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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - John E. Pike
The United States and its allies are deploying missile defenses on land and sea so they can, if necessary, shoot down a multistage rocket that North Korea says it will launch within a few days.
America's aging tactical Air Force — the jets that protect ground troops and strike hard-to-reach targets — is shrinking just as the Pentagon is cutting even more planes to achieve nearly a half-trillion dollars in spending cuts.
"Aegis' ability to intercept at very high altitudes is predicated on it being more or less directly under the flight path," said John E. Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, a Virgina-based think tank.
John E. Pike, a longtime military analyst who directs the GlobalSecurity.org research website, said President Obama's military strategy, which ditches the demand that the armed forces be able to fight two big land wars at once, means the Air Force and Navy have a sufficient number of fighters.