The U.S. military only has one program capable of intercepting long-range ballistic missiles aimed at America. It is called the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, and it is not in good shape. Many years of under-investment have left GMD in a state of gradual decay, and a plan to turn it around was recently aborted. Pentagon tech gurus want to start over with a secret effort called the Next Generation Interceptor. There’s only one problem: the next-gen solution won’t be fielded for a decade, and GMD will keep decaying while the threat grows. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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