Stephen Price, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the G.W. Bush administration and who also served as special assistant to the ambassador for Nuclear and Space Talks in Geneva, asks the question in Commentary, "Why, at a time of growing threats from unstable regimes that are testing long-range missiles and at or near nuclear status, would we spend less money on missile defense?"
"... we need a layered missile-defense system of a global, rapidly deployable sea, land, air, and space-based capability to defend against ballistic missiles. This system must be capable of defending through the ascent/boost, midcourse, and terminal phases of flight (click above chart for greater detail). It requires robust command-and-control systems and state-of-the-art network and sensor technologies."
"Congress should restore the proposed missile defense cuts and support test and deployment of needed systems. If it doesn’t, the political argument that Democrats are soft on defense will once again have real teeth. And it will have teeth because what Obama has already done and what he proposes to do have made and will make America unambiguously less safe."