Staying Ahead of the Threat: Improvements Needed for U.S. Missile Defense

The U.S. ballistic missile defense system, while effective against some missile threats, still has significant gaps against certain kinds of threats posed by rogue states like Iran and North Korea, and is not designed to defend against the more sophisticated arsenals of Russia and China. The Obama administration has traded U.S. missile defense deployments in an effort to placate Russia, eliminated critical funding to improve the system, and funded regional defense abroad at the expense of homeland defense. While hostile actors are developing, improving, and selling ballistic missiles, the U.S. remains insufficiently defended. There are steps the U.S. can and should take to address current ballistic missile defense shortcomings to better protect our allies, and most importantly – to provide a truly robust defense of the American people.

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