[TRANSCRIPT] DOD Briefing on Missile Defense Test

During the test, the ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan test site on Kwajalein Atoll. Multiple sensors provided the target acquisition and tracking data to the command and control system. The Sea-Based X-band radar position in the Pacific Ocean also acquired and tracked the target. The GMD system received the target-tracking data, developed the fire-control solution, and then successfully intercepted the target with a direct hit.

Although this was a developmental test, this is exactly the scenario we would expect to occur during an actual operational engagement. Based on all the data we’ve received to date and all indications are that all our systems performed exactly as designed and this test represents a critical — critical milestone in the life of the program.

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Samuel Culper is a former Intelligence NCO and contractor. Iraq(x1)/Afghanistan(x2). He now studies intelligence and warfare.

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