Dempsey on Missile Defense, Arrows, and Archers
Kingston Reif points to this response from Marty Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Senator Ted Cruz on why the Pentagon is cutting $500 million from the missile defense budget:
I would also say, you know, ballistic missile defense is a(n) important investment.
It’s also — it can get to be extraordinarily expensive.
And so one of the things we have to do is balance defense and offense. I often use the phrase that at some point you have to stop worrying about the arrow and start worrying about the archer. And I would suggest to our potential adversaries that we haven’t forgotten that we also have capabilities to deal with the archer.
It’s a lot cheaper to target the archer than the arrow. And we already have the ability to do that.