July 17, 2013
By Peter Granitz
The new director of the Missile Defense Agency Vice Admiral James Searing called the test an overall failure.
The ground based missile defense system has a spotty record. The program has been around for decades. Critics dubbed it the “Star Wars program” when it was introduced during the Reagan Administration.
It’s been five years since there was a successful test.
Phil Coyle, a senior fellow with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, once oversaw tests for the Department of Defense.
“That type of failure has occurred twice before in flight intercept tests,” he said of the most recent failure.
The Missile Defense Agency hopes to move ahead with its plan to add 14 new interceptor missiles to Fort Greely by 2017. That would bring the total in Alaska to 44.
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