(TacticalNews.com) – With America’s adversaries growing stronger and stronger, its defensive capabilities must increase. As such, the US spends more than any other country on defense. However, the international power scale has been shifting, and looming threats call for the military to invest wisely.
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Part of that investment will include the development of America’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. Research and development began about 20 years ago. Prompted by North Korean military ambitions, the US announced the system could conduct limited operations to defend against a ballistic missile attack. However, successful use of the system rested on five Ground-Based Interceptors (GBI).
Fortunately, America’s GBI inventory increased to 44 over the years, and the addition of newer models improved overall reliability. While that increased number and enhanced technology appear to be an improvement, it may not provide enough protection in the wake of North Korea achieving nuclear status and developing intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Of additional concern is Iran’s recent pursuit of a space program and willingness to fire ballistic missiles at US forces in the region. The US needs to be strategic with its next round of defense spending. Especially since these two nations are not only focusing on attacking the US, but they are also developing countermeasures and decoys to penetrate our defenses.
The bottom line is simple. The US cannot continue relying on technology with limited capabilities. As the threat to our way of life changes and increases in complexity, so should we.
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