Friday, September 01, 2006

Bulls Eye

The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (INCOMING ICBM) sped toward the US over the Pacific Ocean. A Star Wars interceptor missile was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

"Although not a primary objective for the date collection flight test, an intercept of the target warhead was achieved," said the missile agency of the Defense Department.

The test results "will help to further improve and refine the performance of numerous ground-based midcourse defense 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 agency said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld also said in a statement that such successful tests "increase confidence in the approach to developing an initial defense capability."

Referring to North Korea, Rummy said “Bring on the Taepodongs, pajama man.”

North Korea has actually fired seven missiles, including a long range Taepodong-2, which is believed to have a capacity of reaching Alaska and the West Coast areas. But the United States did not actually have to use the Star Wars system to intercept the North Korea missile, which failed soon after its launch and tumbled into the Sea of Japan.

The elements of the US missile defense system include an air-transportable X-band radar recently deployed in Japan's Aomori Prefecture. The advanced radar is part of an early warning system for missile launches.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see. This is a $12.9 billion program managed by Boeing. Since 2002 it's been an abysmal failure. Now it finally is able to track a missile. Here's from Bloomberg " While the rocket was aimed at the mock enemy warhead, the goal was to spot and track this target, not necessarily hit it." Great. $12 billion for system that can track targets. This is not something to brag about Bill. Stick with Creationism or Djibouti.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Bill Lama said...

It's $12 Billion well spent. And if the test overachieved by hitting the incoming missile, well so much the better.

I think Star Wars defense will be a new interest of mine, with your encouragement.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question is one of priorities. Does it make sense to fund this kind of complex project designed to solve the problem of a possible nuclear Taepodong from our axis of evil friend in North Korea? Or does it make sense to fund the following: (1) a tightening of port security to ensure that Al Qaeda can't ship nukes into the US in an uninspected container(2) an investment in advanced airport cargo screening to ensure aircraft cargo holds don't contain nasty explosives, and (3) enhanced Mexican border security.

$12bn would buy you some big steps in these three, which would bring improved national security. Unfortunately none of these get the Pentagon neocons' juices flowing.


6:18 PM  
Blogger Bill Lama said...

All of the above. I'd fund them all. And if I needed another $12B, I'd just abolish the Dept. of Education. No problem, lots left over.

10:01 PM  

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