In its 14th successful test since 2002, the U.S. Navy shot down a ballistic missile in the Pacific Ocean about 250 miles northwest of Kauai late Thursday. The USS Lake Erie successfully intercepted a SCUD-type missile (like those used by Iraq against Israel in the 1991 Gulf War) that was fired from a decommissioned warship. It was Lake Erie’s 10th successful missile defense test out of 12 opportunities.

Read more about the growing success of our missile defense system, as well as why the system is so vital to our national security, on Heritage’s missile defense research page.

Update: Read more about this success at NationalSecurity.org.