White House Memorandum Calls for BMD Review

On January 27, President Donald Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum on rebuilding America’s armed forces that calls for a new Ballistic Missile Defense Review. The review is tasked to “identify ways of strengthening missile-defense capabilities, rebalancing homeland and theater defense priorities, and highlighting priority funding areas.”

A previous draft White House memorandum included language similar to congressional requests mandating a new “Missile Defeat Defense Review” to “determine homeland and theater missile defense priorities; identify of ways to strengthen ballistic missile defense, cruise missile defense, and hypersonic weapon defense; integrate missile defense planning into broader strategic planning; and identify priority funding areas.”

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Missile Defense Project, "White House Memorandum Calls for BMD Review," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 31, 2017, last modified June 15, 2018, https://missilethreat.csis.org/draft-memorandum-mandates-missile-defeat-defense-review/.