- - Tuesday, March 24, 2015


One way to neutralize a nuclear Iran without the kind of costly entanglements your columnist predicts is to bolster our defense against a potential Iranian attack (“Russia’s endgame and Obama’s end run in the Iran nuclear talks,” Web, March 16).

America’s military has been building a ballistic missile defense shield called GMD for the past 10 years. It is specifically designed to target and destroy incoming missiles launched from rogue powers such as North Korea and Iran. After nine successful test intercepts, including the most realistic and challenging in the system’s history last June, the system is a proven insurance policy against the world’s worst weapons.

Congress should counter the growing Iranian threat by expanding this critical layer of our defenses to include new interceptors at the GMD installations at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and Fort Greely in Alaska and construction of a third interceptor site on the East Coast nearer to Iran. Also critical are more frequent testing and upgrades to the system’s communications, radars and actual “kill vehicle” that destroys the enemy’s incoming missiles.

The best way to shield ourselves from the risks posed by a nuclear Iran is to strengthen our homeland defenses today.


U.S. Army (retired)

Santa Fe, N.M.

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