posted on Nov, 18 2004 @ 07:28 AM
"US exercises missile defense system to prepare for operations
WASHINGTON (AFP) Nov 17, 2004
The US missile defense system is still on track to go on alert by the end of this year and key US military commands are conducting "shakedown
exercises" in preparation, a defense spokesman said Wednesday.
Russia announced plans earlier Wednesday to acquire a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of defeating any anti-missile
shield, but the spokesman said the US system is not designed to protect against long-range attack from either China or Russia.
US ground-based interceptor missiles are being installed in Alaska and California primarily to defend against a limited attack by a rogue power such
as North Korea.
The United States also has proposed a third interceptor site somewhere in Europe to expand coverage against missiles fired from the Middle East,
though no decision has been made on where to locate it, said Rick Lehner, a spokesman for the US Missile Defense Agency."
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[edit on 18-11-2004 by DrHoracid]