WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki
Ellison, President and Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance
details his thoughts on the new missile defense plan announced yesterday by
the Department of Defense. His analysis and comments are as follows:
President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates made a historic announcement yesterday to rescind on previous
agreements with the governments of the Czech Republic and Poland to host a
missile defense system that would protect the United States and parts of
Europe. This decision places the Eastern and Southeastern portions of the
U.S. at risk from long-range ballistic missile threats by not protecting
those regions as equally as the rest of the country is now currently
protected with long-range missile defenses. No realistic solution or
alternative was introduced by the President and the Secretary of Defense to
replace the long-range protection to our country's Eastern and Southeastern
regions provided by those international agreements that are now voided.
The "new missile defense architecture"
proposed by the President and the Secretary of Defense relies on the
current and future development of sea- and land-based Standard Missile 3
(SM-3) coupled with the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system
and the Patriot point defense system to defend our forward based troops as
well as friends and allies in Europe and throughout the world. We support
the President's "new missile defense architecture" for its
mobility, adaptability, integration, volume, and cost sharing with our
allies for protection of U.S. deployed forces and our allies from the
growing present threat of short and medium-range ballistic missiles.
However, from a military perspective this "new
missile defense architecture" cannot defend the U.S. Homeland from a
long-range ballistic missiles; it also cannot defend the two primary
missile defense and early warning radars in Fylingdales, England and Thule,
Greenland from long-range ballistic missiles. Today, the only system that
has proven results to intercept long-range ballistic missiles is the
currently deployed Ground Based Interceptors (GBI).
The SM-3 is specifically designed, developed and tested
to intercept short- to medium-range missiles not the much faster and higher
altitude long-range ballistic missiles. These SM-3 missiles technically
cannot intercept long-range missiles in a real world live engagement and
there is no validation or proof of concept that indicates otherwise.
Secretary Gates has requested the Congress to deploy 30
GBIs in Alaska and California to provide the U.S. Homeland protection from
North Korea and Iran. Because of the extreme distance from Alaska, where
all but 3 of the GBIs are deployed, and the distances from California to
the Eastern Seaboard and the Southeastern U.S., particularly Florida,
"high confidence" and equal protection cannot be attained without
the deployment of an additional missile defense site closer to Iran then
the current two sites are. The United States has invested tens of billions
of dollars over the last seven years to provide an operational long-range
missile defense system that provides "high confidence" from current
U.S. Combat Commanders as it allows multiple shots from missile defense
sites located in Alaska and California to intercept and destroy long-range
ballistic missiles. This deployed system is fully operational and has
defended our homeland from North Korea earlier this year.
The White House has declared that they expect the new
missile defense architecture to be fully operational in 2020. Can those who
live in the Eastern and Southeastern parts of our country wait 11 years
when they know that they have already paid for a currently deployed system
that is fully protecting "with high confidence" all the other
parts of our country?
We need a solution and a realistic proven alternative
whether that be in Fort Drum, New York, Grand Forks, North Dakota, or someplace
else that can provide long-range ballistic protection of the Eastern and
Southeastern regions of our country so that our homeland is equally
Riki Ellison is available for on-the-record interviews.
Call 602 885-1955 to arrange.