The Director of the Missile Defense Agency, LTG Patrick O’Reilly, delivered a speech last year about the policies and the priorities of his agency.
He admitted that of all ballistic missile kinds, the ICBM threat is the biggest missile threat. Thus, he debunked the false claim of Bob Gates, Barack Obama and other liberal politicians that the short-range BM threat is the biggest, most urgent, and most lethal missile threat to the US. It’s not.
And anyone who has ever looked at a map of the world knows why. The reason is geography. America is too far away from her enemies to be hit by SRBMs or even IRBMs.
The CONUS cannot be hit by enemy SRBMs or even IRBMs, unless they were launched from a country situated in the Americas (e.g. Cuba), a ship sailing nearby one of the American coasts, Chukotka (the easternmost part of Russia), or the Aleutian islands (and in the case of these Russian territories, it would’ve to be IRBMs, which Russia does not possess and is not allowed to possess under the INF Treaty).
By contrast, ICBMs (such as those of Russia and China) could hit the CONUS from afar.
“WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2010 – The key to a successful missile defense strategy is layers, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said today.
“Different missiles systems [are needed] so that if one fails or one can be tricked, you have a completely different missile system going after the second shot,” Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly said. It’s “very challenging to get through two systems.”
O’Reilly covered everything from U.S. missile defense priorities to cooperative efforts with Russia during a Defense Writers Group breakfast here.
The Missile Defense Agency is in the midst of developing the implementation for the Ballistic Missile Defense Review, which was released in February, O’Reilly said. This review set several priorities based on a 10-year outlook.
The No. 1 priority is the defense of the United States, the general said, followed by enhancing regional defenses. Next is the development of a testing program that establishes which missile defense systems work, and gaining a sense of their capabilities and limitations before making a purchase.
By doing so, “we develop a fiscally sustainable missile defense, and we also develop one that hedges against future threats,” O’Reilly said.
The final priority is to expand international capacity, he said.
“In other words, have not only capability, but have the capacity in this defense area to work closely and rely and leverage on the contributions from our allies,” O’Reilly said. These priorities are what “drive our budget development, our technology priorities and so forth,” he added.
On the technology front, O’Reilly noted that long-range targets pose the greatest challenge for the United States. Intelligence experts work to predict whether countries can build a long-range missile, such as an intermediate-range ballistic missile or intercontinental ballistic missile, on their own.”