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A recently released Congressional report has raised a number of issues regarding the role of the Navy's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, and the next-generation Aegis Ashore variant, in missile defense operations in Europe.
Drafted by members of the Congressional Research Service, the 65-page report released on Tuesday calls into question a number of aspects-- from the actual number of Aegis-equipped Navy destroyers needed for the European BMD mission to the maturity of the new ballistic missile being developed for the program--related to the Aegis sea and land-based systems.
"Some [defense] observers are concerned...that demands from U.S regional military commanders for BMD-capable Aegis ships are growing faster than the number of BMD-capable Aegis ships," according to the report. "They are also concerned that demands …