layered missile defense program that is capable of addressing more advanced ballistic missile threats.
Program cancellations and some of the Obama Administration’s policy decisions cost the nation valuable time and capability when it came to building a comprehensive, layered ballistic missile defense system. The next President must avoid such bad decisions and take the opportunity to pursue a missile defense program that Americans deserve.
The next Administration should: