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About that missile shield

Both the $40-billion Midcourse Defense System ordered by President George W. Bush and the $60-billion "Star Wars" system sought by President Reagan were known to be doomed to both strategic and technological failure before the first test. ("$40-billion missile defense system proves unreliable," June 15) Reagan's dream was to develop the capability of shooting down the Soviet Union's nuclear arsenal and to provide a shield from 10,000 independently targetable warheads traveling at 15,000 miles per hour. Bush set his sights a little lower: He sought protection from Iranian and North Korean threats. A Pentagon official said we'd need to fire up to three...

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