Ballistic Missile Defense

The Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) group plans, attends, analyzes data from, and reports on testing of air and missile defense systems as well as testing of BMD sensors and command and control elements. Combatant Commanders employ BMD assets to defend the United States, its deployed forces, and its allies against long-, short-, and medium-range missile threats. Our researchers have expertise in BMD threat and interceptor systems, radar and infrared sensors, command and control networks, communication networks, modeling and simulation, and cybersecurity. We observe testing at land- and sea-based operational assets, and at test ranges in the United States (e.g., Colorado, New Mexico, California, Alaska, and Hawaii) and abroad (e.g., the Marshall Islands and Europe).


  • U.S. Homeland Defense Combat Systems
  • Regional/Theater Defense Combat Systems
  • Land- and Sea-Based Radars
  • Space-Based Infrared Sensors
  • Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communication Systems
  • Advanced Technology Weapons