Re: Emmett

Rollo: I’m saying that Aegis destroyers will make up the first iteration of a missile shield — an Aegis (-based) defense. The “defense” that I’m referring to is simply the application of Aegis destroyers to NMD.

As for putting them into American ports… An Aegis off of Long Island and Newport News would pretty much protect all of the Eastern seaboard from Atlanta to Boston from short- and medium-range nuclear attack. However — who’s going to launch a short- or medium-range nuclear attack on New York City? The Canadians? The dictates of geography mean it would, by necessity, be a long-range attack.

Far better to deploy the Aegis defense in hotspots around the world: the Sea of Japan, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Persian Gulf, the Bay of Bengal…