Italy’s deputy defense minister is warning the U.S. that if Congress opts to pull out of the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads), its closing costs will mount. Italy follows Germany, the other international partner on the tri-country missile defense system, in objecting to plans by lawmakers to cut the president’s $804 million budget request to wrap-up development of the system (Aerospace DAILY, July 15). “Please let me be frank: should the U.S. not meet its ...

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