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Pentagon wants more regular testing after failed missile test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. defense officials affirmed their commitment to a $1 billion expansion of a Boeing Co ground-based missile defense system despite a test failure this month, but called for more regular testing to get a grip on nagging quality control issues.Full story

Battery problem eyed as cause of U.S. missile defense failure: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A failed U.S. missile defense test last week may be linked to a faulty battery that prevented an interceptor from separating from the rest of the rocket, an industry source said, citing initial findings in an investigation. Full story

Stop-gap spending measure funds MEADS missile defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A stop-gap spending measure passed by the Congress last week will allow Lockheed Martin Corp <LMT.N> and its partners in Italy and Germany to complete the last year of development of a missile defense system, averting possible termination fees and international fallout. Full story

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U.S. to bolster missile defenses to counter North Korea threat: Hagel

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  Pentagon to boost missile defense after threats from North Korea

To counter the growing threat from North Korea, the U.S. military will bolster the defense system, adding interceptor missiles designed to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles aimed at the continental U.S. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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