Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, released the following statement today on the National Research Council’s report regarding the nation’s missile defense system:

“Today’s report by the National Research Council highlights that we as a nation have much work to do in countering the threat of long-range missiles to the homeland. As we have seen in report after report, the President’s European phased adaptive approach was ill-conceived and prematurely rolled out by a President more focused on Russia’s concerns than defense of the United States. 

“The President has invested years and billions of dollars in this system, which leaves us at a strategic disadvantage in countering what is the ultimate goal of nations like Iran and North Korea – missiles that could carry weapons of mass destruction to threaten the American people.

“The report validates, and informed, the provision of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act which calls for the development of an East Coast site to improve the defense of the United States.”