The portion of the Navy's fleet that is capable of ballistic-missile defense is increasing from twenty-one ships now to a planned ninety-four in 2024.
3) Some view Aegis BMD through the same lens as they would the strategic ballistic-missile submarine program and ask whether Aegis BMD is a mission the nation needs but the Navy cannot afford.
Because some of these countries are acquiring Aegis-equipped ships, a nascent "Aegis Global Enterprise" is evolving, in which navies work together to capitalize on the capabilities of these ships for integrated fleet air defense and even ballistic-missile defense.
allies and friends can now provide the Global Maritime Partnership with a means to address the "high end" of the kill chain with combined, coordinated, ballistic-missile defense: the Aegis BMD Global Enterprise.
These foreign ballistic-missile launchings, especially in the short-to-intermediate-range category, occurred particularly in the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and Iran.
The broadened ballistic-missile threat, moreover, crosses strategic-, op erational-, and tactical-level boundaries.
The threat from Iran's ballistic-missile developments takes on new urgency when juxtaposed with that nation's WMD program.
Ballistic-missile threat planning at both the regional and strategic levels must also take into account the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which already has conducted a nuclear weapon test.
There is no doubt, however, that the ballistic-missile threat at the regional or theater level is burgeoning.
In some scenarios, they expect their ballistic-missile forces to generate concrete, operational-level military effects as well, particularly in antiaccess and area-denial contexts.
Iran and North Korea are not alone in leveraging this aspect of potential ballistic-missile employment.
To counter the most pressing part of this spectrum of ballistic-missile threats-states already possessing WMD-armed ballistic missiles--the United States has fielded an initial national-level BMDS, integrating land, sea, air, and space elements.