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  • Targets in missile defense testing have failed at an alarming rate since 2002.
  • Problems with target reliability and availability have driven up costs and caused significant disruption to testing schedules.
  • Ground-based missile defenses already deployed in Alaska and California remain untested against decoys North Korean missiles might eventually use.
  • The military plans an ambitious and expensive test this fall with the near-simultaneous launch of two targets that the Government Accountability Office warns have never been flight tested.