Not the real boost


The failure of last weekend’s supposed “make-or-break” test of a US missile interceptor may still leave the Clinton administration room for manoeuvre over whether or not to push ahead with the proposed National Missile Defense system. The Pentagon says the booster used for the test was not the one planned for the NMD system: the real booster won’t be ready until next year. So any decisions could be put off until next year, when approval for deployment and whether to build NMD radars in Alaska is also needed. “The booster is going to be the gating item” for that choice,
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