Robert M. Gates, US Secretary of Defense | September 21, 2009
Contrary to current reports, the missile defense system in Eastern Europe will be strengthened and not scrapped. ++ The previous proposal would have been delayed until 2017 whilst the current one will see an active defense from the Iranian threat ready by 2011. ++ Russia's attitude and possible reaction played no part in the decision making process. ++ Europe will be protected with better technology, greater resources, and a more comprehensive system than initially planned.