Rumsfeld: Missile Defense 'More Capable, Relevant' | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Most Recent Daily Airborne

Airborne On ANN

Airborne On YouTube/Hi-Def/Mac Friendly

Monday

Airborne 01.19.15

Airborne 01.19.15

Tuesday

Airborne 01.20.15

Airborne 01.20.15

Wednesday

Airborne 01.21.15

Airborne 01.21.15

Thursday

Airborne 01.22.15

Airborne 01.22.15

Friday

Airborne 01.23.15

Airborne 01.23.15

Mon, Aug 28, 2006

Rumsfeld: Missile Defense 'More Capable, Relevant'

America's missile defense capabilities are increasingly important now, as more countries demonstrate the ability and willingness to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said after touring missile assembly and storage facilities at Fort Greeley, Alaska.

"It's an activity that has been evolving over time and is important for the protection of the American people," Rumsfeld told reporters after being briefed about the interceptor missile activities here. "It is an activity that with each passing month has become more capable."

The U.S. missile defense system is still limited and needs more testing, but it is important to have when North Korea and Iran are demonstrating their desire and capability to have nuclear programs, and terrorist groups are using rockets to attack civilians, Rumsfeld said. He said he has been involved in the missile defense program since its inception and has seen it go through much debate and change before arriving at its current state.

"I've seen the thing calm down to the point where it's now national policy, in law, that the United States develop a capability to defend itself against limited types of threats," he said.

Rumsfeld specifically talked about the threat coming from North Korea, saying it wasn't a military threat, but one of proliferation. North Korea's recent test launch of several missiles clearly demonstrates the country's determination to develop a nuclear program, he said, but Pyongyang is probably mostly interested in selling the missiles to other countries.

"I think the real threat that North Korea poses in the immediate future is more one of proliferation than a danger to South Korea," he said.

After touring the missile facilities, Rumsfeld met with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov in Fairbanks, Alaska. The two discussed the U.S. missile defense system and how it affects Russia, as well as regional and security issues. At a news conference following the meeting, Ivanov noted that the U.S.-Russia relationship is important to the global security and political climate.

"Irrespective of the issues which we discussed, we always hope that there will be transparency and predictability, as well as the mutual respect of our governments' interests," he said through a translator.

At the news conference, Rumsfeld talked about the U.S. plans to put conventional warheads on intercontinental missiles for possible use against threats. The capability would be good for any government to have in the case of an unforeseen threat from a weapon of mass destruction or terrorist group, he said, and would be far less destructive than a nuclear weapon.

"If either of our countries or our friends and allies were threatened in the future with a weapon of mass destruction or a capability that is that lethal, I think any president would like to have available a conventional weapon that could attack that target swiftly and accurately and precisely," he said.

Rumsfeld emphasized that whatever was done in this area would be fully transparent between the U.S. and Russia, and appropriate communications links would be developed.

After the meeting, Rumsfeld and Ivanov attended a dedication ceremony for a memorial to U.S.-Soviet military cooperation during World War II. [ANN Thanks Sgt. Sara Wood, USA, American Forces Press Service]

FMI: www.defenselink.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.23.15: Google/SpaceX Bucks, Pet Aero-Rescue, Return of the P-3?

Also: Disruptive Innovation, V22 Ospreys, USAF Lets Bluebook Loose, Dawn and Ceres, FAASTeam Virtual Safety Stand Down As SpaceX’s Elon Musk pushes ahead on his development o>[...]

ANN FAQ: Getting The Word Out

Things To Know When You Send A News Release Aero-News gets hundreds of releases every week, ranging from industry giants like Boeing and Cessna to the smallest of flying clubs and >[...]

USAF Releases UFO Project Blueboook

Nearly 130,000 Pages Of Documents Posted On The Internet The storied USAF Project Blue Book has been published online ... including nearly 130,000 pages of declassified UFO records>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.25.15)

"That's going to be the initial focus over the next year. Certainly in the next year-and-a-half or so, we will be far enough along in continuing (tactics development) to develop a >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.15)

Aero Linx: A-4 Skyhawk Association An affiliation of individuals who have flown, maintained, (or who simply love) the "A-4 Skyhawk"; and who are dedicated to the perpetuation of th>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC