Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on September 1st, 2006 10:38 pm by HL
A Ballistic missile launched today from California shot down what was called in the press as a â€œtargetâ€ that in â€œsome respects resembledâ€ the war head on a North Korean missile. A target, not an actual missile, this â€œtargetâ€ only resembled a missile, and it only resembled a missile in â€œsome respectsâ€ so in many respects it did not resemble a missile.
The â€œStar Warsâ€ Missile Defense program if it is ever successful, will only be able to prevent limited attacks. In an all out attack our cities will still be hit. The test today was hardly the real thing.
This is from tomorrow mornings New York Times
But critics said that the test lacked key elements of realism and that its main objective had been to allow the Missile Defense Agency to claim the program was back on track after the interceptors in the last two flight tests, in December 2004 and February 2005, failed to leave their silos.
Even General Obering, after calling the test â€œas close as we can come to an end-to-end test,â€ said that the target missile did not deploy decoys or other countermeasures meant to confuse the interceptor from striking the actual warhead.
Decoys involve relatively basic technology that a potential foe like North Korea could be expected to employ, said Stephen Young, a missile defense specialist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, which opposes deployments of missile defenses.
â€œThis test was as scripted as it can be,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s a very complicated test, technically, but itâ€™s much simpler than dealing with an actual missile launch would be.â€ In a real-life attack, he said, far less would be known about the timing, trajectory and characteristics of an incoming warhead.
So what will end up happening is they find a way to beat one decoy, then the other side comes up with a new decoy, so we have to find a way to beat that decoy, it keeps going back and forth with both sides sending the defense industry tons of money (with plenty of kickbacks of course) but it may never actually work. It will be like computer viruses, and anti-virus programs. They invent a virus, so the software makers invent a way to stop it, then they come up with a new virus, and it keeps going back and forth. You can still get viruses, and the only one making money is the virus program makers. We would never know if it really worked unless we got attacked, and if it didn’t work it would be too late by then. So our best bet is to try to make peace with those who have the weapons so we don’t have to find out.