The International Atomic Energy Agency should be applauded for making sure Iran keeps its promises on the nuclear disarmament deal.
But even the strongest verification can’t be perfect; the United States must take these preparations one step further and ensure we are protected even if Iran finds a way to game the system and continue developing nuclear weapons.
That means fully funding the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense missile defense system, our only homeland defense against nuclear rogue states. After nine successful tests, we know the system works but the decade-old program needs continuous upgrades and expansions. More interceptors need to be deployed. The proposed East Coast GMD base, closer to the Middle East threat, should move forward.
Adding new technology to the “kill vehicle” would improve the systems performance. And new radars and sensors would allow the military to better detect and track threats.
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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
That means supporting the IAEA inspectors, and continuing to strengthen our homeland missile defense.