Special Report: How a U.S. defense agency burned $231 million on a program that never should have left the drawing board

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How a U.S. defense agency burned $231 million on a program that never should have left the drawing board


Los Angeles Times | December 26, 2015 | 8:35 AM

The Precision Tracking Space System was touted as having an “unprecedented capability” to protect America and its allies against a nuclear attack, but after $230 million in design and engineering work, the program was quietly killed.


The Missile Defense Agency said the cancellation was due to budget constraints, but in fact the program was spiked after outside experts determined the entire concept was hopelessly flawed and the claims made by its advocates were erroneous -- the latest in a string of expensive failures for the missile agency.


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