Accession Number : ADA638813


Title :   Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Initial Defensive Operations Capability (IDOC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base Environmental Assessment


Corporate Author : ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND REDSTONE ARSENAL AL


Personal Author(s) : Hasley, David ; Turner, Vanessa M ; Cole, Chad M ; Fenton-McEniry, Amy ; Hedges, Whitney ; Henson, Jonathan ; Horton, Brittnea ; Hubbs, Mark ; Jordan, Rachel Y ; Joy, Edd V


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a638813.pdf


Report Date : 28 Aug 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 131


Abstract : Within the Department of Defense, the MDA is responsible for developing, testing, and deploying the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Ballistic Missile Defense System is designed to intercept threat missiles during all phases of their flight: boost, midcourse, and terminal. The Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) is a component of the midcourse defense, during which the Ground-Based Interceptors (GBIs) intercept and destroy long-range missiles during the ballistic (midcourse) phase of their flight before their reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, on behalf of MDA, has conducted an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the potential environmental consequences of establishing the capability to launch defensive GBis from Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), California, in support of the President's direction to the Department of Defense to field a set of initial missile defense capabilities.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE FACILITIES , *DEFENSE SYSTEMS , *ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT , *MIDCOURSE DEFENSE , AIR FORCE , ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS , ARMY , ATMOSPHERE ENTRY , BALLISTICS , BOOST PHASE , FLIGHT , GROUND BASED , GUIDED MISSILES , INTERCEPTION , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS , THREATS


Subject Categories : Defense Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE