The United States is not the only country threatened by ballistic missiles from rogue states like North Korea—our allies in Asia would be on the frontline of a future conflict or crisis. Can we afford to export ballistic missile defense technology to our allies? Can we afford not to?
On 17 August 1999, The New York Times announced that the United States and Japan had concluded an agreement to conduct joint research on a Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD) system. This agreement represented the culmination of a multiyear effort to bring the government of Japan into the U.S. TBMD effort—in which the U.S. Navy was a willing and active participant.