DEFINITION
Global Protection Against Limited Strikes

OBSOLETE. GPALS was an architecture denoting an anti-missile system designed to provide protection against limited ballistic missile strikes, be they deliberate, accidental or unauthorized--whatever their source. GPALS was composed of three interrelated segments: (1) theater ballistic missile defenses, and associated space-based sensors, to protect U.S. forces deployed abroad, and our friends and allies; (2) ground-based defenses, with space sensors, to protect the entire United States against long-range ballistic missiles; and (3) interceptors based in space -- Brilliant Pebbles -- capable of providing continuous, global coverage by intercepting enemy ballistic missiles with ranges greater than several hundred miles.

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