Air Force: A $90 Million Mistake

A $90 Million Mistake

Who would place a $90 million, high-powered radar station so close to an airport that it has to be shut down every time a plane lands? Someone, it turns out, who should know better: the U.S. Air Force Space Command. The problem exists at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, where a giant early- warning radar searches for missiles launched from submarines. But the apparatus is only 1.5 miles from the approach end of a runway, and Air Force electronic engineers fear that its emissions could trigger electromagnetic explosive devices on many military aircraft. Those devices are used mainly to discharge...

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