Four decades after its founding, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has not achieved much. It can defend the nation against a modest nuclear attack from North Korea, but not a larger attack from Russia or China. Many of its efforts against lesser threats would have been undertaken by their home services without any involvement by MDA. Missile defense need a more powerful proponent to get its due in Pentagon deliberations, because MDA is a bureaucratic orphan. The obvious solution is to put the mission within the Space Force, which already operates most of the relevant assets and has the standing to accelerate progress on what should be a priority military mission. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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