Like the BMDO
study, RAND finds an apparent difference in cost growth based on program size.
* Supports the BMDO
's Joint National Test Facility.
Attachments A and B explain how the BMDO
's own data from the IFT-1A test shows that the BMDO
falsely represented the results of the IFT-1A test as showing that an Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) can tell warheads from simple balloon decoys.
On May 25 the BMDO
released a cursory letter charging that Postol's findings were "incomplete" and his conclusions "wrong" because "Dr.
Lester Lyles, director of the BMDO
, put it in 1997, "The THAAD systems have been very successful in every aspect except the very critical end-game." In other words, they haven't hit anything.
The system resulted from a 1986 study of Israel's ballistic-missile defense requirements, funded by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO
). An examination of the system's origins and history will provide a clearer understanding of some of the controversy surrounding the program.
With a subsidy from Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), a program of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO
), small U.S.
Strategic Nuclear Launchers 1985 FSU Bombers 139 SLBMs 684 ICBMs 908 1,731 US Bombers 195 SLBMs 384 ICBMs 595 1,174 START II FSU Bombers 80 SLBMs 232 ICBMs 805 1,117 US Bombers 86 SLBMs 336 ICBMs 500 922 SOURCE: International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Clementine took shape as a project for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO), now called the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO
will first go after short-range missiles like the Scuds fired at Saudi Arabia and Israel during the Gulf War.
However, the concept of Global Protection Against Limited Strikes (Gpals) proved over-ambitious, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organisation (BMDO
, recently renamed the Missile Defense Agency or MDA) switched its attention to theatre BMD and focused its efforts on developing the technology for a National Missile Defense (NMD) system that requires no space-based missiles.
produced color-coded charts that showed the areas that would be protected by various site locations.
The Administration also reorganized BMDO
to eliminate the distinctions between theater missile defense and national missile defense, instead dividing the programs into boost-phase, mid-course, and terminal technologies.
Over the next several months, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO
) will address sea-based missile defense as part of its plans to develop an integrated ballistic-missile-defense system that provides a layered defense against ballistic missiles of all ranges.