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May 08, 2006

"A robust, fully operational missile defense system is on its way to becoming a reality"

Great article. Six of seven tests of anti-missile systems have been successful.

I never understood the claims of anti-ABM-system ravers. They come perilously close to suggesting that such a system is impossible, even in principle, as if we're talking about a perpetual motion machine or engineering around the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

It's a difficult thing, to be sure. But the certainty held by some that we are incapable of achieving the difficult has always made me scratch my head.

Especially because many of the key technologies -- especially supercomputers that can calculate intercept courses very quickly and with nearly 100% accuracy, and microcomputers that can adjust an ABM in flight -- are advancing more quickly than anyone could have expected.

And yet people who seem level-headed, like the guys at the great warporn site DefenseTech, seem to be stuck in a time-loop in which it is always 1984 and Reagan is a crackpot for even suggesting such a sci-fantasy.


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