The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran could launch a major missile strike on Europe. Iran is building an arsenal designed to conduct long-range missile strikes on Western Europe.
“It would more likely be a salvo kind of attack, where you would be dealing potentially with scores or even hundreds of missiles,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.
Under the United States “Phased Adaptive Approach”, the Pentagon would oversee the deployment of the SM-3 sea-based missile defense systems aboard Aegis-class cruisers in the Mediterranean Sea. NATO has already approved the plan.
“This would give us the ability to protect our troops, our bases, our facilities and our allies in Europe,” Gates said.