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Missile Shield Tests Deemed Too Basic

March 06, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Tests of a proposed multibillion-dollar U.S. missile shield are too simplistic to make decisions about moving from research to deployment, the Pentagon's testing and evaluation office said.

The test program is "not aggressive enough to match the pace of acquisition to support deployment, and the test content does not yet address important operational questions," Philip Coyle, the former director, wrote before resigning in January.

President Bush wants to field a shield as soon as possible.

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