Current U.S. President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for Arms Control, Marshall Billingsley, called for the deployment of cruise missile batteries by 2023.
In an article for the National Institute for Public Policy on Tuesday, Billingsley accused Russia of undermining the medium- and shorter-range missile elimination treaty from which the United States withdrew (Moscow denies the charges). He also said the United States should not accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposals for a moratorium on such missiles.
“Instead, we must accelerate the development of land-based cruise missiles for the Marine Corps, as well as medium-range military capabilities for the ground forces. We must deploy a range of deployable batteries by 2023 at the latest,” Billingsley said.
“No future president (U.S.) should be naive enough to get caught in the trap of Putin’s DDPMD moratorium, and we need to be vigilant on that,” Billingsley added.