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    Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Navy sailors aboard the Aegis destroyer USS O’KANE (DDG 77), and Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command operating from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) element of the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System, resulting in the intercept of a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean. This successful test demonstrated the capability of the first phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) announced by the President in September, 2009.
    FTM-15 is the 21st successful intercept, in 25 attempts, for the Aegis BMD program since flight testing began in 2002. Across all BMDS elements, this is the 45th successful hit-to-kill intercept in 58 flight tests since 2001.
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    Bravo!!! Score another one for the good guys!!!

    Considering the current rush to cut spending, this is one area of defense spending that should remain untouched or maybe even get a slight budget increase.

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    Re: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    This is a result of the on going Star Wars defense programs started way beck in the President Reagan Administration.

    In the beginning it was wishful thinking but out of it we got the Patriot anti-missile system and much more.

    Our defense systems are such that other nations are spending like mad tying to find ways to defeat our systems and it costs them plenty most don't have yo do it.

    We have shown that we have the ability to send not only missiles but bombers from here to any place in the world and strike with impunity and return in detected.

    I for one am very proud of our military and each and everyone person in the ranks.

    I salute each and every one of them . SALUTE!

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    Re: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    Quote Originally Posted by mattillac View Post
    I wonder how many schools could have been built with the money that was/is invested in this project.

    Time to turn up the propaganda again?

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    Would those schools be ballistic missle proof? Is the DOE more frugal than the DOD? Are you really arguing that we should take the money from MDA and give it to DOE because there is waste in the DOD?

    And I think you could probably build between 5 & 7 schools for the $75,000,000 you are so worried about.
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    Re: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    I think people tend to forget that there's a difference between research on IRBM defense and ICBM defense. It's the second one that is a serious concern for Russia/US relations, not the first. (there's also a monumental difference in the engineering difficulties)

    Figuring out how to shoot down North Korea's duct-taped Taepodongs is fine and dandy, but upsetting the MAD situation between the US and Russia could be basically suicide.
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    Re: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    I think people tend to forget that there's a difference between research on IRBM defense and ICBM defense. It's the second one that is a serious concern for Russia/US relations, not the first. (there's also a monumental difference in the engineering difficulties)

    Figuring out how to shoot down North Korea's duct-taped Taepodongs is fine and dandy, but upsetting the MAD situation between the US and Russia could be basically suicide.
    That's an absurd way of looking at it considering Mutually Assured Destruction is both nonsense and a suicidal doctrine itself. I can get why people want to trim down defense spending in other areas, but this is a basic matter of self-defense. Any leader that is not willing to build the necessary defenses for its people should not be a leader. Where there is waste it can be dealt with, if a project is not working it can be canceled, but getting rid of a defensive system to satisfy another country that looks to benefit from the lack of such a system is suicidal.
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    Re: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    That's an absurd way of looking at it considering Mutually Assured Destruction is both nonsense and a suicidal doctrine itself. I can get why people want to trim down defense spending in other areas, but this is a basic matter of self-defense. Any leader that is not willing to build the necessary defenses for its people should not be a leader. Where there is waste it can be dealt with, if a project is not working it can be canceled, but getting rid of a defensive system to satisfy another country that looks to benefit from the lack of such a system is suicidal.
    You and I have guns pointed at eachother. We're both good shots, so there's no chance for us to miss. We don't like eachother, but if either of us pulls the trigger and kills the other, we'll get shot ourselves in response. So we stand there, day after day, year after year.

    Then one day you see me putting on a bullet-proof vest. You have two options:
    1) Do nothing and allow a situation to develop where your enemy can kill you but you can't kill him, just praying that he elects not to do so.
    2) Pull the trigger.

    The kevlar has introduced a destabilizing element to the situation. Except in the real world the danger isn't two jerks shooting eachother, it's global thermonuclear war.
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    Re: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    You and I have guns pointed at eachother. We're both good shots, so there's no chance for us to miss. We don't like eachother, but if either of us pulls the trigger and kills the other, we'll get shot ourselves in response. So we stand there, day after day, year after year.

    Then one day you see me putting on a bullet-proof vest. You have two options:
    1) Do nothing and allow a situation to develop where your enemy can kill you but you can't kill him, just praying that he elects not to do so.
    2) Pull the trigger.

    The kevlar has introduced a destabilizing element to the situation. Except in the real world the danger isn't two jerks shooting eachother, it's global thermonuclear war.
    Sorry, but the argument is complete garbage. The assumption that both sides will destroy each other is false. Both sides know the key is to destroy as much of the opposing power's nuclear capabilities as possible in the first strike and thus limit their ability to respond. It has never been a deterrent because both sides also know neither side is going to try and destroy the other with nuclear weapons in such a strike. What prevented nuclear war was the same thing that prevents any war even between conventional military forces. People want to avoid conflict wherever possible because it has inherent risks.
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    Re: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    I think people tend to forget that there's a difference between research on IRBM defense and ICBM defense. It's the second one that is a serious concern for Russia/US relations, not the first. (there's also a monumental difference in the engineering difficulties)

    Figuring out how to shoot down North Korea's duct-taped Taepodongs is fine and dandy, but upsetting the MAD situation between the US and Russia could be basically suicide.
    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    You and I have guns pointed at eachother. We're both good shots, so there's no chance for us to miss. We don't like eachother, but if either of us pulls the trigger and kills the other, we'll get shot ourselves in response. So we stand there, day after day, year after year.

    Then one day you see me putting on a bullet-proof vest. You have two options:
    1) Do nothing and allow a situation to develop where your enemy can kill you but you can't kill him, just praying that he elects not to do so.
    2) Pull the trigger.

    The kevlar has introduced a destabilizing element to the situation. Except in the real world the danger isn't two jerks shooting eachother, it's global thermonuclear war.
    Deuce, your dog won’t hunt so hang up the tired old MAD/ICBM arguments and join us here in the 21st century. MAD is a relic of the past as evidenced by the New Start Treaty.

    BTW, your “You and I have guns pointed at each other” game always makes me laugh because it reminds me of a kid who likes to make up the rules to the game he’s playing whenever he starts losing. Let me try my hand at it:

    Someone is going to fire a nuclear ballistic missile at the USA. You have 2 options:
    1) Pay a trillion dollars for a missile defense system that can shoot it down before it reaches the US
    2) Do nothing and watch a major American city like New York, Los Angeles, Seattle or Honolulu get vaporized

    The proliferation of nuclear and missile technology has introduced a destabilizing element to the MAD situation because in the real world the danger isn’t nuclear war between the USSR and the USA, the danger comes from the inevitable launch of a nuke by some nut case dictator or terrorist group, at the US or one of its allies.
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    Re: Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept

    How long until the Chinese manage to steal this???
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