A version of this article appears in the June 30 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. A collective sigh of relief came from Pentagon, intelligence community and White House officials when a U.S. Ground-Based Interceptor’s kill mechanism collided—as planned—with a ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean earlier in June.  Such an engagement was supposed to be a fairly regular event. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) was to manage ...

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