The Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system aims to defend the U.S. against ballistic missile attacks from rogue states like North Korea.
Since the 1990s, the Department of Defense has largely relied on a prime contractor to manage development of this complex system. It is considering a new approach where multiple prime contractors would develop system components, and DOD, potentially, would integrate them into the larger system. This approach offers potential benefits, such as greater insight into cost, schedule, and performance. However, challenges—such as hiring staff with enough expertise and access to technical data—could outweigh benefits.