Most U.S. Military Officers Ignorant of Missile Defense Capabilities

Many U.S. military officers believe the United States has deployed national missile defense systems that are, in fact, only under development, according to a recent study by the Naval War College, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

According to the study, only 37 percent of U.S. military officers know that the United States is not able to shoot down a ballistic missile with an airborne laser (see GSN, Sept. 3). More than 20 percent of officers believe that the United States has a sea-based national missile defense system, which is not the case (see GSN, Oct. 14). Forty-three percent said they did not know if the United States had a sea-based system.

Naval officers scored lowest in the study and Marine officers scored highest (Jackie Calmes, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 24).

October 24, 2003
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Many U.S. military officers believe the United States has deployed national missile defense systems that are, in fact, only under development, according to a recent study by the Naval War College, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

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