The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is requesting $8.6 billion in fiscal 2012, just slightly more than the $8.4 billion requested in fiscal 2011, to continue developing and fielding area, medium-range and long-range defenses against ballistic missile attack. This budget reflects about $2.4 billion that was removed from the MDA’s profile from fiscal 2012-2016 as the Pentagon trimmed its overall topline and sought efficiencies. Though another Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) test is ...

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