INHOFE: PRESIDENT'S DECISION ON MISSILE DEFENSE DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today regarding Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s announcement that the President intends to reverse his 2009 decision to halt the fielding of ground-based interceptors for defense of the homeland:

“By restoring the 14 Ground based interceptors to Fort Greely, Alaska, we add a much needed measure of protection against the North Korean threat,” said Inhofe. “Secretary Hagel’s announcement is a step in the right direction but does not go far enough to address the threat from Iran which, according to the Department of Defense, could test an intercontinental ballistic missile as early as 2015.  Reflecting concerns by Congress, the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act directs the president to develop a contingency plan for the deployment of a homeland missile defense interceptor site on the East Coast of the United States. In light of this recent announcement, and the increase in Iran’s nuclear activities, I call on the president to turn that contingency plan into a deployment order.”

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