Global Ballistic Missile Defense
Is There a Need for Global Ballistic Missile Defense?
The answer is clear, there is a great need for global ballistic missile defense. In recent years, there has been a rise in the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and the vehicles that could potentially deliver those weapons, mainly, long range ballistic missiles by countries such as Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, India, and China. This increase in these types of weapons has necessitated the need to develop a global ballistic missile defense system that could eliminate the threat of one or more of these types of weapons striking the United States or Europe either by an accidental or intentional launch.
Through extensive study and research, The Heritage Foundation's Missile Defense Study Teams and Commission on Missile Defense have concluded that it is imperative for the safety of America that a global ballistic missile defense system be deployed first from the sea and then from space. (See Chart Below)
Sea and space based missile defense systems are not the only types that should be developed. Ground based interceptors are also needed, since no one can determine where a missile might be launched from or what region of the world may be targeted. The U.S. military needs the ability to mobilize multiple interceptor options from multiple sea, space, and ground-based places around the globe. This allows them to effectively launch a strike against a ballistic missile while it is in the ascent stage, before it reaches it's greatest velocity in space. Once in space, ballistic missiles can also release decoys, making their destruction more of a challenge.
The sea, space, and ground based efforts will need to be on constant alert, since there is no way to determine when a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear, biological, or chemical warhead might be launched. The safety and security of not only America but it's allies across Europe and the world will depend on this system to eliminate any potential threat from one or more of these missiles.
The Heritage Foundation Recommendations for a Global Ballistic Missile Defense Strategy
The quickest and easiest way to deploy a global ballistic missile defense strategy that places many systems in place would be through sea and space. Furthermore, this would present the most inexpensive way to achieve the defenses. With millions of dollars already spent by the military developing such systems, they could most easily be in place and operational. Below is a video of a sea-based missile defense test where an Aegis cruiser successfully destroys a missile in flight.
Ships have the ability to cruise to almost any area of the world that is a potential hot spot of activity where an enemy missile might be deployed from. The Navy's fleet of Aegis cruisers equipped with interceptors can form a defensive shield against any missile deployment, ending the missiles flight while still in the ascent stage. In open sea, these ships could target enemy missiles in the boost phase of their trajectory. With these ships located close to American shores or the coastlines of our allies, enemy missiles could be hit during the terminal phase of trajectory. Each phase represents its own challenges and threats. The global ballistic missile defense system in place by sea can meet all these challenges and eliminate the threat during all stages of missile trajectory.
Read the complete article: . The threat of intercontinental ballistic missiles reaching the United States with nuclear, biological, and chemical warheads is a reality. We must act now to put systems in place that will protect America and our allies around the world from nations and non-state terrorist groups who seek to kill our citizens. Global ballistic missile defense is a necessary part of our county's defenses against nations seeking to do us harm.