An additional missile defense radar that some lawmakers want deployed on U.S. territory would cost approximately $650 million through 2018, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report.

The July 25 report reviews the Senate’s version of the 2014 defense authorization bill, which includes $30 million for an X-band radar to be deployed at a location to optimize protection against long-range missiles.

The CBO said several options are available, but assumed the Pentagon would upgrade an existing radar at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific and then relocate it to a military base or other facility near the U.S. East Coast. The CBO said its cost estimate includes the upgrade, communications equipment, site preparation and operations.

Mike Gruss is a senior staff writer for SpaceNews. He joined the publication in January 2013 to cover military space. Previously, he worked as a reporter and columnist for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. and The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind. He...