Accession Number:

AD1066858

Title:

2019 Missile Defense Review Executive Summary

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2019-01-17

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

The 2017 National Security Strategy NSS states, Our fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life. Missile defense is an essential component of U.S. national security and defense strategies. It contributes to the deterrence of adversary aggression and the assurance of allies and partners. It also strengthens U.S. diplomacy, protects against missile attacks to limit damage, supports U.S. military operations if deterrence fails, hedges against future uncertainties and risks, and helps to preserve U.S. and allied freedom of action to meet and defeat regional adversary aggression. This 2019 Missile Defense Review MDR is consistent with the 2017 NSS, the 2018 National Defense Strategy NDS, and the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review NPR. It describes the policies,strategies, and capabilities that will guide the Department of Defense DoD missile defense programs to counter the expanding missile threats posed by rogue states and revisionist powers to us, our allies, and partners, including ballistic and cruise missiles, and hypersonic vehicles. It recognizes and highlights the important changes that have taken place in the security environment since the previous 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review was conducted, as well as the considerable uncertainties about the future threat environment. This 2019 MDR is based on recognition that the threat environment is markedly more dangerous than in years past and demands a concerted U.S. effort to improve existing capabilities for both homeland and regional missile defense. This effort will include a vigorous science and technology research program in addition to the exploration of innovative concepts and advanced technologies that have the potential to provide more cost-effective U.S. defenses against expanding missile threats.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE