Ballistic Missile Defense
The Director of the Missile Defense Agency, Air Force Lt. General Samuel Greaves, stated 09 August 2017 that he had “very, very high confidence that the currently deployed ballistic missile defense system meets today’s threat, and we’ve demonstrated that capability through testing... These tests are not staged. They’re not crafted for success. They stress the systems. We learn from every single test. I believe deep down in my heart the nation should be very confident that we have demonstrated the ability to defend against the range of threats that we are seeing today.... The threat continues to vote and it’s our responsibility to ensure we can deploy systems to defend the nation and stay ahead of that threat”.
NATO’s assurances that the European missile defense system will not be directed at Russia are worthless, Russian experts argue, so long as an agreement limiting the activities of missile defense systems to the borders of NATO member countries — and not an inch further — is not reached. Otherwise, the Russias say they will be forced to take asymmetrical (but highly effective) measure to neutralize this missile defense system.
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