U.S. missile defense system could see added costs, delays: report

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. missile defense system could see additional costs and delays after several test failures and technical challenges in 2013, a congressional watchdog agency warned in a new report released Tuesday. The U.S. government has already spent $98 billion since 2002 to develop a complex, layered system to defend against enemy ballistic missile attacks, with an additional $38 billion to be spent through fiscal 2018, according to the report by the Government Accountability Office. But continued problems with key aspects of the program, including the ground-based midcourse defense managed by Boeing Co, could drive the costs of U.S. missile defense system even higher in coming years, the GAO said. The report also faulted the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for what it called “unreliable” and incomplete cost estimates, and recommended steps to improve the agency’s schedule baselines.

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