Accession Number:

ADA513607

Title:

Sea-Based Ballistic Missile Defense - Background and Issues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional research rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-12-22

Pagination or Media Count:

81.0

Abstract:

As part of its effort to develop an integrated global ballistic missile defense BMD system, the Department 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-- the Sea-Based X-Band Radar SBX--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 September 17, 2009, the Obama Administration announced that it wants to set aside the Bush Administrations 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 DODs programs for sea-based BMD capabilities appropriately structured and funded

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE