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US Missile Off Target, But Plan Remains On Schedule

Defense News reports that “the US military will go ahead with the deployment of a missile defense system in Alaska despite the recent test failure of an interceptor missile.”

“Pentagon spokesman George Little said the unsuccessful test on Friday of a Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) was no reason to scrap deployment of the weapons in Alaska: ‘The test on Friday was not a success and it’s being reviewed to see what went wrong. But we maintain that we have a robust defense system in place to defend the United States and her allies from a range of threats.”

The piece concludes: “Four tests of GBIs — costing $70 million each — since 2010 have all ended in failure.”

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