Congress Kills D.C. Missile Defense System

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CORRECTS IDENTIFICATION - NORAD's Air Force Col. Chuck Douglass walks in front of an unmanned aerostat that is part of a new U.S. military cruise-missile defense system during a media preview, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Middle River, Md. Military officials said a pair of helium-filled aerostats stationed in Maryland are intended provide early detection of cruise missiles over a large swath of the East Coast, from Norfolk, Va., to upstate New York, during a three-year test. JLENS, short for Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, will be fully implemented this winter. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Free Beacon: “Congress has cancelled funding for an advanced missile defense system that has been deployed across the D.C. area during the last few years to prevent against a rising threat from cruise missile strikes.

Congress officially cut funding this month for JLENS, or the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor, a high-tech radar system that casts a wide-ranging protective net across the region to detect and intercept missiles or enemy planes before they reach American soil.

The system was placed on the budgetary chopping block following a high-profile incident last year in which the blimp-like system broke free from its tethers in Maryland and wreaked havoc across the east coast.”

Opinion: Barely a day goes by that either North Korea or Iran are testing missile systems as a clear provocation to both the United States and Israel.

So, instead of fixing the system that has already cost several billon, with only an additional $27.2 million to keep it operational, it is shelved while U.S. military leaders have described JLENS as critical to U.S. defenses.

The next sound you will hear is Kim Jon-un popping his favorite champagne.

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