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Originally posted by taibunsuu
Missile Defense = Pork, plain and simple.
No one in their right mind would nuke the US with an ICBM.
Originally posted by cyberdude78
And what if were caught in another cold war. Russia is starting to make a comeback, China is developing rapidly. And look at Iran they have a nuclear program going. Pakistan and India have successfully tested nuclear devices. As westpoint said theres a half insane man in control of North Korea which has its own nuclear program and possibly the capabilities to hit the western part of the US. Sure Flordia doesn't need protection but a lot of the US does. When it comes to nuclear weapons its a good idea to stick with Murphy's law.
Originally posted by shoo
I can understand your concerns but a missile shield is ineffective against a nation with ICBMs. One or two, from North Korea, sure. But not 30-40 or even hundreds from China or Pakistan & Iran.
And if North Korea, Iran or whoever wants to hit the USA with a nuclear bomb he won't put it on a ICBM and let it fly for more than half an hour before it hits. Even without missile shield a single or two ICBMs can be intercepted.
So the terrorists will stick to land deployment of such a bomb and the big countries like China would strike too massive for the shield anyway.
Summary: No use.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Uhh..it would protect against rouge nations firing an ICBM at the Us. N.Korea or maybe Iran plus it will defend to a certain degree an attack form any nation upon the United States. Really? since when are you concerned about the cost if its being set up to protect you life? No this system would be nation wide not just in Florida, partially every state might have a system. Also there are ways to prevent this system form shooting down regular airplanes read some of the links i provided. Have nuclear missiles been launched accidentally by the US no the same type of systems will be made to prevent this from happening with the ABM lasers and missiles.
Originally posted by namehere
well whats the difference between iran and north korea having ICBM's vs the soviet union with them? the threat is the same so why is it not needed when they will be a threat to us? what is a soviet ICBM dangerous but an iranian one not?
where is your peoples logic? these are very real threats from iran and north korea and the system is being designed for this threat specifically, not for the kind of attack china or russia can muster, its a limited system for a limited purpose, it would violate the abm treaty if it was any different than what has been planned for it.
Originally posted by shoo
True. If some fancy laser satellites(MEL in space) will develop better and better I would take a guess this to be the weapon of warfare and defense for the 21st century.
Um... the US missile defense plan does violate the 1972 ABM treaty.
MAD would work perfectly for NK and Iran just as it did the USSR.
Originally posted by Murcielago
Nope, at this point in time we could only put a chemical laser in space because a solid state (electricity only) laser would need more power then any solar panal could produce. A chemical Laser can only shoot 10 - 20 times before its spent, and we do not yet have the technology to go to space to fill er' up, cause obliviously the shuttle couldn't do it.