A senior U.S. Air Force acquisition official yesterday presented alternatives for a national missile defense (NMD) architecture, pushing systems like an interceptor based on the Minuteman ICBM and an upgraded Milstar satellite system, as well as flight tests that the NMD Joint Program Office has not yet approved. Brig. Gen. James K. Beale, the Air Force acquisition office's director of space and nuclear deterrence, said he wasn't making a pitch for use of Air Force systems in the NMD ...

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