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Bush: Missile-Defense System to Debut in 2004

President Bush announces the United States intends to launch a new -- though limited -- missile-defense system by 2004 -- speeding up previous plans to implement the groundbreaking technology. An initial group of 10 interceptor missiles would be based in Alaska. 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.