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Jan. 26, 2008, file photo, the USS Dewey (DDG 105), a United States Navy Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, sits at the Northrop Grumman shipyard on its christening day in Pascagoula, Miss. China is protesting a U.S. Navy patrol that brought the USS Dewey near a group of manmade islands in the South China Sea that are controlled by Beijing. The Chinese defense ministry said Thursday that it had been in contact with U.S. officials over the matter. (AP/Nicole LaCour Young, File)

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MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY The U.S. and Japan conducted a successful test of the Navy's Aegis missile-defense system Tuesday in which an SM-3 interceptor was hit in the middle of the Pacific off Hawaii.

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A Standard Missile-3 interceptor, like this one launched from a Navy Aegis cruiser, hit a medium-range target missile over the Pacific on Tuesday. (U.S. Navy photograph)

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A Standard Missile-3 interceptor, like this one launched from a Navy Aegis cruiser, hit a medium-range target missile over the Pacific on Tuesday. (U.S. Navy photograph)

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** FILE ** A test of the Navy's Aegis missile-defense system in the middle of the Pacific off Hawaii. (MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY)