posted on Feb, 25 2005 @ 03:09 AM
I'm not going to call it useless, or a tremendous waste of money, but I really want to. It may be necessary as a stop-gap, but the truth is that
these things are only going to be narrowly useful. I'm more than a little curious just what they have done to improve this over the PAC3 as well, and
what would the relative costs have been between instituing the SM-3 and upgrading or expanding our supply of PAC-3s?
In the end, all these things are good for is limited TMD, basically as a stopgap until airborne lasers are viable, at least as far as I understand. If
we're that far off then fine, but being a subscriber to the theory that we're a lot farther ahead than we claim to be, it disturbs me that we're
putting money into the SM-3 instead of other things.
Luckily I also subscribe to the idea that the military is lying about where the money goes often. For all we know we've had the SM-3 for 20 years and
now we're making it public and using the funding to produce a next generation defense.