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 Sensors
  AEGIS (News)
The Navy's primary battle management radar system
  X-Band Radar (News)
A target acquisition and tracking radar for the proposed National Missile Defense system
 Interceptors
  Ground-Based Interceptor (News)
One of the "weapons" of the proposed National Missile Defense system
 Directed Energy Weapons
  Airborne Laser (News)
Employs a fire control sensor system and a high-powered laser mounted on a modified 747 to destroy missiles during the boost phase
  Space-Based Laser (News)
Employs a high-powered laser mounted on an orbital platform to destroy missiles during the boost phase
 Systems
  Boost Phase Intercept (News)
A system for missile defense which would shoot down incoming missiles immediately after launch
  THAAD (News)
Theater High-Altitude Area Defense, Army missile defense system incorporating the PAC-3 interceptor (News) designed to engage targets at the theater level

Former Programs

Resources

Nobel Laureate Letter. 50 Nobel Prize recipients urge the Congressional Leadership "to deny funding for any program, project, or activity that is inconsistent with the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty."

Memo Detailing Missile Defense Management Changes on 2 January 2002 memo detailing changes to Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.

Address by President Bush
May 1, 2001 - Address by President Bush outlining U.S. policy on missile defense and the ABM Treaty

Rumsfeld Commission Report
July 15, 1998 - Report by the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States

Richard L. Garwin Archive
Writings on missile defense by the distinguished weapons designer whose career spans the nuclear era

Countermeasures
April 11, 2000 - A technical evaluation of the operational effectiveness of the NM System by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Coyle Report on NMD Testing
Read the official report on defects in the NMD testing program prepared by former DoD testing director Philip Coyle.

CBO Letter
A letter to Senator Thomas Daschle from the CBO giving potential costs for several NMD systems.

ABM Treaty Resources

Chronology
A chronological listing of major events and developoments.
Texts
Primary documents, including treaty text and associated memoranda, statements and other related material.
Documents
Chronological archive of official factsheets, announcements, briefings speeches and other related material.
News
Chronological archive of news reports, commentary analysis and other related material.

BMD Program News


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