Thursday, June 28, 2012
Is It Because Of Political Interference That America's Next ICBM Test Has Been Delayed?
Defense officials say unusual delays in conducting an Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile test may have more to do with politics than technical problems.
The Air Force Global Strike Command, based at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., planned to conduct a Minuteman III flight test earlier this year but has scrapped the launch three times.
One missile was fired in April, but a second test is now delayeduntil after the presidential election.
Defense officials disputed the official explanation for the delays: that components used in the missile’s self-destruct mechanism malfunctioned and needed to be replaced.
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My Comment: Everyone is focused on the impact that sequestration will have on future defense budgets .... and the role that politics is playing behind it. But .... there are other program that can be influenced in the same way .... and missile tests is definitely one of them.