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    MEADS: A Way to Keep U.S. Commitments and Increase American Security

    A recent article in the Huffington Post called for the cancellation of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program, an ongoing multinational missile defense effort. MEADS provides a cost-effective and efficient alternative to the Patriot missile defense system, which will inevitably require an upgrade in the near future. MEADS’s … More

    Funding for Promising Defense Program in Jeopardy

    On November 29, the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) had its first successful test run, during which it intercepted an air-breathing target (that is, a missile that does not fly outside the Earth’s atmosphere). While the Pentagon decided not to procure the MEADS program, Congress recently eliminated the funding … More

    Missile Defense: Germany Will Not Procure MEADS

    The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) took a hit when the German government decided to withdraw its support for the system. MEADS is a ground-based terminal ballistic missile defense (BMD) system developed jointly by the United States, Italy, and Germany. Germany’s step is not surprising. In February, the U.S. … More

    Medium Extended Air Defense System: A Next Good Step

    Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee decided to accept the Pentagon’s request for Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) funding, which will allow the system to enter its “Proof of Concept” phase. The committee’s decision came because costs associated with the termination of the program are at least as high … More