For more than a decade, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has advocated increased missile defense funding. Now, with a Republican Congress and a Republican president supportive of missile defense, Franks sees the potential to restore the Missile Defense Agency’s budget to levels not seen since the George W. Bush administration—if not higher. Franks and other Republicans will seek additional funding for research on directed energy and space-based sensors. They want to develop an East ...


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