Picketers protest cost of Vandenberg missile launch
June 23, 2014
A group of people upset about the high cost of the United States’ ground-based missile defense program protested this weekend at Vandenberg Air Force Base. [KSBY]
Launched in 2004 by the George W Bush administration, the program has already cost more than $40 billion. Sunday’s launch cost approximately $200 million.
In five of eight previous tests, the missiles failed to intercept targets.
On Sunday, for the first time, the missile intercepted a simulated incoming missile over the Pacific Ocean. The missile was the first to include a second-generation intercept booster.
Nevertheless, opponents of the program say the money would be better spent on education, veteran services and sustainability projects.
Proponents of the program, say it is vital in protecting the United States from future attacks.