Defense Contract Benefits North Alabama

George Bush

President Bush's decision to launch a missile defense system within two years is expected to benefit companies in north Alabama.

While few specifics are known, Pentagon officials are assuring researchers in Huntsville that research will continue there, even if companies from elsewhere get the prime construction contracts.

Jim Link is the former commanding general of Redstone Arsenal and President of Teledyne-Brown engineering. Teledyne-Brown does electronic work on various aspects of missile defense. Link said the President's plan must be viewed as a positive development for his city and company.

The Bush plan features 20 ground-based interceptors that would be deployed by the end of 2005 -- 16 at Fort Greely, Alaska, and another four at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.