James T. Hackett
The Washington Times
August 5, 2007
For years, missile defense opponents claimed defenses could not distinguish warheads from decoys and other penetration aids. The solution, they said, was to stop missiles in the first two or three minutes of flight, known as the boost phase, before warheads and decoys are released.
The Missile Defense Agency is trying to meet that challenge with the Airborne Laser (ABL), the nation’s primary boost-phase program. But this year, the congressional armed services committees made deep cuts in that program. Those cuts should be reversed.