WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) http://www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org paid tribute to President George W. Bush today for the development and deployment of our nation's missile defense system. His commentary is as follows:
"As President George W. Bush concludes his 8 years as the Commander in Chief of our nation it is with due respect that one of his most positive achievements and a lasting legacy are the achievements that have taken place over his Presidency with missile defense. The United States withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty and the decision to deploy a missile defense system at the beginning of his first term, to having a limited missile defense capability deployed during the ballistic missile launches by North Korea, to expanding missile defense in cooperative agreements with 18 countries, highlighted by the signings of the Czech Republic and Poland to host a European Missile Defense site at the end of his term."
"The missile defense systems developed and deployed during his Presidency are of land and sea based interceptors and sensors that have had 27 successful test intercepts and a real missile defense intercept of a falling toxic satellite last February."
"Most significantly during President Bush's years, the U.S. has deployed missile defense systems that have helped bring stability and security in the Far East Asia Region as North Korea moved forward with attaining nuclear weapons."
"Today, due to President Bush, our nation, our troops and our allies are safer from ballistic missile threats."
Ellison concluded his tribute by saying: "Thank You Mr. President."
Riki Ellison has advocated our nation's missile defense program for more than 20 years. He is the most highly regarded lay spokesperson in the United States on the missile defense program. He is available for on-the-record interviews. Call Mike Terrill at 602 885-1955.