Japan’s defense ministry emphasizes economy as a factor in its decision to buy two Aegis Ashore systems to protect the country against North Korean ballistic missiles. The ministry seems to have taken its zeal for saving public funds a little too far, however, when it assessed candidate sites with the aid of only a ruler, a protractor and the free Google Earth image service. Using this equipment to judge minimum elevation angles available for the radar of one of the two systems, ...

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