U.S. missile defense budget cut as North Korea pushes ahead

“In the budget, the Missile Defense Agency, or MDA, saw its appropriation cut by $1 billion to $9.4 billion” writes Midwest Communications Inc for Trump’s smaller request comes on the heels of a significant budget boost last year after several North Korean missile tests.The U.S. Missile Defense Agency – charged with developing, testing and fielding a ballistic missile defense system – will delay the expansion of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system by two years because of a delay in the redesign of the Raytheon Co-made “kill vehicle” the system uses.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just when it looks like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may restart his ballistic missile testing program, U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed trimming the missile defense budget, as one set of deterrents is delayed by two years.

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