FAIRBANKS, Alaska - In the future, the launch calendar will only be made available to Congress; however, all missile test *results will still be made public.
Local pilots and boat captains will be informed of the launches roughly a week before they occur.
Alaska has been one of the more active states for missile interceptor system tests, with launches being conducted at the Kodiak launch facility.
The agency described its new policy as a way to safeguard sensitive information.
Director of the Missile Defense Agency, Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, spoke on the importance of the missile defense program in Alaska, and how it helps protect the rest of the nation.
Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves; Director - Missile Defense Agency >> "So the additional GVI's going into the ground in missile field four at Fort Greeley. That expands the arrows in the quiver, as we call it; as well as, they will be tipped with the reliable kill vehicle, the RKV, to increase our capability. As far as the radar at Clear, that will be a tremendously important asset for us, because what it does, is it provides, it will provide, what we call mid-course discrimination as well as tracking. Plus, when it's not executing the ballistic missile defense, it is a magnificent- will be a magnificent asset to do space situational awareness for the United State Air Force as part of their missions, so, we will have dual mission capabilities. Primary mission, being ballistic missile defense, and secondary mission, to support SSA for the Air Force."