Commonwealth North Briefing - Missile Defense: Enhancing National SecurityCommonwealth North is proud to host U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Lieutenant General Patrick J. O'Reilly, Director for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 12th from 12-1 at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage. Lieutenant General O'Reilly is in Alaska to inspect our missile defense facilities and will be speaking to Commonwealth North on this very timely issue.
Elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008, U.S. Senator Mark Begich is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
In this capacity, Lieutenant General Patrick J. O'Reilly oversees MDA's worldwide mission to develop a capability to defend deployed forces, the United States, Allies, and friends against ballistic missile attacks. During his career, he served in both command and staff officer positions in a variety of operational units including the 1st Cavalry Division, the 3rd Support Command, Germany, and as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the United States Military Academy.
Missile defense is part of the broader response to ballistic missile proliferation and can play a useful role in supporting the basic objectives of deterrence and providing a valuable component of the U.S. strategic defense. The United States is committed to deploying a strong missile defense system that can be adapted to the threats of the 21st century. The Missile Defense Agency ground based interceptor system at Fort Greely Alaska is part of the critical strategic military infrastructure in Alaska.
Commonwealth North leads Alaskans to adopt enlightened policies that enhance Alaskans' quality of life and improve the State's ability to effectively manage its resources. The purpose of Commonwealth North is to educate its members and others on significant public policy issues affecting Alaska and its future, and to assist in their resolution. Commonwealth North was co-founded by former Alaska Governors Walter J. Hickel and the late William A. Egan. Commonwealth North is a non-partisan organization where cultural and professional diversity is welcomed.
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