Since the Reagan era, the United States has wanted to develop a system that
could defeat ballistic missiles in the air before they were able to impact
their targets. This concept was part of what was dubbed the “Star Wars” program
during Reagan’s tenure.
It has taken many years and lots of effort, but the system Reagan envisioned
is now becoming reality. The main difference is that rather than using lasers
to intercept ballistic missiles in-flight, other missiles are more commonly
and U.S. officials announced a successful test where a Japanese
destroyer, the Kongo, used the Aegis shipboard radar and tracking system and
Standard Missile-3 interceptors to destroy an incoming ballistic missile.
Reuters reports that this is the first successful test of a ballistic
missile shield by a U.S. ally. This missile detection and defense system will
be used to protect Japan and Taiwan from missiles with nuclear, biological or
chemical warheads. The system is needed in the area due to the missile tests
being performed by North Korea and the growing ballistic missile threat from
The test was a joint operation between Japanese and American forces. The
simulated ballistic missile was launched from an American missile range in
Kauai, Hawaii. The missile fired in the test was of similar size and speed to
the missiles known to be in the North Korean arsenal. The interception of the
ballistic missile by the SM-3 interceptor missile was made about three minutes
after the ballistic missile was fired from the U.S. range at an altitude of
about 100 miles above the Pacific Ocean.
Japan’s Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba told Reuters, “We are taking one step at a time. Just because it worked [the missile
interception] this time doesn't mean we can rely on it 100 percent.”
American armed forces recently outfitted
C130 aircraft with high-energy lasers for destroying targets both in the
air and on the ground. This laser system in aircraft could be used to defeat
ballistic missiles in flight as well when perfected, providing additional
support for the land
and sea based missile shield.
quote: the future is bright indeed for the Star Wars project.
quote: #1 in what? stupidity ?
quote: I guess you've been watching too many Fox news.
quote: Russians already have the technology to take down ANY Defense system. it was a major blow to the US, but of course you dont see the information on your TV, consider how *controlling* US media systems are.
quote: US still trying to be #1 ? did they all fail history or something? which empire can last forever ? morons just never learned
quote: Welcome to the real world my friend.
quote: government corruption, a whole myriad of social injustices
quote: You do neglect to mention that all those consumer technologies are manufactured in China for dirt cheap.
quote: Your post is the definition of irony. It has nothing at all to do with the subject of missile defense, or how it effects geopolitics. It's muddled, tangential, and when called on it you bring in my parents into the equation, which has nothing to do with anything.
quote: GDP, Military Technology, need I go on?
quote: As opposed to what? Michael Moore documentaries? BBC?
quote: LOL - No it doesn't you idiot. No one has the capability to take down ANY DEFENSE SYSTEM. Russia has several versions of surface to air missle defense systems that are targeted towards short range missles. The reports on them are that there is much left to be desired in terms of effectiveness. The US is developing the most advanced defense system to date based on intercontinental ballistic missles - from surface to air, and attached to ships & submarines.
quote: That would infer that the US is still not the #1 superpower in the world. If you really think otherwise, you are no more than a looney hater who really needs to get his facts straight instead of making swinging statements that are blatently false.
quote: Once you make it to the real world, I will say the same thing to you - but we obviously cannot plan on that anytime soon.
quote: GDP? that system suck, its just a bogus news to keep the investors happy. Government does it all the time. reminds me of the Phantom console.
quote: Oh yeah I know 1 more thing that the US can claim themself to be #1, Debt. How much money does this PoS Country owe ? Want me to go on ?
quote: I think I would rather watch Michael Moore's documentaries than watching Fox talk about how wonderful USA is.
quote: he is just point out something that MOST americans refused to accept.
quote: I dont think US was ever #1. they claim themselfs to be. but not really. they're still afraid of Russians, still afraid of China, and now, EU.
quote: Sorry, but I'm pretty sure I got to the real world
quote: In reality, it's an extension of the Radar controlled Anti aircraft Guns used to intercept V-2 Rockets
quote: Why would Japan launch an attack against Pearl Harbor, knowing the US will retaliate?
quote: While this is an excellent example of circular logic, you still miss the point. People DO think this way...and they will, regardless of whether or not we build a missile defense shield.
quote: Governments don't always act rationally...and often, a leader will intentionally act in a manner that runs counter to the best interests of their nation...especially if it benefits them personally.
quote: Ah, so after thousands of years, people have "wised up", and war is no longer a possibility? Or has there been some sudden genetic shift in our composition?
quote: Oops, nothing could be further from the truth. The Soviet Nuclear weapons program began in 1943, long before the US tested its first device. One of the Soviet's top military goals, in fact, at the end of WW2 was to seize German materials and scientists associated with both nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
quote: History proves you wrong a thousand times over. Nations will always seek new military technology.
quote: You know WHY they didn't get very far? The primary reason was the sabotage efforts of the Allies, which continually stymied the program.
quote: In any event, the point stands. Blaming world efforts to acquire nuclear weapons on the US is childish dribble, easily disproven by the historical record.
quote: Again, stuff and nonsense. The official program began in 1943, and Stalin was commissioning theoretical work as early as 1939...the same year he learned the Germans had begun.
quote: The lack of an ABM shield means Russia-- and soon, China-- will be able to annihilate a few million innocent American civilians in retaliation. Maybe you think that's a valid response, but I don't believe it is.
quote: While the *current* US missile shield can in no way prevent a large-scale Russian attack, its easy to see that an expanded system available in a decade or two will be able to.
quote: Why else do you think the Russians oppose it so vehemently, if they didn't realize it would eventually counter their ballistic missile threat?
quote: Oh really? North Korea already has the ability to reach Alaska....not to mention the thousands of US troops that are stationed in South Korea. US bases are all over the world, and most are well within reach of a rogue state's current or near-future capabilities.
quote: Any realistic extrapolation of the future shows that nearly every nation on earth will be able to build long-range ballistic missiles within the next 50 years.
quote: This nonsensensical argument has been countered so many times I hate to waste any time on it, but I suppose I must. First of all, so-called "dirty bombs" are a hugely overhyped threat. They're useful for scaring civilians, but they're not going to wipe out a city, much less a whole nation.
quote: But not only do we have *other* means to protect against that, but those sorts of attacks are slow. They take weeks to plan and execute. A ballistic missile is fast...and, prior to this technology, was 100% unstoppable once lauched.
quote: Thankfully we'll never face that future. Technology has stepped in, and will soon render the ICBM impotent.
quote: If you honestly believe that it's possible to build a system that will destroy thousands of warheads with a 100% chance of success you are delusional. If even 5 warheads out of a thousand get through the defenses the results would still be catastrophic. And even if you could build such a system people would simply find new and creative ways to destroy us.
quote: Because they know it will lead to a brand new arms race and they don't necessarily want to be a part of that? They will need to replace their older ICBMs with more modern ones, and that costs money. Is it so bad to not to want to go there?!! I don't for a second think that this system will make the US invincible. I also don't understand the need to create a very tense situation and mess up years of new found trust.
quote: This North Korea crap has been going on for decades. And even if they could reach Alaska (which has little strategic value anyway...) they know full well they would be incinerated if they were to do such a thing. Bases on the other hand are far easier to attack with conventional means, like you know.. explosives....
quote: Reagan was a warmongering idiot.
quote: And if 5 get through, is that not better than letting all 1000 through?
quote: Whoa whoa, wait a minute here. Are you actually saying that the United States government "trusts" Russia already?
quote: Little strategic value? Oil pipeline perhaps?
quote: Thats a pretty stupid statement. Ronald Reagan has notoriously been ranked high on past presidential approval ratings
quote: Did you really say that? Thankfully, we'd do no such thing. Contingency plans for the destruction of DC and a substantial part of the civilian government have long existed.
quote: This is getting worse and worse. Do you not realize that oil is one of the most critical logistical assets for the US military
quote: Even Gorbachev himself admits that Reagan's ratcheting up of US military spending-- and Soviet efforts to match-- are one of the primary factors which led to the downfall of the USSR.
quote: If the 5 happen to say take out DC and the entire government then I'd say the country would have no choice but to lay down it's arms.
quote: By republicans sure. And he didn't crush the soviet union, Gorbachev did, and his predecessors set the stage for it. They could not sustain the status quo, reagan or no reagan.
quote: A 100% chance of success isn't required. From a perspective of saving lives, every single missile that's shot down is a success, no matter how many get through.
quote: From a political/military perspective, a 100% success rate isn't required either.
quote: Another example of fallacious thinking, equivalent to a housewife saying "why should I clean the house, when it'll just get dirty again?"
quote: The plain truth is that ICBMs already exist, and are a clear threat to our safety.
quote: Don't be obtuse. North Korea can reach Alaska today. As their technology improves, they'll soon be able to reach California, and then the entire nation.
quote: You can't build a truck large enough to carry 100,000 tons of TNT, now can you?
quote: So you actually believe that all out nuclear war is survivable?! wow...
quote: Honestly, do you really want to go on record with such silliness? The situation in the early 1980s wasn't even in the same order of magnitude as the Cuban Missle Crisis
quote: An idiot who, as another poster points out, ended the Cold War without firing a shot.
quote: Wow. According to all your other posts, MAD was a perfect scenario, in which no side would possibly use their weapons. Now you're trying to convince us a few idle remarks by one person could lead to the deaths of tens of millions of innocent civilians.
quote: Gorbachev was desperately trying to hold the USSR together
quote: This isn't true at all, sorry. Declassified documents show the Soviets were not even remotely consider an attack.
quote: Their only response was to increase their own military spending...a result that led to their own downfall and a massive increase in the security of the US.
quote: The "danger" lies within your own head only. Within less than a decade of the US beginning serious ABM work, the Soviet Union lay in ruins, and tens of thousands of warheads were no longer targetted at American cities.
quote: Don't misinterpret a very simple statement. To claim Gorbachev "deserves the credit" for bringing about the fall of the USSR is to insinuate he planned, or at least desired to do so.
quote: starting from about the point Kruschev made his famous, "we will bury your grandmothers" remark
quote: So you're recanting your earlier statement that a few idle remarks by Reagan could have initiated WW3
quote: Simply put, you didn't realize these statements contradicted with your belief that MAD was a "safe" environment, in which no nation would ever use nuclear weapons.
quote: Start with the invasions of Finland, Hungary, Czechoslavia, and Afghanistan to start, continue with the blockade of Berlin, proxy conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, attacks on China
quote: Even in its brief span of existence, MAD almost resulted in nuclear war several times.
quote: Lol, what is this, a comic-book version of history? The Soviets chose to invade Afghanistan to maintain control of a satellite state.
quote: the Soviets armed and supplied North Korea to a far larger degree than the US did South Korea, a policy which allowed Kim Il-Sung to go on the offensive.
quote: As for Vietnam, the Viet Minh received more than 1000X the military and financial support from the Soviets than the Afghan mullahs did from the CIA.
quote: And this is the worst yet. Learn a little about history before you make such ridiculous statements.
quote: This protects us from suitcase bombs, how again? Oh wait... it doesn't.
quote: It just costs loads of money, and makes us look paranoid.
quote: Which I guess we should be since we allowed our 0ickless leader to invade and occupy a few countries just because some dictator tried to have his daddy assassinated.
quote: But eat up dem' freedom fries before they gets cold.
quote: Who created saddam?
quote: Who helped to create the situation in afganistan?
quote: This missile detection and defense system will be used to protect Japan and Taiwan from missiles with nuclear, biological or chemical warheads.
quote: Since the Regan era...
quote: Who the heck is REGAN?
quote: but i guess only asian understands each other better.
quote: I've always been surprised when someone says to someone else "You shouldn't find that offensive." To me, part of respecting people is appreciating that we have different ways of seeing the world and may unintentionally offend each other. We may not intend to, we may not know better, but not caring that you've offended someone adds insult to injury.
quote: You know that there are lots of people in the world that say that the US had 9/11 coming to them. They show no compassion or moral outrage over the deaths of thousands of innocent people. They are totally wrong, but I guess you wouldn't find that offensive - they're just words.
quote: "Jap" or "Japs" is a racial slur created by ignorant American soldiers. I would ask that you not use it; it embarrasses me to think that those soldiers, or any other ignorant people, are my countrymen.