30 Apr '12, 11pm

Italian Defense Minister to U.S.: Respect MEADS Commitment

Italian Defense Minister Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola said the United States should respect the commitment it made to a tri-national missile defense program it began several years ago with Italy and Germany. If the United States walked away from the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) now, it would leave its two allies, who have made substantial financial investments, with their hands tied, Di Paola said, speaking April 30 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “There was a commitment, which has been taken by the three sides together, and each one of the sides should respect that commitment,” Di Paola said. “We are asking the United States to respect its commitment and we will respect ours.” MEADS was originally designed to replace the Patriot systems in the United States and Germany and the Nike Hercules system in Italy. In February 2011, t...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120430/DEFREG02/3043...

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