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A Northrop-Grummond built DSP satellite. These current satellites only detect ballistic missile launches, rather than shoot them down.
New $5M study is first allocated since work was halted 15 years ago.

Congress recently approved a $5 million grant to begin study of space-based missile defenses. This marks the first time money has been allocated to the program since work on space-based systems was canceled in the 1990s by President Clinton. Two years ago, Congress rejected a similar proposal.

According to Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the threat of missile proliferation has grown rapidly since the 1990s. A total of 120 nations now have ballistic missile technology, he said, and nations like North Korea and Iran are not only developing the technology, but selling it on the open market. Missile defense systems are growing as well; 27 nations now have some form of missile defense.

The most recent annual report from the Pentagon highlighted the growing threat of accidental or intentional launch of ballistic missiles, as well as the vulnerability of U.S. satellites to attack, as evidenced by China's 2007 missile test, which destroyed a satellite in orbit.

A defense official commenting on the proposal told the Washington Times that space-based ABM systems are necessary for global, rapid defense, "It's really the only way to defend the U.S. and its allies from anywhere on the planet". The official said such defenses were last considered during the late 1980s, as part of the Global Protection Against Limited Strike, or GPALS, a multi-prong system which used ground and sea-based interceptors, along with space-based platforms. The plan was cancelled by the Clinton Administration, which focused all work on short-range missiles only.

The U.S. announced last year that its ground-based Star Wars' missile defense system was operational and ready for use, though capable at present of covering only parts of the U.S. Plans to expand the system in Europe are under way.

Despite claims to the contrary, China is also apparently working on similar proposals, says China military affairs specialist Richard Fisher. The program, which China says it halted in the 1960s, has apparently been restarted with such systems as the SC-19 anti-satellite missile. According to Fisher, China is also trying to deploy space-warfare weapons, aircraft carrier groups, and a much larger MIRV'ed version of its nuclear ballistic missile arsenal.

Fisher, author of the new book, "China's Military Modernization: Building for Regional and Global Reach", says that by 2020, China "will be well on their way to assembling all the elements of global power that [the U.S.] has today".



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RE: Sounds great but...
By SiliconAddict on 10/17/2008 8:18:31 PM , Rating: 5
As Iraq has shown military force can not stop terrorists. If you think that we's stopped terrorist activity in Iraq think again. They are simply laying low. I've always found it humorous anytime I hear sabre rattlers claim we are seeking out terrorists in Iraq. Oh really. So I guess terrorists all wear red shirts that says Down with the US on them so its easy to target them....retarded.

No the reality is you want to stop violence and terrorism you need to give people a reason to not want to commit violence. Yes there will always be a Krazy Kim in the world. But the actions of the US over these last years....terrorists are created through despiration. And of course no one in Iraq EVER feels like they have run out of options. Right? Right?

That said. There is something to be said for having a big stick of your own. But it doesn't mean you pull it out and wave it around like an asshat. And there is the crux of the situation. America is seen as the asshats of the world, and to a certain extent over the last 8 year there are factions of this country who HAVE acted like asshats. Fix our relations, our standing in the world, and how people see us before we start rolling out new defensive measures. No one trusts the US as it is. How would a missile defense shield make things better.

I swear to god. Does anyone even know what the word diplomacy is now a days? Bush's concept over the last 8 year has been to threaten them, and take like a good 'o boy.


RE: Sounds great but...
By Manch on 10/17/2008 9:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So I guess terrorists all wear red shirts that says Down with the US on them so its easy to target them....retarded.

Well one of them at least does!

http://www.circulosbolivarianosbr.kit.net/imagens/...

quote:
No the reality is you want to stop violence and terrorism you need to give people a reason to not want to commit violence.


Well by Nov 14th there will be no more Marines in Fallujah.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,439612,00.html


RE: Sounds great but...
By whiskerwill on 10/17/2008 9:23:14 PM , Rating: 1
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As Iraq has shown military force can not stop terrorists
Iraq has shown just the opposite. There hasn't been a single terrorist attack on the US since we invaded. They're all too busy in Iraq. And even there, the US military surge has been so successful that even the hardcore democrat doves in congress have admitted it was a success.

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But the actions of the US over these last years....terrorists are created through despiration.
Nearly all the terrorists in Iraq are from OTHER countries in the region. We didn't create them, their own religion did that.

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Does anyone even know what the word diplomacy is now a days? Bush's concept over the last 8 year has been to threaten them
Did you never read a paper before 8 years ago? Clinton launched far more military actions than Bush did. Invasions in Bosnia, Serbia Kosovo, attacks on Afghanistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, plenty of others. Clinton even threatened Haiti with the largest airborne assault since WW2. Clinton even bombed Iraq, in Operation Desert Fox, and signed a law to fund opposition groups to overthrow the government there.

Learn some history and stop embarrassing yourself.


RE: Sounds great but...
By 1078feba on 10/17/08, Rating: 0
RE: Sounds great but...
By cmdrdredd on 10/18/2008 10:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Funny how every left wing liberal dumbasscrat around the place gets rated 5 and everyone with a brain and an understanding of the world with a conservative view gets rated down.

shows how far the US has dropped in both education level and common sense. Pathetic...simply pathetic.


RE: Sounds great but...
By Muirgheasa on 10/19/2008 6:55:29 AM , Rating: 1
Or possibly it's not really funny, because they have a point? The idea that the US may be partly responsible for terrorism because of its actions isn't really all that crazy you know, equally not the idea that through good faith you might encourage good (or at least better) international relations...


RE: Sounds great but...
By 1078feba on 10/20/2008 2:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
No worries.

Sometimes, around here, it's like a badge of honor.

Just ask FITCamaro.


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