The U.S. soon may face ballistic missile threats launched from medium or short ranges, the CIA says, which could negate the effectiveness of a national missile defense system. Some U.S. military planners are concerned about the land-based National Missile Defense program, because it cannot defeat shorter range threats, only intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). A new CIA ballistic missile threat assessment appears to validate those worries by saying that ``if the attacking ...


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