The Center for American Progress posted an article titled "Shooting for the Stars: Ballistic Missiles by the Numbers". In it the center came up with some figures for the U.S. ballistic missile defense programs which it calls obsolete and dealing with a largely hypothetical threat:
Naturally, MDA chief Lt. Gen. Henry Obering has another perspective on the work and purpose of his agency. On Tuesday he mentioned that North Korea continues to seek a nuclear-capable ICBM despite signing a denuclearization pact last year and presses forward with its development.
2,380: Number of long-range missiles in the Soviet Union’s combined ICBM and SLBM arsenals in 1987, with 9,847 warheads.
836: Number of long-range missiles, carrying 3,066 warheads, in the U.S. arsenal as of February 2007.
71 percent: Decrease in the number of ICBMs that threaten U.S. territory from 1987 to 2007. In 1987, the Soviet Union and China fielded a combined 2,400 long-range missiles. Twenty years later, the combined number for Russia and China was 689.
$91.1 million: Budget overrun in fiscal year 2007 for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, a mobile system built by Lockheed Martin Corp. that can shoot down short and medium-range ballistic missiles.
$325.8 million: Total projected cost overrun for the THAAD program, according to GAO.
$10.4 billion: FY 2008 total budget allocation for ballistic missile defense.$12.3 billion: FY 2009 total budget request for ballistic missile defense.