FY14 Missile Defense Agency Budget, Hearing Before the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 17, 2013   [open pdf - 222KB]

This testimony compilation is from the July 17, 2013 hearing "FY14 Missile Defense Agency Budget" held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. From the statement of James D. Syring: "The threat continues to grow as our potential adversaries are acquiring a greater number of ballistic missiles, increasing their range and making them more complex, survivable, reliable, and accurate. The missile defense mission is becoming more challenging as potential adversaries incorporate BMD [ballistic missile defense] countermeasures. Space-launch activities in Iran and North Korea involve multistage systems that serve to further the development of ballistic missile technology for longer-range systems including intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technologies and systems. As the Director for National Intelligence recently stated, 'Iran has demonstrated an ability to launch small 3 satellites, and we grow increasingly concerned that these technical steps . . . provide Tehran with the means and motivation to develop larger space-launch vehicles and longer-range missiles, including an ICBM.' In addition to the Taepo Dong 2 SLV/ICBM, North Korea is developing a road-mobile ICBM and an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) capable of reaching Guam, the Aleutian Islands, and potentially Hawaii. Iran also has steadily increased its ballistic missile force, deploying next generation short- and medium-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs and MRBMs) with increasing accuracy and new submunition payloads. Iran has publicly demonstrated the ability to launch simultaneous salvos of multiple rockets and missiles and openly discussed tests of an anti-ship ballistic missile." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James D. Syring.

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