VANDENBERG AFB, Calif., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA),
has analyzed the recent missile test held out at Vandenberg Air Force
Base today which failed. Ellison is one of the top lay experts in the
field of missile defense in the country. His comments are outlined below
This afternoon, north of Hawaii,
above the atmosphere, the Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) failed to
destroy an incoming intermediate-range target missile launched from
Kwajalein Atoll. This is the second failure of our nation's long range
missile defense system under the testing program of the current
administration and its Ballistic Missile Defense Review policy, released
in February 2010 by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
This is a
tremendous setback for the testing of this complicated system. Much more
troubling is the confidence in the GBI system that is currently
deployed in Alaska and California. The thirty deployed interceptors have a similar configuration to the one in today's test.
There have been three major missile defense test failures over the past two years.
Time will need to be taken in order for a post-test analysis to be completed.
Modernization of the GBI system would seem to be necessary, as well as a strong look at the testing culture and environment.