DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann
Sent By: sarah.osborn@mail.house.gov
Date: 2/26/2014

Dear Colleague:
Last month, the People’s Republic of China reportedly conducted a successful test of a hypersonic “boost-glide” missile system. This impressive milestone is just the most recent example of the growing threat that intermediate and long-range ballistic missile technology poses to the United States. China, North Korea, and dangerous actors in the Middle East are rapidly developing and deploying ballistic missile assets at a pace that we cannot ignore.
As recent reports by our military and defense leaders have made clear, potential rivals are making major investments in ballistic missile assets a key part of an overall strategy to develop effective asymmetric warfare capabilities against our Armed Forces. In order to meet the challenges of countering immediate and future threats, our country must make the research, development, and deployment of ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems a priority. For this reason, we encourage you to join us in signing a letter to President Obama to voice our support for the inclusion of robust missile defense funding in his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.
Failure to provide adequate resources for research and development of BMD assets could leave our Armed Forces exposed to potentially crippling attacks, degrade the confidence of our regional allies and economic partners and embolden our enemies. From the South China Sea to the Gulf of Oman, the presence and assurances given by the U.S. provide the foundation for peace and economic freedom. If we are to maintain our credibility and strategic advantage, we simply must make adequate investments in BMD now.
We appreciate your consideration and hope you will join us in signing this letter. For further information or to sign on, please contact Sarah Osborn (sarah.osborn@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Fleischmann, Ari Zimmerman (ari.zimmerman@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Franks, or Justin Johnson (justin.johnson@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Lamborn. The deadline to sign is Thursday, February 27, at close of business.
Sincerely,

Chuck Fleischmann Trent Franks Doug Lamborn
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress

Dear Mr. President:
We respectfully write to you today to share our concerns regarding the ability of the United States to confront the rapidly changing strategic challenges posed by advanced intermediate and long-range ballistic missile technology. While the United States has made great strides in developing our ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities, it is imperative that we strengthen our current and near-future ability to counter immediate threats. Additionally, we must continue cultivating promising technologies with BMD applications which are the key to maintaining vital strategic advantages enjoyed by our Armed Forces, particularly technologies like directed energy, railguns and space-based defenses. In order to meet these challenges we want to voice our support for robust missile defense funding, and request you make it a priority in your Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.
The crucial need to continue and strengthen research and development of BMD has become even more pressing in light of recent tests of missile systems by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the deployment of advanced weapon systems by the People’s Republic of China. Also of concern is the purportedly successful test of the WU-14 hypersonic boost-glide weapon platform recently conducted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. While the actual fielding of a boost-glide weapon system will likely take years, we must invest adequate resources now in preparation for the impending deployment of such a system.
It is clear that China is increasingly relying on ballistic missile platforms in order to provide effective asymmetric warfare capabilities in theaters where it cannot match U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, the DPRK often uses ballistic missile tests in order to extract leverage in international negotiations. Further, in the Middle East, Syria and Hezbollah are increasing their ballistic missile technology and stockpiles, aided by the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism, Iran.
It is for these reasons that we ask that you work with Congress to provide adequate resources for the research, development and deployment of BMD assets. Failure to do so could leave our Armed Forces exposed to potentially crippling attacks, degrade the confidence of our regional allies and economic partners and embolden our enemies. We thank you for taking our thoughts into consideration and look forward to working with you to maintain the United States’ unique role in the world.
Sincerely,