Ballistic Missile Defense: DOD Needs to Address Planning and Implementation Challenges for Future Capabilities in Europe
Congressional research rept.
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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In September 2009, the President announced a revised approach for ballistic missile defense BMD in Europe. The European Phased Adaptive Approach EPAA is designed to defend against existing and near-term ballistic missile threats and build up defenses over four phases as threats mature and new BMD technologies become available. Although the approach will include capabilities such as radars and land and sea-based BMD assets, the Department of Defense DOD has not yet established EPAA life-cycle costs. EPAA is DODs first implementation of its new, regional approach to BMD. GAO was asked to evaluate DODs plans for implementing EPAA. GAO reviewed the extent to which 1 DOD has developed guidance and addressed management of cost and schedule for EPAA, and 2 DOD planning for EPAA is informed by operational performance data. GAO reviewed key legislation, policy and guidance, and initial plans for implementation and asset allocation. What GAO Recommends GAO recommends that DOD provide guidance on EPAA end states develop EPAA life-cycle cost estimates and integrate its phase schedule with acquisition, infrastructure, and personnel activities. GAO also recommends that DOD adopt operational performance metrics and include them in the BMD test program. DOD generally concurred with GAOs recommendations.
- Antimissile Defense Systems