Accession Number : ADA520851
Title : Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program: Background and Issues for Congress
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : O'Rourke, Ronald
Report Date : 26 Apr 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 53
Abstract : The Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) program, which is carried out by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy, gives Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers a capability for conducting BMD operations. Under current MDA and Navy plans, the number of BMD-capable Navy Aegis ships is scheduled to grow from 20 at the end of FY2010 to 38 at the end of FY2015. MDA and Navy plans also call for an increasing portion of the Navy's BMD-capable Aegis ships to be equipped with newer and more capable versions of the Aegis BMD system. BMD-capable Aegis ships operate in the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf to provide regional defense against potential ballistic missile attacks from countries such as North Korea and Iran. The Administration's Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) for BMD operations, announced in September 2009, calls for operating BMD-capable Aegis ships in European waters to defend Europe from potential ballistic missile attacks from countries such as Iran. Some observers are concerned -- particularly following the Administration's announcement of its intention to use Aegis-BMD ships to defend Europe against potential ballistic missile attacks -- that demands from U.S. regional military commanders for BMD-capable Aegis ships are growing faster than the number of BMD-capable Aegis ships. They also are concerned that demands from U.S. regional military commanders for Aegis ships for conducting BMD operations could strain the Navy's ability to provide regional military commanders with Aegis ships for performing non-BMD missions. There also is some concern regarding the adequacy of planned numbers of SM-3 missiles -- the interceptor missiles used by Aegis ships for conducting BMD operations. FY2011 options for Congress regarding the Aegis BMD program include accelerating the modification of Aegis ships to BMD-capable configurations, increasing procurement of new Aegis destroyers, and increasing procurement of SM-3 missiles.
Descriptors : *MILITARY PROCUREMENT , *CRUISERS , *DESTROYERS , *DEFENSE PLANNING , *INTERCEPTORS , *BALLISTIC MISSILE INTERCEPT SYSTEMS , *QUANTITY , NAVAL PROCUREMENT , FLIGHT TESTING(GUIDED MISSILES) , ATLANTIC OCEAN , PACIFIC OCEAN , MILITARY BUDGETS , EUROPE , GUIDED MISSILE SHIPS , MODIFICATION , PERSIAN GULF , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , NAVAL BUDGETS
Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
Antimissile Defense Systems
Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE