The case for defense

May 23, 2018


WASILLA — Last Friday, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman teamed up with the pro-Alaska think tank Commonwealth North to present ‘Breakfast with a Champion’ at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The guest speaker was Riki Ellison, who played middle linebacker in the NFL for 10 years, winning three Super Bowl Champions with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s, but very little of the content of his speech had to do with football glory. It instead focused on what’s become his passion in his football afterlife — advocacy for U.S. missile defense systems.

It’s no wonder then that Ellison, who founded the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance in 2002, makes regular visits to Alaska, where a vast majority of missile defense interceptors are located.

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