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U.S. Missile Defense Chief Tries to Convince Obama
    2008-11-14 00:19:11     Xinhua
The outgoing U.S. missile defense chief said he will try to convince President-elect Barack Obama that U.S. missile defense systems are workable and working in tests.

Trey Obering, head of the Missile Defense Agency, was quoted by CNN on Thursday as saying U.S. missile technology is developed much further than some may believe it to be.

"Our testing has shown not only can we hit a bullet with a bullet, we can hit a spot on the bullet with a bullet. The technology has caught up," Obering said.

Obama has not committed to a missile defense shield in Europe.

During the campaign, aides to Obama said he would support a missile defense shield when "the technology is proved to be workable."

Although not mentioning the president-elect or any of his transition team by name, Obering said that many critics are "behind the curve."

"What we have discovered is, a lot of those folks that have not been in this administration seem to be dated in terms of the program. They are kind of calibrated back in the 2000 time frame," he said.

"We've come a hell of a long way since 2000. So our primary objective will be to educate them on what we have accomplished," Obering said.

He also suggested that the new president should not renege on an agreement to base part of the missile shield in Europe.

The plan has infuriated Russia, whose president has warned that Russian missiles will be deployed against the planned system.

The plan for the defense system includes basing missile interceptors in Poland.

The interceptor missiles would be linked to an air-defense radar system in the Czech Republic.

Obering, who leaves his job later this month, said he's confident that once the Obama administration gets all the facts, it will continue to support missile defenses.

Last Saturday, an Obama adviser said the president-elect had made "no commitment" to plans for a missile defense program in eastern Europe, despite a report on the Polish president's Web site.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski's office said on its Web site that Obama told Kaczynski on Saturday that he intends to continue plans for a missile shield in eastern Europe, but Obama's adviser denied the report.
 
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