||Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
||Internet Resource, Computer File
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United States. Government Accountability Office.
||Title from cover screen (GAO, viewed Sept. 18, 2009).
||1 online resource (ii, 42 pages) : illustrations
||DOD needs to more fully assess requirements and establish operational units before fielding new capabilities
In 2002, the Department of Defense (DOD) began developing and rapidly fielding a global Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) composed of elements that include radars, interceptors, and command and control systems. These elements are envisioned to be linked together to defend against a broad range of ballistic missile threats. In 2009, DOD began a broadly scoped review of missile defense policy and strategy intended to reassess the BMDS and set direction for the future. In response to congressional interest in missile defense requirements and operations, GAO reviewed the extent to which DOD has (1) identified the types and quantities of elements and interceptors it needs and (2) established the units to operate elements that have been put into use. GAO reviewed key analyses, studies, plans, and other documents from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the services, combatant commands, and Joint Staff; and interviewed officials from across DOD. GAO is recommending that DOD perform a comprehensive analysis identifying its requirements for BMDS elements and interceptors and require, in the absence of an immediate threat, the establishment of operational units before making elements available for use. In comments on a draft of this report, DOD generally agreed with GAO's recommendations.