Former National Security Adviser Backs Administration Position on Europe Missile Defense Shield

Washington, D.C. — Brent Scowcroft, Chairman of the Atlantic Council International Advisory Board and National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, today supported the Administration’s decision to pursue alternative technologies and architecture for the planned missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. Gen Scowcroft released the following statement through the Atlantic Council.

“I strongly approve of President Obama’s decision regarding missile defense deployments in Europe. I believe it advances U.S. national security interests, supports our allies, and better meets the threats we face.”

On October 7, the Atlantic Council will host a conference on the Next Steps for Missile Defense in Europe featuring the Honorable Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, and Representative Michael Turner (R-OH), Ranking Member, House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

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