Security: Obama, Gates gamble with American lives
By Jim Kouri
web posted July 20, 2009
While President Obama and the Democrat-run US Congress spend trillions of dollars, Secretary Robert Gates and Obama's Administration have requested a drawdown of 32 percent in the 2010 fiscal year budget for the long-range ballistic missile defense system -- a specific reduction from 44 ground based interceptors to 30 ground based interceptors -- to protect the United States of America from long range ballistic missiles, according to Riki Ellison, the Chairman and Founder of Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, a non-profit national security think tank.
Ellison states that he believes that the current position of the Secretary of Defense places the security of the United States from current and future long-range ballistic missile threats to the nation and population at a much higher risk then it should be after the $13 billion US tax dollar investment in this system.
"Ellison, like many Americans, is concerned over President Obama's cavalier attitude about national security. His national security team, including his Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and his Attorney General Eric Holder, appear more concerned with American dissenters and patriots than with genuine enemies of the United States," said former police detective and US Marine intelligence officer Ben Cardoza.
"While spending trillions of taxpayer bucks on failed social and economic programs, Obama and his people are seeking to balance the budget by cutting protection and putting millions of American at risk," he added.
Ellison pointed out the following in a report to the 14,000-member National Association of Chiefs of Police:
- The threat from North Korea and Iran remains consistent. The ballistic missile launches from these two countries this year and has given them greater understanding and confidence. The countries are proceeding at a steady pace to improve their systems range, payload, staging and accuracy. They are making progress and are consistent with previous Department of Defense threat assessments that directed an acceptable risk of interceptors needed for the protection of the United States. Nothing has changed this assessment and calculus to reduce the long range ballistic threat capability to the United States.
- Reducing the Shot Doctrine 'look-shoot-look': the amount of interceptors that are needed to fire at one incoming missile to assure success, reliability and confidence of the missile defense system. This number has been as high as four or more GBIs to one incoming missile to insure 90 percent plus confidence in a not fully mature system (GBI) that has been initially deployed while still being tested for its capabilities during its deployment. Nothing in the past year with the confidence in the reliability of the GBI system and its testing has shown the need to reduce the shot doctrine from a high number to a low number. A reduced shot doctrine of two shots or less to one ballistic missile has been suggested as a reason to reduce the 44 interceptors to 30 interceptors, thus significantly increasing the risk that assured destruction of a long range ballistic missile by the GBIs and potential anomalies of that system would be successful
- What amount of risk is the Department of Defense taking against a known enemy and relying on a deterrent value of the long-range ballistic missile system rather than in the systems war fighting capability? In every war game using missile defenses that the current US military war fighters have participated in, every participating US military war fighter has requested more defensive missiles. Iran has achieved a successful space launch earlier this year placing a satellite into orbit. North Korea this year has come close to attaining a space launch but failed in its attempt in the third stage. Once these countries gain maturity on the technology and the correct design on long-range ballistic missiles, mass production of these production designs becomes eminent. The Department of Defense and the intelligence community do not know what those numbers could be and cannot control production of these missiles.
- Accidental launch capability against unauthorized long-range ballistic missile launches needs to be factored in the overall calculus for amount of GBIs needed. There are more countries that will have more ballistic missiles and these countries may not have the controls to prevent unauthorized launches.
- United States tax dollars have paid approximately $13 billion for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. The cost of deploying the remaining 14 missiles in silos on missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska is approximately $116 million. It is just 1 percent of the total expenditure to complete the system as designed.
"This is a matter of determining what risk is acceptable and tolerable to our nation by not fully completing the deployment of the ground-based interceptors to protect us against future long range ballistic missile threats," said Ellison.
"The American public continues to show overwhelming support at close to 90 percent for the need for missile defense and protection of their homeland. It would be risky business to put our nation at risk and not listen to the American public."
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's the blog editor for the House Conservatives Fund's weblog. Recently, the editors Examiner.com appointed him as their Law Enforcement Examiner. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer for NewswithViews.com and PHXnews.com. He's also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 300 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri's own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
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