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Sea-Based Ballistic Missile Defense: Background and Issues for Congress
Ronald OíRourke (au)
The proposed FY2010 defense budget requests a total of $1,859.5 million for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) program, including $1,690.8 million in R&D funding and $168.7 million inprocurement funds. The proposed FY2010 budget would fund, among other things, the installation of BMD capability on six Aegis ships, which would increase the total number of Aegis BMD ships to 27. The proposed FY2010 budget also requests $174.6 million for continuedoperations of the SBX. The eventual role of sea-based systems in the worldwide U.S. BMD architecture has not been determined. The overall issue for Congress discussed in this report is: What should be the role of sea-based systems in U.S. ballistic missile defense, and are DODís programs for sea-based BMD capabilities appropriately structured and funded? Potential issues for Congress regarding sea-based BMD systems include the number of SM-3 interceptors planned for procurement, whether development of a far-term sea-based terminal defense BMD capability should be accelerated, technical risk in the Aegis BMD program, the number of Aegis BMD ships, the role of Aegis BMD in European missile defense, potential allied sea-based BMD programs, and whether development and testing of the Aegis BMD system offers any lessons for development and testing of other BMD systems.
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