The Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) is a complex system of elements and supporting efforts. The supporting efforts enable the MDA to develop and evaluate technologies that will respond to the changing threat. These supporting efforts are:
Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center: The Integration and Operations Center supports research and development, agency operations, test and evaluation, and operational training for missile defense capabilities.
Testing: The test program provides critical data to demonstrate the performance of the Ballistic Missile Defense System and its elements.
Ground and flight tests demonstrate and assess system capabilities and provide data for advanced modeling and simulation activities that measure and predict the performance of all missile defense technologies.