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Missile Defense Success

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  1. Amra

    Amra IncGamers Member

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    Missile Defense Success

    Missile Defense Exercise and Flight Test Successfully Completed Air Force Lieutenant General Henry “Trey†Obering III, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, announced today it has successfully completed an important exercise and flight test involving the launch of an improved ground-based interceptor missile designed to protect the United States against a limited long-range ballistic missile attack. The flight test results will help to further improve and refine the performance of numerous Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) elements that will be used to provide a defense against the type of long-range ballistic missile that could be used to attack an American city with a weapon of mass destruction.

    The interceptor missile was launched at 10:39 am PDT (1: 39 pm EDT) from the Ronald W. Reagan Missile Defense Site, located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. For this exercise, a threat-representative target missile was launched from the Kodiak Launch Complex, Kodiak, Alaska.

    The exercise was designed to evaluate the performance of several elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), and mission objectives included demonstrating the ability of the Upgraded Early Warning Radar at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., to acquire, track and report the target warhead, and also to assess the performance of the interceptor missile’s rocket motor system and exoatmospheric kill vehicle, which is the component that collides directly with a target warhead in space to perform a “hit to kill†intercept using only the force of the collision to totally destroy the target warhead. Initial indications are that the rocket motor system and kill vehicle performed as designed. Program officials will evaluate system performance based upon
    telemetry and other data obtained during the test. Although not a primary objective for the data collection flight test, an intercept of the target warhead was achieved.

    :thumbsup:
     
  2. Sir EvilFreeSmeg

    Sir EvilFreeSmeg Banned

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    WHOOHOO!!!

    I can accept the destruction of Fossil Beach on Kodiak if it means we can stop incoming missiles. And they said it'd never work.
     
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    ...by the target

    Didn't I see this in action in a movie somewhere?
     
  4. Amra

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    Care to share a link?
     
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    Sir EvilFreeSmeg Banned

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    I will.

    The interceptor missile was launched from Kodiak.
     
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    I think you missed his point.
     
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    Sir EvilFreeSmeg Banned

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    His point couldn't pierce air.
     
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    I'm not getting what you guys are wangsting about.
     
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    It's great that the interceptor worked, except that it has also worked in the past. If I remember correctly during the last round of tests they worked ten times...but they launched thiry some test missiles. And those that worked were under conditions that would never happen in combat.
     
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    Geeze, party pooper much? The price of the program is unfortunate, but even a modest success may potentially mean millions of lives.
     
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    Forgive my skepticism in thinking that:

    A.) This will only be used for good
    B.) It will lull the populace into a false sense of security
    C.) Embolden current and future elected leaders/warlords when attempting "democracy"
    D.) Any or all of the above
     
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    Yup, somebody crapped in FirsTimer's wheaties this morning
     
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    What are you harping about? It isn't impossible to intercept missiles, it's merely difficult. If you throw enough research money at it, eventually a system will be developed that can intercept enemy missiles under any combat condition.

    You could of course debate the ethics and repercussions of developing a system which would go against the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Especially since the country in question would more likely to launch its own nukes if it didn't have to worry about MAD. You could even say that it isn't worth your taxpayer dollars. Nonetheless, this "they will never develop a good ABM system" argument is nonsense.
     
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    A) How can intercepting a missile do anything but good?
    B) So what? It isn't like the populace can do anything about missile attacks anyway.
    C) Again, how can this be used for attack?
     
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    Care to point out where I'm wrong or irrational instead of pointing out what may or may not have found its way into my breakfast?
     
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    Granted, intercepting a missile can only be good for those doing the intercepting, but tying it into C is easy enough.

    I fear a missle defense system will give people ("leaders") an even higher sense of impunity which doesn't exactly lend itself nicely to diplomacy. The general populace might not be able to do anything directly about a missile attack, but, through public pressure, can keep the leaders from provocking such an attack. A public secured away from the most volatile of attacks will likely grow complacement in their bubble, and is less likely to worry about what their leaders do. All hypotheticals, but I don't find them irrational.
     
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    When given a choice do you stand in the rain or under an umbrella?
    What if the rain is nuclear missles? Wouldn't you rather be under an umbrella of a missile shield?
    Or are you not smart enough to come in out of the rain?
     
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    When the wind blows, no umbrella is adequate.
     
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    I take it the third one applies then. Go figure
     

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