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Ballistic Missile Defense Organization

Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
Agency overview

1974 (older version)

1993 (newer version)
Preceding Agency

Strategic Defense Initiative

(preceded newer version)
Dissolved 2002 (renamed)
Superseding agency Missile Defense Agency
Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) was an agency of the

  • Missile Defense Agency
  • Missile Defense Agency history page

External links

  1. ^ (Bernstein & Lang 2003, Chpt. III, p. 86)
  2. ^ (Bernstein & Lang 2003, Chpt. III, p. 106)
  3. ^ Farnsworth, Elizabeth (1999-01-28). "A VIABLE DEFENSE?". Online NewsHour. MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 


Bernstein, Lewis; Lang, Sharon (2003). Seize the High Ground - The Army in Space and Missile Defense.   Chapter III


See also



  • Timeline 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Footnotes 4
  • External links 5

BMDO was renamed the George W. Bush.

BMDO became better known in the public eye in 1994 when it launched a space probe, Clementine, to the Moon, in collaboration with NASA. BMDO was primarily interested in field testing new satellite and space reconnaissance technologies incorporated in Clementine, technologies which enabled Clementine to discover pockets of ice at the Moon's south pole.

The name "Ballistic Missile Defense Organization" (BMDO) came back into use in 1993 when SDIO was renamed BMDO by the administration of President Bill Clinton and this was accompanied by a shift in emphasis from national missile defense to theater missile defense, i.e. from global to regional coverage. In 1998, focus shifted back to national missile defense when Defense secretary William Cohen proposed spending an additional $6.6 billion on ballistic missile defense programs to build a national system to protect against attacks from North Korea or accidental launches from Russia or China.[3]


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