Accession Number : AD1001895

Title :   The Aegis BMD Global Enterprise: A High End Maritime Partnership

Descriptive Note : Journal Article

Corporate Author : Naval War College Newport United States

Personal Author(s) : Hicks,Brad ; Galdorisi,George ; Truver,Scott C

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Report Date : 13 Apr 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : For more than three decades, beginning soon after the end of World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union faced off against each other. The concept of mutual assured destructionMAD, the U.S. threat of massive retaliation to a Soviet first strikebecame Americas Cold War de facto strategic defense policy. In March 1983, however, President Ronald Reagan asked whether ballistic missiles could be destroyed before they reached the United States or its allies, thus catalyzing efforts for a national ballistic-missile-defense program that would undermine the need for MAD. That same year, the U.S. Navy commissioned USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), the first of what is to become a fleet of more than eighty Aegis warships. In 2012, these trends have converged, and Aegis ballistic-missile defense (BMD) is an increasingly important component of a robust national BMD System (BMDS).

Descriptors :   NAVY , cruisers , antimissile defense systems , sea based , homeland defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE