Gen. James Cartwright, JCS vice chairman, speaking at the Space and Missile Conference (see above), said it’s time to abandon the 50-year-old premise that “one-size-fits-all” in our approach to nuclear deterrence, leading the Pentagon to search for “synergies” between the Ballistic Missile Defense Review and the Nuclear Posture Review. In his remarks at the event, Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, director of the Missile Defense Agency, assured attendees that the Pentagon is “not enhancing our regional missile defense at the expense of our strategic defense,” reports The Huntsville Times. However, the newspaper also noted that Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Ala.) questioned whether the budget had driven recent policy decisions and whether five years from now we would regret not developing certain weapons technology in favor of bailing out the auto industry. He said, “The defense of the United States is going to be expensive.” (Includes AFPS report)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.