Missile Defense Remains Priority in Plans to Reduce Military's Size, Spending, Say Officials

August 14, 2012

Missile defense programs, to protect the U.S. homeland as well as American allies and troops around the world, remain a priority in Department of Defense plans to restructure and reduce forces and rein in spending after a decade of war on two fronts.

"Missile defense is definitely a part of the strategy," said Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, one of the speakers today at the 15th Annual Space & Missile Defense Conference at the Von Braun Center.

"The combatant commanders can't get enough of these systems," said Rear Adm. Randall Hendrickson, deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency, during another part of the conference.

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