During exercise Stellar Avenger, the U.S. Navy Aegis-class destroyer Hopper launches a Standard Missile-3 Block IA. The Ballistic Missile Defense Mission is becoming an increasing burden on the Navy as it aims to confront a resurgent Russian and rising China.

NATO seeks Russian cooperation on Phased Adaptive Approach.

Europe’s Missile Shield

July 2011, Number 02.03

“When NATO agreed in November 2010 to install a European-wide anti-ballistic missile shield, the Alliance welcomed Russian involvement in the creation of a defensive network of radar stations and interceptors meant to thwart nuclear-tipped missiles.

NATO’s “Phased Adaptive Approach” – the gradual development of the missile shield in stages through 2020 – was calibrated to address Russian fears of NATO encroachment while giving the Alliance more time for anti-missile technology to advance. Although the NATO and Russian positions have yet to converge, frequent meetings between the Alliance and Russia through 2011 promise an era of wider cooperation as relations continue to reset between East and West.

Even as the USS Monterey, a U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser designed to track and intercept missiles, steamed into European waters in March 2011 to support the Phased Adaptive Approach, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew to Moscow to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Europe’s Missile Shield,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 3, 2011: 42-45.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.