January 12, 2001 |
The United States needs a national missile defense and could deploy the system even before all the technical bugs are worked out, Defense Secretary-designate Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday. "Effective missile defense - not only homeland defense but also the ability to defend U.S. allies abroad and our friends - must be achieved in the most cost-effective manner that technology offers," Rumsfeld testified during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
June 15, 2001
The European allies remain skeptica about . . . missile defense, although they are more prepared than they were to keep an open mind. . . . Their greatest concern is that any missile defense system might in fact encourage rather than discourage proliferation. But a system that might provide greater international security should not be flatly dismissed. [President] Bush still has a considerable job of persuasion to do. But he is setting about it in the right way. He is beginning a debate on an entirely new post-Cold-War security system.
June 14, 2001 |
In a closed-door meeting with his 18 fellow NATO leaders, President Bush picked up some allies yesterday in his effort to rally Europe behind a missile-defense plan. Italy, Spain, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Britain all spoke warmly of Bush's plan, at least in concept, and in varying degrees, according to officials present. After months of skepticism and outright opposition from friend and foe alike, Bush took pleasure from the relatively warm reception.
June 19, 1999 |
You have to hand it to the proponents of a national missile-defense system. Nothing stops these guys. We have spent more than $120 billion since 1962 trying to find a way to intercept long-range missiles. Our best scientists have failed repeatedly to build a system that works. In 1975, we actually fielded a system of 100 nuclear-tipped interceptors - only to have then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shut it down five months later because it was militarily ineffective.
August 6, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israel has upgraded its top-tier Arrow II missile defense, a Defense Ministry official confirmed Sunday, as the country girds for possible attacks from Iran and Syria. Sensors, command and control equipment, and radar have been enhanced to improve reach and accuracy, the official confirmed without elaborating. He would not say how many Arrow II batteries are deployed around the country and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the military's preparations.
July 25, 2006 |
Less than two weeks ago, I and other members of the House Armed Services Committee received a secret briefing on the ballistic-missile programs of North Korea and Iran. The threat is growing. It is a scary reality that Iran and North Korea - sworn enemies of freedom, democracy, and the United States - are in relentless pursuit of intercontinental ballistic missiles and expanded nuclear weapons. But the Aegis system - developed right here in South Jersey - offers us the hope of deterring or defending against such missiles.
May 23, 2001 |
The Star Wars era of President Ronald Reagan passed with its broken promises of rendering missiles "impotent and obsolete. " Once again, President Bush has made national missile defense (NMD) a national priority at a cost that may exceed $150 billion in the next 10 years. Let us all remember a simple fact. None of the options Bush proposes - mid-course, boost-phase, and laser or energy-directed defenses - works, or shows the possibility of effective deployment for decades. Mid-course defense - that is, hitting the nuclear payload in outer space - has never solved the problem that decoys cannot be distinguished from payloads, that they cost less than one hundredth as much as anti-missiles, and are well within the technical reach of any country capable of launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)
March 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon announced Friday that it would strengthen the country's defenses against a possible attack by nuclear-equipped North Korea, fielding additional missile systems to protect the West Coast at a time of growing concern about the Stalinist regime. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he would add 14 missile interceptors in Alaska, a roughly 50 percent increase over the current number there and in California. The estimated $1 billion expansion represents a policy shift for the Obama administration, which had shelved earlier plans to expand the mainland defense system.
June 20, 2001 |
When George W. Bush made his first visit to Europe recently, it was like a rerun of Ronald Reagan's first visit to Europe in 1982, when a new president with a new defense vision faced skittish European leaders and a hostile Russia. What did Reagan do in the face of such opposition? He did what comes naturally to wise statesmen facing decisions of great consequence: He led the way. He faced down the protests, reassured our allies, called Moscow's bluff, and went ahead. President Bush faces a similar test.