Increased capabilities by Russia and China mandate that the U.S. develop space-based interceptor (SBI) systems, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, believes.
“What we need is a … system that can look down on a missile in the ‘boost phase,’ as it’s being launched and knock it out of the sky,” Cruz stated in an April 10 article published in National Defense magazine.
Cruz noted that SBI’s initial cost would be less than $50 million, lower than the project’s foes state. U.S. research teams also have the capability to produce an effective system, he wrote.
“America’s enemies are building their nuclear arsenals to circumvent the missile defense we already have,” Cruz wrote. “We need SBI to secure our homeland from very real threats around the globe today.”