Don Rumsfeld doesn’t even bother to pretend that the thing is actually ready for prime time:
At the Pentagon, Defense Department officials acknowledged that much work remains to be done before the systems will be perfected, but they cited a need to act against “unpredictable” threats and said they hope to improve the system by trial and error.
“I like the feeling, the idea, of putting something in the ground and in the sea and getting comfortable with it,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon briefing. “Every program doesn’t arrive fully developed. It will evolve over time.”
A cynic might even suspect that the point of the program was to award contracts rather than to shoot down missiles.
Bad cynic! Naughty, naughty, naughty! Shame on you!