he Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
system is a critical element of our MD "family
of systems." The upper-tier THAAD addresses
critical warfighter requirements to intercept longer-range
theater-class ballistic missiles at high altitudes
and further downrange from the intended target.
This will give us more time for multiple shot opportunities
to intercept theater ballistic missile threats,
especially those carrying weapons of mass destruction,
and destroy them at longer ranges and higher altitudes.