U.S. defense system mandated by law

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Having read Albert Petracia's comments on the U.S. ballistic missile defense system, in his My turn "Assembly the right place for action" on Nov. 20, I would like to remind readers that in July 1999, President Clinton signed into law the National Missile Defense Act of 1999, mandating that the United States deploy a system to defend the entire country against a limited, accidental or unauthorized ballistic missile attack, and to do so as soon as technologically possible.

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This is the law of the land - passed by a vote of 97-3 in the U.S. Senate - and the President, Congress and Department of Defense are continuing to take the steps necessary to abide by the law, to include operationally realistic testing using highly advanced radars.

The radar that will be positioned at Lena Point next year for an upcoming flight test will greatly improve our missile tracking and data collection technology.

Rick Lehner

Director of public affairs, U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Washington, D.C.

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