US lawmakers urge re-test of missile defense system

By REUTERS
July 12, 2013 07:05

 
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WASHINGTON - Four US Republican lawmakers on Friday urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to conduct another test of the missile defense system this year after last week's test failure, and to make development of a next-generation interceptor a top priority.

The lawmakers said the cause of the failed July 5 missile defense test was not yet clear, but they argued that President Barack Obama's cuts in spending on missile defense had reduced funding for needed tests and maintenance of the system.

The test failure comes at a time of growing concerns about missile development by North Korea, Iran and China. It follows years of budget reductions in missile defense by the Democratic administration that were sharply opposed by Republicans.

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