The Missile Defense System of the United States
When Ronald Reagan was in the Presidency, he and his staff came up with the idea for a missile defense system that would defend the country in the event of a nuclear missile attack. This system was named “Star Wars” and the basic principal behind it was that it would be a shield that covered all fifty states. However, government officials soon realized that Reagan’s defense system was impossible to build, so the program was dropped, but the idea to defend the country against a missile attack stuck around. Today, the U. S. Government is trying to build a new, more realistic missile defense system. However, not all the problems have been worked out, and the U. S. Government …show more content…
Another one of its missions is to “develop and maintain the option to deploy a cost effective, operationally effective, and Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty compliant system” that could protect the states against a country that may pose a threat. The most important part of this is definitely the protection of all the states against a missile attack. In order to make a defense system that would work, the National Missile Defense would need to have a system that meets the missile threat when it’s released, detect a launch of a missile, track it using radars and destroy the warhead above the atmosphere of earth (National missile defense, 2000).
The new missile defense program started in 1993 after the Department of Defense decided to conduct a review that would “select the strategy, force structure, and modernization programs for America’s defense in the post-Cold War era.” When the U. S. S. R. broke apart, it was decided that there was not much of a threat from China or the former Soviet Union. However, it was uncertain how easy it would be for a third world country to come into possession of long range missiles. In response to their uncertainty, the Defense Department built the National Missile Defense in order to develop and keep the ability to launch a missile defense if a threat emerged (National missile defense, 2000).
In 1994, Congress called for a great acceleration in the development of the missile defense system. This call represented a sense .