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    US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    US successfully tests anti-missile shield
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military conducted a successful test of its system built to knock out long-range missiles that could be fired by North Korea or Iran, the Pentagon said on Friday.

    The target missile for the test over the Pacific was launched from Kodiak, Alaska and an interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, officials said. The intercept took place at 3:29 p.m. EST (2029 GMT).
    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

    U.S. military sets high-stakes missile-shield test
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is set to run a "realistic" test Friday of a system built to knock out long-range missiles that could be fired by North Korea or Iran, the Pentagon said.

    The drill, over the Pacific, will be the first since September 2007 involving an attempted intercept by the sole U.S. shield against long-range ballistic missiles.

    Boeing Co is prime contractor for the system, called the ground-based midcourse defense. It is part of an emerging, layered shield against missiles that could be tipped with chemical, biological or nuclear warheads.

    "Target is representative of the type we would expect from a country like North Korea or Iran," said Richard Lehner, a spokesman for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency.

    "It is also realistic in terms of distance involved, trajectory, speed and timeframe, i.e., about 30 minute flight of threat missile," he said in an emailed reply to Reuters.
    So... 10 tests, 7 kills, 2 misses due to failures in surrogates not part of the NMS system.

    Clearly, it will never work.
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    At least this proves it's not a complete money sink.

    Is this system really necessary to our current conflict? Our enemies are incapable of striking us with missile weapons (don't bring up Russia or China, they are boogeymen). I really think this money could be spent more effectively in other areas.
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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.
    Like saying avaiation will never work, because the wright brothers had failures.

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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    if you wait until they can shoot missiles at you it's too late.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightOfCenter View Post
    At least this proves it's not a complete money sink.

    Is this system really necessary to our current conflict? Our enemies are incapable of striking us with missile weapons (don't bring up Russia or China, they are boogeymen). I really think this money could be spent more effectively in other areas.

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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by boblzer0 View Post
    if you wait until they can shoot missiles at you it's too late.
    Who's going to be shooting them? China? Russia?

    MAD is an effective deterrent against that.
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    who knows, but we do know that missiles exist so don't u think it could be possibly beneficial to be able to shoot them down?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightOfCenter View Post
    Who's going to be shooting them? China? Russia?

    MAD is an effective deterrent against that.

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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by boblzer0 View Post
    who knows, but we do know that missiles exist so don't u think it could be possibly beneficial to be able to shoot them down?
    Could be beneficial, but it certainly doesn't pass a cost/benefit analysis given the needs of the current military situation.
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by RightOfCenter View Post
    At least this proves it's not a complete money sink.

    Is this system really necessary to our current conflict? Our enemies are incapable of striking us with missile weapons (don't bring up Russia or China, they are boogeymen). I really think this money could be spent more effectively in other areas.
    Why do you think this technology is limited to shooting down just WMDs?
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by scourge99 View Post
    Why do you think this technology is limited to shooting down just WMDs?
    Why do you think terrorists are using ballistic missiles?
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    Re: US successfully tests anti-missile shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Clearly, it will never work.
    It won't. The missile shield lacks sufficent resources to deal with cheap countermeasures like Mylar balloons or simply just overwhelming numbers of missiles. And MAD is functioning.

    And RightOfCenter is correct. There are more pressing concerns we should be allocating money towards. Like securing the borders and inspecting the millions of containers that enter the country every year.
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