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Left-of-Launch Missile Defense: ‘You Don’t Want to Have Just One Solution to the Threat’

Thursday, January 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
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By Caroline Houck  |  January 24, 2018  |  Defense One

Anti-missile interceptors remain the cornerstone of U.S. missile defense, but the Trump administration has a growing interest in other techniques — ones that might be more reliable and less expensive.

“It’s like anything you look at when you look at combat operations – you don’t want to have just one solution to the threat,” said Lt. Gen. Jim Dickinson, the double-hatted chief of Army Space & Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command.

“You’ve probably heard the conversation about how we’re on the wrong side of the cost curve for missile defense many times. We’re utilizing multi-million-dollar interceptors against very inexpensive missiles and those types of threats,” Dickinson said during a recent visit to Washington, D.C.. “So it’s a balance. It has to be a balance between the end game, if you will, where we’re relying on an interceptor to defeat the threat,” and other approaches.

Lawmakers are pushing boost-phase defenses, which intercept a missile during its ascent, while the executive branch has focused on getting “left of launch” — that is, finding ways to sabotage missile development programs and individual missiles before they lift off. In 2014, then-President Barack Obama ordered cyber and electronic attacks against North Korea’s nuclear missile program that some experts said set the program back several years.  READ MORE...

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