Missile Defense Importance Cited in New National Security Strategy Document

The new National Security Strategy of the United States of America, released in mid-March of 2006, confirms the continuing and expanding role that Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) plays in America’s national security. The document explicitly cites BMD as part of its ongoing efforts to protect the nation and its citizens: “The United States has begun fielding ballistic missile defenses to deter and protect the United States from missile attacks by rogue states armed with weapons of mass destruction. The fielding of such missile defenses was made possible by the United States’ withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which was done in accordance with the treaty’s provisions.”

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