Oliver Meier and Colleagues: The case for rethinking NATO missile defense plans

Scarce defense resources, different opinions within NATO, and the latest Iran talks all speak for a pause in the development of the EPAA, Deep Cuts Commissioner Meier and German colleagues argue.

At its November 2010 Lisbon summit, NATO agreed to establish a joint missile defense system to protect against long-range ballistic missile attack. That project is still in its early stages. The United States has deployed a first ship, armed with interceptors, in the Mediterranean. Over the next couple of years, similar naval deployments are scheduled to follow. In parallel, missile defense sites are being constructed in Poland and Romania. From 2018 on, the territory of all NATO members is supposed to be protected against limited missile attacks.

Because of uncertainties about future missile threats to NATO, a lack of support among US allies, and financial risks, however, the allies would be well advised to pause and reassess missile defense plans before proceeding with the system’s further implementation. Read more ...