Missile Defense

Missile Defense is a controversial issue. Some argue that missile defenses can be deployed to protect a territory from incoming ballistic missiles. Others say that missile defenses are technically infeasible. Whether or not a missile defense system works, other countries must assume that it does and respond accordingly. This section offers technical analysis and global perspectives on the role of missile defenses in international security.

The Sea-Based X-Band Radar is slowly loaded onto the heavy lift vessel MV Blue Marlin as the ship semi-submerges in the Gulf of Mexico, Nov. 14, 2005.

The radar is a unique combination of an advanced X-band radar with a mobile, ocean-going, semi-submersible platform that provides the Ballistic Missile Defense System with a detection and discrimination capability that can be positioned to cover any part of the globe.