Time for a Missile Defense

If there was any doubt as to why the United States needs a missile defense system, it has been dispelled by the recent actions of North Korea. Having shunned negotiations, North Korea’s nuclear brinkmanship leaves little doubt about their access to nuclear weaponry. Seven years ago the North Koreans demonstrated long-range missile capability, are now believed to have the means to strike Hawaii, Alaska and the western United States, let alone Japan, and have just recently ended their moratorium on long-range missile testing. And yet, in the face of this crisis, the Defense Department’s proposed budget slashes $1 billion this year and billions more over the next five years from the only program that can protect the American people from such grave threats.

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