As Chinese and Russian air defense systems met notable milestones last year, the U.S. Ground-Based Missile Defense (GMD) system—the most sophisticated anti-missile system deployed—continued to produce disappointing test results. GMD overseers at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency hope to conduct a successful flight test of the system early in 2014; the last successful intercept took place in December 2008. A string of failures were due largely to complications with the new Raytheon ...

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