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Posted: Monday, November 2, 2009 2:26 pm

•A reader from the Delta area called to say that my column Sunday on the decision to abandon the first six silos at Fort Greely in the missile defense project left out at least one key element.

He said the workers on the project "followed the plans" and did exactly what was called for when the equipment was installed in 2003-04.

The military plans to "decommission" the silos because they are not "hardened" and because of "reliability concerns." There have been problems with freezing pipes, mold and dust on the first silos. The Missile Defense Agency says those problems were fixed in the 20 silos built after 2004 and will not occur in the 14 that have yet to be completed.

For more, go to my column from Sunday.

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