Trump Is Calling for a Missile Defense System That Already Exists


Left: Donald Trump. Right: Ground-Based Missile Interceptor. Images: Gage Skidmore/CC-By-SA 2.0 and US Army
Left: Donald Trump. Right: Ground-Based Missile Interceptor. Images: Gage Skidmore/CC-By-SA 2.0 and US Army
As part of a potentially wide-ranging military buildup, President Donald Trump’s White House has announced a vague plan to boost America’s defenses against ballistic missile attack.

By David Axe | MOTHERBOARD

„We will provide our military leaders with the means to plan for our future defense needs,“ the Trump administration claimed in a statement it published on the White House website just hours after Trump’s inauguration on January 20.

„We will also develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system to protect against missile-based attacks from states like Iran and North Korea,“ the statement continued.

Thing is, the US military already possesses the world’s most extensive missile defenses—developed at the cost of hundreds of billions of dollars over a period of decades. And they’re already tailored for defeating the kinds of missiles Iran and North Korea are theoretically capable of developing.

And yet, they don’t work very well.

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