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PC.DEL/644/07/Add.1 25 June 2007 ENGLISH only OSCE Annual Security Review Conference 19 – 20 June 2007 Vienna, Austria Address to Working Session II: Challenges in the Politico-Military Aspects of Security Dimension Presented by Mr. Dennis Mays Neuer Sal 20 June 2007
Good morning. Thank you Mr. Fata. Thank you Mr. Chairman.
It is an honor to address this venue. I am the Director for Systems Engineering at the Missile Defense Agency. I started back in 1994. I was Chief Engineer for the National Missile Defense Program. When we realized the more global nature that was required, that program was changed to be the ground base, mid-course missile defense program. And then in 2000 I was assigned to be the Chief Engineer for the entire Ballistic Missile Defense Program.
[With regard to the proposed European missile defense installation,] The forward radar is transportable. It is a radar that is built to support the THAAD, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system. That radar is proposed to be put within a thousand kilometers of what we believe the threat area could be. This radar is also an X-band radar; it would also be used for tracking and early detection of the threat.
The key to the way our system works is to have constant radar coverage of the threat as it flies through space. So there is a need to have a radar both in a forward location and mid-course location to ensure that you are constantly looking at that threat all the way up to the time of intercept.
The capability provided by the European System with an interceptor field in Poland, a mid-course radar in the Czech Republic, and the forward based radar located about a 1,000 kilometers from the ballistic missile threat provides significant protection for a large area that includes most of North America and half of Europe. It provides total coverage for all of Europe that is threatened by intermediate or long range missiles. Those areas threatened by shorter range missiles which are located in Southeast Europe can be dealt with by NATO deployed capabilities-- the NATO ALTBMD system, or by U.S. systems such as Patriot PAC-3, the Aegis Sea-based BMD, or the future Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system or THAAD.