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May Meeting Speaker Recap: Rear Admiral Alan B. Hicks

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SDMAC members and guests gathered at the May 20, 2009, breakfast meeting to hear Rear Admiral Alan B. "Brad" Hicks speak about the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Missile Defense Agency.

"The missile defense portfolio has been focused on long range strategic defense", said Hicks.

Their stated policy has been to defend against rogue long range threats, Hicks elaborated. However, they want to reshape their missile defense portfolio. To that end, they anticipate having 35 to 40 open architecture and BMD ships by 2015.

As Hicks stated, the key to the success of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program is its flexibility to respond to situations. The Rear Admiral spoke to the crowd about a situation which occurred in December 2007, in which he was asked if he could shoot down a satellite (due to extenuating circumstances), which was flying at a speed of 18,000 mph and was one yard in spherical diameter. Their Program’s success in shooting down the satellite is just one example why Hicks believes more will be asked of the Aegis Missile Defense System.

Rear Admiral Hicks summed it up best by saying, "The consequences are huge if you fail the type of missions we do."

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