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Sea-Based Ballistic Missile Defense
Ronald OíRourke (au)
As part of its effort to develop an integrated global ballistic missile defense (BMD) system, the Dept. of Defense (DOD) has modified or is modifying several Navy Aegis cruisers and many Navy Aegis destroyers for BMD operations. DOD has also deployed a large BMD radar ó the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) ó on a modified floating oil platform. The proposed FY2010 defense budget requests a total of $1,859.5 million for the Aegis BMD program, including $1,690.8 million in research and development funding for the program and$168.7 million in procurement funds for the SM-3 interceptor missile. 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 continued operations of the SBX. On Sept. 17, 2009, the Obama Admin. announced that it wants to set aside the Bush Admin.ís proposed European BMD architecture and instead pursue a different European BMD architecture that would involve, among other things, a significant use of land- and seabased SM-3 interceptors and the Aegis BMD system. 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 BMDcapabilities appropriately structured and funded? Tables.
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