Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has visited Romania to meet with government officials and attend the inauguration of a land-based ballistic missile defense facility at Deveselu on Thursday, DoD News reported Wednesday.
Lisa Ferdinando writes Work met with Romanian officials such as President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Defense Minister Mihnea Motoc and Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu to discuss the Aegis Ashore site among other security topics.
Frank Rose, deputy assistant secretary of state for defense policy and verification operations, said the site aims to build up NATO’s defenses against short- and medium-range ballistic missiles deployed from outside the Euro-Atlantic area, according to DoD News.
NATO missile defense system’s ballistic missile defense tracking radar is based in Turkey while the command-and-control center is run in Germany.
Work will also take part in a groundbreaking ceremony in Redzikowo, Poland that hosts an Aegis Ashore site scheduled to begin operations by 2018, the report said.