Missile Defense Agency
The mission of the Missile Defense Agency continues to be one of developing and fielding an
integrated, layered Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) to defend the United States, our deployed
forces, allies, and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight.
TODAY WE DO NOT HAVE THE DEFENSIVE FORCES TO
MATCH THE OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER ARRAYED AGAINST
IN-THEATER POPULATIONS, FORCES, AND MILITARY ASSETS
The inventories of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles deployed in countries other than the
United States, NATO, Russia, or China constitute 99 percent of the threat and far outnumber the
defensive interceptors we have in the field. Today we have hundreds of defensive short-range
interceptors to counter thousands of short-range missiles. Given the growth in foreign ballistic missile
arsenals, we do not have the defensive forces today to match the offensive firepower arrayed
against in-theater populations, forces, and military assets.
This $7.8 billion budget we are proposing for missile defense in FY 2010 will allow us to provide a
balance of capabilities and risks to deter aggression, project power and protect U.S. and allied
interests, respond to war fighter requirements, and pursue cost-effective and operationally effective
capabilities to hedge against future threat uncertainties. Specifically, we will:
• Focus the program on the "rogue state and theater missile threat"
• Continue to develop a Ground-based Midcourse Defense capability to defeat rogue state
• Enhance rigorous testing and simulation of the Ballistic Missile Defense System
• Balance midcourse research and development with early intercept research and
The following link is to a DOD PDF file on current technology