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February 26, 2003
Re "Missile Defense Waiver Sought," Feb. 24: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld takes stupidity to a lower level with his insistence that the military's missile defense system be deployed even though he begrudgingly agrees it doesn't work. To quote him, "I think we need to get something out there." And President Bush, the ever-critical analyst that he is, apparently concurs. At least when the French constructed their foolhardy Maginot line, their weapons were operational. Robert M. Rocco Los Angeles Bush's desire for a missile defense system to proceed without rigorous testing shows his failure to take responsibility for costs probably exceeding $8 billion.
June 4, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin warned Sunday that he would take retaliatory steps if Washington proceeded with a proposed missile defense system for Europe. Putin assailed the White House plan to place a radar system in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in neighboring Poland. He said neither Iran nor North Korea have the rockets that the system is intended to shoot down. "We are being told the antimissile defense system is targeted against something that does not exist.
March 6, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Lockheed Martin Corp., the largest U.S. defense contractor, and No. 3 Northrop Grumman Corp. will head separate teams bidding on the design and construction of a global missile-defense system for the U.S. Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed will team with No. 2 U.S. defense contractor Boeing Co. to bid for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor Program, the companies said. The program aims to use weapons from sea or space to destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles moments after launch.
March 7, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Lockheed Martin missile system under development for the Army failed in its fourth attempt to successfully shoot down a target in a test, the Pentagon announced. The test failure in the $16.7-billion theater high-altitude area defense system will almost certainly force the Army to delay the scheduled 2004 deployment of the missile defense system, which has been a top priority for the Pentagon since the Gulf War. The missile system is intended to protect troops from enemy ballistic missiles.
June 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Air Force said it has successfully conducted its first tests of a laser designed for warplanes to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, an important first step toward launching an airborne defense system within a decade. A high-energy laser module was tested for the first time June 3. It has been tested at increasing power levels at least twice this week, said Lt. Col. David Harrell, a director of the program at Kirtland Air Force Base.
June 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
More than 50 House Democrats urged the FBI on Thursday to investigate "serious allegations of fraud and cover-up" in development of a national missile defense system. The Air Force general in charge of developing the system, Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish, denied any deception and told Congress such allegations already have been disproved. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.
March 13, 2008 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
President Bush is sending his administration's two top foreign policy officials to Moscow next week for talks on security issues that have aggravated relations with Russia, particularly a controversial U.S. plan for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. The visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will be their second to Moscow in five months.
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