Sea-Based Ballistic Missile Defense - Background and Issues for Congress [Updated May 21, 2008] [open pdf - 630KB]
This CRS report discusses the sea-based ballistic missile defense and concerns for congress in funding necessary equipment and modifications to certain cruisers and destroyers for ballistic missile defense (BMD). "As part of its effort to develop a global ballistic missile defense (BMD) system, the Department of Defense (DOD) is modifying 18 Navy cruisers and destroyers for BMD operations, and has deployed a large BMD radar -- the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) -- on a modified floating oil platform. [...] The eventual role of sea-based systems in the worldwide U.S. BMD architecture has not been determined. The overall issue for Congress discussed in this report is: What should be the role of sea-based systems in U.S. ballistic missile defense, and are DOD's programs for sea-based BMD capabilities appropriately structured and funded?" This report also includes four appendices and two tables.
CRS Report for Congress, RL33745