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BMD Focus Canada Takes First Step On BMD (Feb 2006)
Canada's new defense minister, Gordon O'Connor, made a historically enormous change in his country's position on ballistic missile defense Thursday -- and he did so in a typically Canadian way, so softly and gently that almost no one outside Canada seemed to really notice.

Bush’s Missile Defence will cost $247 billion by 2024 (2006)
The annual cost of the Bush administration’s missile defense plans could more than double to $19 billion by 2013, and total $247 billion from 2006 through fiscal 2024, according to a recent report.

Missile defence too costly for Canada, says U.S. expert (2006)
A military adviser to three U.S. presidents says the cost of the missile defence plan is climbing and Canada should not get involved.
Philip Coyle, who was an adviser to presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton, says cost and reliability are two reasons to stay out.

Harper open to missile-defence talks with U.S. (2006)
Stephen Harper said a Tory government would consult Parliament about whether Canada should join the U.S. missile-defence system. Harper told Radio-Canada in an interview Thursday that he would wait for a formal, written offer from the U.S. before deciding whether Canada should participate in the ballistic missile defence program. He said Parliament would then hold a free vote.

Missile Defence: It's Still a Bad Idea (pdf) (2006)

Canadian Participation in North American Missile Defence: A Cost Benefit Analysis (pdf) (2005) (From the Fraser Institute, that should say it all. Full of bias, and complete B*ll Sh*T... A_R)

missile defense
UCS is working to keep the country from making a costly mistake. We've prepared technical analyses of the testing program to illustrate what it does—and does not—show about the capabilities of the systems being developed. We've presented testimony before Congress, and are working to increase congressional understanding and oversight of the program. We're making sure the press and the public understand the issue. We've talked to scientists in other countries to understand their concerns about this program, and helped other governments understand what the system can and can’t do.

Missile Defense Takes Big Hit In 2006 Budget Plan (2005)
The Pentagon plans to cut spending on missile defense by five billion dollars over the next six years, slashing a program to develop a "boost phase" interceptor missile, senior defense officials said. The cuts were proposed to Congress Monday in a 2006 budget submission that lops a billion dollars off the Missile Defense Agency's budget in the first year, and 800 million dollars a year for the next five years.

More trials of Agni-III lined up: DRDO (2006)
Undaunted by the partial failure of test-firing of the country's most powerful and longer reach 3,500 km range Agni-III missile, Defence Research and Development Organisation scientists on Sunday said more trials of the IRBM missile would be conducted in months ahead to make it fool-proof.

Weapons in Space: Silver Bullet or Russian Roulette? (2002)
Presentation to the Ballistic Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space Project Space Policy Institute and Security Policy Studies Program Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University.

HOW MUCH WILL MISSILE DEFENCE COST CANADIAN TAXPAYERS? Canada's share could be many billions of dollars, draining resources from other priorities for decades to come. The Pentagon admits the system's final cost defies estimation, but some analysts put it at $200-billion or more. The Bush administration has made it clear that it expects its allies to help pay for the War on Terrorism, including missile defence.

Russia confirms missile defence contract with Iran (2006)
Amid the escalating crisis around Iran's nuclear programme, Russia said Thursday that it will still arm Tehran with missiles that can secure nuclear facilities from attacks.
"We concluded a contract for the supply of air-defence systems to Iran and there is no reason not to fulfil it," Mikhail Dmitriyev, the head of Russia's military-technical cooperation agency, told journalists here.

U.S. Missile Defense Test Fails (2004)
The Bush administration's effort to build a system for defending the country against ballistic missile attack suffered an embarrassing setback yesterday when an interceptor missile failed to launch during the first flight test of the system in two years.

US wants Czech missile base (2006)
The US hopes to build a missile base in the Czech Republic as part of its proposed global defence shield. The Czech Defence Ministry said that a delegation from the US Missile Defence Agency would visit the country next week to examine locations to see if they would be a suitable base from which to shoot down long-range missiles as part of the defence network.
A similar mission had already taken place in Poland, said a government spokesman.