Gates faces pressure on missile defense cuts

05/21/2009 | Reuters · Nasdaq.com

Testifying before a House panel on the same day Iran announced the test launch of a medium-range missile, Defense Secretary Robert Gates faced skepticism over proposed cuts to U.S. missile defense spending. Gates said the budget added $700 million for programs run by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co., but he suggested that defenses based in Eastern Europe should be developed jointly with Moscow. "The reality is that radars located in Russia supplementing those in the Czech Republic would give additional capability to the sites in Europe," he told lawmakers. Separately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted Wednesday that any new nuclear treaty with the U.S. must include agreements on missile defenses.

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