The Missile Defense Agency is slowing part of its boost-phase interceptor program because of financial and technical constraints, according to Defense Department officials. The kinetic energy interceptor (KEI) program had called for developing two test bed systems on similar schedules: one space-based, the other terrestrial or ground- and sea-based. If one system failed to meet expectations, MDA figured it would have an alternative available. But MDA has concluded it cannot ...


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