SJR 9: Relating to the development and deployment of the National Missile Defense System.

00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 9 01 Relating to the development and deployment of the National Missile Defense System. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the proliferation by foreign nations and organizations of weapons of 04 mass destruction and of the technology for long-range missiles is a growing danger to all 50 05 states; and 06 WHEREAS this threat was demonstrated on August 31, 1998, when North Korea 07 flight-tested a long-range missile over Japan, and the missile splashed down in the Pacific 08 Ocean, clearly showing the danger ballistic missiles pose to Alaska and other states on the 09 west coast of the United States; and 10 WHEREAS, in response to this growing threat, the United States has initiated the 11 National Missile Defense Program to protect all 50 states from foreign ballistic missile attack; 12 and 13 WHEREAS Alaska is strategically located because of its close proximity to east Asia 14 and Europe, and is the only state from which the entire United States can be defended; and 15 WHEREAS the developers of the National Missile Defense System have identified 16 several sites in Alaska as preferred alternatives for the location of major components of the

01 system, including the radar site and intercept vehicles; and 02 WHEREAS construction contracts for the National Missile Defense System were not 03 approved by President Clinton in 2000, delaying the construction schedule; and 04 WHEREAS barges carrying material to begin construction on a Shemya Island radar 05 site could still embark this year; and 06 WHEREAS President George W. Bush and members of his cabinet have indicated 07 their strong support for the development of a National Missile Defense System; 08 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature calls upon the President of the 09 United States to direct the United States Department of Defense to develop and deploy the 10 National Missile Defense System as soon as technologically possible. 11 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 12 of the United States; the Honorable Donald Rumsfeld, United States Secretary of Defense; the 13 Honorable John Warner, Chair, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee; the Honorable Bob 14 Stump, Chair, U.S. House Armed Services Committee; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and 15 the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 16 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.