2015 Request To Boost GMD, Add Radar
By Amy Butler
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
Three failures in a row often bode ill for a program's funding at the Pentagon. No so for missile defense.
On the heels of last year's humiliating third failure of the U.S.'s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system in what was billed as a fairly simple flight trial, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is doubling down. He plans to add more than $4.5 billion to the Missile Defense Agency's coffers, much of it for GMD, from fiscal 2015-19, says Riki Ellison, chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.