The United States Department of Defense has found that the European missile shield may not provide adequate protection for mainland America, Press TV reports.
“It may not defend the US,” said Ivan Eland, a defense analyst with the Independent Institute, regarding a report recently released by the US Department of Defense.
He went on to say that “they’re going to have to cut the defense budget - that would make the program right for cutting because it really doesn’t defend the US.”
The US spent billions of dollars on the European missile shield system only to be able to defend “US forces and troops in Europe, which I think is wrong to spend money on,” Eland added.
The government report revealed that the location of key missile interceptor sites including those in Poland and Romania are not ideal locations.
“Both of these locations may be misplaced to defend the US. They could defend Europe and defend US troops in Europe, but defending the US is problematic, they’re finding, from these sites,” Eland said.
The government agency spent billions of dollars on what may prove to “be embarrassing if the US says, well, we don’t need them because we need to place these missiles elsewhere because we need to defend the US,” Eland concluded.
Experts criticized Washington for failing to appropriate funds wasted on the missile shield system at a time when the defense budget is undergoing large cuts to military spending and the economy braces for tax hikes and spending cuts.