A New Generation of Homeland Missile Defense Interceptors

A New Generation of Homeland Missile Defense Interceptors

Recent Pentagon actions have produced considerable uncertainty in the future of homeland ballistic missile defense. In August 2019, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Dr. Michael Griffin cancelled the Redesigned Kill…

Pentagon Cancels Redesigned Kill Vehicle Program

Pentagon Cancels Redesigned Kill Vehicle Program

Following the Missile Defense Agency’s stop-work order in May, the Pentagon announced on August 21 its termination of the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) program. The RKV was intended to replace…

GMD Successfully Intercepts ICBM Target

GMD Successfully Intercepts ICBM Target

On March 25, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted a successful GMD intercept test against an ICBM class target. The test is notably “the first salvo engagement of a threat-representative…

The 2019 Missile Defense Review: A Good Start

The 2019 Missile Defense Review: A Good Start

The Trump administration has today released its long-awaited Missile Defense Review (MDR). Initiated pursuant to both congressional and presidential direction, the report represents an attempt to adapt U.S. missile defense…

DoD Report: US Defense Against ICBMs Improved

DoD Report: US Defense Against ICBMs Improved

On January 23, the Department of Defense’s Department of Testing and Evaluation released its annual report, which noted improvements in the U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. According to the…

MDA Extends Boeing’s GMD Contract

MDA Extends Boeing’s GMD Contract

On January 10, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that it will not replace Boeing as the prime integrator for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. An Independent Readiness Review…

Missile Defense Agency Completes 44th GBI in Alaska

Missile Defense Agency Completes 44th GBI in Alaska

On November 2, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) finished installing the 44th Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska, completing the deployment of 14…

A Missile Defense Agenda

A Missile Defense Agenda

In the 1990s, the U.S. intelligence community assessed that North Korea might acquire an intercontinental ballistic missile by 2015. That threat is now here.