Testing success and target failures (since 2008)



Ground-based Midcourse Defense tests

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

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense tests

Sept. 17, 2008
Target lacked enough momentum to reach intercept area.
Mar. 17, 2009
Interceptor hits warhead.
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