The Pentagon’s decision to terminate the Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS) raises the specter of a potential gap in U.S. ability to track ballistic missiles in the midcourse phase of flight. The decision in the fiscal 2014 budget request to kill PTSS comes as the U.S. intelligence community has all eyes watching for a mobile missile launch from North Korea, which has vowed to attack U.S. cities and interests abroad. Missile defense architects have for decades worked to field a new ...

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