Missile Defence Programme
NATO Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) was established
in September 2005 as the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence
(ALTBMD) Programme, for the protection of deployed forces.
This followed the
completion of a two-year feasibility study in which eight NATO Nations and
various NATO projects cooperatively participated. As a result of the NATO Lisbon
and Chicago Summits in November 2010 and May 2012 respectively, the programme was
expanded to include the protection of NATO European populations and
territory. An interim theatre ballistic missile defence capability was fielded
in 2010 followed by an interim territorial defence capability in May
The focus of the Programme is the upgrade, test and
integration of NATO’s command and control (C2) systems and underlying
communication network to enable effective information exchanges between various
NATO and national missile defence systems. This integrated system-of-systems
architecture will create a larger range of detection, communication and missile
defence capabilities for NATO forces, whether deployed within or beyond NATO’s
area of responsibility, and NATO populations and territories.
As of 1 July 2012, the ALTBMD Programme Office
became part of the new NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency).
The ALTBMD Programme Office became the NATO Ballistic Missile Defence Programme
Office (NATO BMD PO). Click here
for background information on NATO Ballistic Missile Defence.