Testing Time for Missile Defense

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Science  07 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5536, pp. 1750-1752
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5536.1750

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The debate over the proposed National Missile Defense program is likely to heat up this month as Congress examines the Administration's request for $8.3 billion in 2002, a 57% increase over the current year. Issues range from the accuracy of cost estimates to the system's affordability to its impact on the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. But politicians on both sides have paid scant attention so far to the credibility of the research program itself, including its numerous undefined components and the accelerated timetables that the military has set for developing them.