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  •  That is in fact incorrect and misleading... (1+ / 0-)
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    because recent missile test have been conducted on only known trajectories.  It a simple matter of targeting a missile travelling on a known trajectory.  There has to date been no test of system on unknown trajectories.  Also, the missile defense only involves missile to missile, the laser technology has not yet been validated.  They have made improvements.  But its has been over 25 years since start of SDI.  The military has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on this program with little to show for it.

    •  But no ABM 'Countermeasures' have ever worked. (0+ / 0-)

      The notion that you can defeat a missile defense with "decoys" or other countermeasures is a scam, by those who want us to be vulnerable to foreign attack, because there is no - I repeat, NO - evidence that any such tricks can actually work against modern interceptor technology. No such decoy has ever been effectively deployed by a missile/warhead against an interceptor, period, and the payload cost is such that no such countermeasures will ever be deployed on any operational weapons system.

      Meanwhile, though ABMs have now been made to work, and will continue to improve with sensor and controls technologies, the incoming ICBMs have no margin for improvement; they cannot make 'evasive maneuvers', they have to maintain their trajectory or they will miss their target and be useless.  There is no way to harden them against kinetic kill vehicles; the impact energies are simply wayyy to high to insulate against.

      Every dollar spent on strategic defense is worth five dollars spent on any other weapons system. Anti-Missiles dont kill people or vaporize cities; they save lives by the millions.  On humanitarian grounds alone, its insane for anyone to oppose SDI.

      "Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice; Moderation, in the Pursuit of Justice is No Virtue." - AuH2O

      by Press to Digitate on Tue Dec 02, 2008 at 05:27:54 PM PST

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