Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has visited Romania to meet with governmentÂ 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 asÂ President Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Defense Minister Mihnea Motoc and Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu to discuss the Aegis Ashore siteÂ among other security topics.
Frank Rose,Â deputy assistant secretary of state for defense policy and verification operations,Â said the site aims to build upÂ NATO’s defenses againstÂ short- and medium-range ballistic missiles deployedÂ from outside the Euro-Atlantic area, according to DoD News.
NATO missile defense system’s ballistic missile defense tracking radar is based in Turkey whileÂ theÂ command-and-control center is run in Germany.
WorkÂ will also take part in a groundbreaking ceremony in Redzikowo,Â Poland that hosts anÂ Aegis Ashore site scheduled to begin operations byÂ 2018,Â the report said.