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Pentagon, Army Say East Coast Missile Defense Site Not Needed

The Pentagon and Army officials who head missile defense agencies told a Senate committee chairman that a missile interceptor site on the U.S. East Coast isn’t needed to improve U.S. defenses against Iranian missiles.

“There is no validated military requirement to deploy an East Coast missile-defense site,” Vice Admiral James Syring, head of the Missile Defense Agency, and his Army counterpart, Lieutenant General Richard Formica, wrote Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan.