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Bush: Missile-Defense System to Launch in 2004

President Bush announces he intends to move forward deploying a new missile defense system. Bush is asking the military to have a first phase of such a system operational by 2004. 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.