Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trump Administration Moves to Boost Missile-Defense System

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trump Administration Moves to Boost Missile-Defense System

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WASHINGTON - Citing North Korea's growing missile threat, the Trump administration is moving to expand the problem-plagued homeland missile defense system despite warnings that the upgrades may not succeed.

Immediate plans call for building two $1 billion radar installations and adding 20 rocket interceptors to the 44 already deployed in underground silos at Fort Greely in Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Pentagon also is taking steps to launch satellites to help each interceptor's "kill vehicle" find, crash into and destroy incoming ballistic missiles.

The expected cost is about $10.2 billion over five years, on top of more than $40 billion already spent for the system. On Thursday, Congress passed a short-term government funding bill that includes $200 million to start preparing construction of additional missile silos in Alaska. …

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