News of the WeekMISSILE DEFENSE

Report Says Early Strikes Can't Shoot Down Missiles

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Science  18 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5631, pp. 287
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5631.287

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A key component of the U.S. National Missile Defense plan is a pipe dream, according to a new study by the American Physical Society. At a press conference this week, the authors of the report shot down arguments for intercepting ballistic missiles in the early phase of their flight, calling the strategy unfeasible.