Aegis-anchored ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems are proving to be worthwhile investments for protection in the Pacific, says a recent report by the National Research Council (NRC) released on Sept. 11. The report, “Making Sense of Ballistic Missile Defense: An Assessment of Concepts and Systems for U.S. Boost-Phase Missile Defense in Comparison to Other Alternatives,” urges the Pentagon and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to expand and improve Aegis. “As a means to defend ...

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