The following is a press release from the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance. It highlights the gap in protection from the Iranian missile threat in 2015.
Riki Ellison, Founder and Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), www.missiledefenseadvocacy.org has made some comments on the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing held on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The purpose of the hearing was to receive testimony on ballistic missile defense policies and programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2011. Ellison is one of the foremost lay experts in the field of missile defense. Ellison’s comments include the following statements:
Democrats and Republicans are conflicting on their view of President Obama’s missile defense plans. The debate over the missile defense policy is playing out as the Senate prepares to consider whether to ratify a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.
Republicans are blasting the Obama administration’s plans to phase in a new missile defense system in Europe, saying it leaves a gap in the nation’s protective armor against Iranian missiles that could be deployable as soon as 2015.
Democrats and administration officials are firing back, saying that Obama’s new approach to missile defense is a more practical and effective improvement over Bush-era policies.