To counter the suborbital spacecraft, an adversary would need to (1) build a BMEWS that provides total perimeter coverage and (2) completely redesign his missiles to have sufficient energy to reach space.
However, experts monitoring the sun's activity managed to figure out that the three BMEWS sites were in sunlight and could receive radio emissions coming from the sun, suggesting that the radars were being disrupted by the sun, not the Soviet Union.
a name change, with NORAD concurrence, from NSSCC) and the BMEWS Central Computer and Display Facility in the NORAD COC, which featured a computer system the Display Information Processor--custom built by Radio Corporation of America (RCA).
Regarding defense of Conus from missile attack (China, Russia, Iran, North Korea are concerns), the main basing issues today have to do with the upgrading of the BMEWS radars in the United Kingdom at Fylingdale Moor and at Thule, Greenland, under Danish sovereignty.
AUTOVON/AUTODIN = Automatic Voice Network/Automatic Digital Network; DSP = Defense Satellite Program; DEW = Distant Early Warning; BMEWS = Ballistic Missile Early Warning System; SOSUS = Sound Surveillance System; NUDETS = Nuclear Detonation Detection and Reporting System.
The BMEWS radars were also among the first contributing sensors to our space surveillance mission, and I'll talk more about that in a little bit.
PAVE PAWS deployed a far more efficient solid-state phased array technology, thereby eliminating mechanical radar components and the failure of those moving parts, and also the costly klystron transmitters at the BMEWS sites.
Working with our mission partner, the Missile Defense Agency, we are deploying the Upgraded Early Warning Radar system to both BMEWS and PAVE PAWS radars.
The other two BMEWS radars were built at Clear, AK, and Thule, Greenland.
It was later determined that the powerful BMEWS radars had been receiving returns from the moon.
Boyhan's experience includes work on the USAF Dew Line radar system, the BMEWS Rearward Communication System, troposcatter links including diversity techniques, an each station for the AT&T COMSTAR satellite program, Telstar 3 payload design, INTELSAT earth stations in Iran, terrestrial digital microwave for ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia, secure voice communications for AIR FORCE 1 and various intermodulation distortion studies.