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Since programs were first launched in the 1950’s to build missiles capable of intercepting incoming nuclear weapons, the United States has spent more than $250 billion on missile defense interceptors. No reliably effective anti-missile system to counter intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) has yet been demonstrated.

The Center works to educate the public and members of Congress on the cost and reliability issues of the national missile defense program, differentiating between theater missile defense systems which have a clearer mission and better success rate.

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