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”according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), which tracks federal defense spending.
The Pentagon expects to spend nearly $490 billion by fiscal year 2009 as new ships, planes and next-generation fighting tools come off the production lines. That’s 23 percent higher than the average Soviet-inspired U.S. defense budget, CSBA states.
Originally posted by PublicGadfly
The American military is at the present time without parity in the world. Perhaps two or three nations joining together could safely withstand the U.S. military but even these could not hope to match the technology.
Missile defense shield-
My personal feeling is that this is smoke and mirrors.
The postulated missile-defense shield is much the same. As the 9-11 horrors and the following Anthrax letters proved to us, nuclear missiles are not the only means of foreseeable attack we need to be concerned about.
Satellite and laser technologies could do all the 'shield' could possibly do and would add usable technology that is transferable to the private sector.
I agree that the Missile Shield would have done nothing to prevent the 911 or anthrax attack, the treat that it is designed for is real. North Korea will soon have both a nuclear weapon along with the means to deliver it. The shield is activly being constructed with the third missle due to be placed in its silo soon. The missile shield is an interm fix and I agree, directed energy weapons are the future. But with North Korea, we may not have time for the future and we may need to protect the present.