Missile Defense: Fiscal Year 2020 Delivery and Testing Progressed, but Annual Goals Unmet

April 29, 2021


Fast Facts

A network of sensors and interceptor missiles forms the backbone of the U.S. Missile Defense System. DOD’s Missile Defense Agency designed this system to protect the U.S., its military forces, and allies from missile attacks.

This year, the Missile Defense Agency delivered 62% of the interceptors it planned to, and conducted some tests (2 of 9) that provided valuable information. But this progress fell short of agency goals for asset delivery and annual testing. The Missile Defense Agency has a history of not completing planned tests, which results in less data than optimal to make sure missile defense capabilities work as intended…

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