General Dunford: Defense Increase “Warranted”

September 28, 2017

Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC – In an exchange today with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) during a hearing of the Senate Armed Service Committee, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, voiced his support for the increase in homeland missile defense spearheaded by Senator Sullivan in the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including the addition of up to 20 new ground-based interceptors to Fort Greely, Alaska.

“Over the last seven or eight weeks, we did a very detailed look at increasing ballistic missile defense capability for the North Korean threat…and we do think an increase is warranted,” said General Dunford.

General Dunford also said the Department of Defense supports the missile defense provisions in the NDAA, including the increase of 20 additional interceptors.

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