That the most militarised, most formidably armed nation in the world would shut down such a strategically important tool?
It's got me quite perplexed. If you had to make defence cuts you would shut down an oversea base not an internal defence tool surely?
I guess you have 'iron dome' capability but it would take time and cost additional funds.
It really doesn't make much sense! And to announce it to the world! The US government has made that many enemies overseas with its rampant drone attacks. Why would they announce such a huge hole in the defence network?
The mind boggles.
The precise reasons for doing such a thing are, at the moment, pure speculations but the act itself is sufficient enough to illicit some potentially disastrous outcomes!