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CRS Takes on BMD’s Kinetic Energy Kill Approach: In a new review of the nation’s ballistic missile defense program, Congressional Research Service analysts say the data on flight test efforts to develop a national missile defense system is “mixed and ambiguous.” There is no conclusive evidence of a learning curve from more than two decades of testing, the report states. And, CRS believes tests lack realism. What is its ultimate conclusion on the efficacy of the kinetic hit-to-kill concept—which it says has consumed most of the $100 billion spent on missile defense since the mid-1980s—it doesn’t have one because it would be “ambiguous at this juncture.” Ah, thanks.