“As we continue to advance the Nation’s security, let me reaffirm our path forward. The National Defense Strategy remains our guiding document and everything we do should support its stated objectives. The Department’s priorities remain unchanged. ” – Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper – June 24th, 2019
- “We will continue to expand the competitive space through three mutually reinforcing lines of effort:Build a More Lethal Force – The surest way to deter adversary aggression is to fully prepare for war. We must continue to build readiness to fight tonight should the Nation call, while modernizing key capabilities for future conflict.
- Strengthen Alliances and Attract New Partners – Our Allies and Partners play an essential role in helping us deter conflict and defend freedom around the world. Through continued engagement, we will grow these relationships and deepen our interoperability.
- Reform the Department for Greater Performance and Affordability – Reform is the means by which we free up time, money, and manpower to reinvest into our top priorities. Look for smarter, more effective ways to do business, and empower your teams to innovate and take prudent risk where necessary.”
U.S. Missile Defense systems are and remain foundational in the competitive space, as is reflected in the 2019 Missile Defense Review.
- Building and Developing more capable missile defense systems, such as directed energy and boost phase interceptors, along with tightening offense-defense integration and interoperability makes our Military a much more lethal force and greatly increases our abilities to deter adversaries.
- Strengthening Missile Defense Alliances with NATO (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom), Poland, Japan, The Republic of Korea, Israel, Australia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Canada, Jordan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) to ensure their capabilities can match the threats we face in the current strategic environment and maintain interoperability.
- Reforming the acquisitions process for the MDA to quickly acquire capabilities that provide a more cost-effective way to have an enhanced ability combat complex missile threats and make more effective and efficient use of interceptors.