Is ballistic missile defense a Navy mission? If so, the Navy needs to get serious about “really” testing it. This recent test firing from Hawaii—like others—was under ideal conditions.
Every community has what it considers to be its “wheelhouse” capability—that particular thing for which it is rightly famous. For aviators, it is “going downtown.” For submariners, it is being the killer who invisibly waits. For the surface force, surface warriors pride themselves in being the guardians who can reach from the surface to outer space to destroy any airborne threat.