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Ballistic Missile Defense: Responding to the Current Ballistic Missile Threat, Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session, May 30, 1996   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.: "Today, we are here to discuss an immediate threat to our Nation's national security, the proliferation of ballistic missile technology and its ability in wrong hands to pose a personal threat to every American citizen. Several things bring us together at this time. First, there has been mounting evidence of a long- and shortrange ballistic missile threat, missiles that could carry conventional chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, over the past several years. Today, fully 25 countries possess or are actively developing ballistic missiles. Many of these countries are or have been hostile to the United States and some are even on record as having threatened the security of the United States of America. We will hear more about that later today. Second, recent events should sharpen our focus on this issue. In the past several weeks, we have seen Russia sell S8-18 or heavy ICBM technology to China. This is the same China that visibly threatened Taiwan with a military invasion in March and openly implied that Los Angeles could one day become a target. Meanwhile, Jordan has seized ballistic missile parts headed for Iraq-specifically gyroscopes and accelerometers, right; and we will hear more about that later today, I am sure-again from Russia. And we have now confirmed that North Korea has a ballistic missile development program. In fact, we heard just this past week, from the pilot who defected, that North Korea has both a plan and the means for overwhelming its southern neighbor." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., Keith B. Payne, Michael Krepon, R. James Woolsey, Curt Weldon, and Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

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