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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars" defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an application of science be successful? Is a militarized space inevitable, necessary or impossible?

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palousereader - 09:30am Jul 20, 2000 EST (#183 of 11858)

"North Korea Reported Open to Halting Missile Program". North Korea's offer to abandon its missle program if other nations give it rockets is seen by Russian president Putin as 'removing the prime rationale' for our missle defense system. Not.

Blackmail is insideous and so this second demand is just that. First it was nuclear reactors for energy- now it's rockets for peaceful space research (I guess our offer of agricultural and public health assistance in the face of continuing starvation reports wasn't good enough- maybe they want to farm on other planets). What next?

On the contrary, this move only re-enforces our need for a defense system. How many other countries will start 'trading' missle starts for big bucks/technology payoffs. And let's guess- if we don't provide this rocket payment, Russian will, or China? Come on president Putin- if we can be blackmailed this way, so can you. Just as with old-fashioned terrorism, this latest wrinkle will eventually come home to roost in Russia (and China). Maybe Canada/Mexico/any of a hundred countries will start making demands on Russia/China.

We don't pay for hostages and we shouldn't be one. Forget it.

evenbetta - 09:41am Jul 20, 2000 EST (#184 of 11858)

"We don't pay for hostages and we shouldn't be one"

  • What on earth do you think you have been doing for the last 51 years with your population

    palousereader - 10:09am Jul 20, 2000 EST (#185 of 11858)

    o.k. evenbetta, you're going to have to be a little clearer- 'my' population? And don't start in with MAD...that wasn't 'mine' either. Address the blackmail scenarios of the future. The past is past. My response may be delayed; have cherries to pick and carrots to thin. On the morrow.

    evenbetta - 10:23am Jul 20, 2000 EST (#186 of 11858)

    'your population'

    as in each nation holding the others population genocidal hostage.

    don't start with the ludicrous idea of telling the world we have to survive a nuclear strike and I will not 'start with MAD'

    Your idea is far more NUTS:)

    evenbetta - 10:24am Jul 20, 2000 EST (#187 of 11858)

    'blackmail scenarios of the future'

    I have already in several posts. Your just not reading.

    palousereader - 10:07am Jul 22, 2000 EST (#188 of 11858)

    even- it isn't that we 'have' to survive a nuclear exchange, it's just that with an increasing number of nations gaining the ability to play these brinksmanship games, the risks of being called go up dramatically- as has been said many times. Why continue to play and hope it doesn't come to that when defense systems, possessed by all countries, would end such insanity (necessary in the past since there was no alternative).

    Now comes the new game; pay me not to play. Maybe we could pay one or two countries- but then where does it end. Sorry, let them play. Let North Korea build all the missles it wants (or China wants it to have). Let Taiwan, Indonesia, x small countries, build all they want. Then where is your scenario. Mine- shared defense technology-makes such decisions by small countries moot. Or maybe you think the U.S. taxpayer is going to foot the bill for every small county's demands- in exchange for a no play card.

    Or maybe Russia thinks this gambit will justify its, or China's, coming out of the closet and selling/giving other countries missle technology. I just get so tired of all these diplomatic shows...we need to start talking turkey- clearly, openly. We're all afraid of each other..and rightly so. Let's admit it, deal with it and move on.

    jemoyer - 07:58pm Jul 22, 2000 EST (#189 of 11858)
    life is not meant to be a slow form of suicide

    U.S. shoots down missile in defense test, Pentagon says

    July 22, 2000
    Web posted at: 7:20 PM EDT (2320 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. military shot down a target cruise missile with a Patriot PAC-3 missile over New Mexico on Saturday in a successful test of its "theater" defense program to protect troops and bases from attack, the Pentagon said. "We had a successful intercept at about 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time," Jen Canaff, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon's Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, told Reuters. She said the Patriot tracked and shattered a low-flying MQ-107 drone cruise missile in flight over the White Sands Missile Test range.

    It was the fourth successful "hit-to-kill" intercept in a row for the upgraded 17-foot version of the Patriot used against Iraqi Scud missiles in the Gulf War. The PAC-3 earlier had struck three high-flying Hera target missiles. Unlike a planned U.S. missile-defense effort to protect the entire country from long-range attack, the theater program is designed to protect U.S. troops and bases from short- and medium-range "theater" missiles. The PAC-3 is being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp. Boeing Co. makes the "seeker," which guides the Patriot to a target, and Raytheon Co. provides integration for components of the system.

    uboys - 04:21pm Jul 25, 2000 EST (#190 of 11858)

    We must have safeguards.

    freechat - 01:43pm Jul 26, 2000 EST (#191 of 11858)

    Nazi engineer and Disney space advisor Wernher Von Braun helped give us rocket science the first person who wrotes the possibility of missile is Russian. unfotunately, he against his boss , so his department manager wants to expels him.

    so he escaped from RED Russian, and went to NAZi German. he worked as lecture in GErman university.

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