The MDA plans to spend $10 million next year to kick off studies of a Space-Based Interceptor Testbed, but the agency's chief insists that doesn't mean the U.S. is starting an interceptor program. MDA has budgeted about $300 million over the next six years to study technologies and concepts for possible future space-based missile defenses, says MDA Director Obering. But mindful of the political sensitivities associated with placing missile interceptors in space, Obering repeatedly downplays ...

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