Defending the Homeland: The Role of Missile Defense

Independent Working Group

Capitol Hill Conference

June 25, 2013

Washington, D.C.

On June 25, 2013, the Independent Working Group (IWG) and IFPA held a roundtable discussion on missile defense, space, and homeland security. Topics included the ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) system and the issue currently being debated as to whether to build a third GMD site on the East Coast of the United States; the status of Aegis sea-based ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs; and options for defense from space and Aegis BMD based on shore. In addition, homeland security threats such as electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and defense funding/budget issues were addressed.

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About the presenters:

  • Vice Admiral J.D. Williams (USN, Ret.), president, Williams Associates International, Inc. Former deputy chief of naval operations for naval warfare. Admiral Williams obtained funding for and convinced the Navy to enter the Theater Ballistic Missile Defense arena.
  • Baker Spring, F.M. Kirby research fellow in national security policy at the Heritage Foundation. Mr. Spring specializes in a range of missile defense topics with a focus on threats, strategies, budgets, and missile defense programs.
  • Jeff Kueter, president, the George C. Marshall Institute. His areas of specialization include priorities for space and national security, the contributions of space to missile defense, and the implications of the loss of space-based assets for the U.S. national security and domestic well-being.
  • Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a Congressional Advisory Board. Dr. Pry has served on the staffs of the EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) Commission, the Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Dr. Robert M. Soofer, professional staff member, Committee on Armed Services (Senate). Dr. Soofer specializes in a range of national security issues, including missile defense, nuclear modernization, and strategic forces.
  • Dr. Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. (moderator), chairman of the Independent Working Group on Missile Defense and the Space Relationship; president, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis; and Shelby Cullom Davis professor of international security studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University.