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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 1078feba on 10/17/2008 11:21:20 PM , Rating: 0
If you think that we's stopped terrorist activity in Iraq think again. They are simply laying low.

Translation: we've stopped terrorist activity.

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

Moment of clarity: if all your enemies are dead, they will have no reason to commit acts of terrorism.

terrorists are created through despiration.

Islam as a religion, and Muslims as its practitioners, have been wondering why Allah "deserted" them since the end of the Ottoman Empire. For quite a while there, when Europeans were busily trying to figure how not to poo where they ate during the Dark Ages, the Islamic faith represented the pinacle of all that was scientifically advanced in the world. Math, art, science, all of it, Islam had teh mad skillz. Then the Rennaisance came, Europeans got their collective (get it?) act together and and Muslims have been running around killing in Allah's name ever since. They kill because of a massive inferiority complex. They went left when the western world went right, all due to an unbelieveable cultural/religious arrogance, and for the last 200+ some odd years they've complained to anyone who would listen that some Infidel(!) must've pissed in Allah's corn flakes, because Allah has abandoned them.
Remember Lockerbie? Leon Klinghoffer and the Achille Lauro? How about 444 days of captivity? Maybe Khobar Towers? That's just the last 30 or so years. Study your history, concentrating on this area, Islamic history, and you'll understand a bit better...and it will keep you from posting touchy-feely type posts in a world of real-politik.

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.

This is simply flabbergasting. The only argument that's going to make any sense to you is this one; what if the shoe were on the other foot? What if they had the tech, the missle stockpile, and both the means and will to create a space based missile shield? Do you really think that they wouldn't make it happen? Do you really think that they would worry more about any worldwide perception of "asshattery" than protecting their own fellow muslims? What's more likely, they A. suddenly embrace the world with a great big bear hug and a pat on the back and then open the oil spigot, or B. build something that is both prudent and responsible and will potentially save muslim lives? One more thing. It is suicidally naive/myopic to think that international relations should be based on anything other than rational self-interest. That concept single handedly makes international relations possible, because it gives everyone, every swingin' Richard I mean, some measure of predictability. And that was the problem with the US image over there before. We were seen as weak, spineless and unable to sustain the will to fight even when we had been rocked and sent to the canvas (see Towers, Khobar)...and judging by your post, they were right.

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.

Your appeal to emotion aside, that word, "diplomacy". I don't think it means what you think it means. It doesn't mean that our elected government simply acts nice and goes along to get along. It doesn't mean we worry more about being liked, whatever the hell that means on the international stage, than we do about protecting our interests. In fact, it means exactly the opposite.

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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