Star Wars: Still Buggy

Star wars has quietly come of age. Last week marked the 21st anniversary of President Reagan's speech laying out his dream of building a missile shield that would render nuclear-tipped missiles "impotent and obsolete." And the Bush Administration is plowing ahead with plans to have a rudimentary system capable of doing just that ready before this fall's election. But concerns about the system's technical capabilities--and its necessity--continue to mount.

A congressional audit recently found that the system is largely unproved and its technical challenges "remain significant." A senior Pentagon official told Congress last week that one of the missile shield's...

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