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Sunday, May 31, 2015

GAO Report: US Anti-Missile Interceptors Have Serious Technical Flaws

Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) systemAnti-missile interceptors that would be used to defend the United States against a nuclear attack from North Korea have at least one of two serious technical flaws that could leave them susceptible to experiencing "failure modes" that would result in "an interceptor fleet that would not work as intended," a Government Accountability Office report reveals.

The Pentagon was informed of the issues last summer, reports the Los Angeles Times, but postponed corrections, telling federal auditors that acting immediately would slow down an expansion of the national homeland missile defense system and interfere with the production of new interceptors.

And now, all of the 33 interceptors that are deployed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California, and at Ft. Greely, Alaska, have one of the defects.

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