Defense Department and congressional officials don't have a "full understanding" of the overall cost of developing and fielding the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), and what its capabilities will be, the General Accounting Office concluded in a report released April 23. The Missile Defense Agency, which is fielding the system, made progress on software development, ground and flight testing and facility construction in 2003, GAO said. "During this time, however, MDA ...

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