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We note this paragraph in the 2009 year-end issue of Marshall Institute News:

            Rear Admiral Alan B. Hicks, program director of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense effort, offered an overview of the current status of the system as well as plans for the future on August 3. . . Adm. Hicks described the recently established Navy Air and Missile Defense Command which bridges yje interface between the ballistic missile acquisition community and the warfighter and the fleet. He discussed the growth of the Aegis BMD program and its recent successes, including broadening cooperation with Japan and other allies and increased capabilities of the missiles themselves. “The bottom line is it is a very aggressive program, but it gives us a lot of capability and we have to do it. Because instead of three ships defending Japan, you can do it with one ship,” said the Admiral. He credited much of the program’s success to its exhaustive attention to testing and detail. This event was particularly timely, in light of the changes in emphasis in missile defense proposed by the Obama Administration which will emphasize sea-based missile defenses over European land-based ones.

            According to The Week, Iran struck a deal with Turkey and Brazil during the last week of May to outsource its enrichment of uranium, prompting all five permanent UN Security Council members to back new sanctions. The deal mirrors a swap endorsed by the US but rejected by Iran last October, in which Iran would have shipped low-enriched uranium to Russia in exchange for higher-enriched material for its research reactor. But seven months later, Iran has more low-enriched uranium stockpiled, so the same swap would leave Iran with enough for a bomb. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that she had secured the backing of Russia and China, longtime opponents of Iran sanctions, for a new sanctions resolution. Does any of this make any sense?

 

 

 

 

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