Examining Missile Defense

Missiles being installed in Alaska will become part of a new defense system. The idea is to knock incoming missiles out of the sky. But will the system work as advertised? We talk with our guests about the past, present, and future of missile defenses.


John Donnely, Defense reporter, Congressional Quarterly

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Democrat from Rhode Island. Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Philip Coyle, senior adviser for the Center for Defense Information. Chief weapons tester for Pentagon between 1994-2001.

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), Republican representative of 7th District in Pennsylvania. Vice chairman of House Armed Services Committee.



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