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Report: DoD Elevates Counter-ICBM Capacity Assessment

The Defense Department has stepped up its strategy to assess potential systems against intercontinental ballistic missile threats, Reuters reported Wednesday.

DoD elevated anti-ICBM technology assessment efforts following the completion of a simulated ICBM interception test last month at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

A June 6 department memo seen by Reuters says the Boeing-built Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system offers a capacity to protect the homeland from multiple intermediate-range and intercontinental missile threats using basic countermeasures.

Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said during a congressional hearing the U.S. defense program still has room for improvement despite DoD’s efforts to address challenges related to the system’s reliability over the past five years.

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