Missile-defense capabilities on board U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers can be updated in the future without the requirement to build new ships.
The surface Navy has a strong argument that the Department of Defense strategic guidance and the rapidly changing security environment fully support Aegis modernization plans. Modernized Aegis warships are critical naval assets for overseas commanders—even more so when cost-effectively upgraded with the capability for integrated air and missile defense (IAMD). Expedited deployment of this next-generation capability will boost near-term readiness and further solidify U.S. maritime dominance. Modernized Aegis warships are the combatant commanders’ guarantors of globally integrated joint-force operations for joint access—the sharp edge of the nation’s 21st-century deterrence policy.