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BMD Still On Track, Says Obering

The MDA recently completed at-sea testing of its new, 27-story, sea-based X-band radar in the Gulf of Mexico. In October, the radar will be deployed to Alaska, Obering said.

Washington (UPI) Aug 25, 2005
Congress-mandated budget cuts and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's wide-ranging closures and restructuring of military bases haven't derailed the development of anti-ballistic missile defenses, the program's boss says.

Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering, head of the Missile Defense Agency remains upbeat the pace of technological progress in the programs he overseas, even though many of his staff are being forced to move their operations because of the Rumsfeld restructuring.

Speaking at the eighth annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and a follow-up press briefing in Huntsville, Ala. on Aug. 17, Gen. Obering said the agency was reorganizing to address the effects of the Base Realignment Commission's recommendations.

If the recommendations are accepted as proposed, several of the agency's locations in the Washington area will be affected and MDA will consolidate many of its functions in the Huntsville area. "More than 2,000 people would relocate to Huntsville," Obering said according to a report carried by the Government Computer Network.

The MDA recently completed at-sea testing of its new, 27-story, sea-based X-band radar in the Gulf of Mexico. In October, the radar will be deployed to Alaska, Obering said.

"Put it in the Chesapeake Bay and you can identify a softball-sized object over San Francisco," he said, describing the radar's capabilities.

The agency also is modifying radar installations in Britain and Iceland, the general said.

"We believe this architecture will take care of North Korean and Iranian threats," he said, but added that the question of where threats will arise a decade or more into the future points to the need for mobile technology," he said.

"A Chinese general said a couple of weeks ago that [in the future] there will not be such a thing as a limited regional war," Obering said. "We have to move away from reliance on fixed-site interceptors and sensors.

"I think we're going to need space-based interceptors" beyond 2015, the general said, "but there's a lot of religious feelings about that. We need to start the debate."

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