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CAGW | June 3, 2012
Taxpayer Victory #1:Â House Defunds MEADS
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded a vote by the House of Representatives this month to strip funding for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), a missile defense program created in 1995 to replace aging missile defense systems in the U.S., Germany, and Italy.Â Â As outlined in CAGWâ€™s March, 2012 issue brief, MEADSâ€™ troubles have been well documented.Â The program has been plagued with cost overruns of nearly $2 billion and is 10 years behind schedule.Â A March 9, 2010, Washington Post report quoted an internal U.S. Army memo asserting that the program â€œwill not meet U.S. requirements or address the current and emerging threat without extensive and costly modifications.â€Â While officials within the Department of Defense (DOD) have stated for the last several years that unilaterally cancelling MEADSÂ was cost-prohibitive, a new report by DOD indicates that the U.S. can withdraw from the contract without committing additional money.Â Read more about MEADS.
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