House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee chair Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) fended off challenges to her fiscal 2008 defense authorization markup late May 9, although she agreed with Republicans to add $150 million back into the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser (ABL) program to keep it moving forward and allow for its long-awaited shootdown test. Tauscher also acquiesced to language that encouraged the Defense Department to seek an FY '08 appropriations reprogramming ...

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