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Congress Should Fund Development of Air-to-Air Missile Defense Technology

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Baker Spring

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Military and defense (Military spending)

Keywords: National security; Raytheon; Network Centric Airborne Defense Element; NCADE

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Congress should make certain that development of the Network Centric Airborne Defense Element interceptor continues into the 2009 fiscal year. Assuming continued interceptor success on the test range, Congress must also be prepared to provide longer-term funding to this program, thus assuring a stable path to continued interceptor deployment.