Golez: A strong message to North Korea:
Why America Needs Missile Defense (And Why North Korea Should Fear It) https://t.co/qCTfoxEZzO
From the National Interest article:
"Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Admiral Jim Syring hailed the defense system as “vitally important” and said that Tuesday’s successful test “demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat.”
"Syring added, “The intercept of a complex, threat-representative ICBM target is an incredible accomplishment for the [ground-based midcourse defense] system and a critical milestone for this program.”
"Tuesday’s successful missile defense test against an ICBM-class threat was indeed an important milestone, but it’s also a reminder that missile defense is not a one-time investment.
"Missile defense requires a sustained commitment to building upon the successes of today while also investing in the technology of the future.
"Investment in and commitment to missile defense technologies wavered under the Obama administration.
"As Michaela Dodge of The Heritage Foundation wrote last year, “President Obama’s missile defense policy shifts cost the nation precious time and capabilities at a time when adversaries are succeeding in advancing their own ballistic missile programs.”
"Unfortunately, the United States can no longer afford to waste precious time in developing and enhancing the capabilities necessary to defend the American homeland. The threats from rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran, as well as from regional adversaries throughout the world, is only increasing.
"Tuesday’s successful test against an ICBM-class missile was an important moment in the history of America’s missile defense program development. Yet it must be understood as only the next step in an evolving and essential program."
Why America Needs Missile Defense (And Why North Korea Should Fear It)
The National Interest