US missile defense system unreliable in tests.
June 15, 2014
The U.S. missile defense system can’t be relied on to hit its targets even in scripted tests a decade after it was declared operational and despite $40 billion spent, according to a newspaper’s investigation.
The Los Angeles Times found that officials overstated the reliability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD.
The missile shield system was supposed to protect Americans from attacks by “rogue states” like North Korea and Iran, but it has failed in half of the tests conducted to determine its ability to intercept a mock enemy warhead. In fact, despite years of vows to fix technical shortcomings, the system’s performance has grown worse since testing began in 1999.
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