Washington, D.C. - March 5, 2014 -- Riki Ellison, Chairman and Founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org, released a statement yesterday concerning the missile defense budget put forward by the President's 2015 budget request.
In his statement, Mr. Ellison noted that the $7.459 billion requested for the Missile Defense Agency in the DOD's FY 2015 budget is the "lowest total ever requested by President Obama during his 5 years as the President of the United States."
"Considering the growing instability around the world," Mr. Ellison added, "this is not the time to have a record low investment in missile defense development, capability and capacity." At the funding levels proposed by the President, Ellison said it would be "extremely challenging" to adequately address both regional missile defense concerns around the world, and improve the reliability of the ground-based midcourse system, which provides protection for the U.S. homeland.
As for the current ground-based midcourse system, Mr. Ellison said that it "successfully accomplished its mission to defend the United States from North Korea," despite the system's problems. These problems, according to Ellison, include the system's rushed deployment, 20 year-old technologies, a "less than perfect test record" which together result in a high shot doctrine for reliability
Ellison said that the system "unequivocally has to be modernized, redesigned and fully integrated" to keep up with missile defense developments by Iran, North Korea, and others. Mr. Ellison did acknowledge that some increased funding was being slated for improvements to the homeland missile defense system, which he described as a "much welcomed and long awaited commitment by the Department of Defense."
For Mr. Ellison's full statement, please follow this link.
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