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Troubled missile defense system successfully intercepts target in test
Troubled missile defense system successfully intercepts target in test

The nation’s trouble-plagued missile defense system registered a success Sunday when a ground-based interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed a mock enemy warhead launched from the Marshall Islands. Word of the successful intercept, which occurred above Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean, came from a group that lobbies for missile-defense spending and was confirmed by a person with access to the test result.  A rocket could be seen rising from Vandenberg about 12:57 p.m., according to residents in Santa Barbara County. Conditions were mild, with midday temperatures in the mid-60s and visibility of about 10 miles. Sunday’s test...

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