Testing success and target failures (since 2008)

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Ground-based Midcourse Defense tests

X
Dec. 5, 2008
Target failed to deploy decoys or countermeasures.
X
Jan. 31, 2010
Target booster stage expelled debris, causing sea-based X-band radar system failure.
X
Dec. 15, 2010
Interceptor failed to hit an intermediate-range target missile.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense tests

X
Sept. 17, 2008
Target lacked enough momentum to reach intercept area.
Mar. 17, 2009
Interceptor hits warhead.
X
Dec. 11, 2009
Target had trouble exiting a C-17 cargo plane, then its rocket motor failed to ignite.
Jun. 28, 2010
Interceptor destroyed warhead.
Oct. 4, 2011
Two interceptors hit two short-range target missiles.
Oct. 25, 2012
Interceptor hits medium-range target missile.

Sources: Missile Defense Agency, Government Accountability Office, George N. Lewis