A well-tested and proven technology is available to protect America's 6,800 commercial airliners from shoulder-fired missiles. Yet, a recent RAND study, "Protecting Commercial Aviation Against the Shoulder-Fired Missile Threat," concludes that "a decision to install such systems aboard commercial airliners should be postponed until the technologies can be developed and shown to be more compatible in a commercial environment." RAND's study concentrated on American anti-missile laser ...

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