From always great Global Security Newswire:
The top civilian and uniformed officials at the U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday supported the technical capabilities of U.S. missile defense systems set to be deployed in Europe, Aviation Week reported (see GSN, June 14).
As memory serves (that’s code for you can look it up yourself if you like), top civilian and uniformed officials at the U.S. Defense Department also supported the technical capabilities of the Bush administration’s missile defense systems. So for those officials, is this an issue of “Where I stand depends on where I sit?” or is it more along the lines of “Any missile defense capability is valued”?
However, there’s trouble in River City:
[An] "unclassified conclusion" of an upcoming Defense Science Board report to lawmakers is "that (the Missile Defense Agency’s) plans to achieve an early intercept capability as part of the PAA is simply not credible," Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said during a Senate Appropriations defense panel hearing. "This is disturbing to some of us."
So where does the disturbance in the force fall? Along performance, cost, or schedule lines?
While there’s been lots of news about NATO not pulling its weight recently but no such noise regarding what appears to be a massive defense gift—in dollars, for certain and hopefully in capability—to Europe.