PENTAGON REVIEW OF ENTIRE 'MISSILE DEFENSE' PROGRAM
Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman James Alexander Winnefeld remarks at the Atlantic Council's Global Missile Defense Conference on May 28 in Washington.
Even though they try to sell the program as being needed to protect against Iran and North Korea, the facts are that the US is surrounding Russia and China with "missile defense" (MD) systems.
Winnefeld lies when he says that MD is not deployed against Russia. He says that Russia has too many nuclear missiles that would overwhelm the US MD system.
But if you view the MD program as a key element in US first-strike attack planning (as Pentagon war games have revealed) the military would hit Russia or China first trying to take out as many of their nuclear missiles as possible. Then the MD shield would be used to pick off any remaining retaliatory nuclear forces fired AFTER the US first strike. It is that scenario that MD is being created for and Russia and China both clearly understand that.
The US pulled out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty with Russia during the George W. Bush administration because the Pentagon wanted to develop this first-strike capability. The whole reason the ABM Treaty was negotiated in the first place was because both sides recognized that MD systems are destabilizing and would give one side an advantage over the other.
The US is now pursuing that military advantage.