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Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010


Mr. HOLT. Mr. Chairman, I thank my friend from Massachusetts.

Almost no one believes that the Kinetic Energy Interceptor program is necessary or that it will be completed successfully. The Director of the Missile Defense Agency, the Secretary of Defense, and the President have all called for the termination of the program. House and Senate Armed Services Committees have supported that position.

I understand the desire of the chairman of the subcommittee (Mr. Murtha) to get something of value from all the money that has been already spent, but stringing this program along is not the answer. Even after the removal of this money there will be plenty of funding to learn from the mistakes of the program.

Mr. Chairman, even if the KEI were successful, it will never work well enough to change our strategy. Missile defense systems must be perfect to achieve their professed goals, and we can never get that perfection.

The fact that we don't need them against our friends and that they will only encourage our enemies to build more offensive systems to get around, this so-called shield are the arguments against this missile defense. The best this flawed system could ever provide is a provocative, yet permeable defense. I urge my colleagues to adopt the amendment.


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