- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A new government report raises doubts about whether an Alaska-based missile defense system could protect the U.S. from a North Korean attack.

Alaska Public Radio Network reports (https://bit.ly/1Ku2Dol ) that the Government Accountability Office says the rush to expand the missile defense system could compromise its reliability.

The report says the Department of Defense is in a hurry to expand the defense system, primarily housed at Fort Greely, to 40 ground-based interceptors. Report author Cristina Chaplain says the problem is that the Missile Defense Agency overlapped the testing and production phases for new missiles to meet a 2017 deadline.

She says that led the agency to rapidly place the interceptors without being sure they could work as intended.

A spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency said Thursday that the agency is still reviewing the report.

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