WASHINGTON — The missile defense program known as JLENS was facing extinction in late 2010. Army leaders, frustrated by the system's shortcomings and skeptical that it would ever perform as promised, wanted to cut off funding.
Supporters at the Pentagon mounted a successful rescue effort, backed by
Marine Corps Gen. James E. "Hoss" Cartwright, then vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Times found. By the spring of 2011, JLENS advocates had secured funding for a three-year, $150-million trial run of the technology.
In August 2011, Cartwright retired from the military. Five months later, he joined the board of directors of Raytheon Co., the...