Congressman Franks Coauthors Missile Defense Memo Addresses the Growing Threat of Enemy Ballistic Missile Capabilities
Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02), with Congressmen Cantor, Everett, and Lamborn, coauthored a crucial memo to the American public on the real and growing threat of our enemy's ballistic missile defense capabilities. It also addressed the importance of defending against the ballistic missile threat from hostile countries, and on building and funding a robust and layered Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
The memo states, "In the face of mounting threats, we must aggressively invest in our mission to develop, deploy and improve our missile defense systems. Now is not the time to cut funding from an area so vital to our national security. Congress has the unmistakable duty to fully fund the defenses necessary to protect the American people."
It continued, "More than 20 countries currently have ballistic missiles, and since 2002 there has been an average of 90 foreign ballistic missiles launched every year . Our enemy is determined to counter or remove U.S. influence in various regions. It is therefore imperative that we deploy a layered and robust missile defense capable of thwarting any missile attack on our nation or our allies. Even if a rogue state opted not to attack the United States or pass along the technology to a terrorist group, the lack of a U.S. defense provides them the leverage for coercion."
The memo specifically focuses upon ballistic missile capabilities of China, North Korea, and Iran, emphasizing the dire consequences likely to occur should Democrats decide to cut missile defense funding in the upcoming committee mark-up. Full memo is attached.