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U.S. to Launch Missile-Defense System in 2004

President Bush wants the Pentagon to move forward with a new missile defense system. Bush is asking the military to deploy the first phase of such a system by 2004. NPR's Tom Gjelten reports.

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Tom Gjelten reports on religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, a beat that encompasses such areas as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and conflict arising from religious differences. His reporting draws on his many years covering national and international news from posts in Washington and around the world.