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Patriot Missile Defense: Software Problem Led to System Failure at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

IMTEC-92-26 Published: Feb 04, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1992.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the facts associated with the failure of a Patriot missile defense system in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Storm.

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