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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI all over again?

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rshowalter - 02:50pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7909 of 7932) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

I've been away, with some of the time in Washington, for a while. It seems to me that many things are going in ways that are stressful, but useful, as the nation, and the world at large, come to the focuses needed to work out reasonable accomodations toward a more realistic, reasonable, safer world. One with military arrangements that serve the interests of the United States, and the rest of the world, better than the arrangements today.

I think it is useful to set out articles on missile defense, and related matters, for the last week.

I'm finding myself very hopeful, and perhaps that's a bias.

It seems to me useful to refer again to Russia, China Sign Treaty Amid Concerns About U.S. By PATRICK E. TYLER

Md7083 rshowalter 7/16/01 3:58pm ... MD7085 rshowalter 7/16/01 4:01pm

and especially
MD7086 rshowalter 7/16/01 4:03pm ... MD7087 rshowalter 7/16/01 4:09pm
MD7088-7093 rshowalter 7/16/01 5:17pm . . .

MD7089 lunarchick 7/16/01 5:38pm .. makes a key point, much emphasized by circumstances that are coming to light. She spoke of the recent "truimphant" test, and said that .. "The hailing of the breakthrough is a sham. " There's been a retraction. The test is to be repeated, after a long time to check for problems - without any changes.

The relations between this administration, missile defense, and technical reality are becoming interesting in ways that are getting clearer.

Once some key technical facts , which are fundamentally non-political, and all showable on the basis of the open literature -- get clarified, so that people actually understand them ..... some political, diplomatic, and military patterns are going to have to be reshaped in useful ways.

In some ways, the United States is acting the fool and the bully in public -- and doing so on the basis of a "treat" that is a technical joke - no physical threat at all. This is interesting.

At the same time, US institutions, including the United States Marine Corps as it deals with the Osprey matter, are showing how good the United States can be, and offering both good examples, and hope.

rshowalter - 03:08pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7910 of 7932) Delete Message
Robert Showalter


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" The official, Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish, the director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, said that because of the uncertainties the next test of the system, in October, would be a replay of the July 14 test, with no additional complexities like more decoys aboard the target missile.

" The system is designed to destroy an intercontinental-range ballistic missile before its warheads re-enter Earth's atmosphere."

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