In April 2004 U.S. Air Force Gen. Ronald Kadish will become the longest serving chief of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Washington Post reported Friday (see GSN, June 23).
Kadish, who is supervising the planned September 2004 fielding of the national missile defense system, said that his agency is facing critics who doubt the science behind the missile defense concept.
“The Wright brothers faced the same problem that we face with missile defense,” he said. “They had eminent scientists of the day saying that man would never fly, and they were proving them wrong,” Kadish added.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has twice extended Kadish’s service at the agency.
“The secretary is interested in longevity in key positions,” Kadish said, “and I think this is one area that he pays particular attention to” (Bradley Graham, Washington Post, Nov. 28).