MEADS Measures

By Sebastian Sprenger / May 17, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have asked panel Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) to “significantly restrict funding” for the Medium Extended Air Defense System in his mark of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill.

Defense leaders have put MEADS on a “proof-of-concept” trajectory through FY-13, to the tune of $800 million. In a joint May 16 letter to Levin, Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) argue the plan is unreasonable because the United States and its program partners Germany and Italy would not get “any tangible benefit” out of MEADS.

They propose authorizing only $265 million -- which, they write, would be enough to cover the U.S. share of termination costs in the event of a mutual decision by all three countries to cancel the program.