Iran missile threat
Army Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell said last week the threat from Iran’s missiles is growing and that the United States needs a third anti-missile intercepter site in Europe to counter it.
Gen. Campbell told a breakfast meeting of defense specialists sponsored by the National Defense University Foundation and National Defense Industrial Association that Iran is “in a sprint” to build intercontinental-range missiles to complement its current arsenal of short- and medium-range missiles.
Gen. Campbell said a failure to deploy a third ground-based interceptor site in Poland and the Czech Republic would undermine “the renewed dedication to missile defense” on the part of U.S. allies.
Russia’s government opposes the site, despite repeated claims by U.S. officials that the site will not pose a threat to Moscow’s missile arsenal.
The Iranian long-range missile program could be “slowed down” if the United States lessens the value of those missiles “through the deployment of missile defenses,” the three-star general said.
The Iranian missile threat prompted two states within range of Iran’s missiles to contact the United States last week about acquiring missile defenses, including a key Persian Gulf state and a nation in the southern Caucasus.