Disaster for the intelligence budget

August 1993
U.S. News & World Report;8/16/93, Vol. 115 Issue 7, p10
Reports that a US Titan IV rocket exploded last week two minute after launch, sending three multi-million-dollar spy satellites spilling into the Pacific. Between the cost of the satellites and the missile, the spy agencies were suddenly out at least $1 billion--roughly the amount Congress cut earlier this year.


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