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After runaway blimp, lawmakers wait and see on troubled missile defense system

After runaway blimp, lawmakers wait and see on troubled missile defense system

As Congress faces a deadline to cut $5 billion from President Barack Obama's proposed military budget, some programs are at risk.

But lawmakers have given no indication they will cut funding for the system of radar-equipped blimps that became the butt of jokes when one broke loose from its mooring at Aberdeen Proving Ground last month and flew 150 miles, disrupting civil aviation and damaging power lines before coming to rest in rural Pennsylvania.

In a survey of all 35 members of the defense appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate, none voiced opposition to continued funding. Several key lawmakers said through aides that they would not decide the system's fate...

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