I am speechless.
WASHINGTON The Bush administration is proposing to exempt the Pentagon’s controversial missile defense system from operational testing legally required of every new weapons system in order to deploy it by 2004.
Buried in President Bush’s 2004 budget, in dry, bureaucratic language, is a request to rewrite a law designed to prevent the production and fielding of weapons systems that don’t work.
If the provision is enacted, it would be the first time a major weapons system was formally exempted from the testing requirement.
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