Investments in Ballistic Missile Defense

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance
December 13, 2010

(As compiled by the Department of Defense)

Key Point: The Administration is committed to defending the U.S. homeland against the threat of limited ballistic missile attack and defending against regional missile threats to U.S. forces and Allies. This commitment is reflected in substantial investments in ballistic missile defense (BMD).

The President’s fiscal year 2011 (FY2011) budget request includes $9.9 billion for missile defense ($8.4 billion for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and $1.5 billion for Service programs), an increase of approximately $700 million over the previous year. Selected highlights follow.

Homeland Defense ($1.1 billion): Maintains and improves effective and reliable defense of the homeland against limited long-range ballistic missile attacks.

  • Operate, maintain, and improve our 30 ground-based interceptors (GBIs) for the ground-based midcourse defense;
  • Continue Missile Field-2 construction at Ft. Greely, Alaska (14 silos); and
  • Commence upgrade of the Clear Early Warning Radar.

Regional Defense ($2.7 billion): Develops and fields missile defenses to defend our deployed forces and Allies, while supporting defense of the U.S. homeland.

  • Convert 3 Aegis ships to BMD-capable in FY2011(total of 23 in FY2011; 38 by FY2015);
  • Procure 20 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors in FY2011 (total of 436 by FY2015), with first Aegis SM-3 Block IB intercept flight test in FY2011;
  • Develop and test SM-3 Block IIA interceptor (first intercept test in 2014), and continue component technology development for SM-3 Block IIB; and
  • · Deliver one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery and launchers and 32 interceptors in FY2011, and buy an additional 67 THAAD interceptors (total of 9 batteries and 431 interceptors planned by FY2015).

Testing ($2.2 billion): Executes a rigorous test program.

  • Conduct 25 total tests to include 11 flight tests and 14 ground tests; and
  • Verify and validate modeling & simulation products.

Hedge ($0.8 billion): Invests in hedges against changes in the threat or technical challenges.

  • Continue testing of a two-stage Ground-based Interceptor;
  • Continue development of Early Intercept capability, Airborne Infrared Sensors, and new Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS);
  • Demonstrate missile tracking from space with Space Tracking and Surveillance System; and
  • Continue to test Airborne Laser (ABL) and develop alternative Directed Energy Systems.

Common to Homeland and Regional ($1.0 billion) and MDA Infrastructure Costs ($0.5 billion): Systems / capabilities have applicability to both homeland and regional defense:

  • Develop next generation Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC), including spiral upgrades, site activation and fielding to support the Phased Adaptive Approach.

Service (non-Missile Defense Agency) Ballistic Missile Defense Funding ($1.5 billion):

  • Purchase Patriot PAC-3 and Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors; and
  • Develop Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS).