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US defence bill to exceed $400bn


American defence spending is set to pass the $400bn mark next year.
President George W Bush is set to ask Congress for the funding in his 2005 budget request which he will formally submit on Monday.

The budget proposals, inadvertently posted on the Pentagon's website, also reflect the effects of recent wars.

The budget request represents a 7% increase on last year's total and the big winner appears to be the Pentagon's controversial missile defence system.

It is set to see an almost 20% increase in its budget.

This system, which is currently being built in Alaska, is designed to track and intercept long range missiles.

The Bush administration argues it is necessary to protect America from rogue nations that could fire missiles loaded with weapons of mass destruction.

But critics say the system is too expensive and relies on unproven technology.
And will these Rogue Nations be able to shoot ICBM's at the Continental US?

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