As threats mount, US Navy grapples with costly Ballistic Missile Defense mission

Defense News – Twelve years since the 2006 crisis on the Korean peninsula, the BMD threat has multiplied just as the Pentagon predicted it would but other threats have also cropped up. The threat from a resurgent Russia and rising China – which is cranking out ships like it’s preparing for war – have put enormous pressure on the now-aging fleet and standing requirements for BMD patrols have put increasing strain on its surface ships.