Hearing to Receive Testimony on Ballistic Missile Defense Policies and Programs in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 2, 2014   [open pdf - 627KB]

From the opening statement of Mark Udall: "The Strategic Forces Subcommittee meets today to consider the ballistic missile defense programs and policies supporting the President's budget request. We have five expert witnesses joining us today to help us review these important and complex issues. […] Ballistic missile defense has taken on a growing importance as missile threats have grown. We all want operationally effective, cost effective, and affordable missile defenses to protect our homeland, our forward deployed troops, our allies, and our partners. We also recognize such missile defense is both technically challenging and expensive. Unfortunately, by imposing sequestration on the budget of the Defense Department and the rest of government Congress has made the effort more difficult. Those constraints mandated by Congress affect our missile defense programs just like all other government programs. If we let sequestration return with full force next year, it will make things worse. I would continue to urge my colleagues on both sides to work to avoid that. With respect to our homeland missile defense capability, we have a system in place today that protects the entire Nation from limited missile attacks from North Korea and a potential Iranian threat. Yet we all know that we have had problems with the kill vehicles on that system and we need to fix those problems and demonstrate the fixes through realistic testing before we buy more interceptors." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: M. Elaine Burn, J. Michael Gilmore, James D. Syring, David L. Mann, and Cristina T. Chaplain.

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