If Pentagon budget cuts come as expected, the reduced funding could spell less testing for the U.S. ballistic missile defense system, despite outside criticism and congressional calls for even more, especially of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element. Most observers believe the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will face cutbacks of as much as $2 billion, a fifth of the annual missile defense portfolio, when President Barack Obama announces his fiscal 2010 defense budget. Obama ...
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