MEADS program under review amid Pentagon cost-cutting efforts

10/8/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

As the Pentagon moves to reduce costs, one program that may not have a future is the Medium Extended Air Defense System, or MEADS, which is designed to protect troops from shorter-range ballistic missiles, low-flying cruise missiles and enemy aircraft. The U.S. funds 58% of the $16.5 billion program, with Germany and Italy providing 25% and 17%, respectively. An Army official confirmed that the program was part of a "capability portfolio review."

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