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Plans for a $100 billion shield to protect the U.S. against missile attacks from terrorists or rogue states like North Korea are moving full speed ahead. But budget concerns may force a sharp cutback in tests to make sure that the system works. The Pentagon plan originally called for 20 tests by 2009 to prove that a new fleet of interceptor rockets could find and destroy missiles fired toward the U.S. But a revised testing scheme to be delivered to Congress this summer--and outlined in budget documents circulating on Capitol Hill--cuts back that schedule to only nine test shots. That comes...

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