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    A report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) accurately describes the very serious problems with the US Ground-Based Missile Defense System, former Chief of Naval Operations science and policy advisor Theodore Postol told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The GAO report, published on Wednesday, found that the Missile Defense Agency has not demonstrated through flight testing that it can defend the US homeland against the current missile defense threat. It also noted that a full assessment of the system’s effectiveness is currently not possible.

    "It is the cruelest form of betrayal to tell people that you have created something to protect them when you know for a fact there is no chance," Postol stated on Thursday.

    Moreover, the GAO report found that flight testing was insufficient to demonstrate that an operationally useful defense capability exists, and concluded that the Missile Defense Agency cannot even prove that the defense can intercept a target representative of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

    "My own view is that the GAO report is overly optimistic, as it doesn’t deal with the fundamental underlying physics issues that support the conclusion," Postol, who is also an MIT Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and National Security Policy, said.

    There is still no engineering solution that will ever provide a workable Ground-based Missile Defense (GMD) system, he pointed out.

    "The report is useful comparing its findings to the glowing claims of capability that have constantly been made by the Missile Defense Agency about the GMD system," Postol acknowledged.

    He cautioned that the GAO report also contradicted the history of false claims made by the Missile Defense Agency about its defense systems.

    "The agency lied to the American people about a defense that’s supposed to protect the mainland of the United States."

    The most fundamental problem the GMD faces is to be able to tell the difference between warheads, upper rocket stages, debris and decoys, Postol explained.

    "All of the GMD tests have been very carefully orchestrated so that the interceptors never encounter any problems of these types."

    The Missile Defense Agency has claimed one successful interception of an intercontinental ballistic missile-like target in the past eight years of tests.

    President Barack Obama has ordered the MDA to increase the number of Ground-Based Mid-course Interceptors it deploys from 30 to 44 by the end of 2017, the GAO report noted.


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