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Sep 24, 2009 4:04 PM by Associated Press

Timing of missile defense announcement criticized

The Obama administration is coming under fire from members of Congress over its decision to make changes in missile defense plans.

At a hearing today, lawmakers said they resented hearing about the decision in news reports before being briefed.

A Pentagon official told the Senate hearing that the administration rushed its public announcement because details were beginning to leak out.

The Obama White House is scrapping a Bush administration plan to install long-range missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic.

The new plans call for a focus on short and medium-range interceptors to better counter expected threats from Iran.

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