In December 2001, the Department of Defense effectively canceled the Navy Area theater ballistic missile defense (TBMD) program. This once promised to defend military forces and other critical assets against the threat posed by short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. At the time, the end of this program was perceived widely as a calamity for Navy missile defense and a setback for the Bush administration's vision of national missile defense.
Don't Give up on Navy Area Defense
By L. P. James