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2015 Assessment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS)

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Technical Report,01 Oct 2014,31 Dec 2015

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Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Washington United States

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This report supports the congressional reporting requirements of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation DOT and E as they pertain to the Ballistic Missile Defense System BMDS. Congress specified these requirements in the fiscal year 2002 FY02 National Defense Authorization Act NDAA. The FY09 NDAA, Section 234, amends the FY02 NDAA to consolidate the reporting requirements of both the FY02 and the FY06 NDAAs. The FY02 NDAA, as amended, mandates that DOT and E each year characterize the operational effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of the BMDS and its elements that the Missile Defense Agency MDA has fielded or tested prior to the end of the preceding fiscal year. The act also requires DOT and E to assess the adequacy and sufficiency of the BMDS testprogram during the preceding fiscal year. This report assesses the performance and test adequacy of the BMDS, its four autonomous BMDS systems, and its sensorcommand and control architecture. The four autonomous BMDS systems are the Ground-based Midcourse Defense GMD, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Aegis BMD, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense THAAD, and Patriot. The Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications C2BMC elementanchors the sensorcommand and control architecture. This report covers the period from October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015. Many of the details of the performance of the BMDS are classified, and are included in the classified version of this report.

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