SM-3 Block IIA Missile Test Fails

SM-3 Block IIA Missile Test Fails

On January 31, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted an unsuccessful SM-3 Block IIA intercept test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. According to the MDA testing schedule,…

US State Department Approves SM-3 Sale to Japan

US State Department Approves SM-3 Sale to Japan

On January 9, the U.S. State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles at an estimated cost of $133.3 million. According…

Congress Approves $416 million Reprogramming for BMD

Congress Approves $416 million Reprogramming for BMD

On October 3, Secretary of Defense James Mattis disclosed the approval of Congressional defense committees to reprogram $416 million from other accounts, including unspent Army maintenance and operations funding, into…

Sailor Error Responsible for Failed Intercept Test

Sailor Error Responsible for Failed Intercept Test

On July 24, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) indicated that sailor error was responsible for a failed SM-3 Block IIA missile intercept test. According to Defense News, a tactical datalink…

Second Intercept Test of SM-3 IIA Unsuccessful

On June 21, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Japan Ministry of Defense conducted a development intercept test of a new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile, an…

Aegis Intercept Test: Critical Questions

Aegis Intercept Test: Critical Questions

The Missile Defense Agency yesterday conducted an intercept test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA (SM-3 IIA), a relatively new interceptor designed for use in the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) program. Something appears to have gone wrong, however, and the interceptor did not destroy its target. The type or cause of failure is not yet known, nor will it likely be known for some time.

The Future of Missile Defense in the Asia Pacific

The Future of Missile Defense in the Asia Pacific

Missile threats facing both the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific are increasing in complexity, number, and source. In response, the Trump administration is using missile defenses to boost military capability and signal resolve, as indicated by the deployment of THAAD to South Korea…