NATO Ballistic Missile Defense

Proliferation of ballistic missiles poses an increasing threat to Allied populations, territory and deployed forces. Over 30 countries have, or are acquiring, ballistic missile technology that could eventually be used to carry not just conventional warheads, but also weapons of mass destruction. The proliferation of these capabilities does not necessarily mean there is an immediate intent to attack NATO, but it does mean that the Alliance has a responsibility to take this into account as part of its core task of collective defense.

  • Missile Defense Agency: Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) 
  • International Security and Missile Defense: Assistant Secretary of State, Frank Rose, spoke to the National School of Politics and AdministrationBucharest, Romania about the European Phased Adaptive Approach, NATO BMD, and more.
  • The USS Porter Goes to Rota, Spain: The ship will be the third of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers deployed to Spain by the end of 2015. Each ship is equipped to provide a mobile ballistic-missile defense for allies and partners in the European region. Missions will also include maritime security operations, cooperative training exercises and deployments.
  • Aegis Ashore: Aegis Ashore is a land-based capability of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System to address the evolving ballistic missile security environment.
  • Fact Sheet: Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (PDF 215KB): U.S. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) is the naval component of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
  • NATO Ballistic Missile Defense: The proliferation of these capabilities does not necessarily mean there is an immediate intent to attack NATO, but it does mean that the Alliance has a responsibility to take this into account as part of its core task of collective defence.
  • Blog: 4 Days on the USS Donald Cook: “NATO Missile Defense on the High Seas: 4 Days on the USS Donald Cook” A firsthand account of what’s it’s like to be on the USS Donald Cook.