Oversight of Ballistic Missile Defense (Part I): Threats, Realities, and Tradeoffs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, March 5, 2008   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Stephen E. Flynn: "Despite the events of September 11th, Washington continues to look at security challenges confronting the United States as if national security starts and stops at the water's edge. Debates about threats, tactics, and strategies within the traditional national security community have remained remarkably and disturbingly isolated from the assessment of threats, vulnerabilities, and policies commonly associated with homeland security. The U.S. national security community also continues to assign a higher priority to programs designed to confront conventional military threats such as ballistic missiles than unconventional threats such as a weapons of mass destruction smuggled into the United States by a ship, train, truck, or even private jet. While terrorists demonstrated on 9/11 that their preferred battle space is in the civil and economic space, the Pentagon has made clear its preference for other entities to be assigned the responsibility for managing that new reality when it falls at or within the U.S. borders. The White House and congressional staff with oversight responsibilities for defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs have also held the homeland security mission at arm's length." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph Cirincione; Stephen E. Flynn; Steven A. Hildreth; Baker Spring; Christopher Shays; and John F. Tierney.

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