America needs strong national defense and she needs weapons that are useful on the battlefield. However she does not need billions of dollars put towards a decade and a half old missile defense system that has yet to show any ability to perform to expectations.

According to AllGov.com,

The Department of Defense has refused to give up on a costly missile defense system that has yet to prove its worthiness for the battlefield, arguing that hundreds of millions of dollars more should be spent to keep the program alive.

The program, known as the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), was first conceived in the mid-1990s as a replacement for the Patriot missile. Over the last two decades, MEADS “has been plagued with so many cost overruns and delays that [the Pentagon] and Congress both agreed last year to pull the plug,” according to iWatch News.

This year, however, Defense officials lobbied lawmakers for more funding to keep MEADS from being shut down. The program received $250 million, and the Pentagon wants at least another $400 million next year.

Notice that this missile defense program has been going on for over a decade. When it was first introduced, MEADS was supposed to cost $3.4 billion. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) now says it currently has a cost of $16.5 billion.

While the idea of MEADS is a good one, isn't it about time to scrap this program and get something that actually works, instead of tossing more funds in a money pit?

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