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The Next Steps for Missile Defense

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Publication Date: April 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Baker Spring

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Military and defense (National security)

Keywords: National security; U.S. Navy; ballistic missiles; space-based interceptors

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Congress and the American people need to understand that, despite recent progress in putting missile defense systems in the field, the U.S. remains largely vulnerable to the ballistic missile threat. The Bush Administration and Congress need to accelerate the effort to develop and deploy effective missile defense by focusing on systems that offer the greatest capability.