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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FRANKS of Arizona. I thank the gentleman.

It can't be emphasized too often that our Ground-based Midcourse Defense is the only tested system that we have that defends the homeland of the United States against the most dangerous and powerful weapons mankind has ever known. I just somehow have a hard time cognitively grasping why a nuclear missile landing on our homeland doesn't alarm people a little bit more than it seems to.

Assuming the SM 3 Block 2B missile is able to provide protection for the homeland in that year--an assumption the GAO calls into question in fairly alarmed terms--this system will be the only system that we have that will be able to protect the homeland until at least 2020.

Mr. Chairman, we make a desperate mistake--for whatever the reason is, whether it's a secret deal with the Russians or whatever it is--in reducing the only system that protects the United States of America. It is folly.


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