The Missile Defense Agency employs almost 6,000 military, government and contractor employees. On top of that, thousands of other high-paying, high-tech jobs in the private sector support the mission of the Missile Defense Agency.
We need to put America back on the road to a brighter future with innovation and technology advancement. Investing in missile defense helps accomplish that goal. It will not only create jobs and increase our competitive international edge but fulfill our constitutional duty to provide for the common defense. There is no better money spent than in defense of the American homeland.
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) is a member of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and co-chairman of the House Missile Defense Caucus.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.