Launch of the Orbital Sciences Corporation designed FTG-05 was programmed to simulate a missile attack by North Korea or Iran on the United States. The offensive missile launch test occured from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska. The interceptor defense missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California thereafter.
Reports from The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the BBC, and raw video 1 and video 2 from WSBY-TV6 provide more detail and reaction. Ten operational missile defense interceptors are expected to be deployed in Poland in 2011, if approved by President-elect Obama. More from Stars and Stripes.