The Trump administration wants to bolster defenses of the U.S. homeland against ballistic missile attack. The only program the Pentagon has capable of intercepting intercontinental ballistic missile warheads headed for America is the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD. GMD has been successful in five of its last six tests, but it has two problems: it lacks enough interceptors to cope with a large-scale attack, and the interceptors it has are concentrated at two fixed cites. Prime contractor Boeing has a solution: buy more interceptors and put them on trucks, so they are transportable. Homeland missile defenses would become more flexible and survivable, not to mention cheaper to deploy. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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