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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.