(See B. Wachendorf, pp. 22-26, November 2009 Proceedings)
Rear Admiral Brad Hicks, U.S. Navy, former Director, AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense, Missile Defense Agency and Commander Navy Air and Missile Defense Command—Admiral Wachendorf's assessment of the complex issues arising from President Obama's decision to revamp U.S. missile-defense strategy in Europe should be required reading. He is correct that the Navy will have a much-enhanced role as the first-line of defense against a rapidly growing short- and medium-range ballistic-missile threat.
What he doesn't say, however, is telling, and additional context is needed for insight on the state of Navy BMD. Bottom line up front: the Navy is serious about BMD.
Constrained resources are perennial concerns. But initial additional funding could be forthcoming. The Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Authorization Act includes $23 million for increased buys of SM-3 missiles and another $309 million for alternative European missile-defense systems to which the Navy might have access.