ballistic missile defense


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ballistic missile defense

[bə′lis·tik ′mis·əl di′fens]
(ordnance)
A system utilizing laser beams and other esoteric techniques to detect, identify, and destroy ballistic missiles. Abbreviated BMD.
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The United States continues to develop a multilayered ballistic missile defense capability against long-range missile threats from the Middle East.
The Ballistic Missile Defense System is not aimed at Russia," Basescu stressed.
Recommendation: To establish the foundation needed to make effective policy, strategy, budgetary, and acquisition decisions, the Secretary of Defense should direct the preparation and periodic updating of a comprehensive analysis of the types and quantities of ballistic missile defense elements and interceptors that are required for performing ballistic missile defense missions worldwide.
Under this contract, TRW will provide research and development services to conduct rapid prototyping of the overarching joint and coalition Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) system for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), develop and operate the BMDS BMC2, Communications test bed, conduct BMDS interoperability testing and analysis, develop, conduct, and support missile defense modeling and simulation for the overall BMDS, its segments and program elements, and plan, conduct, and analyze missile defenseBMC2, and communications operator-in-the-loop war games and commander in chief exercises to support the development of joint and coalition missile defense concepts of operation.
Twatio makes a number of comments critical of the American ballistic missile defense program, which he characterizes as "a dumb idea.
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.
True to his beliefs, Teller argued forcefully for nonmilitary use of nuclear explosives in digging canals or gouging out harbors while energetically lobbying for ballistic missile defense (using nuclear weapons, of course) decades before he found a ready audience in Ronald Reagan.
One program now being advanced by the Bush administration that could undermine peace and stop progress on nuclear disarmament is ballistic missile defense.
This task fell to the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, the successor to Star Wars.
TERRITORIAL defense when he canceled Star Wars and replaced it with a less ambitious program called the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.
Although "Star Wars" research has yielded some impressive achievements, major questions remain unanswered about the feasibility of such a ballistic missile defense system, says the congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in a report issued June 7.

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