A version of this article appears in the September 1 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Two months after a long-awaited successful intercept for the Pentagon’s multibillion-dollar Ground-Based Missile Defense (GMD), the U.S. Missile Defense Agency is now turning its efforts—and resources—to evolving and improving the missile shield’s kill vehicle. Prior to the success, program advocates were in a potentially existential fight after more than five years of ...

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