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Aegis Ambivalence: Navy, Hill Grapple Over Missile Defense Mission

Navy cruiser Lake Erie launches a SM-3 IB missile. WASHINGTON: Sometimes success is its own punishment. Shooting down ballistic missiles is one of the Navy’s most high-tech, high-profile capabilities — and it’s one of the most popular with Congress as well. But as demand for missile defense increases at what the Chief of Naval Operations has called an “unsustainable ” pace, it’s an ever-greater burden on a fleet that has plenty of other missions. If the Navy met every theater commander’s requests for ballistic missile defense, it would take 77 Aegis cruisers and destroyers — out of a total fleet of 84. “Would I love to give this to somebody else?” Rear Adm. Peter Fanta , the Navy’s director of surface warfare , asked rhetorically in a recent conversation with reporters. “It would greatly alleviate the pressures on my budget — but I also understand everybody is under those ...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/06/aegis-ambivalence-navy...

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