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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    A few things noone seems to be addressing:

    On Public Education- We have enough idiots in America, do we really need MORE by not at least giving an education to those that cannot afford it? Do we really need to punish children because parents refuse to support the educational needs of their children? This could lead to cheap private schools that don't offer quality education, but are just cheaper than the other schools around (capitalism).

    On measures taken by incoming missiles to "fool" the missile defense system: The nature of an attack is to be one step ahead of the defense. Obviously if Russia or China hits us with something new, then there's no way our missile defense will be ready for it and we'll have taken a hit ANYWAY. That's the problem with reactionary defenses. The action must be performed and taken into account to defend against it. And also, if China mass produces 10 missiles filled with some form of WMD, but then also shoots off 90 pseudo-missiles that are extremely cheap to make (since they have no live ammo) but also appear identical to the live missile by artificial intelligence systems, then how does that help us? The probability of shooting EVERY SINGLE ONE of those missiles down without letting any of them reach us is very low. Not to mention what happens if a biological agent is exploded into the ocean near a US coastline. Also, we have to hit the fake missiles with our real missiles since we have no idea which ones are fake or live. Thus for each fake missile that China sends over costing X dollars, we spend 10X dollars countering it.

    Not like Russia needs long-range missiles anyway. Apparently a civilian living in Russia could shoot Sarah Palin from his home.

    Also, seems like noone has really been reading into the tests, only glancing at the headlines:
    From U.S. hails missile shield test but doubts remain | Reuters
    The U.S. military said on Friday it conducted a successful test of its missile defense system, but the target failed to deploy measures that experts said could have helped it avoid destruction.
    However, the 40-year-old target missile failed to deploy counter-measures. O'Reilly declined to say what those measures were but they can include decoys or chaff -- tiny strips of metal foil used to confuse radar systems.
    But critics of the program, which the Pentagon says has cost about $100 billion since 1999, said it was unrealistic to expect the United States would face any missile threat that did not include counter-measures.

    "Any country with the technical capability and the motivation to fire a long-range missile at the U.S. would also have the technical capability and the motivation to add decoys to it that are designed to defeat the defense," David Wright, a physicist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said by email.
    We shoot down one defenseless missile under controlled conditions. Whoop-dee-do. Considering all of the missions have been controlled before, why don't we have a 100% kill ratio?

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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    U.S. says missile defense test successful | Reuters

    Here is the lead-in story:

    U.S. military sets high-stakes missile-shield test | U.S. | Reuters



    So... 10 tests, 7 kills, 2 misses due to failures in surrogates not part of the NMS system.

    Clearly, it will never work.
    Great. As long as our enemies are courteous enough to fire one missile at a time and alert us to the schedule and trajectory, their missiles are toast!
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    I would put forth the argument that the mere psychology of SDI was what assisted the final break up of the Soviet Union. It was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back.
    I'd agree with that. Reagan and the defense contractors knew it wouldn't work, it was just that the fear of a working defense shield would cause Russia to spend huge amounts of rubbles on more warheads, more delivery vehicles, and more counter measures. All of which pushed them towards bankruptcy. The trick was just getting them to spend more then we did it.
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinu7 View Post
    I wonder what the libs from the Reagan era must think now LOL.
    We shouldn't have started this in 1983.
    We didnt. We started in 1996. The NMD and SDI are related only in that they both shoot down incoming ICBMs.

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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Great. As long as our enemies are courteous enough to fire one missile at a time and alert us to the schedule and trajectory, their missiles are toast!
    Yours is an overly silly post.

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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Yours is an overly silly post.
    Yeah, we all know the main reason for the missile defense is to prevent a counter attack. We will know exactly when our enemies fire on us, because it will be in response to an aggression by us or one of our allies to "achieve greater stability in the region".

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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by shiznit770 View Post
    Yeah, we all know the main reason for the missile defense is to prevent a counter attack.
    The only people that 'know' this are those desperate to discredit the NMD in any way they stll can.

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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    I would argue that MAD assures mutual destruction while the anti-ballistic missle system offers an alternative that would not requires the complete assured destruction of mankind.

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    Because MAD assures mutual destruction it prevents us from being attacked. We don't need this.
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    I personally like the ratio of resources to kills that is brought up in World War Z. We should make decisions about defense based on how many people (in that the book Zombies) we can kill with certain resources. The fewer resources to more kills is the better option. Of course it's not applicable everywhere (aka, rescues and medivac or non-lethal operations) but it's not a bad way to look at defense spending.
    While not a bad idea, resource to kill ratio is a lot harder to come up with in the real world against an enemy that can think. Characters in WWZ were able to use it because there enemy just walked up to them and all that was needed was a bullet to the head. In the real world the resources we spend save lives. Except for this program.

    However, I am willing to admit that hindsight is 20/20 and if one of our cities is attacked I'll be the first to be clamoring for billions for this system. Or maybe I'm just paranoid from playing Fallout 3.
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    The only people that 'know' this are those desperate to discredit the NMD in any way they stll can.
    You forgot to include those who aren't paranoid of unprovoked attacks.

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