REPRESENTATIVE DOUG LAMBORN (R-CO):
Well, then, as a follow-up, do you believe there are now an adequate number — I think it’s too limited of a number, but do you think there’s an adequate number of ground-based interceptors both to counter the threat to our homeland and to provide for testing?
SEC. PANETTA: You know, I’ve had the chance to visit NORAD and STRATCOM as well, and I had a chance to really look at our capabilities. I mean, I think — I think we’re in good shape with regards to our ability to respond. Doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue to upgrade. Doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue to look at other ways to try to — you know, to expand that capability. But you know, we really do have a very remarkable defense system set up to deal with that challenge.
Exchange between Rep. Doug Lamborn and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, House Armed Services Committee hearing on The Future of National Defense and the U.S. Military Ten Years After 9/11, October 13, 2011.