Why the U.S. Missile Defense System Is Utterly Broken.

Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report: the system to defend the U.S. from ballistic missiles doesn’t work, and probably never will.

But it gets worse. Congress then voted to expand the broken system, allocating money for a new, sub-par missile defense site. How did this happen? It’s the latest iteration of federally-funded cognitive dissonance that has been going on for years. In theory, the U.S. Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system—which is overseen by the Missile Defense Agency —should be capable of launching missile interceptors, each tipped with a « kill vehicle » that detaches, detects and destroys the incoming threat.

In the real world, ground-based missile defense has failed all three of its flight tests since 2010. Just like it’s F-35 Fighters; Yet, the United States keeps building it. Even if the kill vehicle could be made to work, there still remains the challenge of locating the target.The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as “the investigative arm of … Browse GAO reports and testimonies by topic, date, or related agency name.