The implications for the Navy of the change in the nation's ballistic-missile defense policy are significant: more missiles, more platforms, more operations. But what platforms? What structure? What money?
On 17 September 2009 the White House announced a decision to terminate the Bush administration's plan for ten ground-based ballistic-missile interceptors in Poland and a new advanced ballistic-missile defense radar site in the Czech Republic in favor of a "phased, adaptive approach" for missile defense of Europe. 1 This policy change is one of the most significant decisions in international arms control policy since President George W. Bush's decision on 31 December 2001 to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. President Barack Obama's decision has significant implications for U.S. Navy operations and force structure.