Missile Defense: Assessment of DODs Reports on Status of Efforts and Options for Improving Homeland Missile Defense
U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington United States
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The Missile Defense Agency MDA is developing the Ballistic Missile Defense System BMDS to defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. regional friends and allies against ballistic missile attacks from countries such as North Korea and Iran. To counter such threats to the U.S. homeland, the BMDS is designed to combine the capabilities of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense GMD system with a network of ground-, sea-, and space-based sensors to provide an integrated, layered defense. GMD defends against threats by launching ground-based interceptors that release kill vehicles to find and destroy the threat.