Riki Ellison commented to the Lompoc Record about the failed Ground-Based interceptor test yesterday. He highlighted the need for more testing and funding to modernize the Ground-based Mid-course Defense system.
“This is a tremendous setback for the testing of this complicated system,” said Riki Ellison, chairman and founder of the Virginia-based Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance and a former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders. “Much more troubling is the confidence in the GBI system that is currently deployed in Alaska and California.”
His nonprofit organization works to generate public support for the continued testing, development and deployment of missile-defense systems.
Wednesday’s test involved a similar scenario to January’s, with flight paths of the target and interceptor mimicking the same angle as the system would face if North Korea launched a missile at the U.S. West Coast, officials said.
This also was the second chance for the second-generation kill vehicle to attempt to intercept a target, Ellison said.
“I think the program has been neglected a little bit in terms of modernization … ,” Ellison said Wednesday night. “It is a very complicated system, and a system that was designed years ago. It need to be miniaturized and needs to be more modern than it is.”