Ground-based Midcourse Defense

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) provides the capability to engage and destroy ballistic missile threats in space to protect the United States. 

GMD is composed of ground-based interceptors and ground support & fire control systems components. When launched, a booster component carries the kill vehicle toward the target’s predicted location in space.  Once released from the booster, the kill vehicle uses guidance data transmitted from ground support & fire control systems components and on-board sensors to close with and destroy the target warhead.  The impact is outside the Earth’s atmosphere using only the kinetic force of the direct collision to destroy the target warhead. Ground support & fire control systems consist of redundant fire control nodes, interceptor launch facilities, and a communications network which includes satellites and ground-based radar sources.

Victory Solutions supports Ground-based Midcourse Defense through a development and sustainment contract:

  • Locations include: Huntsville, Alabama; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Fort Greely, Alaska.
  • We support system sustainment, training, and operations of Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) mission assets through day-to-day management, direction, and control of program activities and resources.
  • We provide GMD asset management by maintaining a database of all GMD maintenance, upgrades, and operations as well as by providing operational impact assessments based on an annual plan, 8-week operations schedule, and weekly activity message monitoring. Additionally, we coordinate and integrate inputs from owners/asset managers and test/event managers for all GMD events.

Victory Solutions was offered the opportunity to assume Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) asset tracking responsibilities from a large business that performed the task for the previous five years. In six weeks we recruited 12 specialists to work in four widely-dispersed work sites and trained them on existing GMD systems and processes. We did this on schedule and far below our initial cost projections. As our team gained experience, we were able to reduce cost by over 30% on an annual basis compared to the previous incumbent.

The GMD system is currently being deployed and tested. A total of 30 interceptors have been emplaced—26 at Fort Greely and four at Vandenberg AFB. More information can be found here: http://www.mda.mil/system/gmd.html

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